Community Foundation Accepting Applications for COVID Grants

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofits for a fifth round of COVID Rapid Response Grants, as well as applications from any nonprofit for any type of charitable project benefiting the Outer Banks.

During this cycle, the Community Foundation is especially encouraging grant proposals from groups addressing childcare and remote learning needs during school closures.

To be eligible for a COVID Rapid Response Grant, programs must be urgent in nature and must be related to the Coronavirus crisis, either directly (e.g., programs to stop the spread) or indirectly (e.g., assistance to workers without child care). True to their name, COVID Rapid Response Grants have an expedited application process and a fast-track decision timeframe. COVID-related requests must be submitted by 5pm on Friday, July 31 via a one- or two-page letter, plus attached budget, with funding decisions made by August 7.

“The Outer Banks continues to face unprecedented challenges through the COVID crisis,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s executive director. “One challenge that we’d particularly like to address is the urgent need to support working families of school-age children while our schools are closed. We are very interested in helping families that must work during the school day, as well as families with children with special learning needs.”

Earlier this year, the Community Foundation awarded more than $150,000 in COVID Rapid Response Grants for a wide range of programs, including nutritional assistance, internet connectivity for at-home students, and financial assistance for the unemployed.

To apply for a grant, nonprofits should first review the grant guidelines published online at, and then call the Community Foundation at 252-261-8839 to discuss their project and funding needs.

In addition to COVID-related projects, the Community Foundation is also accepting applications for any charitable project benefiting the Outer Banks through the Community Enrichment Grants Program. Community Enrichment Grants are offered on a competitive basis for any kind of nonprofit program, including: arts & culture; animal welfare; children & youth; education; the environment; disaster relief & prevention; health; historic interpretation & preservation; and other human services.

Most Community Enrichment Grants will support the direct costs of a charitable project or program. In 2019, for example, the Community Foundation sponsored pet resuscitation masks for Dare County fire departments through the Coastal Humane Society, furnishings for the Monarch Beach Club’s day programs, and renovations and new appliances for the Roanoke Island Food Pantry.

Some limited Community Enrichment Grants are also available to nonprofits for program staff wages. For example, a grant in 2019 is allowing the Community Care Clinic to retain a Spanish language translator and interpreter to provide medical care to low-income, uninsured, and under-insured patients.

Community Enrichment Grants also are awarded for capacity-building projects, with a goal of enhancing a nonprofit’s long-term effectiveness, financial stability, and/or program quality. For example, grants were awarded last year for software for the Outer Banks Relief Foundation and for computer equipment for Interfaith Community Outreach.

Additionally, the Community Foundation awards program scholarship grants, which are grants to enable a nonprofit to offer “scholarships” to individuals and families with financial need or other hardship. The scholarships offset the registration fees that the nonprofit would normally charge for any kind of enrichment program, such as an educational offering or tutoring program.

While applications for COVID Rapid Response Grants may be in the format of a brief letter, applications for Community Enrichment Grants must be submitted via the Community Foundation’s online system. The deadline for Community Enrichment Grants is also Friday, July 31, but Community Enrichment Grants will be awarded on September 3. All applicants are urged to call the Community Foundation at 252-261-8839 before starting an application. More information can be found at

Lorelei Costa Elected to Statewide Nonprofit Board

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits announced today that Outer Banks Community Foundation Executive Director Lorelei Costa has been elected to the statewide board of directors of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits.

The announcement states: “Since 2012, Costa has led the Outer Banks Community Foundation, a public charity that helps to increase charitable giving, manage charitable funds, and provide targeted grants and scholarships to meet local needs in Dare County, Ocracoke, and across all Outer Banks communities.

“We’re so pleased that Lorelei brings her experience and perspective from both the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to the Center’s board and the greater North Carolina nonprofit community the Center serves and advocates for,” said Jeanne Tedrow, president and CEO of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits.

Costa also serves as a board member of the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, and recently served on the Community Leadership Council of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. She has a been a life-long volunteer with nonprofits, including performing arts groups, historic preservation, public radio, women’s health, and a homeless shelter, and her local fire department.

About the Center: Founded in 1990, the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves as a statewide network for nonprofit board and staff members, an information center on effective organizational practices, and an advocate for the nonprofit sector as a whole. We offer services directly to all sizes and types of 501(c)(3) nonprofits and work closely with other local, state and national groups that assist nonprofits.”

