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State-Level Systemic Change Strategy Grant

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits, IHEs, and Agencies
for Environment, Education, and Social Justice

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Z. Smith Reynolds (ZSR) Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/25/19 12:00 PM Noon


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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, colleges, universities, religious organizations, and government agencies for programs to improve residents' quality of life. Funding is intended for programs in the areas of environment, public education, promoting social and economic justice, and strengthening democracy.

ZSR will give particular emphasis to work targeted at improving opportunities and outcomes for populations who have been historically marginalized, subjected to systemic discrimination, or excluded from full participation in society, including, but not limited to:
- Immigrants
- LGBTQ Persons
- Low-Income Individuals
- People of Color
- Women
- Young People

The Foundation will support grantees using one or more approaches, including, but not limited to:
- Advocacy
- Applied Research
- Communications/Digital Media
- Leadership Development
- Legal/Litigation
- Organizing/Mobilizing
- Training/Education

More information about Priority Areas:
- Advancing Public Education -
- Fostering a Healthy and Sustainable Environment -
- Promoting Social and Economic Justice -
- Strengthening Democracy -

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173431

Estimated Size of Grant:

For reference, historically a wide range of grant amounts have been awarded from less than $50,000 to over $150,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

- The standard term of general operating support grants (GOS) is two or three years.
- There is no standard term for project grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation makes grants to tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations, colleges or universities, religious entities, and government units for programs and projects that serve the people of North Carolina.

Out-of-state charitable organizations are eligible to apply for funds to support projects operating in North Carolina.

The Foundation does not make grants or loans to small business and does not make grants to individuals for any purpose.

For a more detailed list of what the foundation will not fund:

Pre-Application Information:

Grant application for ZSR's State-Level Systemic Change Fall 2019 grant cycle will be available on May 30, 2019 with an application deadline of July 25, 2019.

Under the State-Level Systemic Change Strategy, there are two grant cycles each year – one in the Fall and one in the Spring. The Foundation primarily funds general operating support (GOS) grants during the Fall grant cycle, but considers project grants as well. The Fall grant cycle is an open cycle where any eligible organization is able to apply. The Spring grant cycle is by invitation-only. During the Spring cycle, organizations have to be invited to apply. This allows the Foundation to encourage grant applications from organizations whose work would fill gaps in the implementation of the state-level strategy.

If you are a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization applying as the fiscal sponsor for another organization that has not been determined by the IRS to be exempt from federal income tax, you must contact the Foundation for prior approval to apply.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Email with questions about the State-Level Systemic Change Strategy Grant.

For questions, contact:
Gloria Puckett, Grants Administrator
P: 336-725-7541 ext 109
F: 336.725.6069

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
102 W Third St, Suite 1110
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina