The Pope Foundation has two main grant programs – annual grants and the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant program. Read below to learn more.

Annual Grants

The John William Pope Foundation’s philanthropic vision is rooted in improving the well-being of North Carolinians through the advancement of individual freedom and personal responsibility. To achieve this the Foundation’s giving is directed to four grant priorities: public policy, education, human services, and the arts.

The Foundation accepts requests for general operating and project-specific grants in all of the four priority areas on a rolling basis. However grants are issued only twice a year — in the spring (public policy and higher education) and the fall (K-12 education, human services, and the arts). Urgent needs and projects that fall between meeting times may be considered at the discretion of the board.

Review our application guidelines for more information.

Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants in Art & Human Services

The Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant Program is an annual competitive grant opportunity for organizations in the arts and human services. Through the two grants, the foundation seeks to foster innovation and model solutions across the Tar Heel State. Since 2015, the Pope Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million to North Carolina nonprofits.

Each of the two grants offered awards up to $100,000 in project-specific funding. Applications for the 2021 grants will be accepted between June 15 – September 15, 2020.  You can read more about the individual grant opportunities and past recipients on the grant program page.