Costa said, “It’s an honor to be elected to this board. I have long admired the NC Center for Nonprofits. They are a very valuable resource to groups across the state, including ours.”

2019 Annual Report is Published Online

Our 2019 Annual Report is published! At a time when more and more experiences are virtual ones, we decided not to print a large batch of books, but instead, to publish and share an historic year in our Community Foundation with you online.

The main reason: there were just too many donors to print – to do so would have nearly doubled the size of our Annual Report! A record 6,000 donors from around the country and across the globe contributed to our Disaster Relief Fund after Hurricane Dorian. That disaster was unlike anything our community had seen, since the Community Foundation was formed, nearly forty years ago. Daniel Pullen’s photos, a heart-warming story, and a complete list of disaster donors all are included in this year’s report, in addition to other important benchmarks.

There were four new scholarship funds created in 2019, to honor people who worked hard, got ahead, and who inspired others to achieve more and to always think and act generously. Thirty 2019 graduating seniors and nineteen college students received $192,000 in scholarships in 2019, from 55 scholarship funds held in trust at the Community Foundation. Each scholarship represents a student who is preparing to go out into the world to live their dreams and reach their goals.

There are six new funds, created in 2019 by big-hearted donors who wanted to leave this Outer Banks a better place. Five of these are “endowed,” meaning they have been placed in trust so they will aid the community for many generations into the future, finding solutions to pressing needs and supporting promising opportunities we can only dream of today.

The Community Foundation’s story—the one you’ll see in our 2019 Annual Report—is really about thousands of donors, all with different interests, different passions, and different stories. Some want to ensure our children have opportunities for bright futures. Some want to use our expertise to create funds to support a specific charity, alma mater, or park. Others have broader interests and want to apply their donations to address larger needs. Still others want to give back to a place that has given them so much, and help the Outer Banks in general, with a forever gift to the community.

It is our honor at the Outer Banks Community Foundation to connect people who care with the causes, great and small, that matter most to them. We ensure their legacies are honored, stewarded, and do the most good.

We hope you enjoy reading the good YOU helped create in 2019. And we hope you’re thinking about the kind of mark you are making, and the lives you are touching, through your philanthropy. We invite you to call us at 252-261-8830 to help you further your legacy of giving.

Read the full annual report here.

Community Foundation Awards $37,000 to 14 Nonprofits

At the June meeting of the Outer Banks Community Foundation Board of Directors, over $37,000 was awarded to support the work of 14 vital nonprofits. The grants will aid a variety of local causes, including care for our elderly, therapeutic activities for people with special needs, food, medicine, education, and the arts.

NC MedAssist received a $10,000 Community Enrichment Grant to provide free prescription medications to low-income, uninsured Dare County residents. An estimated 15% of Dare County adults are uninsured and 11% of our residents live at or below the federal poverty level. Last year, NC MedAssist served 245 Dare County residents, providing them with more than $650,000 in needed, and often life-saving, medications.

NC MedAssist reports that the high cost of prescription medications is still the number one reason why uninsured individuals go without their daily medicine for diseases like high blood pressure, asthma, and diabetes. “Without our programs, our patients would have to choose between putting food on the table and purchasing their medicine,” wrote Sheila Kidwell, NC MedAssist Director of Foundations and Communications.

Dare County residents can apply for medication assistance online at or by calling MedAssist toll-free at (866)331-1348.

MANE & TAILL Therapeutic Horsemanship Academy earned a $7,000 Special Focus Grant to provide individual riding lessons and horsemanship skills to people with special needs in Currituck County. MANE & TAILL has been serving the community since 2009, providing a safe, nurturing environment for approximately fifty clients each year. Their programs are designed so that children and adults with special needs can learn life lessons and reach physical, emotional, and social goals from their experiences with horses.

This grant was made possible by a bequest from the late Pauline Wright of Currituck, who had a passion for helping people with disabilities and left a gift to the Community Foundation in her will to do exactly that.

Outer Banks Forever was awarded a $500 Special Focus Grant for digital education and distance learning programs about the history of the Wright Brothers.

