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Community Project Grants Deadline Jan. 31

The Nature Conservancy North Carolina Chapter shared this photo on Facebook to celebrate the “The Land Speaks: Stories of Nags Head Woods” audio tour along the Roanoke Island Trail made possible through a Community Enrichment Grant from Outer Banks Community Foundation.

Nonprofit organizations have until Jan. 31 to apply for the Outer Banks Community Foundation’s Community Enrichment Grants Program.

The grants are offered on a competitive basis to charitable projects that directly benefit Dare County and Outer Banks communities, from Corolla to Ocracoke Island, in arts and culture; animal welfare; children and youth; education; the environment; disaster relief and prevention; health; historic interpretation and preservation; and other human services.

Applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation’s web portal, according to the organization. Before starting an application for any grant, prospective applicants should first review the criteria online at, and then contact Lorelei Costa at 252-261-8839 to discuss their projects.

While the foundation does not currently award grants for projects targeting mainland Hyde or mainland Currituck, some Currituck projects may be eligible for certain Special Focus Grants.

The Community Foundation awarded $280,000 in discretionary grants to 35 local nonprofits last year. including $10,726 to The Nature Conservancy for “The Land Speaks: Stories of Nags Head Woods Audio Tour,” $2,000 to the Chicamacomico Historical Association for a video contest, Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation received $1,000 for an owl ophthalmoscope that inspects the eye, and $15,000 to the Ocracoke Foundation for Willis Store & Fish House exhibit space restoration.

Community Enrichment Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout 2020, and will be reviewed and awarded quarterly. Applications received by Jan. 31 will have a decision by March 12.

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