Community Grants

The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation proudly announced the re-launch of the Community Grant program in 2020! The Community Grant Program, spearheaded through the credit union chapter network, provides grants to small non-profits in local communities.

From 2005-2009, the Foundation provided nearly $1 million in grants to small non-profits in North Carolina and South Carolina through the Community Grant Program.

The Carolinas Foundation is now awarding Community Grants to non-profits selected by credit union Chapters or collaborative credit unions, matching fundraising efforts up to $2,500. That means that if a Chapter raises or donates $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.”

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

How can our chapter get involved?

The Chapter network in the Carolinas directs the Community Grants program. The Foundation also welcomes inquiries from multiple credit unions collaborating in areas where chapters may not be active, particularly in rural areas of North and South Carolina. Please contact Lauren Whaley ([email protected]) or Jeff Hardin ([email protected]) if you plan to host a fundraiser for a local non-profit and would like to be considered for a Community Grant.

We encourage Chapters and collaborative credit unions 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 are always happy to participate in fundraising or volunteer activities and grant check presentations.

How can our non-profit be considered for support?

If your non-profit is interested in submitting information about your organization to your local Chapter of credit unions, please complete and submit this request for support form. Your request will be forwarded to the Chapter in your area for review. 

A list of local Chapters and their counties of operation is available here. If known or possible, please share the Chapter you would like the Foundation to contact. 

Please keep the following in mind: 

  • Participation in the Community Grant program is at the discretion of the local Chapter. 
  • The Foundation’s role is to work directly with the Chapter in whatever decisions they make. The Foundation will provide up to $2500 in matching funds in addition to the fundraising or donation total of the Chapter. 
  • Chapter board members are volunteers who plan and host a very limited number of events, including fundraisers, each year. 
  • In order to be considered, the non-profit must have locations and operations in North Carolina and/or South Carolina. 

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

Safe Harbor Rescue Mission – credit unions in Hickory, NC
CU4Kids – The Carolinas CUDE Network
Children’s Home Society – Tarheel Chapter

Children’s Home Society – Tarheel Chapter
Triad Flight of Honor – North Piedmont Chapter
A Safe Place – Cape Fear Chapter
The SCOA Cares Foundation – Columbia Chapter
A Child’s Haven – Upstate Chapter
Rowan Food and Farm Network – Northwest Chapter
Clemmons Food Pantry – Northwest Chapter
Children’s Home Society – Tarheel Chapter

Sistercare – Columbia Chapter
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard – Cape Fear Chapter
Children’s Home Society of NC – Tarheel Chapter
Trellis Supportive Care – Northwest Chapter

A Roof Above – Piedmont Chapter
Snack Packs – Columbia Chapter
Salvation Army Angel Tree – Cape Fear Chapter
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC – Northwest Chapter

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

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

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

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

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

Providence Home – Southeast Chapter – NC