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.

Application Information

We ask that organizations use our online portal.  You can preview the application without submitting it. A save and resume feature is available, though it will not save attachments.  At the end of the grant application process, you will receive an email confirmation.
If you need to submit a paper application, please 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the deadlines? 

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 application/proposals for the competitive one-time $100,000 grant program?

We accept applications for the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants in Arts and Human Services once each year. The 2019 Memorial Grant application window is June 15, 2018 – September 15, 2018.  An online application will be live on June 15.


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.

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.