The John William Pope Foundation seeks proposals for its 2017 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts and the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services. The grants, created in memory of Joy W. Pope, seek to fund innovative projects in North Carolina that create sustained value and align with the principles and mission of the John William Pope Foundation.  The deadline for application submissions is October 24, 2016 (revised to accommodate nonprofits who may be dealing with the effects of Hurricane Matthew).

With the goal to improve the well being of North Carolinians, the John William Pope Foundation makes grants to support public policy groups, educational institutions, humanitarian efforts, and the arts.  The Foundation’s mission is to ensure future generations have the same opportunities as John William Pope – the freedom to live, work, pursue individual interests, sustain family, and prosper.  From its first grant in 1986 to the present, the Foundation’s giving has totaled over $100 million, primarily to charities and organizations in North Carolina.

The wife of the late John William Pope, Joy W. Pope was the Foundation’s first president and longtime board member of the organization.  Her enthusiasm for philanthropy was instrumental in developing the Foundation’s long history of arts giving in the state.  The Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants in the honor Mrs. Pope’s longtime commitment to North Carolina.

 

2017 Joy W. Pope Grant in the Arts and the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services

Organizations who are interested in applying should review the guidelines below (guidelines apply to both grants) and download the applicable Request for Applications.  Specific instructions and pertinent contact information are contained in the Request for Applications.

Guidelines

  • The applicant organization must be an IRS-designated 501(c) 3 charitable organization based in North Carolina, serving a population in the state.
  • Organizations should submit no more than one project for consideration.
  • Applications for general support are discouraged.
  • Past and current Pope Foundation grantees are eligible to apply.
  • The Joy W. Pope award is not a continuing grant and will be issued one time.
  • Proposed projects can be, but are not limited to: capital improvements (new or existing facilities), program development and execution, management development/capacity building, equipment, and technology.

Submission

The deadline for application submissions is October 24, 2016 (revised to accommodate nonprofits who may be dealing with the effects of Hurricane Matthew).  Applications may be emailed OR mailed for consideration (please choose just one method).  The contact person listed on the cover sheet will be notified of the application’s receipt via email within 10 business days.

Notification

Once all applications have been reviewed, the Board of Directors will select one project for funding.  The selected organization’s president/CEO will be notified by phone around January 15, 2017.  If the president cannot be reached, the contact person listed on the cover sheet will be notified (unless the organization specifies otherwise).

Organizations whose projects are not selected for funding will receive mailed notification by February 15, 2017.  Due to the high number of applicants we will not be able to reach out to non-selected organizations by phone.  We appreciate your understanding in this area.

 

2017 Arts Grant – Request for Applications (Word Document)

2017 Arts Grant – Request for Applications (PDF)

 

2017 Human Services Grant – Request for Applications (Word Document)

2017 Human Services Grant – Request for Applications (PDF)