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

      Late April, 2020: Applicant Interviews

      May 8, 2020: Applicants notified of outcome

      May 14, 2020: Recipients honored at WIN Annual Luncheon

      2020 Grant Committee members:

      Large Grants:  Co-Chairs: Maureen Vasquez & Patricia de la Sota   

      Ericca Burke / Deb Chrisman / Andrea Clarkson / Kay Dougherty   

      Ann Hale  /  Babs Sutton  / Monica Rolquin / Wanda Rushing

      Small Grants (as of 12/1/2019):   Co-Chairs: Dana O’Donovan

      Sadie Campbell / Kendall Hurt / Jeannette Philips /  Cindy Steiner

      Janet Stiegler Suzanne Thatcher / Kate Woodbury 

      The Grant Cycle:

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

      During 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.  

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

      Grants Committee members, using feedback from the panel discussion, small discussions groups, film screenings, field trips and any other WIN activities, review and score the LOIs.  By late March, those non-profits with the strongest submissions are asked to complete a more comprehensive Grant Application Full Grant Applications are due in early/mid April.  

      The full 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, and WIN Members are invited to attend.  The Large Grant Committee then meets a final time and identifies the recommended grant recipient(s). The Small Grant Committee identifies the grants recipients directly from the Grant Applications.  

      Large and small grant recipients are notified in early May.  

      Large and small grant recipients are invited to the WIN Annual Luncheon, held in mid-May, when the grant winners are publicly announced and honored. 

      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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