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Impact-NC Grant and Philanthropy Course

ImpactNC is a foundation board run in conjunction with HBEH 611: Philanthropy as a Tool for Social Change, a course at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offered in the Spring semester. The course is supported by the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Buckley Public Service Scholars program and partially funded by the Learning by Giving Foundation, with the purpose of supporting sustainable, long-term change in North Carolina communities. To supplement in-class learning experiences on the history, models, and current state of philanthropy, participating students design, publicize and award grants to select organizations actively supporting vulnerable communities in North Carolina. Grants are awarded each spring.

Impact-NC Grant

2022 MISSION STATEMENT (this changes each semester based on the focus area of the class)

ImpactNC 2022 is a UNC undergraduate course that seeks to connect with and financially support a non-profit based in Orange County and surrounding areas that sustainably addresses economic inequities.

ImpactNC seeks proposals from non-profit organizations that address economic inequities in their communities in order to promote equity and general well-being.We also recognize that economic inequity is an intersectional issue and your organization may work to address issues that overlap with economic instability, including, but not limited to: food scarcity, mental health, access to care, employment, intimate partner violence.


Applications for this year’s ImpactNC grant are currently open and proposals will be accepted until Monday, March 28 at 5pm. Please view the Request for Proposals for details about this grant process.

You may access the grant application here.

If there are any questions or challenges accessing the application link, please email ImpactNC.

In order to be eligible, organization must:

  • Align with the stated focus area.
  • Be registered as a 501(c)(3) organization with EIN as proof.
  • Be located in or serving the people of Alamance, Chatham, Orange, Caswell, and/or Person County in North Carolina.
  • Spend grant money within one year of receiving funds.
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.


Please direct questions to the course instructors, Lynn Blanchard or Becca Bender.