Fund for the Triangle Responsive Grantmaking


Up to $10,000

Application Deadline

Rolling basis; Grants reviewed quarterly


The Foundation knows that community needs aren’t limited to times when grant cycles have open applications, and that there are many more nonprofits doing important work than we can fund through our impact area grants.

The Responsive Grantmaking program is available to nonprofits that are not current impact area grantees but whose work is responsive to the goals of one or more of the Foundation’s impact areas. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed quarterly. Organizations may submit one application per fiscal year.

Competitive applications will have a clear connection between their program and overall goals for the related Impact Area(s).

Capacity Building – organizations working to make their internal processes, procedures, plans, and people, more efficient with a focus on financial health, leadership development, and racial equity.

  • Projects can include but are not limited to strategic planning; strategic communications; program design, management, and evaluation; IT; human resources; fundraising/financial management; equity, diversity, inclusion; board governance

Cultural Arts – increase culturally representative arts programming and/or increase the arts in public and community spaces

Education & Youth – organizations serving youth ages 5-24, with a focus on youth leadershi

Sustainable Communities support economically and environmentally resilient communities

  • Economic Resilience – Increase financial wealth and/or decrease number of households displaced among low-wage workers, women, people of color and people with disabilities
  • Environmental Resilience – Increase awareness of and education around conservation and/or climate issues; Increase climate resiliency, particularly of low – income communities


Applicants may apply for up to $10,000 for a specific project that falls within one or more of the Foundation’s impact areas (Capacity Building, Cultural Arts, Education & Youth, and Sustainable Communities).

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed quarterly. When the available budget is expended, applications will be closed until the next fiscal year. We intend to spread available funding out across the entire fiscal year.


  • Nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations based in and serving one or more Triangle Counties (Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham); Projects with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor are eligible to apply.
  • Organizations that meet all of the following criteria
    • Serve a population or need addressed by one of the Foundation’s impact areas
    • Are not currently receiving a grant through one or more impact area programs
    • The project may be accomplished with requested Foundation funding or at least 50% of additional funding has been identified
    • Organizations must meet the Foundation’s non-discrimination policy.
    • Organizations may receive funding once per fiscal year (July 1-June 30) and may only submit one application per fiscal year.

Please note, only organizations that can demonstrate a history of doing work related to the goals of the Foundation’s impact areas will be considered for funding. At this time we are not prioritizing organizations that are new to programming related to our impact areas.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Alignment with one or more impact area program goals
  • Potential impact of project
  • Ability of organization to get funding from other sources
  • Preference will be given to organizations that have one or more of the following characteristics:
    • Budgets under $1M
    • Led by Executive Directors who identify as a person of color*

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Rolling — January 31, April 30, July 30, and October 31
Grantees Announced: Quarterly (February, May, August, and November)
Grant Report Due : 6 months after grant date

*”People of color” is a broad description for anyone that identifies as being part of a group “that hold a primary racial identity that describes shared racial characteristics among community members”. Because race is a social construct and racial identities evolve, we are not providing boxes for applicants to check; however, we imagine this including (but is not limited to) people who identify as Black, African American, Latinx, Native American, Asian and Pacific Islander, and/or Middle Eastern.

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