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Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation Grant

Grants to North Carolina and South Carolina Nonprofits and
Agencies for Projects to Benefit Economically Needy Residents

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Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation

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Deadline Date:

04/01/21 Receipt by the close of business


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Grants to North Carolina and South Carolina nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible areas for projects that benefit economically needy residents. Applicants are required to speak with a program officer prior to applying. Organizations must be located in North and South Carolina, with special emphasis on the Metrolina region and western North Carolina.

The Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for the economically poor, especially women, children, and elderly, by supporting effective education, health care, and social service organizations that have systemic impact and empower those without a voice. Through the Foundation's grantmaking, the goal is to give those experiencing poverty access to services and opportunities that foster self-sufficiency and self-determination and transform that quality of their lives in a sustainable way.

Types of Requests Considered: Applications for the following categories of projects, programs, and services will generally be eligible for consideration for the Foundation. However, decisions regarding eligibility, approval, and the amount of the grant are at the sole discretion of the Foundation.

  • Ongoing operating experiences for individual organizations. The organization must show evidence in the grant application that it is actively developing a diverse base of support.
  • Specific program or project expenses.

The Foundation will consider requests for equipment and furnishings and, to a limited extent, renovation projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171884

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation will award grants only to organizations qualified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or units of local or state government. Tax-exempt health care, education, and social service organizations or units of local government in North and South Carolina, which meet the Foundation's criteria, as listed in Foundation Focus, are eligible to apply to the Foundation for a grant.

The Foundation invests in ecumenical, collaborative, and multi-cultural non-profit organizations whose missions are consistent with the Sisters of Mercy, whose expertise is respected, and which effect positive change for individuals and families and the systems that impact them. Consistent with the values of the Foundation, organizations which serve with compassion and respect for the dignity of each person are supported.

Items/Organizations Generally Ineligible for Grants: The Foundation does not award grants to individuals or private foundations not does it award grants to organizations to be used as a pass-through funds for another organization that is not a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization or a government entity. The Foundation does not ordinarily support:
- Projects, programs, or organizations that serve relatively few people.
- Church programs that do not have a separate 501(c)(3) designation
- Conferences and travel
- Capital or annual fundraising campaigns
- Administrative overhead
- Scholarships
- Private schools
- Research studies
- Units of federal government
- Political activities
- Publication of newsletters, magazines, books, and the production of videos
- Endowment funds

Pre-Application Information:

Full Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Grant Application Summary Cutoff: March 1, 2021.

Grants will generally be awarded three times per year. Applications must be in the Foundation's office by the close of business on the deadline for submission or the first business day thereafter if the deadline falls on a holiday or weekend. The following dates in the application and review cycle apply:
- Application Deadline: December 1. Grant Decision Made: February
- Application Deadline: April 1. Grant Decision Made: June
- Application Deadline: August 1. Grant Decision Made: November

Grant Application Process:
- Step 1: Program Officer Conversation. All potential applicants must first have a phone conversation with a Program Officer to discuss the need for funding and request a Grant Application Summary. . You may request an appointment with a Program Officer by emailing or calling the Foundation. Ideally, this conversation should begin well in advance of the cycle deadlines.
- Step 2: Grant Application Summary. The Grant Application Summary is the first stage of the Foundation's process. It is an on-line form intended to provide the Foundation staff with enough preliminary information to assess whether or not the request can be considered, without requiring as much depth and detail as the full Grant Application. In order to be eligible for consideration in a particular full Grant Application cycle, Grant Application Summaries must be received by the designated cut-off date prior to that full Grant Application deadline.
- Step 3: Grant Application. If the Grant Application Summary receives an affirmative decision, the Foundation will provide the applicant with the on-line Grant Application in order to proceed with formal consideration of the funding request.

At the Foundation's discretion, interviews at the applicant's office, the project site and the Foundation office may be a part of the review process.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To request an appointment with a program officer, please send an email to

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation Inc.
P.O. Box 987
Belmont, NC 28012

(704) 366-0087 - Phone
(704) 366-8850 - Fax

Grant Coverage Areas:

Metrolina and Western North Carolina regions.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina;   South Carolina

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