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ImpactNC 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. Grants are awarded each spring. To learn more about ImpactNC and the philanthropy course, visit the class blog.



ImpactNC’s mission is to fund sustainable, grassroots organizations working to address adult literacy in Eastern North Carolina’s rural communities. We understand literacy as a critical means of promoting increased equity and upward mobility, as well as a tool for individual empowerment across sectors such as education, economic development, and healthcare access. 

This year’s board is in search of proposals aimed at addressing adult literacy in rural North Carolina through nonprofits located in or serving the counties east of I-95. Organizations can address any aspect of literacy including, but not limited to: foundational literacy, financial literacy, healthcare literacy, digital literacy, and civic literacy.



In light of the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, ImpactNC 2020 is still committed to providing funding through this grant process.

Applications for ImpactNC grants are currently open. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 27th (this is an extension from the original deadline to allow for potential impacts of COVID-19).  Applicants will be notified by email to confirm receipt of a completed application. Final grant decisions will be emailed to all applicants by the end of April 2020.

In order to submit your grant, follow the steps below:
    1. View the Request for Proposals
    2. Download and save the Application_ImpactNC2020.doc
    3. Save file as Organization_ImpactNC2020.doc
    4. Email completed application to ImpactNC


  • Organizations must be registered as 501(c)(3) organizations.
  • Organizations are located or serving rural counties in North Carolina east of I-95
  • Organizations will spend grant money within one year of receipt
  • Programs funded must serve adults aged 18+
  • Programs must address aspects of literacy as mentioned above
For questions, email ImpactNC.

Philanthropy Course

Philanthropy as a Tool for Social Change (HBEH 611-spring) is a three-credit hour service-learning course offered through the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Buckley Public Service Scholars program and The Learning by Giving Program. Through this course, students learn about and experience the process of awarding grants to local agencies. Throughout the course, students function as a committee and are responsible for researching the needs of North Carolina, designing grant award criteria, drafting and distributing a request for proposals, reviewing submissions, and awarding $10,000 to select community organizations. In addition to meeting weekly and participating in the grant-making process, students learn about the nonprofit sector and the philosophy and practice of philanthropy through readings, class exercises and guest speakers. Students interested in taking the course submit applications that will be reviewed by a student committee. Preference is given to participants in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program. The course is designated to fulfill the EE (Experiential Education) requirement as well as the BPSS service-learning component.