Wednesday, February 28, 2024

NHC opens $1.2M in grant opportunities for nonprofits

New Hanover County is opening grant applications through Jan. 16 for nonprofits to receive a portion of $1.2 million. (Port City Daily/file)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — The county has opened the opportunity for nonprofits to apply for grant funds through January 16.

As part of New Hanover County Board of Commissioners community building and investment, its offering nonprofit organizations, with a focus on preventing violence and providing wrap-around services, money to enhance programs.

The county is partnering with United Way of the Cape Fear Area to administer the capacity-building grants program and applications are found here.

“As a Board of Commissioners, we have made a commitment to provide the resources necessary for our children and families to succeed and thrive, and we’re excited to start implementing another piece of that larger community building plan,” commissioner chair Bill Rivenbark said in a press release.

Established as part of the commissioners’ overall community building plan, the county has allocated within its fiscal year 2022-2023 budget $1.2 million toward the grants. The funds are intended for nonprofits utilizing evidence-based programs to help combat violence and offer services such as housing, employment, financial assistance, youth education and more.

“There are so many nonprofits in our community doing amazing work already,” Rivenbark said in the release. “Our goal is to help them expand and enhance those services so that more people can be impacted and their reach can go even further.”

Nonprofits that serve residents in areas identified by the county as Impact Zones will receive prioritization.

“Every day, we see and hear about the needs of those in our community and while there’s already a lot of amazing work taking place by so many nonprofits in our area, this funding will make it possible to do even more,” United Way of the Cape Fear Area CEO Tommy Taylor said in the release. “It’s an honor for our team to help guide that process and bring the Commissioners’ vision to fruition.”

Applications will be accepted through Jan. 16 and reviewed by a funding committee comprised of diverse individuals. Awardees will be selected based on criteria including a program’s accessibility, effectiveness in addressing barriers, focus on equality, serving the under=resourced populations, a balance of intervention and prevention strategies and clear evaulation tools to determine program outcomes.

Grants are expected to be distributed in spring of 2023.

A one-hour informational Zoom session will be held Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m. for the community to ask questions about the process.

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