this summer and fall, the Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded
more than $150,000 in grants to over 35 local nonprofits, including
several on Hatteras Islsand. The grants will assist with a wide range
of community efforts, from food assistance to special needs programs,
public safety to animal welfare, educational efforts to athletic
programs for youth.
September, the Beach Food Pantry and Meals on Wheels each received
grants through the Community Enrichment Program, which is the
Community Foundation’s broadest grant-making program. The Pantry
was awarded $5,000 for a back-up generator for emergency purposes,
and Meals on Wheels (run by the Albemarle Commission) received $9,000
to deliver meals to home-bound seniors from Kill Devil Hills who
would otherwise not be served.
grant dollars are generously contributed from families, businesses,
and other entities across the Outer Banks,” said Lorelei Costa, the
Community Foundation’s executive director. “It is thanks to our
donors that we can support such a variety of urgent and exciting
charitable needs in our community.”
June, the Community Foundation awarded 14 additional Community
Enrichment Grants. The Children and Youth Partnership received
$22,325 for its new center in Manteo, and the N.C. Coastal Federation
received $15,000 for a dock at its new center in Wanchese. An award
of $5,500 to the Outer Banks Chorus will renovate the group’s
trailer and risers, and an award of $2,667 to the Friends of Jockey’s
Ridge will purchase three benches at the Visitors Center of this
Dare Education Foundation and the N.C. Lions VIP Fishing Tournament
each received capacity-building grants in June for new computers,
software, and/or board development, and Food for Thought received
$5,000 for personal hygiene “pantries” in Dare County’s
secondary schools. Saltwater Connections received a grant of $5,000
to preserve historic interviews of Hatteras and Ocracoke islanders.
The Outer Banks Tennis Association received $3,050 for camp
scholarships and tennis clinics on Hatteras, and Feline Hope received
$12,000 for low-cost spay, neuter, and vaccination clinics.
Community Foundation also awarded its 2016 Pauline Wright grants this
summer, which assist people with disabilities from Dare and
Currituck. The Southern Shores Volunteer Fire Department received
$2,396 for beach wheelchairs, the Town of Nags Head received $5,000
for accessible playground equipment at Dowdy Park, and Mane and Taill
received $10,100 for program scholarships for children and adults
with special needs. The Dowdy Park grant was also assisted by the
David Aycock Loy Memorial Fund.
addition, this summer and fall, the Community Foundation also awarded
over $22,000 in grants from six donor-advised funds, which are funds
managed on behalf of businesses and families who recommend the grants
that are awarded. Grant recipients included the Hatteras Island
Rescue Squad, Interfaith Community Outreach, Outer Banks SPCA,
Ruthie’s Kitchen, the Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills Fire
Departments, the Community Care Clinic of Dare, Outer Banks Relief
Foundation, Hatteras Village Medical Center, GEM Adult Day Services,
Special Olympics, the Outer Banks Repeater Association, OBX Pride,
the Outer Banks Wrestling Club, Food Bank of the Albemarle, Holy
Redeemer by the Sea, St. Andrews by the Sea, the Town of Southern
Shores, and the Dare County Association of Fire Officers.
Community Foundation is still accepting applications for its last
Community Enrichment Grants cycle of the year. The last application
deadline in 2016 will be Friday, Oct. 28. 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.
Enrichment Grants support all charitable categories, including arts
and culture, animal welfare, children/youth, disaster relief and
prevention, education, the environment, health, historic
interpretation and preservation, and other human services.
Community Foundation also has dedicated funds to award this cycle for
environmental projects in Ocracoke, as well as health and wellness
programs anywhere in the Outer Banks. For more information and to
submit an application online, visit the Community Foundation website
can contribute to any of the Community Foundation’s grant-making
funds. All undesignated gifts are added to the Community Fund, which
is the Community Foundation’s largest grant-making endowment.
Donations may be made securely online at www.obcf.org/donate.
Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public charity that connects
people who care with causes that matter. The Community Foundation
manages $13 million in 135 charitable funds for individuals and
charitable grants to local nonprofits, administers
45 scholarship funds, and
provides tailored services
to help donors pursue their charitable interests.
Since its inception in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded
more than $7 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits