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KENANSVILLE – Online grant applications for the Duplin Foundation for Youth Advancement will be available July 4 through August 19 through the North Carolina Community Foundation website. Grant recipients will be announced in September.


There will a grant information session hosted by the Duplin County Community Foundation from 10:30 a.m. to noon, on Wednesday, July 16 in Monk Auditorium, James Sprunt Community College. The Foundation strongly encourages applicants to send a representative and/or grant writer to this session.


Proceeds from the annual Sheriff’s Ball support the Duplin Foundation for Youth Advancement, which is a program of the Duplin County Community Foundation. In 2013, the Foundation awarded more than $29,000 in grants to 11 local youth initiatives. This year contributions to the Duplin Sheriff’s Ball reached an all-time high, and the Foundation hopes to award up to $40,000 in grants through the competitive online application process.


The mission of the Duplin Foundation for Youth Advancement is to inspire Duplin County citizens to make lasting and meaningful contributions to our community that benefit our children.


Grants are available to local organizations with programs focusing on the youth in Duplin County. Priority is given to proposals that incorporate a holistic approach and include one or more of the following focuses.


• Motivate youth to stay and succeed in school;


• Foster positive youth-adult engagement through mentoring;


• Strengthen gang awareness and prevention efforts;


• Promote participation in philanthropy;


• Provide leadership opportunities and employment skills training;


• Increase likelihood of a successful transition to adulthood;


• Develop financial literacy;


• Encourage engagement in community service;


• Promote mental and physical health and well-being.


All applicants must use the online system at www.nccommunityfoundation.org, and the review committee will only consider complete application packets. Grants may range from $500 to $5,000.


Those eligible to make application are:


• Organizations that are qualified as tax-exempt public charities under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be classified as a unit of government. If an organization operates as a 501(c)(3) public charity via a fiscal agent, included in the application must be a letter from the fiscal agent organization that verified the relationship and includes when the relationship was established.


• Faith-based organizations that support social outreach and charitable service programs to benefit the community at large.


• Organizations that offer programs and services without discrimination on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief.


Grants will not be awarded for annual funds, capital campaigns, capital improvements, political purposes or lobbying, activities restricted to members of a particular faith community or to promote a specific religious doctrine, loans or reimbursements, to individuals, or for re-granting by the applicant organization.


Recipients of the 2013 grants were: Beulaville Baptist Church – Awana Children’s Ministry Program; Beulaville Presbyterian Church – Educational Readiness; Duplin Christian Outreach Ministries – Feed Our Hungry Children; Duplin County Cooperative Extension – 4-H Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program; Duplin County Schools Health Sciences Academy –Geriatric Healthcare Skills Boot Camp; First Missionary Baptist Church, Warsaw – Physical Enrichment; James Sprunt Community College – Upward Bound; Liberty Hall Restoration – Liberty Hall Day Camp for Kids; Rose Hill Magnolia Elementary School – “The A-Team”; Town of Faison Recreation and Wellness Center – Physical Activities: Broaden Your Horizons; and Town of Greenevers – The Transformers (Community Education Initiative).


The 2015 Sheriff’s Ball is scheduled for Saturday, March 28 at the River Landing Clubhouse.


For additional information, contact Patricia Lawler, Regional Associate, N.C. Community Foundation, at 910-509-7256 or plawler@nccommunityfoundation.org. Go online to www.nccommunityfoundation.org, July 4 through August 19, to complete a grant application.


The Duplin County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, which provides technical assistance and management services. Anyone wishing to learn more about the Duplin County Foundation or the Duplin Foundation for Youth Advancement may contact a local board member or call the North Carolina Community Foundation’s Southeastern office at (910) 509-7256.


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