The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofits and qualified government agencies for the Pauline Wright and David Aycock Loy Grant Programs. These special, 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 about $1,500 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 about $7,300 to award this year; projects benefitting both Dare and Currituck could draw from both funds. Excellent projects may be eligible for matching dollars from other Community Foundation grant funds.
Last year, the Community Foundation awarded Pauline Wright and David Aycock Loy Grants to: Mane & Taill Therapeutic Horsemanship Academy for scholarships for children with IDDs; Monarch for iPads for the Lighthouse Club in Currituck County; the Outer Banks Chapter of the NC Autism Society for social understanding workshops; and the Nags Head Fire Department for beach wheelchairs.
The application deadline for Pauline Wright and David Aycock Loy Grants is Friday, May 1. All grant applications must be completed and submitted online through the Community Foundation’s website: www.obcf.org. Before submitting an application, prospective applicants are urged to review the grant guidelines on the Community Foundation’s website, and also contact Lorelei Costa at 252-261-8839.
Also by May 1, the Community Foundation is continuing to accept applications 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. Applicants should follow the same guidelines as above.