When do you accept proposals?

Traditionally, we consider grant requests twice a year.  Urgent needs and projects that fall between meeting times may be considered at the discretion of the board.  Soft deadlines are offered to encourage plenty of review time for staff and board.  Please contact us if our deadlines are not possible for you to meet.

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 26, 2018 (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 27, 2018 (last Monday of August). 


When do you accept applications for the competitive memorial grant program?

We accept applications for the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants in the Arts and Human Services once each year. The 2019 Memorial Grant application window is June 1, 2018 – August 30, 2018.  An online application will be live on June 1.


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 (includes limited K-12 education giving): Wake and Vance Counties, sometimes extending into the Triangle and/or beyond.

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.


How should I apply?

If possible, we ask that organizations use our online portal.  Please be prepared to fully complete the application, as there is no ‘save and return’ feature.  The online application will request the following information: Organization contact information, mission, history, application contact information, CEO contact information, amount of the request, and a proposal summary.  The application will request the additional information as separate uploaded attachments: long proposal, IRS Form 990, audited financials (or operating budget if an annual audit is not performed, official tax exempt letter.

At the end of the grant application process, you will receive a transmission confirmation message.  Should you need to submit a paper application, we ask that you download this guide.  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.  You will be notified if your proposal will be presented for consideration at one of our two annual meetings.