Shore Community Grants for Yadkin County

The Clemmons Community Foundation is excited to announce another new opportunity! You may already be familiar with the Shore Scholars Program and/or the Yadkin County COVID-19 Response Fund and team. We’re now pleased to launch the Shore Community Grants.

The foundation invites and encourages applications from tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations in Yadkin County that seek to create transformative, long-term, and tangible solutions for unmet community needs and interests.

In Yadkin County, the foundation awards grants from the Wayne A. Shore Endowment Fund. Mr. Shore lived in East Bend and cared about Yadkin County, its residents, and the organizations that provide valuable assistance, programs, and services. The Shore Community Grants are designed to fund impactful projects and initiatives that enhance the lives and communities in Yadkin County. This grant opportunity is part of his charitable bequest.

Grants Information

Organizations must be classified as one of the following:

  • IRS registered organizations with a letter determination as tax-exempt 501(c)(3) (excluding 509(a) private foundations); registered and licensed to solicit in the state of North Carolina, unless exempt; and providing programs and services in Yadkin County
  • Governmental or quasi-governmental agencies
  • An organization must have been in existence for at least three years (based on date of IRS determination letter) and have achieved a record of effective service and sustainability

One or more of the following broad categories may be addressed:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts and Culture (that contributes to a vibrant community)
  • Community Development and Engagement
  • Economic Security and Opportunities
  • Family Services
  • Health and Wellness
  • Human Services and Basic Needs
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Stewardship
  • Youth Development
  • Workforce Development and Entrepreneurial Cultivation

For organizations that work with the aging and senior citizen populations, one or more of the following concerns may be addressed:

  • Healthcare Access and Navigating Insurance Coverage
  • Housing (Accessibility and Modification)
  • Social Empowerment and Engagement
  • Transportation Access and Mobility
  • Wellness (Physical, Mental, Emotional)

Additionally, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact nonprofits and their future viability as challenges remain for providing and continuing service delivery. Proposals may also request funding for:

Adaptations: These unpredictive times require that nonprofits respond with flexibility and innovation, re-imagining operational effectiveness in order to provide necessary services and programs. Nonprofit sustainability grants could be used for adaptations like (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Modifying or upgrading technology systems to serve clients remotely
  • Delivering services in new ways to accommodate public health and safety guidelines
  • Modifying facilities to enable greater social distancing among essential staff and clients
  • Scaling up service delivery to support increased demands and serving an expanded vulnerable client base who are experiencing new hardships (loss or reduction of income, individuals with health risks) due to the pandemic

Continuity: Many nonprofit organizations and agencies need funding to maintain their existing service delivery that address pressing needs, such as (this is not an exhaustive list)

  • Program or services that assist with the immediate needs of communities vulnerable to the physical or mental health impacts of the pandemic
  • Sustaining critical infrastructure in order to provide the continuation of valued services and programs to local communities

Grants will generally not be awarded for:

  • Fundraising events, sponsorships, memberships, advertising or promotional products
  • Capital, endowment, or annual campaigns. (including for buildings or additions to current facilities)
  • Activities that do not demonstrate measurable, sustainable outcomes
  • Clubs, sports teams, student travel or other services limited to a select membership
  • Cemeteries
  • Political or lobbying activities prohibited by the IRS
  • Organizations that grant out funds to other non-profits
  • Projects or programs that supplant traditionally government-funded programs


Collaborative projects undertaken in partnership with multiple nonprofit organizations are also encouraged. Projects of a particular scope may benefit from each organization’s service. Collaborations often create more effective and sustainable programs or services than those that are initiated unaccompanied. All collaborations must support a specific effort, share responsibility, and work together to develop a jointly agreed-upon structure.

Available Funding and Project Duration

Grants will be awarded up to $12,000.

Grant proposals may be for a 6, 9, or 12-month period.

Projects are expected to be completed within the approved period. Recipients will be required to submit a final report.

Important Dates

Application Opens

Tuesday, September 8

Submission Deadline

Friday, October 2, 5:00 p.m.

Grant Application Review Process
by Community Teams

through October 30

Grant Award Decisions Announced

Friday, November 6

Review Process

All proposed projects and organizations must satisfy the basic requirements before reviewed against the criteria. Organizations and projects that do not meet the basic criteria will be disqualified and not considered for further review.

Applications will be reviewed and scored by an independent, volunteer team of community representatives followed by a review by the Wayne A. Shore Fund’s Donor Advisors.

Top finalists may be asked to submit additional, clarifying information for grant consideration, as well as questions raised in the review.

The CCF Board of Directors will make the final grant award decisions.

Ready to apply?

Applications must be completed by Friday, October 2 no later than 5:00 p.m.

apply today

Questions? Need more information?

Contact C. Mark Batten, program officer, by email or phone at 336.403.0433.

Email Mark