Online Application System Guide & FAQs

How To Apply for Funding

Download the full instructions and watch this video tutorial on how to apply using our online application system. We strongly recommend that you carefully read the instructions and reference materials found on this page before registering and starting your first application. If you still have questions please give us a call and our staff would happy to assist you with the application process.

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How it works:

An applicant creates an account in the Online Application Manager, then logs on to that account to access the list of available grants and start a new grant application. Your application can be saved as a draft, and when you log on again it’s easy to return to that draft, make edits, and submit the application. Each account maintains a record of the application history that you can access at any time.

Once a grant or program is awarded, the Online Application Manager allows grantees and program host sites an easy way to see the status of their request, check due dates, and submit reports right from their account dashboard. 

Creating your online account

All applicants are required to create an account. We suggest creating your account well in advance of the grant deadline to avoid any last minute issues. At the time of registration you are required to enter the following information:

  • A username that is an email address
  • Your contact information
  • Your organization’s information, including the EIN/Tax ID number (required)
  • Contact information for the organization’s Executive Officer

Managing your online account – For Organizations

The first person from the organization sets up the account and enters the organization’s information, which creates the organization profile. It’s important to enter this information accurately at registration. For an organization to easily view its full history of grants and requests, we recommend consolidating all applications into one user account. If you are unsure whether your organization already has an account or if you need to be added to an existing account, please contact Caitlin Patton Stanley at or 704.687.1521 to discuss your options.

Managing your online account – For Users

Once your account is set up, your account dashboard is displayed on screen every time you log in. From the dashboard, you can do the following:

  • Edit your contact information
  • Begin the application process 
  • Access application drafts and submitted applications
  • View details and complete the report process for grant awards

Helpful tips when applying

  • For the best user experience when accessing our Online Application Manager, we suggest using one of the following browsers: Google Chrome 14 or higher, Firefox 9 or higher, or Safari 4 or higher. It is fine to use Internet Explorer, but you may encounter some minor technical issues. 
  • We encourage you to read the respective program FAQ page sbefore beginning the application process. 
  • Our grantees and program host sites must be registered non-profit (including  churches) or be a public entity, such as a town, public school, or state agency. All others will need to use a fiscal sponsor. 

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