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

      Separate Large and Small Grants Committee narrow the applicants down to a few finalists. Members vote for the recipients from the Large Grant finalists, while the Small Grants Committee selects the Small Grant recipients.

      The 2020 WIN Area of Giving topic is ENVIRONMENT

      Key Dates for 2020 Grant Cycle: 

      February 17, 2020: Letter of Interest available online

      March 6, 2020: Letters of Interest deadline

      March 20, 2020: Short-listed applicants notified

      April 10, 2020: Full applications due from short-listed applicants

      April 23/27/28, 2020: Applicant Interviews (Members welcome)

      April 29-May 6 Membership Voting for 2020 Environment Grants

      May 8, 2020: Applicants notified of outcome

      May 19, 2020: Recipients honored via a Zoom Virtual Event Celebration

      2020 Grant Committee members

      Large Grants  

      Chair: Maureen Vasquez    Vice-Chair; Patricia de la Sota   


       Andrea Clarkson * Kay Dougherty Babs Sutton  

      Linda Thomas * Monica Rolquin 

      Small Grants   

      Chair: Dana O’Donovan      Vice-Chair: Jeanette Philips


      Ericca Burke * Sadie Campbell * Kendall Hurt * Cindy Steiner

      Janet Stiegler * Suzanne Thatcher * Beth Ventre * Kate Woodbury 

      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 mid-February, 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 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.

      • Large grant finalists are invited to a Q&A session with the committee: WIN Members are encouraged to attend. The Large 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. 

      • The Small Grant Committee identifies the grants recipients directly from the Grant Applications.

      Large and small 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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