Our Impact: Education & Youth



Application Deadline

September 30, 2020

Overview & Impact Area Update

Our updated Impact Area, Education and Youth, will focus on nonprofits in the Triangle serving youth ages 5-24, with a focus on youth from low-income backgrounds, youth from low-performing schools, youth with disabilities, youth with limited English proficiency, and youth of color.

Within this focus, we intend to concentrate on enabling and empowering youth leaders. We know that the future of our community depends on the strength of our future leaders. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize that leadership and community involvement must unfortunately take a backseat to the more immediate needs of our students, and we want to be a partner in supporting these needs.

This year, the Foundation will be focusing our Education & Youth grant on nonprofits serving youth ages 5-24 in the populations listed above to address four key COVID-19 related concerns: Learning loss, access to technology, food insecurity, and mental health.


Grants will be for $10,000. Funding will be for one year’s duration and will provide general operating support.

We anticipate making 20 general operating awards of $10,000 each through this grant cycle and it is our intention to continue offering grants to nonprofits serving the population outlined above in the following years. However, we know that in this time of pandemic needs are rapidly shifting; we will identify priorities for the 2021 grant cycle closer to applications opening in 2021.


  • Nonprofit, 501(c)(3) youth-serving organizations serving one or more Triangle Counties (Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham); Projects with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor are eligible to apply. If you need assistance identifying a fiscal sponsor, please feel free to reach out to Sarah Battersby: sarah@trianglecf.org.
  • Organizations that meet all of the following criteria
    • have a history of serving youth ages 5-24 (or a subset of that population) in the priority populations listed above
    • Allow youth to inform their work (assist with program planning/creation, serving on the Board/committees, serving as interns, etc.) For young children, this could include family members.
    • Are addressing issues of learning loss, access to technology, food insecurity and/or mental health related to effects from COVID-19
  • Organizations must meet the Foundation’s non-discrimination policy.
  • Only one application per organization will be considered.
  • Please note, only organizations that can demonstrate a history of doing work serving the populations listed above will be considered for funding. At this time we are not prioritizing organizations that are new to programming related to serving these populations

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:

  • Organization’s commitment to youth, youth involvement, and youth leadership
  • Demonstration of needed adaptations due to COVID-19 and the potential impact of funding
  • Strength of organization’s proposal to support students in addressing issues related to COVID-19 and finishing their current educational track
  • Organization’s financial health

Information Sessions

A webinar was held on Friday, September 11. The recording is available to view here.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a listing of frequently asked questions that we have received about grant strategy and the overall process.

Important Dates

Call for proposals opens: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 30 at 11:59pm
Grantees Announced: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Grant Period: January 1-December 30, 2021
Grant Report Due : January 2022

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