The City of Raleigh provides a variety of grant and other funding opportunities for local non-profits, businesses and area neighborhoods organizations or groups. 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 Funds section below.
Historically, the City has funded non-profit agencies that support the arts, human services, economic development and affordable housing. Accomplishments resulting from partnerships between the City and non-profit agencies are noted in the various sections below.
Please see below for general eligibility requirements and the requirements specific to each individual grant program that 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 artistic programming, community connections and support, organizational financial health and management, track record of the organization programmatically and with the City.
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
- Headquarters must be in Raleigh
Other Outside Agency Grants
- Non-profit agencies meeting general eligibility requirements can apply.
- Other requirements per Council policy adopted in July 2018 include:
- Sunset policy - maximum of three continuous years of funding
- Only capital requests will be funded
- Non-profit agencies can be awarded funding in only two grant categories
- Through the FY19 annual process, the total amount of funding awarded to 17 non-profit agencies was $1,109,228.
- FY18 Other Outside Agency funding awarded contributed to these accomplishments:
- Repairing and adding insulation to the roof allowed for reduced energy consumption at Burning Coal Theater
- Communities in Schools updated network infrastructure equipment throughout offices and learning centers
- The Chamber of Commerce/City of Raleigh/Wake County Economic Development partnership led to a total of 27 stories placed about Raleigh; notably stories in GeekWire, Inc., Forbes, Cheddar, USA Today, and Entrepreneur.
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