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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– Nonprofits in New Hanover County have the opportunity to secure between $10,000 and $50,000 to mitigate financial hardship due to Covid-19. 

New Hanover County will provide a total of $700,000 in assistance using funds allotted via the American Rescue Plan, managed and distributed by Cape Fear Collective. 

All county nonprofits are eligible to apply, however, groups serving marginalized communities (racial and ethnic minorities, low-income children, elderly, uninsured, LGBT, HIV-positive, or other chronic health conditions) will be given more consideration. 


Nonprofits must show how the pandemic impacted their finances, demonstrating hardship or disrupted operations. 

“It was important to Commissioners and our county team that a portion of New Hanover County’s funding from the American Rescue Plan go to our local nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19,” county chair Julia Olson-Boseman said in a statement. “We know the incredible work these organizations do day in and day out, and we want to support them in their vital operations.”

An awards committee assembled by Cape Fear Collective will review and award grants based on a scoring rubric which will be made available to organizations that apply. Olson-Boseman said the organization’s diverse and community-minded committee will select the groups and award amounts. “I want to thank them all for their partnership and work on this — it is a true collaborative effort,” she said of Cape Fear Collective.

Awardees must sign a contract with New Hanover County affirming they will use the funds for eligible expenses. The county will perform a random audit of awardees after one year.

Applications close Aug. 23 and awards will be announced Sept. 9. 

Apply online now.

Cape Fear Collective will provide technical assistance to help organizations form a complete application. Email questions to info@capefearcollective.org.


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