More Than 100 Recipients Named In Inaugural Endowment Grant Cycle

By Johanna F. Still, posted Dec 9, 2022
The New Hanover Community Endowment publicly announced recipients Friday afternoon of its inaugural funding cycle, the 2022 Cape Fear Opportunities and Needs Grants.
A total of 110 community organizations are slated to receive a combined $9,055,050. (Note: View a full list of recipients at the bottom of this article.)
Endowment officials reviewed nearly 300 grant proposals garnered during the application window in September. 
Grant recipients include representatives from a wide range of community organizations in the area’s nonprofit sector and public agencies. 
“We hope that this marks the beginning of a long legacy of partnership between our organization, the endowment, and each of you – financially and otherwise,” endowment president and CEO William Buster said Friday at an event announcing the awardees. “We are here for you as capacity builders, advocates, a resource, a link, convener and a relationship-builder. Use us as you can.”
The nonrecurring awards are intended to address the endowment’s four buckets of community initiatives, established in 2020 by New Hanover County: community safety; health and social equity; education; and community development. 
Each awardee was required to have physical office space in New Hanover County, have been in operation for at least two years and provide services in the county. Awards couldn’t exceed 25% of an organization's operating budget or $250,000, whichever is less.  
When first opening the grant cycle, Buster said the group’s focus would be on smaller, grassroots organizations.  
Incoming board chair Bill Cameron said the endowment’s role is to make existing organizations stronger and more effective. “My hope is nonprofits that received grants in this cycle are now better equipped to achieve transformational change within their individual spheres of influence in our community,” he said. 
Formed by the sale of the once-public New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant Health, which closed in February 2021, the endowment was bestowed $1.25 billion in hospital sale proceeds. Though that total dipped to about $1.1 billion as of this fall due to unfavorable market conditions, the endowment is now considered the area’s largest charitable organization. 
Each year, the endowment intends to administer funds via two grant cycles. It can disperse up to 4% of its total market value annually, per bylaws instituted by New Hanover County officials during the sale of the hospital.  
“This is just the beginning,” Buster said Friday. 
View a full list of grant recipients below. The grant amounts will soon become public, according to an endowment spokesperson: 
  • A Bike for Every Child

  • A Safe Place

  • Access Dental Care

  • ACCESS of Wilmington

  • Advance Youth Outreach

  • Alliance for Cape Fear Trees

  • American Red Cross Cape Fear Chapter

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals, Cape Fear Chapter

  • Beacon Education

  • Blank Canvas Awareness Art

  • Bread for Life Senior Pantry

  • Brooklyn Arts Music Academy

  • Cameron Art Museum

  • Camp Schreiber Foundation

  • Canines for Service

  • Cape Fear Center for Inquiry

  • Cape Fear Collective

  • Cape Fear Group Homes

  • Cape Fear Guardian ad Litem Association

  • Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity

  • Cape Fear HealthNet

  • Cape Fear Literacy Council

  • Cape Fear Museum Associates

  • Cape Fear Volunteer Center

  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, Cape Fear Regional Office

  • CFCC: Child Day Care

  • CFCC: Underserved Students

  • Child Development Center

  • Children's Cancer Patients of the Carolinas

  • Children's Museum of Wilmington

  • City of Wilmington: Recreation Division

  • Classical Charter Schools of America

  • Coastal Bringing Up Down Syndrome

  • Coastal Horizons Center

  • Community Boys & Girls Club

  • Community Counseling Center

  • Community Enrichment Initiatives

  • Comprehensive Care of Wilmington

  • Diaper Bank of North Carolina

  • Domestic Violence Shelter and Services

  • DREAMS Center for Art Education

  • East Carolina Community Development

  • Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia

  • Eden Village

  • El Cuerpo (Christ Community Church)

  • Elderhaus

  • Extension Master Gardners Volunteer Association

  • Family Promise of the Lower Cape Fear

  • Feast Down East

  • Financial Protection Law Center

  • First Tee Greater Wilmington

  • Five14 Revolution

  • Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC at Wilmington

  • Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum

  • Genesis Block Foundation

  • Global Connections

  • Good Shepherd Center

  • Greater Wilmington Chamber Foundation

  • Harbor United Methodist Church

  • Hope Recovery United Methodist Church

  • Independent Works

  • Jo Ann Carter Harrelson Center

  • Kids Making It

  • Leading Into New Communities

  • Lower Cape Fear LifeCare


  • MedNorth Health Center

  • Mother Hubbard's Cupboard of Wilmington

  • NCSU Cooperative Extension: New Hanover County Center

  • NHC Department of Social Services

  • No Limit Boxing Club

  • NourishNC

  • NSEA Swim

  • Peer Recovery Resources

  • Pine Forest Cemetery Board

  • Port City Breastfeeding Project

  • Quality Life Blueprint

  • SEEDS of Healing

  • Smart Start of New Hanover County

  • Soaring as Eagles Outreach Ministry

  • St. Jude's Metropolitan Community Church

  • StepUp Wilmington

  • The Anchor United Methodist Church

  • The Dance Cooperative

  • The Healing Place

  • The Kairos Center

  • Third Person Project

  • This Whole Life Foundation

  • Tides

  • Transitions Foundation NC

  • UNCW Learn-to-Swim Program

  • UNCW: Center for Education in STEM

  • UNCW: Health & Applied Human Sciences

  • UNCW: Health & Human Services


  • UNCW: Nursing (Barbership Initiative)

  • UNCW: Public Health

  • UNCW: Social Work

  • Voyage of Wilmington

  • WATERway NC

  • Welcome Home Angel

  • Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry

  • Wilmington Fire Department

  • Wilmington School of the Arts

  • Wrightsville Beach Museum of History

  • YMCA of Southeastern NC

  • Young Mogul Development Group

  • Young Scientist Academy

  • Youth Villages North Carolina, Wilmington

  • YWCA Lower Cape Fear

Correction: The total number of grant recipients has been updated.
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