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The CarolinaEast Foundation has two grant cycles per year. Each nonprofit organization can make one request per year. A new Foundation policy states that nonprofits must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) before requesting a full grant proposal (see under "Grant application process" below for more information.) The next Letter of Intent deadline is October 16, 2020.

After review of an organization's Letter of Intent, the Foundation will notify the organization if they have been approved to submit a full grant proposal. An invitation for a full proposal does not guarantee funding. The next grant deadline for the 2020 fiscal year is July 17, 2020. Grant applications are due in the Foundation office no later than 5 p.m. Applicants should submit 11 copies plus an original (for a total of 12). Please call the Foundation office at 252.633.8247 if you have any questions about grant requests or applications.

Second Grant Cycle FY 2020
Letter of Intent Deadline: May 15, 2020
Organizations notified if approved to submit a full proposal: June 8, 2020
Full grant proposal packet due: July 17, 2020
Grant Payout: September 2, 2020

First Grant Cycle FY 2021
Letter of Intent Deadline: October 16, 2020
Organizations notified if approved to submit a full proposal: November 6, 2020
Full grant proposal packet due: December 11, 2020
Grant Payout: February 2021

Grant application process

Letter of intent

The CarolinaEast Foundation is now requiring nonprofit organizations to submit a letter of intent (LOI) before requesting a full grant proposal. This is a change in our policy intended to help the nonprofits: not to add work but to make sure the program goal of the nonprofit aligns with our mission closely. Before sending the LOI, we encourage you to review the CarolinaEast Foundation's mission and allocation policy to determine if your request is closely aligned with our funding guidelines.

Letters of intent should be one page, describing your organization and proposed project. Please submit the LOI on your organization's letterhead. The LOI should include the following:


Please include a short executive summary that includes your organization's name, your mission, the amount of money requested and a description of the project. Please explain how the project fits with our guidelines and mission and why it would be a good fit for the Foundation.

Organizational description

Give a brief history of your nonprofit and provide an overview of your programs.

Statement of need

Explain the need that can be met by your project. Describe the target population and geographical area. Include the outcomes of the project.

Please do not include additional information such as binders, books, videos, brochures, etc.

First cycle inquiries should be submitted by October 16, 2020 by 5 p.m., to the CarolinaEast Foundation.

By mail or in Prescription person: 2007-B Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 28560

The Foundation will notify your organization within three weeks, if your organization has been approved to submit a full proposal. An invitation for a full proposal does not guarantee funding.

Application documents

Please click the link below to download the allocation policies, grant procedure, and application in either a PDF file or Word document.

Note: The Foundation does not fund salaries, events, indirect or promotional expenses.