Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant Funds

Overview

Through the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant Funds, the Foundation seeks to foster innovation and model solutions across North Carolina. Read more about our application process below.

The Arts Fund

As North Carolina continues to grow and evolve, so have the state’s art traditions. Today, North Carolinians from Murphy to Manteo celebrate, host, and create in venues of all sizes and varieties. Through the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts, we hope to support innovative ideas and highlight the valuable contributions arts make to our communities. 

We will award up to $100,000 for our 2022-2023 application cycle. The process and requirements are the same for both the arts and human services grant funds. Scroll down to learn more about the grants and to start an application.

Human Services Fund

Across North Carolina, nonprofits extend a hand up to those in need and, in doing so, directly contribute to the flourishing of self-empowered citizens. Through the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services, we hope to support innovative ideas and highlight the creative projects that are making our communities stronger, better places to live, work, and play.

We will award up to $100,000 for our 2022-2023 application cycle. The requirements are the same for both the arts and human services grant funds. Scroll down to learn more about the grants and start an application.

Guidelines for both grants

We designed the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant Funds to recognize innovative projects across all spectrums of arts and human service work. However, the grants are not intended for medical research. Your proposed project could be an entirely new creation, something that changes how things are done (ex: improving processes, procedures, equipment, facilities, etc.); an endeavor that expands your scope of work (ex: reaching new populations). Regardless of your proposed project, the result should be a quantifiable gain for the organization and the people it serves.

  • Organizations are limited to one project-specific proposal.
  • Eligible projects include capital improvements (new or existing), program development and execution, equipment, and technology. This list is not exhaustive, and we will consider other grant purposes.
  • Proposed projects should not entirely consist of general operating support.
  • Proposed projects should not be endowment, debt relief, or crisis funding requests.
  • Projects should be complete by the end of the granting year, and we will ask grant recipients to submit a final report.

Fund amounts

In 2020, the amended our funding model. Our grant recipients shared how Covid-19 heavily impacted their work and how they needed to change plans, budgets, and more. In response, we gave our applicants more flexibility by offering a funding pool, rather than one large prize. In 2022, we will continue that model.

Each grant fund will offer up to $100,000 in grants – potentially resulting in more than one award. Organizations should apply for an amount between $20,000 – $100,000. 

Application information

Applications are accepted from July 1 – September 15, 2022, for funding that we will award in January 2023. Applications can be submitted online. If your organization cannot complete an online application, please contact us at (919) 871-3329.

Required Information:

  • Basic contact information.
  • A project narrative that includes a description of your project, the project's timeline, details about whom the project will serve/reach, explanations of how you will measure the project's success, brief descriptions of the key people involved in the project and any relevant qualifications, details about how you are obtaining funding for the project, and what specific portion of the total cost that the grant will fund.
  • A copy of your most recent 990, if you file a full return. If you do not, please submit a copy of your IRS Letter of Determination showing the tax-exempt status.
  • A copy of your most recent audited financials (if you don't perform audits, a balance sheet for the most recent completed fiscal year reflecting assets, liabilities, and net assets is sufficient).
  • List of current board members/officers and staff.
  • Project budget (entire project--not just the portion of the project that the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant will be supporting).

You will be able to enter all the requested information and upload attachments (all common file types supported) through the application portal. After submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email and a personalized confirmation email.

Our online application will go live on July 1, 2022.

 

Timeline

  • Applications accepted: July 1 - September 15, 2022
  • Committee review: September 16 – December 1, 2022
  • Board makes final decisions: December 2022
  • The selected organization notified and grant issued: January 2023
  • Public announcement: Early 2023
  • Final report from the selected organization due: January 2024

Evaluation criteria

Pope Foundation staff reviews grant proposals and make recommendations. Our board of directors makes the final decision. Evaluation questions we ask are:

  • Is the project consistent with the mission and values of the Pope Foundation?
  • Does the proposed project create something new, do something better, or do something differently?
  • Does the proposal detail the need and explain the quantifiable gain for the organization and its clients?
  • Is the project a good use of one-time funds?
  • Is there a viable funding plan if costs continue past the first year of the project?
  • Is the budget practical and necessary?
  • Does the organization seem to implement best practices in their work?
  • Does the organization have the qualifications to do the work?
Questions?

We are unable to provide detailed feedback about your potential proposal before submission. However, if you have questions or need more information, please email us at grants@jwpf.org or call us at 919-871-3329.