Grant Opportunities

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General Eligibility Requirements Arts Grant Program Community Enhancement Grant Human Services Agency Funding Other Outside Agency Grants Grants for Businesses Neighborhood Funds

The City of Raleigh provides a variety of grant and other funding opportunities for local non-profits, businesses and area neighborhoods organizations or groups. For information on grants for businesses, such as Façade Rehabilitation Grants, Business Investment Grants and Building Upfit Grants, please see the Grants for Businesses section below. For information on neighborhood improvement funds, please see the Neighborhood Improvement Funds section below.

The City provides funding to non-profit agencies in four grant categories: arts, human services, community enhancement, and other outside agencies.

General eligibility requirements, listed in the section below, and the requirements specific to each individual grant category must be met for a non-profit to be considered for funding.

General Eligibility Requirements

Organizations must meet the following criteria to be eligible for financial assistance from the City of Raleigh:

Nonprofit Status
Grants may be awarded only to nonprofit agencies, chartered by the State of North Carolina, that have federal and state tax‐exempt status and can provide letters from the IRS and NC Department of Revenue.

Grants may be awarded only to agencies that certify they will comply with the City's non-discrimination policy, a clause in the contract between the City and an agency.

Applicant agencies must demonstrate that facilities and projects will be accessible to people with disabilities.

Organizational Stewardship
The organizations are encouraged to have year‐round managerial leadership and an active board of directors that is reflective of the community it serves.  

Financial Controls
The applicant agency must have an adequate financial management system in place to maintain effective control and accountability over all funds, property and other assets. Sufficient backup documentation is required in order to be reimbursed for eligible expenses.

Complete Application
The application is submitted by the grant deadline, is accurate and all components of application are provided.

Maximum Funding Level
The maximum level of funding that can be requested by a nonprofit agency is 25% of the agency’s total actual operating expenses for the last completed fiscal year.

Two Categories Policy
Non-profit agencies can be awarded funding in only two grant categories.

Please note: Individuals are not eligible to apply directly for funding.

Grant Locator Service for Nonprofits
The City offers free access to an online grant locator service for Raleigh-based non-profit organizations to research and investigate available grant opportunities. Apply for access

Arts Grant Program

  • Funding awarded annually to nonprofit organizations to provide arts programming within the City of Raleigh.
  • The mission of the program is to help shape Raleigh as a creative cultural capital and create an environment where all residents have the opportunity to learn about, participate in, and enjoy the arts.
  • Applicants are judged based on the soundness of the artistic programming, community connections and support, organizational financial health and management, track record of the organization programmatically and with the City.

    Learn More about Arts Grant Program

    Community Enhancement Grant

    • Grants are made to nonprofit organizations through an annual competitive process
    • Source of funding is the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
    • Activities must benefit low-income individuals, households, and/or neighborhoods
    • Grant awards are based on the Review Committee’s review of proposals using criteria explained in the annual Request for Proposals (RFP)
    • Review criteria include: the proposed activity’s eligibility according to federal guidelines; the financial stability of the nonprofit; the nonprofit’s organizational capacity; the proposal’s soundness; the nonprofit’s track record; and other program requirements.

    Learn more about Community Enhancement grants

    Human Services Agency Funding

    • Grants are awarded annually to nonprofit organizations through a competitive process.
    • Funded nonprofits must provide direct services to Raleigh residents who identify with one of the targeted groups: elderly, youth, individuals with a disability, individuals who use substances, and are homeless.
    • Proposed programs and projects must benefit low income persons and households residing in Raleigh.
    • Agency headquarters must be in Raleigh

    Learn More about Human Services Agency Funding

    Other Outside Agency Grants

    Please check back in mid-to-late November 2020 for additional information regarding this grant category. 

    Neighborhood Funds

    • May receive up to $1,000 from the City
    • Projects that strengthen and improve neighborhoods and enhance a sense of community

    Learn More about Neighborhood Funds



    Kirsten Larson

    Lead Department:
    Budget and Management Services
    Service Categories:
    Grant Management

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