Thanks for your interest in applying for a grant from the John William Pope Foundation.  Below you’ll find answers to commonly asked questions and information about our application process.


Who can apply for a grant from the John William Pope Foundation?

To be eligible for a grant, an organization must be tax-exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)3.  The Pope Foundation cannot and does not make contributions to action organizations or to individuals.  Organizations must have obtained their official tax-exempt status in order to receive funds from the Pope Foundation.


What are the Pope Foundation’s core areas of giving?

The Pope Foundation’s core areas of giving include arts, human services, education, and public policy nonprofits.  Please review our list of grantees and our stated mission to see if your organization and project fit with our giving focus.


When should an organization apply for a grant from the Pope Foundation?

Traditionally, the Foundation considers grant requests twice a year.  Urgent needs and projects that fall between meeting times may be considered at the discretion of the board.  To be considered for a spring 2017 grant, we kindly request public policy and education-focused nonprofits submit application online by Monday, February 27, 2017. Human service and arts nonprofit proposals will be accepted, but will not be considered for funding until fall 2017.

The Pope Foundation accepts applications for the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants in the Arts and Human Services once each year.  The application window has closed for the 2017 cycle.


How should an organization apply for a grant and what information should be submitted?

If possible, we ask that organizations use our online portal.  Should you need to submit a hard copy request, download this paper application. .  Please be prepared to fully complete the application, as there is no ‘save and return’ feature.  The online application will request the following information:

To be entered by the applicant

  • Organization contact information (address, website, phone, fax)
    • Mission (500 character maximum)
    • History (1800 character max)
  • Application contact information (name, title, email, phone, fax, mobile)
  • CEO contact information (name, title, email, phone, fax, mobile)
  • Amount of request
  • Summary of proposal (200 word maximum)


To be uploaded/attached to the online application as separate documents

  • Long proposal (Please include information about your project or organization’s goals/objectives and measurements.  I.e. how will you define success?)
  • IRS Form 990 (organization’s most recent)
  • Audited financials (organization’s most recent)
  • Official tax exempt affirmation letter
  • Additional supporting documentation (if applicable)


These items are required in order to receive a grant from the Pope Foundation.  Please reduce the size of your attached files if possible.  Attachments cannot be larger than 50 MB.

At the end of the grant application process, you will receive an email confirming that we have received your proposal.  If you have problems uploading attachments, please submit the application without them and mail a hard copy of the requested documents to: John William Pope Foundation, 4601 Six Forks Rd, Ste, 300, Raleigh NC 27609.

While we strive to reply to all proposals we receive, we occasionally may need additional time to review your proposal.  We thank you in advance for your patience as you wait for a reply.


Begin your online application here.

Begin your paper application here.