Special Focus Grants are available in the spring of each year, with dedicated funds earmarked by donors for the causes they choose. The Community Foundation currently administers Special Focus Grants in the areas of animal welfare, aviation education, and opportunities for people with disabilities, in both Dare and Currituck.

Several donor-advised funds also made grants in June, including the Kelly Family Fund, the Preston Family Fund, and the Burwell A. Evans Charitable Fund. Donor-advised funds are managed on behalf of individuals and families, who recommend the grants that are awarded. This month’s recipients include G.E.M. Adult Day Services, Friends of Jockey’s Ridge, NC Coastal Land Trust, Lacey J. McNeil First Flight Rotary Scholarship, Outer Banks Relief Foundation, Beach Food Pantry, and Dare County Arts Council.

The Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its next cycle of Community Enrichment Grants. Eligible projects must directly benefit all or a portion of the Community Foundation’s service area, which includes all of Dare County, and all Outer Banks communities, from Corolla to Ocracoke Island. Community Enrichment Grants support all charitable causes, including arts and culture, children/youth, disaster relief and prevention, education, the environment, historic interpretation and preservation, and other human services.

Prospective applicants are urged to review the grant guidelines online at, and then call the Community Foundation to discuss their ideas. The application deadline is Friday, July 31, 2020.

Community Foundation Awards $164,000 in Scholarships

For a full list of scholarship recipients, please visit

The Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded $164,000 in scholarships this spring, helping students from across the Outer Banks achieve their educational dreams.

31 graduating seniors from Cape Hatteras Secondary School, Manteo High School, Currituck County High School, Ocracoke School, and First Flight High School received scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year. Of these students,15 received awards that are renewable for up to four years of college.

In addition to these awards, the Community Foundation has also renewed financial support to 22 current college students who earned multi-year scholarships.

The R. Stewart Couch Hatteras Island Scholarship, in the amount of $8,600, was awarded to Hatteras Island Secondary School senior Jadon Midgett. Stewart Couch established this scholarship for Hatteras Island students through a generous bequest in his last will and testament. Contributions raised by the Outer Banks Association of Realtors in Stewart’s memory were added to his bequest to make this the Community Foundation’s most generous single-year award. The scholarship is given each year to one graduating high school senior from Hatteras Island, the “diamond in the rough” who just needs a little help to achieve his or her educational dreams.

“Throughout High School, I have always done my best to keep a strong academic record and maintain involvement in as many extracurricular activities as possible. Now it seems that all of this work is finally beginning to pay off,” wrote Jadon. “As the son of a lineman and the grandson of a commercial fisherman, I come from a blue-collar family and am a first-generation college student… this scholarship will certainly be a big help.”

First Flight High School graduating senior Sara Rae (Simone) Midgett was awarded the $6,000 Jerry and Arlene Davis Scholarship, which is renewable for up to four years, with a total value of $24,000. This need-based scholarship targets Manteo and First Flight High School students who worked throughout high school and who plan to continue to work through college. The intent of this scholarship is to help students achieve educational dreams that might not otherwise be possible. Simone also received a $1,000 Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship.

“I worked hard to become captain of the lacrosse team and Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper,” wrote Simone in her application essay. “I worked hard to be elected student government secretary and president of Teen Democrats. I worked hard for all of these things because I knew they could help me reach my goal: to go to college. For me, having the opportunity to go to college allows me to beat the odds. I would be the first person in my family to go to college and graduate.”

The Milton A. Jewell Academic Scholarship, a four-year, $24,000 award, went to Judith “Judy” Rose Williams of First Flight High School.

Judy wrote, “My goal is to become a pediatric surgeon and travel the world, giving patients the healthcare they deserve. One day, I hope to move to a Third World country and open a clinic with an attached orphanage or youth center. I not only want to give children physical support, but also mental, emotional, and spiritual support. I am determined to give them the opportunity to live out their passions, just as I intend to live out mine.”

