WIN Launches the 2021 Grant Cycle

Non-profit organizations serving New Hanover County, with projects that will deliver strong results and solid impact in the area of Arts & Culture, are encouraged to apply for a 2021 grant. The initial Letter of Intent forms will be available January 4, 2021.

In 2021, in response to the unique circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, WIN will offer a consolidated grant pool, thus providing for a broader range of grant proposals.  WIN grants typically range from $2,500 to $25,000.  Projects or programs requesting funding at the higher end of this scale are expected to demonstrate greater measurable impact and a strong commitment to building organizational capacity for the future.  WIN also values collaborative proposals with other area non-profits, as these often benefit a wider, more diverse population.


The Basics:

Every year, WIN makes several grants to non-profits in New Hanover County for projects focused on a specific Area of Giving.  

WIN’s Area of Giving topics rotate in a four-year cycle among:

Health and Wellness
Arts & Culture

      The Grants Committee narrows the applicants down to a few finalists. Members then vote on those finalists.

      The 2021 WIN Area of Giving ARTS & CULTURE

      Key Dates for the 2021 Grant Cycle: 

      January 4, 2021: Letter of Intent available online

      March 5, 2021: Letters of Intent due

      March 19, 2021: Applications requested from selected potential grantees

      April 9, 2021: Applications due from selected potential grantees

      April 28/29, 2021: Interviews of potential grantees

      May 5-12, 2021 WIN members vote for final grantees

      May 13, 2021: Grant winners are notified

      May 18, 2021: Grant winners are honored at WIN Annual Luncheon 

      2021 Grant Committee members


      Chair: Janet Stiegler


                        Pam Bradley   Carol Kennedy   

          Ericca Burke    Kim Nelson                             

        Cindy Steiner Monica Rolquin

                                                        Sadie Campbell          Nancy Scott-Finan 

                                                        Kay Dougherty          Linda Thomas             

                                                        Donna Howard          Kate Woodbury               

                                                        Kendall Hurt                                                       




      The Grant Cycle:

      The WIN grant cycle begins in October of each year, when WIN publicizes the specific Area of Giving topic for that year’s grants.  

      From October through February, WIN organizes events aimed at educating WIN members on the current Area of Giving topic and the needs and resources of our community specific to that topic.  Events can include a panel discussion comprised of local expertise, small group discussions, film screenings, field trips, etc. 

      In early January, potential grantees are invited to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI)  which describes their proposed project(s) that relate to the year’s Area of Giving topic.  Potential grantees must be certified 501(c)(3) organizations, must have no political or religious affiliation, and must operate in and serve New Hanover County. The LOIs are due in early March.  

      Once the LOIs are received, any potential conflicts of interest amongst the grant committee members are flagged and reviewed: members with conflicts are recused as necessary.

      Grants Committee members review and score the LOIs based on the proposed project’s relevance to WIN’s Grounded Giving and WIN members’ feedback on areas of highest interest.  By late March, those non-profits with the strongest submissions are asked to complete a more comprehensive Grant Application Grant Applications are due in early/mid April.  

      The Grant Applications are rigorously reviewed, vetted and evaluated by the appropriate grant committee.

      • Grant finalists are invited to a Q&A session with the Grants committee: All WIN Members are also encouraged to attend. The Grant Committee then meets a final time and identifies the recommended grant recipient(s) which are then submitted to the WIN membership for a final vote. 

      Grant recipients are notified in early May, and invited to the WIN Annual Luncheon  in mid-May. 

      Also at the Annual Luncheon the previous year's grantees update members on what they have accomplished with their grant funds. 

      More information about our Grant recipients can be found on the Grant Recipients page. 

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