Pope Foundation Will Award $200,000 in Statewide Competitive Grants

September 14, 2016

Deadline to submit applications for Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants has been extended to October 24


RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, the John William Pope Foundation announced they would again offer two statewide competitive grants. North Carolina nonprofits can apply for the 2017 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts and the 2017 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services until October 24, 2016.  The foundation will award $100,000 to a selected nonprofit for an innovative project that will be completed in 2017.  Interested organizations should visit the foundation’s website at www.jwpf.org for more information and application instructions.

“Traditionally, the Pope Foundation’s humanitarian and arts giving has focused on needs in the Triangle area,” said foundation Vice President Joyce Pope.  “But we know there are needs across the state and organizations with innovative ideas to address those needs.  This competitive grant program allows us to directly impact communities and inspire North Carolina’s nonprofit network.”

This is the second year the Pope Foundation has offered competitive grants.  In early 2016, the Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra (Fayetteville, N.C.) received the arts grant to create an instrument lending library for their youngest musicians.  Safelight Family Services (Hendersonville, NC) received the human services grant for the expansion of Dandelion, a nonprofit restaurant that provides jobs training for survivors of domestic violence.

Joy W. Pope was the wife of the late entrepreneur and foundation namesake, John William Pope.  She was president of the foundation from 1986-1992, a founding member of the Raleigh Fine Arts Society, and an early supporter of Carolina Ballet.  The John William Pope Foundation works to improve the well being of citizens through the advancement of individual freedom and personal responsibility.  Since 1986, the foundation has given more than $100 million to nonprofits.




Revised to reflect new deadline on 10/10/16