The Community Foundation also announced three new scholarship programs this year. Two scholarships were created by Millie Roughton, in memory of her late husband, local entrepreneur, and Bear Pharmacy founder Billy Roughton. The Billy G. Roughton Memorial Scholarship for Medical Professions provides financial assistance to students from Dare or Currituck Counties with strong academic records who are pursuing a field of study in an allied, clinical health profession; the Billy G. Roughton Memorial Scholarship for Tourism and Hospitality will award scholarships to learners with strong academic records who are pursuing certification in tourism and/or hospitality. The Karen Phillips Scholarship, also established in 2019, will be awarded to a Dare County student who plans to pursue studies in a medical field. The first scholarships from these three new funds will be awarded in the fall of 2020 by Community Foundation scholarship partners College of the Albemarle and Mount Olivet United Methodist Church.

Scholarship funds have been generously donated by individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits, civic groups, and government agencies to help local students pursue higher education. Any community member can establish a scholarship fund with the Community Foundation by calling Lorelei Costa at 252-261-8839, or donate to an existing fund online at

Community Foundation Awards $150,000 in COVID Grants

This week the Outer Banks Community Foundation announced its fourth round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants, awarding over $13,000 to three more nonprofits. These latest grants will support artists in Dare County, a diaper drive for families with young children, and essential upgrades for our community’s free health clinic.

In total the Community Foundation has awarded over $150,000 in COVID Grants since March 13 to sixteen local nonprofits, supporting their efforts to provide for the basic, urgent needs of Outer Bankers during the Coronavirus emergency.

“Since mid-March, our local nonprofits have been on the front lines of this crisis, keeping our families secure and healthy through this pandemic,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s executive director. “This extraordinary work is despite our nonprofits suffering from over $1.1 million in revenue losses because of the COVID crisis, due to canceled fundraisers, decreased donations, and lost opportunities for earned income.”

“The Community Foundation has been honored to help begin to fill this funding gap for our indispensable nonprofits. We’ve been so inspired by their tireless determination to serve our community’s basic needs through the COVID-19 crisis, and we are honored to assist in their efforts.”

The fourth, most recent round of Rapid Response Grants funded new needs related to the Coronavirus pandemic. Recognizing the important role that the “creative class” of artists, musicians, and performers play in Dare County — and the impacts that the COVID shut-down has had on their livelihoods — the Community Foundation awarded Dare County Arts Council a grant of $5,000 to support new digital revenue platforms for Outer Banks artists. The grant will support virtual concerts, online classes, an online store of local artists’ wares, and digital art exhibits.

Funding for this grant was from a bequest from the late Dorothy Luedemann, a local artist whose Legacy Gift to the Community Foundation established a forever fund to award grants to arts organizations across Dare County

Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County also received a Rapid Response Grant in May: $5,000 to address an area of unmet need—diapers for families of young children. The cost and lack of availability of diapers and wipes have put a significant strain on families already struggling to pay rent, provide food, and afford other basics. The Children and Youth Partnership is planning drive-through diaper distribution events on Roanoke and Hatteras islands in the near future, so families can conveniently and safely receive these vital necessities.

The Community Care Clinic of Dare also received a Rapid Response Grant in May to upgrade their facility, to allow for better sanitation, social distancing, and telemedicine. The clinic provides free primary medical care, medication assistance, and health and wellness education to approximately 550 uninsured and underinsured patients each year who live or work in Dare County.

Since March, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $70,000 to local food assistance programs to meet increased needs through the COVID crisis, from Kitty Hawk to Hatteras Island to Ocracoke. Rapid Response Grants have helped the Beach Food Pantry, Food for Thought, the Lifeline Outreach in Salvo, Bread of Life Food Pantry in Ocracoke, and the Buxton Food Pantry. Hatteras Island Meals and the Albemarle Development Corporation also received assistance to serve prepared meals to homebound seniors and adults with special needs.

Other Rapid Response Grants have provided financial assistance to Dare County residents who are out of work due to Coronavirus closures. Interfaith Community Outreach and Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men are using grant money to help families that are most affected by unemployment or underemployment, by assisting with rent, mortgage, utilities, medical bills, and more.

Dare County and Ocracoke students benefited from more than $15,000 in grants, used to fund wireless access and adaptive equipment for special needs students. The goal of these grants was to allow students to successfully participate in remote learning and online classes through the mandated school closures. The Community Foundation was also able to award a wireless access grant for Currituck County students through a donor-advised fund.

