The Community Foundation has separate, annual grant application cycles for several special focus areas. These applications are usually due on the last Friday of April each year, and awarded on the first Thursday of June.

1. Animal Welfare. We currently have three special focus funds that benefit animals. In any given year, the Community Foundation may award separate grants from each of the animals funds (especially for projects that meet the special preference of a fund); or, grants may be combined from the animal funds into one or two larger grants.

a) The All God’s Creatures Fund awards grants to nonprofit organizations and other tax-exempt entities for charitable projects that protect, rehabilitate, and care for animals, both domestic and wild.

b) The Adams-Brown Fund for Animals provides grants to charitable organizations that provide homes for dogs, with a preference for supporting foster care programs.

c) The Schiffman Fund for Animals 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 our animal funds are smaller, any organization requesting $1,000 or less can apply with a simple, one-page letter that explains the 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, it can apply for matching funds through our online application.

2. Aviation Education. The Community Foundation awards one grant each year from our Aviation Education Fund. Because it is a smaller fund, organizations requesting $500 or less can apply for Aviation Education Grants with a simple, one-page letter that explains the project 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, it can apply for matching funds through our online application.

3. Opportunities for People with Disabilities. The Community Foundation has three special focus funds to help organizations supporting people with disabilities. In any given year, the Community Foundation may award separate grants from these separate funds; or, funds may be combined to award larger grants. Applications for these funds must be submitted through our online application.

a) The David Aycock Loy Memorial Fund is designated for charitable organizations that serve children on the Outer Banks with developmental disabilities 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.

b) The Pauline Wright Endowment for Currituck funds educational, cultural, social, and developmental programs for people in Currituck County with Down syndrome and/or other intellectual/developmental disabilities. Priority is given to programs in the Currituck Public Schools, programs benefitting children, and/or job-training and life skills programs. Grant awards are available to any qualifying 501c3 charity or government agency.

c) The Pauline Wright Endowment for Dare funds educational, cultural, social, and developmental programs for people in Dare County with Down syndrome and/or other intellectual/developmental disabilities. Priority is given to programs in schools, programs benefitting children, and/or job-training and life skills programs. Grant awards are available to any qualifying 501c3 charity or government agency.