The City of Raleigh provides a variety of grant and other funding opportunities for local non-profits, businesses and area neighborhoods. For information on grants for businesses, such as Façade Rehabilitation Grants, Business Investment Grants and Building Upfit Grants, please see the Grants for Businesses section below. For information on neighborhood improvement grants, please see the Neighborhood Improvement Grant section below.
Historically, the City has funded non-profit agencies that support the arts, human services, economic development and affordable housing. Accomplishments as a result of partnerships between the City and non-profit agencies are noted in the various sections below.
In April 2015, City Council adopted a strategic plan that includes six key focus areas (Arts & Cultural Resources; Economic Development & Innovation; Growth & Natural Resources; Organizational Excellence; Safe, Vibrant & Healthy Communities; and Transportation & Transit). Non-profit funding requests should align with one or more of the key focus areas in the City’s Strategic Plan.
General eligibility requirements (listed below) and requirements specific to each individual grant program (listed under each category) must be met for a non-profit to be considered for funding.
General Eligibility Requirements
Organizations must meet the following criteria to be eligible for financial assistance from the City of Raleigh:
Grants may be awarded only to not‐for‐profit organizations, chartered by the State of North Carolina, that have federal and state tax‐exempt status and can provide letters from the IRS and NC Department of Revenue.
Grants may be awarded only to organizations that certify they will comply with the City's non-discrimination policy, a clause in the contract between the City and an agency (should an agency be awarded funding).
Applicants must demonstrate that facilities and projects will be accessible to people with disabilities.
The organizations are encouraged to have year‐round managerial leadership and an active board of directors that is reflective of the community it serves.
The applicant must have an adequate financial management system in place to maintain effective control and accountability over all funds, property and other assets covered by this proposal, and to produce sufficient backup documentation to be reimbursed for eligible expenses.
The application is submitted by the grant deadline, is accurate and all components of application are provided.
Maximum Funding Level
The maximum level of funding that can be requested by an agency is 25% of the agency’s total actual operating expenses for the last completed fiscal year.
Please note: Individuals are not eligible to apply directly for funding.
Grant Locator Service for Nonprofits
The City offers free access to an online grant locator service for Raleigh-based non-profit organizations to research and investigate available grant opportunities. Apply for access
Arts Grant Program
- Funding awarded annually to nonprofit organizations to provide arts programming within the City of Raleigh.
- The mission of the program is to help shape Raleigh as a creative cultural capital and create an environment where all residents have the opportunity to learn about, participate in, and enjoy the arts.
- Applicants are judged based on the soundness of the program proposal, fiscal responsibility of the organization, the mission and track record of the organization, and other program requirements.
Community Enhancement Grant
- Grants are made to nonprofit organizations through an annual competitive process
- Source of funding is the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
- Activities must benefit low-income individuals, households, and/or neighborhoods
- Grant awards are based on the Review Committee’s review of proposals using criteria explained in the annual Request for Proposals (RFP)
- Review criteria include: the proposed activity’s eligibility according to federal guidelines; the financial stability of the nonprofit; the nonprofit’s organizational capacity; the proposal’s soundness; the nonprofit’s track record; and other program requirements.
Human Services Agency Funding
- Awards grants annually to nonprofit organizations
- Provides services for the elderly, youth, persons with handicaps or disabilities, substance abusers and homeless individuals
Other Outside Agency Grants
- Non-profit agencies meeting general eligibility requirements can apply.
- Limited funding is available for grant awards.
- Through the FY17 annual funding process, 13 non-profit agencies were funded in the amount of $1,020,791.
Other Outside Agency accomplishments with funding awards include the following:
- The African American Cultural Festival attracted over 35,000 festival-goers over two days.
- The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s economic development team participated in numerous talent recruitment events and trade shows to promote Raleigh and attract talent and technology companies to relocate to the area.
- The purchase of a specially-designed vehicle allows Boys & Girls Club to transport hot and cold meals to participating in the Boys & Girls Club Nutritious Futures Program.
- Hillsborough Street Community Services Corporation produced its annual free Packapalooza event. The event is open to the public and promotes Hillsborough Street as a destination, showcases the merchants, university and other stakeholders.
View Other Outside Agency Funding Request Guidelines for additional information regarding eligibility, timeline, and other requirements.Outside Other Agency Funding Request Application
Neighborhood Improvement Funds
- Awarded to neighborhood organizations and groups in Raleigh
- May receive up to $1,000 from the City
- Projects that strengthen and improve neighborhoods and enhance a sense of community