Application Information: Annual Grants

We ask that organizations use our online portal to submit a grant request.  You can preview the application without submitting it by downloading our paper application guide.

If you need to submit a paper application, please download this guide.

You will receive a letter indicating we are in receipt of your proposal and when it will be considered by our board.

What are the deadlines? 

The John William Pope Foundation accepts proposals for funding throughout the year. However, we traditionally act on proposals only twice a year spring (April/May) and fall (October/November).  Urgent needs and projects that fall between meeting times may be considered at the discretion of the board.

  • Most public policy and higher education grant requests are considered at our spring board meeting.  We kindly request your applications for these grants by Monday, February 24, 2020 (last Monday of February).
  • Most human service and arts grant requests are considered at our fall board meeting.  We kindly request your applications for these grants by Monday, August 28, 2020 (last Monday of August).

What is the geographic scope of the Foundation’s giving?

The Pope Foundation is open to considering any proposal though there are some general geographic guidelines the Foundation traditionally follows when considering requests:

  • Human services and arts giving: Wake and Vance Counties, sometimes extending into the Triangle.
  • Education (Higher education and student development): Primarily the Triangle, sometimes extending into other parts of the Carolinas.
  • Public Policy: North Carolina or national organizations with a North Carolina research/program focus.

What are typical request amounts? What should my nonprofit request?

There is no magic number or ideal request. If you have a question regarding the suitability of your application, we highly encourage you to review our past year’s grantees.  This will give you an idea of the types of organizations we typically fund.

Application Information: 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. Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants are $100,000 awards, issued in full. No partial request will be considered.
  • The arts grant is designed for projects in visual arts, performing arts, and literary arts that serve the greater community.
  • 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.

What are the deadlines? 

Applications for the 2020 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants will be accepted between June 15 – September 15, 2019.  Awards will be issued no earlier than January 2020.

Applications for the 2021 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants will be accepted between June 15 – September 15, 2020.  Awards will be issued no earlier than January 2021.

What is the geographic focus and who can apply?

Any 501(c) 3 charitable organization in good standing with the IRS, based in North Carolina, and serving North Carolinians is eligible to apply (no letter of inquiry or preapproval needed).

Previous applicants, current grant partners, and former grant partners are all welcome to apply.

Grant Reporting Information: Unrestricted Grants

Please refer to your signed grant agreement letter for guidelines on information needed by the Pope Foundation.

Grant Reporting Information: Restricted Grants

Please refer to your signed grant agreement letter for guidelines on information needed by the Pope Foundation.  An online portal to submit your restricted grant report is offered here.  If you are unsure whether you are required to submit a report, please contact us at (919) 861-6445.