The Outer Banks Community Foundation awards quarterly grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations to help meet local needs and enrich the quality of life for all people in the Outer Banks.

Currently, the Community Foundation awards three types of grants:

  • Community Enrichment Grants
  • Special Field-of-Interest Grants
  • Donor-Advised Grants


Community Enrichment Grants

The Community Foundation awards quarterly Community Enrichment Grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations on a competitive basis. These grants are awarded from our unrestricted grant-making funds, and from our broadest field-of-interest funds.

Nonprofits must submit an online application in order to be considered for a Community Enrichment Grant. Application deadlines are typically the last Friday of January, April, July, and October. For more information about Community Enrichment Grants, please visit our guidelines page and our FAQ page.


Special Field-of-Interest Grants

The Community Foundation has separate, annual grant application cycles for four focused field of interest funds:

The deadline for grant applications for these funds is usually the last Friday of April, with grants awarded on the first Thursday of June. For more information, please visit our page for our special field of interest grants.


Donor-Advised Grants

The Outer Banks Community Foundation also awards grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations upon the recommendation of donors with donor-advised funds.

Donor-advised grants are not limited to the Outer Banks geography, nor by our Community Enrichment Grants criteria, so long as the recipient is a 501(c)3 organization. We may also award donor-advised grants to other tax-exempt organizations for charitable projects that meet a public need, in accordance with IRS guidelines.

Currently, none of the Community Foundation’s donor-advised funds are accepting unsolicited applications.