Oaklawn

A $2,000 grant from the Lincoln County Community Foundation helped the United Way of Lincoln County make repairs to the basketball court in Lincolnton's Oaklawn community last year. 

1. It’s a Foundation for the Carolinas affiliate

Foundation for the Carolinas (FFTC) serves as a catalyst for philanthropic activity in 13 counties surrounding Charlotte. Established in 1958, the foundation helps individuals, nonprofits and companies bring their charitable visions to life. With more than $2.4 billion in charitable assets spread across 2,600 funds established by families, nonprofits and businesses, FFTC is among the largest community foundations in the United States. FFTC supports the work of its 13 affiliates by engaging local leaders, managing endowments and providing grantmaking services.

2. It was established in 2001

The Lincoln County Community Foundation (LCCF) was established in 2001 as a permanent endowment benefitting a wide range of charitable purposes with hopes of strengthening the community. The foundation assists donors in making charitable contributions to the community, provides services for nonprofit organizations to create new or manage existing endowments and awards grants to local nonprofits. Led by a local board of trustees, the LCCF has awarded more than $170,000 in grants to area nonprofits since its inception 18 years ago.

3. The LCCF distributed nearly $30,000 in 2018

Last year, the LCCF distributed nearly $30,000 in grants among 15 nonprofit organizations in the area. Last year’s most significant contribution from the LCCF was a $5,000 impact grant awarded to Special Olympics, which used the funding to host the first two-week summer camp designed specifically for school-aged Lincoln County children with intellectual disabilities. That $5,000 grant matched the largest ever awarded by the foundation. The LCCF awarded $6,000 between the two YMCAs in Lincoln County last year, with $4,000 going to the Lincoln County Family YMCA to help establish a preschool at the facility, and $2,000 granted to Sally’s YMCA in Denver to provide personalized exercise classes for cancer survivors. The United Way of Lincoln County received $2,000 in 2018, which was used to repair and replace basketball equipment in Lincolnton’s Oaklawn community.

4. The LCCF is accepting applications

The LCCF is currently accepting applications from eligible Lincoln County organizations, including nonprofits, congregations, governmental and educational institutions, for its 2019 grant cycle. Grants will be awarded to benefit a wide range of charitable purposes, but priority will be given to requests for projects and programs addressing food, services for children, utilities, housing and mental health. To begin the application process, grant seekers will need to visit fftcgrants.communityforce.com and search for the Lincoln County Community Foundation. Completed applications must be submitted online by noon Friday, June 7. For more information, contact FFTC Board and Grants Specialist Katie Russell at 704-973-4559 or krussell@fftc.org.

5. The LCCF hopes to award multiple impact grants this year

The LCCF has awarded one $5,000 impact grant in each of the past two years, and its board is interested in handing out multiple impact grants this year, provided that there are enough compelling proposals submitted. Those submitting proposals for the impact awards are encouraged to identify additional funding sources and partnerships with other organizations. In addition to the $5,000 awarded to Special Olympics in 2018, the Catawba Lands Conservancy was the first organization to receive an impact grant in 2017.

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