The Community Foundation has separate, annual grant application cycles for five special field-of-interest funds. These applications are usually due on the last Friday of April each year.

1. The David Aycock Loy Memorial Fund, which is designated for charitable organizations that serve children on the Outer Banks with developmental disabilities/disorders and/or learning disabilities, and/or the families of those children, giving priority emphasis to children with autism. Priority may also be given to programs helping children with hemophilia.

2. The Pauline Wright Endowment for Currituck, which funds educational, cultural, social, and developmental programs for individuals in Currituck County with Down syndrome and/or other intellectual/developmental disabilities. Priority emphasis shall be given to programs in the Currituck Public Schools, programs benefitting children, and/or job-training and life skills programs. Grant awards shall be available to any qualifying 501(c)3 charity or government agency.

3. The Pauline Wright Endowment for Dare, which funds educational, cultural, social, and developmental programs for individuals in Dare County with Down syndrome and/or other intellectual/developmental disabilities. Priority emphasis shall be given to programs in schools, programs benefitting children, and/or job-training and life skills programs. Grant awards shall be available to any qualifying 501(c)3 charity or government agency.

4. The Aviation Education Fund, which supports all types of aviation education projects. Because the Aviation Education Fund is a smaller fund, organizations can apply for this award with a simple, one-page letter that explains their aviation education project and how they would spend the grant money. Organizations must also attach proof of their tax-exempt status to their application (e.g., 501c3 letter from the IRS). If an organization has a larger project in mind, they can apply for matching funds through our online application.

5. The Schiffman Fund for Animals, which supports charitable projects that protect and care for animals and wildlife. When possible, preference will be given to programs that protect and rehabilitate wildlife. Because the Schiffman Fund is a smaller fund, organizations can apply for this award with a simple, one-page letter that explains their project, how it would help animals, and how the grant money would be spent. Organizations must also attach proof of their tax-exempt status to their application (e.g., 501c3 letter from the IRS). If an organization has a larger project in mind, they can apply for matching funds through our online application.

Field-of-Interest Grants are awarded just once a year in June. The 2017 application deadline for these awards is Friday, April 28.