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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Can organizations submit more than one application during a grant cycle?

A:  Although organizations may submit multiple applications during a grant cycle, they are only eligible to receive one Ribbon of Hope grant. Organizations are encouraged to focus their resources on submitting one high quality application. Applications from organizations that have already received a Ribbon of Hope grant will not be considered.

Q:  Can fraternal organizations apply through their foundations?

A:  Fraternal and faith-based organizations and their foundations may not apply, but are encouraged to partner with eligible nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations.

Q:  Are universities excluded from applying for a Ribbon of Hope grant?

A:  Public and private universities that have 501(c)(3) status are eligible to apply. Public and private universities that do not have 501(c)(3) status can partner with their university's foundation or another nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in order to be eligible for the grant.

Q:  What kind of letter does the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization need to include in their application packet from the collaborating partner(s)?

A:  Anytime there is a collaborative arrangement between a nonprofit organization and an organization such as a school, school district, or any other organization, the nonprofit organization must include a letter of commitment from the leadership of collaborating partner organization(s) demonstrating their commitment and contribution to the proposed project. Please see page 5 of RFP for more information.

Q:  Does the Foundation fund proposals aimed at building an endowment?

A:  No, not through the Ribbon of Hope. The Foundation funds programs that emphasize the understanding and application of health, science, and education to meet the needs of North Carolina’s citizens and communities. Proposals should relate to the establishment and implementation of projects tightly aligned with this mission, as well as the needs of local communities.

Q:  Does the Foundation fund proposals to continue existing programs?

A:  Yes. These grants will support activities that establish or expand local programs in health, science, and education to serve identified needs of local communities. Funds will not be approved for general operating expenses, for example, covering all or partial cost of an existing position where a program is not being expanded to support additional participants or provide additional services.

Q:  Are state government programs eligible for the Ribbon of Hope program?

A:  Only organizations with 501(c)(3) status are eligible for funding. State government programs may apply as a partner with a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Q:  Our program exists in more than one North Carolina county. For which county should we write our proposal?

A:  Please choose the county which you feel is most underserved or has the greatest need for your services. Where practical given the organization and program structure, the funds may be used to serve citizens in more than one county.

Q:  Our program or idea doesn't fit any of the three focus areas outlined in the RFP. Can we still apply for a Ribbon of Hope grant?

A:  Priority will be given to programs working to advance science, health, and education, consistent with the mission of the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. Organizations with programs that do not align to these focus areas are encouraged to seek other appropriate funding sources. For additional information please see the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation website.

Q:  What is the standard award amount?

A:  Each organization awarded funding will receive $25,000 and customized technical assistance from the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits.

Q:  In what time frame are award recipients required to spend the award money?

A:  The awards are disbursed in a lump sum of $25,000. Proposals must reflect the time period over which the organization intends to utilize the funds, typically one year. However, some organizations have outlined program activities with a duration of up to two years.

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