Impact NC Grant 2017

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Mission Statement

Impact NC uses the power of philanthropy to support vulnerable populations of North Carolina by funding organizations that promote long-term community betterment.



Impact NC is a foundation board run in conjunction with the Philanthropy as a Tool for Social Change course at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The course is supported by the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Buckley Public Service Scholars program and funded by the Learning by Giving Foundation, with the purpose of supporting sustainable, long-term change within our local community. To supplement in-class learning experiences, the student-led cohort collaborates across committees to design, publicize and award grants to select organizations actively supporting vulnerable communities in North Carolina.

Focus Areas

This year, Impact NC seeks proposals from nonprofit organizations serving refugee and immigrant communities in the state of North Carolina. These organizations must focus on addressing the betterment of these communities through services including, but not limited to:

  • Language proficiency
  • Advocacy and/or legal assistance
  • Financial literacy/empowerment
  • Educational programs
  • Housing and/or employment support
  • Wellness and/or health services


Organizations must:

  • Be registered as a 501(c)(3) organization for a minimum of two years
  • Serve refugee and/or immigrant populations in the state of North Carolina
  • Spend grant money within one year of receiving funds


A total of $10,000 will be distributed between two to five organizations. The average grant awarded is $2,850 and the suggested request is between $2,000 to $6,000.

Application Process

Download and save the ImpactNC_Application2017

Save file as Organization_LastName_FirstName.doc

Email completed application to

Mail to: Carolina Center for Public Service

Attn: Impact NC, CB #3142

Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-3142

Please limit your submission to the application and documents listed in the application. Additional materials will not be considered for review.

Application deadline is 11:59 p.m. March 27, 2017. Mailed copies should be received by the deadline. Applicants will be notified by email to confirm receipt of completed application within one week. Contact IMPACT NC for questions or more information.

2016 IMPACT NC Grant Recipients

The Association of Mexicans in North Carolina Inc. (AMEXCAN)

  • Mission: Promote Mexican and Latino participation in their new communities and encourage the appreciation, understanding and prosperity of the Mexican and Latino community through cultural, educational, leadership, health and advocacy activities.
  • Project: Support a program to increase the education and acquisition of legal wills, living wills and long-term financial plans to create better economic, health and social outcomes in the Latino community.
  • Grant amount: $2,500

Franklin Granville Vance Smart Start, Inc.

  • Mission: To support and strengthen the abilities of families and communities to nurture child development so that children can enter school healthy and ready to succeed.
  • Project: To provide books to children participating in Reach Out and Read program during well-child visits at a local pediatrician office.
  • Grant amount: $1,000

Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe

  • Mission: To protect the interests, identity and rights of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian people; promote the cultural and traditional heritage of the Haliwa-Saponi people of Halifax, Warren and surrounding counties; to promote the advancement of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian people by securing educational, health, economic development, housing, cultural and social programs; to promote, maintain and foster good public relations with local, state, federal and other Tribal governments and business; to promote goodwill, peace and harmony within the Tribal community and other Indian Tribes; and to serve as a forum through which concerns and issues of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian people may be addressed.
  • Project: To purchase technological equipment for digital learning labs to implement Summer Learning Academy and after-school academic intervention for 21st-century learners; combatting the summer learning loss and eliminating the barrier of limited access to technology for academic enrichment for K-12 students in the tribal community.
  • Grant amount: $2,500

White Oak Elementary School Pre-Kindergarten

  • Mission: The White Oak Elementary School Pre-Kindergarten Program is designed to provide high-quality educational experiences to enhance school readiness for eligible four-year-old children. By September 2018, 50 percent of children entering kindergarten will demonstrate school readiness as measured by the North Carolina K3 Assessment.
  • Project: Grant funds will be used to purchase a partial list of the required furnishings as mandated by the North Carolina Pre-K Program Guidelines for the additional Pre-Kindergarten classroom that targets middle-class families struggling with poverty in a rural, low-wealth district in northeastern North Carolina.
  • Grant amount: $5,000