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Outer Banks Community Foundation COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants

Outer Banks Community Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Community Services

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in North Carolina: Currituck County, Dare County, Hyde County

Location of residency: Counties in North Carolina: Currituck County, Dare County, Hyde County

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NOTE: as of June 5, 2020, our COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants Program is on hold until or unless community needs increase once again.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations to provide vital services to the Outer Banks through the Coronavirus crisis. Those services could include child care, elder care, patient care, emergency response services, financial assistance to people out of work, nutritional assistance, and beyond.

Grant requests will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed quickly to ensure rapid decisions and timely programs. The next application deadline is 5:00 pm on Tuesday, May 12; decisions will be announced on Wednesday, May 20. Before applying, please read the details below, gather your ideas, and call Lorelei Costa at 252-261-8839 to discuss your project.

The primary goal of COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants is to enable nonprofits to adapt, expand, or initiate vital services to the Outer Banks through the Coronavirus crisis. We define the Outer Banks as Dare County, Ocracoke, and/or the Currituck beaches.

Grants will be paid on a reimbursement basis for actual costs incurred. Grant expenses must be substantiated by third-party documentation (e.g., receipts, statements, invoices). These documents should be generated from your vendor, not from your organization, with the exception of documentation of staff time. Grants for staff time will be paid upon the furnishing of time sheets; please ask our staff for sample time sheets or if you have questions.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To be eligible for a Rapid Response Grant, programs must be related to the COVID-19 crisis, either directly (e.g., care for virus patients) or indirectly (e.g., assistance to working parents without child care). We will also consider grants that would allow a nonprofit to adapt its existing programs in the face of the ever-evolving COVID-19 landscape (e.g., modifications to a food program to allow for community closures). In all cases, special emphasis may be given to efforts that help the most vulnerable and/or the most people in our community.
  • COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants will be awarded to support the direct costs of a charitable project or program (e.g., supplies, equipment, food, educational materials, program staff).
  • Contract help and/or additional program staff may be eligible if used for extra personnel hired or augmented to meet a need related to the COVID-19 crisis. Grants are to be used for program staff only; neither administrative nor management staff time is eligible.
  • Any nonprofit organization serving the Outer Banks is eligible apply — including those organizations that have an active Community Enrichment or Special Focus Grant with the Community Foundation. 
  • Schools and government agencies may be eligible to apply, if it is demonstrated that financial support is not available from other sources.
  • Churches and faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for projects assisting the wider community (i.e., not just members of their own faith or congregation), and if their outreach does not include the promotion of religious beliefs.


  • Local organizations may be given priority for funding.


  • Operating, overhead, and indirect costs are not eligible for grant funding.
  • Grant funding cannot be used for administrative nor management staff time.