Seven community organizations have been selected to receive unrestricted general operating support grants by Central Carolina Community Foundation.
The selected Black-led and Black-benefiting Midlands nonprofits range from organizations working in arts and technology to entrepreneurial endeavors. The foundation awarded $70,000 through the grants, which can be used at the organizations’ discretion, as part of a multiyear, $210,000 initiative aimed at removing financial barriers faced by nonprofits.
The selected groups will receive $10,000 for up to three years, as well as organizational capacity-building training for recipients, according to a news release from Central Carolina Community Foundation.
“Our region’s Black-led and Black-benefiting nonprofits told us that the lack of general operating support is a barrier to fulfilling their missions,” JoAnn Turnquist, foundation president and CEO, said in the release. “These grants will help overcome this challenge and expand the impact of our seven grantees.”
The foundation’s African American Philanthropy Committee, along with foundation staff, developed a list of Midlands-based Black-led and Black-benefiting nonprofits working within the service areas of education, arts and culture, and human services. After a webinar outlining grant requirements, Black-led and Black-benefiting nonprofits were invited to apply for the general operating support grants, with 11 interviewed.
The selected organizations are:
- Cecil Williams Museum
- Communities in Schools of the Midlands
- Power in Changing: The Diaper Bank of the Midlands
- The Hive Community Circle
- The Luminal Theater
- Webgyrlz Code