Community Grants

Community Grant Program — Relaunching 2020

Carolinas Foundation grants support to Credit Union which impacts our Areas of Focus: Improving, Feeding and Healing and Touching Our Youth
The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation’s Micro Community Grant program, from 2005-2009, spearheaded through the credit union chapter network, provided nearly $1 million in grants to small non-profits in local communities and the Foundation is excited to relaunch the Community Grant Program in 2020! With COVID-19, our country’s most vulnerable communities have been the hardest hit and non-profits will play a vital role in strengthening our recovery.
The Foundation works with credit unions and partners throughout the Carolinas who are striving each day to enrich our communities. As not-for-profit cooperative financial institutions, credit unions are leading a movement that connects consumers with the opportunities they need to achieve financial success. To bolster those efforts, the Carolinas Foundation will once again be partnering with the Chapter System to support projects and programs spearheaded by local non-profits that support our youth.
Starting in 2020, the Carolinas Foundation will be awarding non-profits selected by credit union Chapters $2,500 Community Grants, matching fundraising efforts. That means that if a Chapter raises $2,500 for a local non-profit, the Foundation will match that amount! These grants are donations to vital community non-profits and furthers the credit union philosophy of “people-helping-people.” Carolinas Foundation Community Grants will support youth initiatives including those focused on:
  • Improving: social and economic conditions for vulnerable communities.
  • Feeding: solutions for food insecurity challenges.
  • Healing: opportunities for those in hospitals and outpatient facilities and overcoming mental health challenges.
  • Teaching: financial and economic principles.

The Carolinas Foundation’s goal is to convene thought leaders, volunteer coordinators and community partners to help credit unions achieve greater community impact!

How does a non-profit organization apply for a grant?

This program will be directed by the Chapter network in the Carolinas. The process is as follows:
  • A Chapter designates a potential non-profit organization in the community to support that focuses on the improving, feeding, healing and teaching our youth. We encourage Chapters to give special consideration to non-profits that can utilize credit union volunteers (mindful of social distancing of course). Each chapter will establish a Chapter contact for the non-profit.
  • The non-profit organization will be instructed by the Chapter contact to submit the required Grant Application Form (link coming soon) and return it to the Chapter contact who can share it with the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation. This form will be used by the Foundation to verify that the organization is a 501(c)3 organization and in good standing. This form will also provide the non-profit an opportunity to share specific program or project details that can be used by the Foundation and Chapter for selection and promotional purposes.
  • After grant approval from the Carolinas Foundation, the Chapter contact will notify the non-profit and fundraising by the Chapter can begin! There are many virtual ideas for Chapter fundraising and the Foundation is also happy to help with virtual auctions and online donations.
  • Once fundraising is completed, the Chapter will request a grant check from the Foundation using a designated Grant Request Form (link coming soon). The check can be mailed directly to the non-profit or the Chapter for distribution. We encourage Chapters to host grant check presentations with the non-profit who can publicize their support from the credit union industry! The Foundation and its Board of Directors is always happy to participate in fundraising activities and grant check presentations (even if it is all virtual).

How will these grants be funded?

Funding for this collaborative grant program will be supported by:

  • Direct donations from our industry to the Community Grant Fund
  • Fundraising events to support the Community Grant Fund
  • Investment earnings from the new Community Endowment Fund at Vizo Financial. Unlike a traditional endowment, credit unions will retain ownership of the deposit in the Community Endowment Fund and 100% of the interest will be shared with the Foundation to support matched grants with our Chapters. This will be a 0% yield deposit account on a credit union’s balance sheet and callable after five years. Both members and non-members of Vizo will be eligible to participate.

What non-profit organizations have received a Community Grant from the Carolinas Foundation?

2019
Children’s Home Society of North Carolina – North Piedmont Chapter – SC
Project 658 – Piedmont Chapter – SC

2009
Billy Hardee Home for Boys – Pee Dee Chapter – SC
Birthright of Charleston – Charleston Chapter – SC
Generations Group Home – Piedmont Chapter – SC
Heartstrings – North Piedmont Chapter – NC
Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood Development – Tarheel Chapter – NC
Sistercare – Columbia Chapter – SC
The Care House of the Pee Dee – Pee Dee Chapter – SC
The Recovering Sight Foundation – Pee Dee Chapter – SC
Hospitality House of Winston Salem – Northwest Chapter – NC

2008
Boys & Girls Homes/Family Foster Care & Adoption – Southeast Chapter – NC
Beaufort Marine Institute – Charleston Chapter – SC
Children First/Communities in Schools – Foothills Chapter – NC
Children’s Attention Home – Catawba Chapter – SC
Cooperative Christian Ministry – Foothills Chapter – NC
Family Care Center of Catawba County – Foothills Chapter – NC
Fusion Warehouse – Piedmont Chapter – SC
Girls Scouts of Eastern South Carolina – Pee Dee Chapter – SC
Homes for Life – Piedmont Chapter – SC
Homes of Hope – Piedmont Chapter – SC
Hope for the Warriors – Southeast Chapter – NC
Horse Power – Piedmont Chapter – NC
Next Step Ministries – Northwest Chapter – NC
North Augusta Cultural Arts Council – Columbia Chapter – SC
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital – Columbia Chapter – SC
Power House Youth Center – Western Chapter – NC
Tender Hearts Ministries – Catawba Chapter – SC
The Care House – Pee Dee Chapter – SC
Winston Salem Rescue Mission – Northwest Chapter – NC
WNC House of Hope – Western Chapter – NC

2007
Alamance County Community Services Agency – North Piedmont Chapter – NC
Allegro Foundation – Piedmont Chapter – NC
Crossroads Group Home – Piedmont Chapter – SC
Eblen Charities – Western Chapter – NC
Fostering Hope – Pee Dee Chapter – SC
Free Clinic of Reidsville – North Piedmont Chapter – NC
Fusion Warehouse – Piedmont Chapter – SC
Generations Group Homes – Piedmont Chapter – SC
Helping Hands Clinic – Foothills Chapter – NC
Homes for Life – Piedmont Chapter – SC
Mary’s House – Piedmont Chapter – SC
NC Sustainable Build Design Competition – Tarheel Chapter – NC
The Recovering Sight Foundation – Pee Dee Chapter – SC
Sanctuary House – North Piedmont Chapter – NC
Serenity Chapel – Columbia Chapter – SC
Timmonsville Boys & Girls Club – Pee Dee Chapter – SC
Winston Salem Street School – Northwest Chapter – NC

2006
Adult Life Programs – Foothills Chapter – NC
Child Abuse Prevention Association – Charleston Chapter – SC
Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse – Charleston Chapter – SC
Crisis Control Ministry – Northwest Chapter – NC
Crossroads Group Home – Piedmont Chapter – SC
Durham Rescue Mission – Tarheel Chapter – NC
High Point Boys & Girls Club – North Piedmont Chapter – NC
Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center – North Piedmont Chapter – NC
Low Country Orphan Relief – Charleston Chapter – SC
Raleigh Rescue Mission – Tarheel Chapter – NC
Sexual Trauma & Counseling Center – Piedmont Chapter – SC
Sumter Boys & Girls Club – Pee Dee Chapter – SC

2005
Providence Home – Southeast Chapter – NC