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Look around your community to see what national companies have a presence. Check out their website to see if they offer grants or sponsorships. Some foundations only award grants in specific geographic locations. Do your homework to find out what is available in your area.

Also note that grant programs come and go.  These are current as of the last date checked (October 2021).

Candid  Subscription service for grant writers (Merger of GuideStar and the Foundation Center)
Grants.gov Free information on Federal grants
Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant program for public libraries and public schools
Dollar General Grants
NEA Big Read
CSX Railroad Community Service grants—must be in a community inside their service network
Staples We Care Gift Cards & in-kind product donations
Walmart Local Community Grants
Publix Community Giving
GlaxoSmithKline Foundation—Ribbon of Hope grants
International Paper (must have a location in your community to apply)
Wells Fargo local community grants
Bank of America—grants and sponsorships of art and culture projects
NC Community Foundations—in each county
Grant Prose

Grant funders:

Calvin C. Orrell Foundation

Cannon Foundation
Cannon Foundation prefers renovation grants but Pettigrew Regional Library System was able to get a $75,000 technology grant for Perquimans County Library.

Chatham Foundation

Dogwood HealthTrust (serving Western NC)

Donald and Elizabeth Cooke Foundation

Duke Energy Foundation 

  1. H. Barnard Charitable Trust

Golden Leaf Foundation

John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation

Literacy Access Fund (501©3)

Mebane Charitable Foundation

North Carolina Community Foundation

Reynolds American Foundation (provide funding where significant number of R.J. Reynolds employees live and work)

State Employees Credit Union Foundation

Weyerhaeuser Foundation   Only give to selected areas of the state where they have a significant presence.

Wachovia (Wells Fargo) Foundation

  1. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Inc.



Online grant seeking webinars:

Webjunction Course Catalog

Grantseeking for Libraries: Top 10 Practices for Foundation Funding

Visualizing Funding for Libraries

Grantspace online training


The links were last checked in October 2021. Please email the FONCPL webmaster to report any broken links or any additional resources you recommend.

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