“We have been blessed at the Community Foundation to receive several bequests, major donations, and legacy gifts over the years to endow our community grant-making,” said Ms. Costa. “These gifts, made over many years, have given us the flexibility to rapidly respond in times of crisis. We are more grateful than ever to our donors. Their legacy gifts continue to allow us to be innovative in meeting community needs as they arise.”

How is the COVID Crisis Affecting Your Nonprofit? Please Respond to Our Survey by Wednesday, May 6

We need to hear from you! The COVID-19 crisis has profoundly affected the Outer Banks, including our nonprofit sector, and we’d like to learn more about your organization’s challenges, your programs, and how we can help.

Click here to respond!

Have you expanded your services? Furloughed staff? Received a PPP Loan? Lost any revenue? Please share your experiences to help us shape the Community Foundation’s response.

Your time is valuable. Please know this nine-question survey will take just a few minutes. Also, we would appreciate only one response per nonprofit, so please make sure the appropriate person from your group gets this email.

We kindly ask that you please respond to our survey by Wednesday, May 6. Any questions or ideas? Please email me; I’d love to hear from you.

Please note: This survey is confidential. No information about any individual organization will be released without your permission. Also, participation in this survey is optional: neither your choice to participate (or not), nor any of the information you choose to provide, will be used in the consideration of any grant application, now or in the future, to the Community Foundation.

Thank you again for your time and for your thoughtful response to our survey!

Click here to respond.


Reminder: The next deadline for our next COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Cycle is Tuesday, May 12 at 5:00 pm. Decisions will be announced on Wednesday, May 20. Before applying, please read the details on our website, gather your ideas, and call me to discuss your project. Find more information at

Stay well and healthy!

Lorelei Costa, Executive Director

Outer Banks Community Foundation

Mailing Address: 13 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, NC 27949

Please note: Our physical office is temporarily closed to visitors. Instead, please reach us by phone or email.

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Community Foundation Awards $46,788 in COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants to Three Nonprofits

In a third round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants, the Outer Banks Community Foundation has announced $46,788 in emergency funding to local nonprofits, supporting their efforts to address food insecurity, educational needs for students with disabilities, and crisis support for individuals who have lost their jobs.

The Community Foundation awarded $25,000 to fund an innovative, coordinated food-buying program that will provide basic food staples to all food pantries across the Outer Banks. The Beach Food Pantry is the fiscal sponsor of this collaborative grant.

According to Pat Regan, a retired food industry executive and community volunteer who is helping to coordinate the project on behalf of the Beach Food Pantry and the Community Foundation, food pantries across the Outer Banks are seeing a surge in clients. Another challenge, he said, is food supply chain disruption, due to restaurant closures and the subsequent, increased demands on grocery stores. Some food manufacturers, he stated, cannot easily shift production away from products that are sold to restaurants over to products sold in grocery stores, creating shortages.

“These times call for exceptional, creative responses,” said Mr. Regan, “and we feel a coordinated approach to supplying local pantries so they can meet urgent food needs is the most practical, expedient, and economical solution.”

Addressing other community needs, a Rapid Response Grant of $6,788 to the Dare Education Foundation will provide students who have exceptional needs with tablets and other assistive technology. These students in the Exception Children program have challenges with remote learning and with navigating digital devices independently. The adaptive equipment and tablets will help these students—and their families—complete a difficult semester of learning at home with greater success.

Finally, Interfaith Community Outreach was awarded a grant of $15,000 to address a significant increase in clients who need financial assistance due to the COVID crisis. The Rapid Response Grant will be used to help unemployed and underemployed Dare County residents pay rent, utility bills, and other essentials until the local economy recovers.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has now awarded over $140,000 in COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants. While the Community Foundation has received some recent donations for these grants, most of the funding is from the Community Foundation’s endowment, which was contributed over generations from various donors as legacy gifts.

“Our ability to fund these COVID grants is a perfect example of the power of a planned gift,” said Community Foundation Executive Director Lorelei Costa. “Our community is in crisis, and many of our current donors are not in a position to give at this moment. This is when we rely, more than ever, on the legacy contributions that were donated over the years through bequests and planned gifts. Those legacy gifts, invested as endowments, are providing us with the continuous funding that can sustain our grants program even when other sources of support dry up.”

