The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofits and government agencies for the Pauline Wright and David Aycock Loy Grant Programs. These annual grants are intended to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs), with a priority emphasis on autism and Down syndrome.
David Aycock Loy Grants are aimed to help children on the Outer Banks with autism or any kind of IDD or learning disability. Charitable organizations that serve these children—or their families—are encouraged to apply. The David Aycock Loy Fund has over $2,900 to award this year in grants, but excellent projects may be eligible for matching dollars from other Community Foundation grant funds.
Pauline Wright Grants are aimed at helping children or adults with Down syndrome or any other kind of IDD. Both nonprofits and government agencies are eligible to apply, but priority emphasis may be given to programs in schools, and/or job-training and life skills programs for adults. Pauline Wright Grants are available for both Dare County and Currituck County. Each county has a separate endowment fund, each with $7,200 to award this year; projects benefiting both Dare and Currituck could draw from both funds. Excellent projects may be eligible for matching dollars from other Community Foundation grant funds.
In past years, the Community Foundation awarded Pauline Wright and David Aycock Loy Grants to: Mane & Taill Therapeutic Horsemanship Academy for camp scholarships; Monarch Lighthouse Club for iPads and kitchen equipment; the OBX Chapter of the Autism Society for social understanding workshops; the Special Olympics for uniforms and athletic equipment; and the Nags Head Fire Department for beach wheelchairs.
The application deadline for Pauline Wright and David Aycock Loy Grants is Friday, April 29. All grant applications must be completed and submitted online through the Community Foundation’s website: www.obcf.org. Before submitting an application, prospective applicants should first contact Lorelei Costa at 252-261-8839 to discuss their projects.
Also by April 29, the Community Foundation is accepting applications for its Aviation Education Program and for its traditional Community Enrichment Grants Program. Community Enrichment Grants are open to any nonprofit serving the Outer Banks for any kind of charitable project. Areas of interest include: arts & culture; animal welfare; children & youth; education; the environment; disaster relief & prevention; health; historic interpretation & preservation; and other human services. Before submitting an application, prospective applicants should review the Community Enrichment Grant Guidelines online, and then contact Lorelei Costa at 252-261-8839 to discuss their projects.