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.
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:
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
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.