The Outer Banks Community Foundation continues to accept applications for its COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program. The fourth Rapid Response Grants deadline is Tuesday, May 12, at 5:00 pm, with award decisions being made on Wednesday, May 20.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation’s Community Enrichment and Special Focus grant applications are due this Friday, April 24, at 11:59 pm, with decisions announced on June 4. More information about all of these programs, and how to apply, is online at

For more information on how to make a legacy gift to the Community Foundation, call MaryAnn Toboz at 757-754-4486, or send her an email at

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that connects people who care with causes that matter. Based in a historic flat top cottage in Southern Shores, the Community Foundation manages $20 million across 190 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards grants to local nonprofits, administers 55 scholarship programs, and provides tailored services to help donors pursue their charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $10 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students. 

Sustaining Your Nonprofit Through the COVID Crisis: April 15 Webinar Handouts and Resources

April 16, 2020

Resources for Outer Banks Nonprofits

As promised, here are a whole bunch of additional resources for sustaining your nonprofit, as referenced on the April 15 Community Foundation webinar:

In addition, here are a few more resources that should be exceedingly helpful:

Would your nonprofit like a volunteer’s assistance with a CARES Act loan application? There are several financial whizzes in our community who have offered to help our local nonprofits with their loan applications. These folks won’t apply for your loan for you, but they are willing to: 1) answer your questions about the various programs, help you determine your eligibility, and help you determine which loan program is best for your nonprofit; 2) help you determine the maximum PPP loan amount for which you are eligible, and the PPP loan amount that may be forgivable; 3) help you identify or even prepare the documentation you will need to apply; 4) coach you generally through this process.

If you would like some help, email, and she’ll hook you up with one of our amazing volunteers! Thanks so much to Bob Muller, Chris Sawin, Craig Merrill, Loretta Michael, Rick Gray, and Noel Preston for their willingness to help!

Another resource: Jitasa, a nonprofit accounting and bookkeeping service that works exclusively with nonprofits, is offering free one-on-on consultations with experts about the SBA loan options for nonprofits. We have not worked with them and have no personal references or referrals to share, but you can schedule your 15- or 30-minute consultation through Jitasa’s online calendar. Their page also is a wealth of information on nonprofit eligibility for various SBA loans.

Grant opportunities. On the call, a couple of you asked for a list of grant opportunities. The best listing we have found for North Carolina is on the NC Network of Grantmakers’ website: We have not been able to find much available locally, except for the Community Foundation’s grants program and the Albemarle United Way, which are both mentioned above. However, if you find something yourself and would like to share it with the group, please let us know, and we’ll add it to our resource page.


April 13, 2020

Sustaining Your Nonprofit Through the COVID Crisis: A Webinar for Outer Banks Nonprofits

 Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm

It’s a difficult time for our country and for the Outer Banks — and especially for our nonprofit community. But, there are resources to help you continue your good work.

From the CARES Act to the Community Foundation’s Rapid Response Grants, we want to help you identify potential sources of support to sustain your nonprofit through the Coronavirus crisis and beyond.

Join us on Wednesday, April 15 at 2:00 pm for an informative webinar on resources to help your nonprofit through the global pandemic and our local economic shut-down.

David Heinen, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy for the NC Center for Nonprofits, will provide an overview of federal and state policy solutions to help nonprofits survive the COVID-19 crisis, including the CARES Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Then John Loyack, Vice President of Global Business Services for the Economic Development Partnership of NC, will dig into the details of two significant programs in the new CARES Act: the Paycheck Protection Program, which offers forgivable loans to small nonprofits and other businesses, and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans. He’ll walk you through the application process, help you understand the documentation you’ll need to apply, and give you essential tips for a successful application.

Finally, Lorelei Costa, Executive Director of the Outer Banks Community Foundation, will tell you about our COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program (more info below), and offer other survival tips from the nonprofit trenches.

We’ll also have plenty of time for Q&A at the end of the webinar.

This webinar is free for any staff or board member of an Outer Banks nonprofit! But space limited, so you must register in advance.


Community Foundation Rapid Response Grants

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has awarded more than $140,000 in COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants, and we continue to accept grant applications from nonprofits to provide vital services to the Outer Banks through the Coronavirus crisis.

