Our Impact: Education & Youth



Application Deadline

September 20, 2021


Our Education and Youth Impact Area works with 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, youth of color, and LGBTQIA+ youth.

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—but also that youth are capable of being leaders now, and often already are!  We recognize that the impacts of COVID continues to wreak havoc on students of all ages, and we want to enable our community partners to both regain their pre-COVID strength but also to maintain important adaptations made during this time.

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 three key COVID-19 related concerns: Learning loss, resuming pre-COVID programming and sustaining adaptations made during COVID.


Grants will be for $25,000 over 2 years ($12,500 per year). Funding will be for two year’s duration and will provide general operating support.

We anticipate making 20 general operating awards of $25,000 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.


  • 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, are working on resuming pre-COVID programming, and/or are working to sustain adaptations made during COVID.
  • 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/or plans for resuming pre-COVID programming and the potential impact of funding
  • Strength of organization’s proposal to support students in addressing long-term issues related to COVID-19 and finishing their current educational track
  • Organization’s financial health

Information Sessions

A virtual information session covering both the Education and Youth and Economic Resilience grant programs was held via Zoom on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. You can access the recording 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: August 16, 2021
Application Deadline: Monday, September 20 at 11:59pm
Grantees Announced: Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Grant Period: January 1, 2022-December 30, 2023
Grant Reports Due : January 2023 and January 2024

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