WIN Launches the 2022 Grant Cycle

Non-profit organizations serving New Hanover County, with projects that will deliver strong results and solid impact in the area of Education & Lifelong Learning, are encouraged to apply for a 2022 grant. The initial Letter of Intent forms will be available January 4, 2022.

In 2022, 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 (2023)
Environment (2024)

Arts & Culture (2025)

Education & Lifelong Learning (2026)

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

      The 2022 WIN Area of Giving EDUCATION & LIFELONG LEARNING

      Key Dates for the 2022 Grant Cycle: 

      January 4, 2022: Letter of Intent available online

      February 18, 2022: Letters of Intent due

      March 08, 2022: Applications requested from selected potential grantees

      April 04, 2022: Applications due from selected potential grantees

      May 17 & 18, 2022: Interviews of potential grantees

      May 19-22, 2022 WIN members vote for final grantees

      May 23, 2022: Grant winners are notified

      May 26, 2021: Grant winners are honored at WIN Annual Luncheon 

      2022 Grant Committee members


      Chair: Kendall Hurt


                        Suzanne LaFollette-Black Carol Kennedy   

          Ericca Burke Debra Stratton-Mott

      Sadie Campbell    Patt Rocks                         

        Kay Dougherty  Janet Stiegler  

      Nancy Scott-Finan  Babs Sutton  

      Laura Ginther Kathleen Tyler 

                                                                                    Ann Hale       







      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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