Our goal with these grants is to meet essential human needs in our area, with highest priority given to food and nutritional assistance. Other priorities may include medical care, shelter, other essential supplies and needs (e.g., face masks, sanitation supplies), support for essential workers, remote learning, and health and wellness programs, including mental health programs. Special emphasis may be given to at-risk populations, including the homeless, the elderly, people with financial need, essential workers, people with disabilities, and people with health risks.

Grant requests are being accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed promptly to ensure quick decisions and timely programs. The next application deadline is 5:00 pm on Tuesday, May 12 at 5 pm; decisions will be announced on Wednesday, May 20. Before applying, please read the information on our website, gather your ideas, and call Lorelei Costa at 252-455-1404 to discuss your project.

Complete instructions are online at

Stay healthy and well!




Lorelei Costa
Executive Director
Outer Banks Community Foundation

Community Foundation Awards $37,680 in COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants to Nine Nonprofits

In our second round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants, the Outer Banks Community Foundation has announced $37,680 in emergency funding to nine local nonprofits, supporting their efforts to provide for the basic, urgent needs of Outer Bankers during the COVID-19 crisis.

“As this pandemic deepens, our nonprofit partners are rising to overcome serious obstacles, and are determined to continue ensuring that their clients have access to basic services,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s executive director. “These leaders are acting with courage, perseverance, and selfless generosity, and we are honored to be able to help support our partners who are meeting the most essential needs of our community.”

The Community Foundation awarded almost $30,000 to local food assistance programs across the Outer Banks. Grantees include the Beach Food Pantry, the Bread of Life Food Pantry in Ocracoke, Hatteras Island Meals, Lifeline Outreach in Salvo, and Food For Thought. These organizations are all serving record numbers of clients through the COVID-19 crisis. Rapid Response Grants will restock pantry shelves, purchase additional refrigeration, support home-delivered meals for at-risk seniors, deliver grocery hampers, and provide food vouchers for families in need.

Rapid Response Grants are helping our community’s homeless. Room in the Inn, a nonprofit that organizes shelter for the homeless through the winter months, is now able to extend their season, thanks in part to a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation. The Rapid Response Grant will allow them to continue sheltering homeless adults for at least another month through the COVID crisis, following CDC health and safety guidelines for emergency shelters.

The Community Care Clinic of Dare was awarded $939 in support of new telemedicine services. The grant will purchase blood pressure cuffs and no-patient-contact thermometers, so that clinic staff may safely provide quality care for their patients with chronic conditions through telemedicine.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has now awarded over $90,000 in COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants. Although priority for these grants has been given to meeting basic human needs through the crisis, especially food and nutritional assistance, the Community Foundation has also been able to utilize special funds to help with other projects. For example, dedicated funds to help animals will support the Coastal Humane Society, Feline Hope, and Friends of Felines in supplying dog food, cat food, and cat litter at local food pantries, helping people care for their pets during this difficult time.

Dedicated funding to help people with disabilities is supporting Easterseals UCP in purchasing “sensory bags” for their clients with intellectual disabilities from Dare and Currituck Counties. The bags will include items that clients can use at home during this socially isolating time to support language development, cognitive growth, motor skills, problem-solving skills, and social interaction.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation continues to accept applications for its COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program. Grant requests will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed every two weeks to ensure quick decisions and timely programs. The third application deadline is 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 16; decisions will be announced on Tuesday, April 21.

To be eligible for a COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant, programs must be related to the Coronavirus crisis, either directly (e.g., care for patients) or indirectly (e.g., assistance to out-of-work residents). Priority has been given to meeting essential human needs, especially food and nutritional assistance. Other priorities may include medical care, shelter, other essential supplies and needs (e.g., face masks, sanitation supplies), support for essential workers, remote learning, and health and wellness programs, including mental health programs. Special emphasis may be given to at-risk populations, including the homeless, the elderly, people with financial need, essential workers, people with disabilities, and people with health risks.

To apply for a Rapid Response Grant, nonprofits should first call the Community Foundation at 252-261-8839 to discuss their programs and their funding needs. From there, requests can be submitted via an emailed one- or two-page letter in PDF format, briefly describing the nonprofit’s mission, the project at hand, the dollar amount requested, the local need it would meet, and the beneficiaries of the proposed program. You can find more information about all of these programs, and how to apply, at