Our Impact: Community Development


$20,000 or $40,000, split over two years

Application Deadline


This grant cycle is currently closed. We anticipate opening the Sustainable Communities: Economic Resilience program in its place in mid-late August 2021 with a deadline in September 2021. Please check the Grant Opportunities page around that time for grant cycle details.


Overview | Grantmaking | Learning & Convening | Eligibility | Evaluation Criteria | Information Sessions | Frequently Asked Questions | Important Dates | Staff Contacts

Overview & Focus Area Update

Thousands of our region’s residents have difficulty meeting basic needs such as housing, healthcare, and employment. The impact of poverty goes far beyond those directly affected; it extends to their neighborhoods, their communities, and the region as a whole. We cannot succeed together if we leave some behind.

Since 2013, Triangle Community Foundation has invested nearly $1 million in 40 local organizations addressing poverty through our Community Development focus area.

In the summer of 2018, we conducted an evaluation of this focus area and learned that we need additional research and evaluation to inform program strategy. But we don’t want to delay the grant cycle while we do more research. So, we’re reopening the Community Development grant program with some changes and the recognition that this program is in transition.

We have a few goals and intentions during this transition period:

  • Continue to focus primarily on housing, employment, and health to address the symptoms and root causes of poverty and be open to supporting adjacent issues.
  • Experiment with less restrictive funding and two-year grant cycles.
  • Commit to ongoing learning with and from our nonprofit partners and peers.


Organizations may apply at either the $20,000, or $40,000 funding level. Funding will be split over two years. Organizations requesting funding that is more than 25% of their annual operating budget must contact the Foundation before submitting a proposal.

Our core issue areas for this funding cycle include housing, employment, and health. However, we recognize that there are adjacent issues that are critical to helping create healthy communities where everyone can thrive, and we are open to funding requests that target these other issues.

  • Housing: Connecting people to safe, permanent housing that is affordable to them
  • Employment: Providing access to jobs that provide family-sustaining wages, benefits, and good working conditions
  • Health: Improving health outcomes through access to medical care and/or impacting social determinants of health
  • Other: Adjacent issues such as food security, transportation, child care, and others that are critical to a thriving community

Priority will be given to organizations working with populations most likely to experience poverty in the Triangle, including people of color, families headed by single women, LGBTQ+ community, seniors, and/or people living with a disability.

We intend for funding to be flexible and can be requested for the following types of support:

  • General operating funding
  • Project/Program funding
    • Seed funding for pilot projects or demonstration programs that seek to find innovative solutions to complex problems
    • Ongoing programs or projects that provide much-needed services
    • Infrastructure / operational investments that support new construction, renovation, purchase of property, and/or new technology systems
    • Planning and engagement to support a planning process and/or community engagement effort

The Foundation will not consider funding for deficit or debt financing, grants solely for the purpose of re-granting, or grants to individuals. Collaborative proposals in which grant funding is allocated to multiple partners are welcome.

Learning & Convening

Over the course of the grant period, the Foundation intends to coordinate learning and networking opportunities for grantees. These events and activities will be tailored to the grantee cohort. Participation will be encouraged, but not mandated.


  • The Foundation invites 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake counties to apply. Religious congregations, governmental agencies, and organizations operating under fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit are eligible to apply when collaborating with a 501(c)(3) that meets all other criteria.
  • Organizations must meet the Foundation’s non-discrimination policy.
  • Only one application per organization, per grant program, will be considered.

Evaluation Criteria

Foundation staff work with volunteer advisory committee members to review proposals and reach grantmaking decisions. In reviewing grant proposals, the Foundation will use the following evaluation criteria:

  • Alignment with Community Development program goals (e.g. housing, employment, health, other as outlined above)
  • Organization’s ability to carry out their proposal
  • Organization’s financial health
  • Commitment to equity and community engagement

Information Sessions

Program staff offered two information sessions, one in person and one webinar, which was recorded and can be viewed here: http://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=axmoh5

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a listing of frequently asked questions that we have received about grant strategy and the overall process. We will continuously update this as we have more conversations with nonprofit organizations. If you have a question not outlined here, please reach out directly to program staff at the contact information below.

Important Dates:

To be announced in late spring/ early summer 2021.

Staff Contacts

We want to be as transparent and accessible as possible. If you have general questions about the grant, the Community Development program strategy or would like to know if your organization or proposal is a fit for this process, do not hesitate to reach out to Sarah Guidi.

Please reach out to us if you have questions PRIOR to the deadline!