Grants

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s new emerging direction has developed from our long and rich history of investments in North Carolina and our commitment to responding to the state’s changes, the yearlong strategic assessment and planning process we embarked on to understand the changing landscape of North Carolina, and what we heard from North Carolinians throughout this journey. Our emerging direction will continue to evolve over the coming 12 to 18 months as we further design and develop each of its components.

Given that ZSR’s emerging direction will take 12 to 18 months to be fully developed and implemented, our upcoming fall 2017 grant cycle will mark the beginning of the Foundation’s transition and will be the last grant cycle based on our current focus area descriptions. Therefore, ZSR Trustees have made the decision that ZSR’s fall 2017 grant cycle will be closed and by invitation-only. We will not have a traditional spring 2018 grant cycle in order to focus on the design and implementation of ZSR’s emerging direction.

Access Frequently Asked Questions that might be helpful in answering additional questions regarding the Foundation’s fall 2017 grant cycle.

Grantees who are invited to apply will receive an email by June 15, 2017. The email will outline a process through which organizations can apply to continue Ongoing Work. ZSR will request that organizations reply to confirm receipt of the invitation. If ZSR does not receive confirmation that the emailed was received, ZSR staff will follow up on an individual basis to ensure receipt of the invitation to apply. Applications will be due by August 1, 2017.

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Information for Fall 2017 Invited Applicants

Focus Areas

Given that ZSR’s emerging direction will take 12 to 18 months to be fully developed and implemented, our upcoming fall 2017 grant cycle will mark the beginning of the Foundation’s transition and will be the last grant cycle based on our current focus area descriptions:

How to Apply for a Grant

1. Eligibility

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is restricted to making grants to charitable, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations, colleges/universities, religious entities and government units for programs and projects that serve the people of North Carolina. No grants are made to individuals for any purpose. Out-of-state charitable organizations are eligible to apply for funds to support projects operating in North Carolina.

2. What To Prepare for the Application

3. Apply Online

Organizations invited to apply for the August 1, 2017 grant deadline may access the application link below.

Continue invitation-only application