The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofits for an eighth round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants.

The foundation is especially encouraging grant proposals from groups addressing childcare and educational needs while remote learning continues in Dare and Hyde counties.

To be eligible for a COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant, programs must be urgent in nature and must be related to the coronavirus crisis, either directly (e.g., programs to stop the spread) or indirectly (e.g., assistance to workers without childcare).

This cycle, COVID-related requests must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, via a one- or two-page letter, plus attached budget.

 In addition, for this cycle, all applicants are required to submit a signed statement of actual revenue and expenses for their organization for the 2020 calendar year (Jan. 1 through Dec. 31).

Funding decisions for Rapid Response Grants will be made within one week of the deadline.

“Outer Banks families continue to face unprecedented challenges through the COVID crisis,” said Lorelei Costa, the foundation’s executive director. “Last year we were able to help hundreds of local families during remote learning, with grants for childcare, home wi-fi access, tutoring and more. We are determined to continue to help families with financial hardship, students with special learning needs, and parents that must work during the school day.”

Remote learning in the time of COVID-19. Photo courtesy of OB Community Foundation

Before applying for a Rapid Response Grant, nonprofits should first review the grant guidelines published online at, and then call the Community Foundation at 252-261-8839 to discuss their project and funding needs.

In addition to COVID-related projects, the Community Foundation is also accepting applications for any charitable project benefiting the Outer Banks through the Community Enrichment Grants Program.

Community Enrichment Grants are offered on a competitive basis for any kind of nonprofit program, including arts & culture; animal welfare; children & youth; education; the environment; disaster relief & mitigation; health; historic interpretation & preservation; and other human services.

Community Enrichment Grants are due by Jan. 29 and must be submitted via the Community Foundation’s online system. These grants will be awarded on March 11.

All applicants for any grant program are urged to call the Community Foundation before starting an application. More information can be found at

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that connects people who care with causes that matter.

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