Application Guidelines

The John William Pope Foundation invests in improving the well-being of North Carolinians.

The Foundation welcomes proposals from tax-exempt organizations. Organizations should review the Grant Priorities and Apply sections of our website before starting an application. No letter of inquiry or invitation is required. We accept applications on a rolling basis, but grants are primarily issued twice a year (fall and spring).


Information about our timelines, links to applications, and FAQ. 

Funding Opportunities

Details about our two funding opportunities.

Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants in Art & Human Services

The Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants in Arts & Human Services are offered once a year (usually due by early September). As the name indicates, we offer two $100,000 grants – one for a human services project and one for an arts project. You can read more about the grant program here. A brief overview is also below.

1. The arts grant is designed for projects in visual arts, performing arts, and literary arts that serve the greater community.

2. The human services grant is designed for projects in employment/occupation preparation, skills training, youth development (including childhood literacy/wellness intervention), and crisis services (including abuse, hunger relief, housing, mental health, and addiction among others). Other purposes may be considered, however the human services grant is not intended for medical research.


Annual Grant Application


Memorial Grant Application