Periodically, in times of crisis, the Community Foundation may initiate a Rapid Response Grants Program to support nonprofit organizations on a proactive and/or competitive basis, as urgent needs arise. Rapid Response Grants may follow a natural disaster (e.g., Hurricane Dorian) or may be initiated during other times of need (e.g., COVID-19 crisis).

COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants

 

Update on January 14, 2021: The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofits for an eighth round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants. We are especially encouraging grant proposals from groups addressing childcare and educational needs while remote learning continues in Dare County through March.

This cycle, COVID-related requests must be submitted by 5pm on Thursday, January 21, 2021 via a one- or two-page letter, plus attached budget. In addition, for this cycle, all applicants are required to submit a signed statement of actual revenue and expenses for their organization for the 2020 calendar year (January 1 through December 31). For more details on this requirement, see below.

Funding decisions for Rapid Response Grants will be made by Monday, January 25.

 

Grant Purpose

The primary goal of our COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants Program is to enable nonprofits to adapt, expand, or initiate vital services to the Outer Banks through the Coronavirus crisis. Those services could include child care, elder care, patient care, emergency response services, financial assistance to people out of work, nutritional assistance, and beyond. We define the Outer Banks as Dare County, Ocracoke, and/or the Currituck beaches.

To be eligible for a Rapid Response Grant, programs must be related to the COVID-19 crisis, either directly (e.g., programs to stop the spread) or indirectly (e.g., assistance to working parents without child care). We will also consider grants that would allow a nonprofit to adapt its existing programs in the face of the ever-evolving COVID-19 landscape (e.g., modifications for remote educational programming). In all cases, special emphasis may be given to efforts that help the most vulnerable and/or the greatest number of people in our community.

 

Eligible Organizations

Any nonprofit organization serving the Outer Banks is eligible apply — including those organizations that have an active Community Enrichment or Focus Grant with the Community Foundation. Local organizations may be given priority for funding.

Schools and government agencies may be eligible to apply, if it is demonstrated that financial support is not available from other sources.

Churches and faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for projects assisting the wider community (i.e., not just members of their own faith or congregation), and if their outreach does not include the promotion of religious beliefs.

 

Eligible Projects and Grant Expenses

COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants will be awarded to support the direct costs of a charitable project or program (e.g., supplies, equipment, food, educational materials, program staff). Operating, overhead, and indirect costs are not eligible for grant funding.

Contract help and/or additional program staff may be eligible if used for extra personnel hired or augmented to meet a need related to the COVID-19 crisis. Grants are to be used for program staff only; neither administrative nor management staff time is eligible.

Grants will be paid on a reimbursement basis for actual costs incurred. Grant expenses usually must be substantiated by third-party documentation (e.g., receipts, statements, invoices). These documents should be generated from your vendor, not from your organization, with some exceptions, including grants for program scholarships, and grants to provide direct financial assistance to individuals. Please discuss this with our staff. Grants for staff time will be paid upon the furnishing of timesheets; you may download our timesheet template here.

 

How and When To Apply

Update on January 14, 2021: The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofits for an eighth round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants. We are especially encouraging grant proposals from groups addressing childcare and educational needs while remote learning continues in Dare County through March.

This cycle, COVID-related requests must be submitted by 5pm on Thursday, January 21, 2021 via a one- or two-page letter, plus attached project budget.

In addition, for this cycle, all applicants are required to submit a statement of actual revenue and expenses for their organization for the 2020 calendar year. This statement should be signed by the organization’s executive director, president, treasurer, or finance manager. It should include all income received and expenses paid between the dates of January 1 through December 31. (This can be divided into two statements if the dates of your organization’s fiscal year do not match the calendar year.) Revenue and expenses should be summarized by category (e.g., grants, donations, salaries, rent). If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact our staff.

Funding decisions for Rapid Response Grants will be by Monday, January 25.

 

Evolving Needs

As the COVID-19 crisis evolves, so too will our Rapid Response Grants Program. Please check back frequently with us if your needs change to see if our grants program can help.

If you have a need that does not seem to fit with our parameters, please contact us. As we learn about additional or changing community needs, we may adapt our grant parameters for better inclusivity.

 

We Welcome Your Feedback

The Community Foundation invites your feedback on our grants program. We welcome comments from any nonprofit in any stage of the grants process; whether you have received a grant, just applied for a grant, been declined, or are even just considering applying, we want to hear from you. To submit your feedback anonymously, please use our online questionnaire. Your comments, concerns, praise, and criticism will help us become a better grant-maker for our community. This survey will be open indefinitely, and you can respond multiple times, now and/or in the future. If you would rather give us feedback directly, please call our staff any time at 252-261-8839.