Giving and Geographic Focus

The John William Pope Foundation has four main giving areas: public policy research, higher education, human services, and the arts.

  • Public policy – The foundation prioritizes organizations that advance free-market principles and organizations that are based in North Carolina and/or doing work that directly impacts North Carolina public policy.
  • Education – The foundation prioritizes institutions that encourage intellectual diversity and critical thinking and are based in North Carolina and/or doing work that directly impacts North Carolina higher education and K-12 education.
  • Human Services – The foundation prioritizes organizations that encourage opportunity and personal responsibility and are based in Wake and Vance Counties and/or doing work that benefits residents of Wake and Vance Counties.
  • The Arts – The foundation prioritizes organizations that create and promote the arts through performance and education and are based in Wake and Vance Counties and/or doing work that benefits residents of Wake and Vance Counties.

Timing and Review

The John William Pope Foundation accepts proposals for general funding and special project requests throughout the year. However, we only act on proposals twice a year. Urgent needs and projects that fall between meeting times may be considered at the discretion of the board.

  • Public policy and higher education proposals are considered in the spring. We request your applications for these grants by Monday, February 24, 2020 (last Monday of February). Decisions are typically made by mid to late May, though sometimes they are made earlier.
  • K-12 education, human services and arts proposals are considered in the fall.  We request your applications for these grants by Monday, August 31, 2020 (last Monday of August). Decisions are typically made by mid to late November, though sometimes they are made earlier.
  • Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant Program proposals are considered in the fall. We request your applications for these grants between June 15 – September 15, 2020. Please refer to the grant description page for more information.

Submitting a Proposal

Please use our online portal to submit a grant request. If your application is transmitted successfully you will see both a confirmation page and will receive an emailed copy of your application. If you do not receive these messages, your application may not have transmitted.

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

After we receive your proposal, we will send a confirmation email letting you know when the board will consider your request.

Please contact us by email at info@jwpf.org or by phone 919-871-3329 if you have any concerns that we did not receive your proposal.

Funded Proposals

The board may meet your request in part or in full. The foundation will email an award letter to the person designated as the leader of the organization on the application. The person designated as the grant contact will be cc’d on the email. The letter will contain instructions and steps that must be completed in order to receive funds. The letter will also explain the basic reporting guidelines for your grant, so please keep it for reference. A paper copy will not be mailed unless requested.

Declined Proposals

If the board does not fund your proposal, you are always welcome to apply again. The foundation will email a declination letter to the person designated as the leader of the organization on the application. The person designated as the grant contact will be cc’d on the email. A paper copy will not be mailed unless requested.

Grant Reporting Information

All grant recipients are required to submit updated financial records during the award year, including the most recent IRS Form 990 and annual audit. An annual report or letter summarizing your annual activities is also required. Some restricted/project-specific grants may ask for additional reporting. Please refer to your signed grant agreement letter to ensure you submit the required information.

An online portal to submit your restricted grant report is offered here.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions? 

If you have questions about the grant application process, please contact us at grants@jwpf.org or at (919) 871-3329. If you have questions about your grant reporting process, please contact the appropriate program officer.