Our Strategic Collaboration Impact Award RFP is now closed.

 Letters of Intent (LOIs) due Thursday, February 16, 2023, by 11:59 PM EST.  (Submit via Online Grants System)


To support the creation of authentic collaboration amongst community organizations led by Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other People of Color (BILPOC), in order to affect change in issues that impact children's social emotional health, especially those that have been made most marginalized in Wake County. This grant is solely for collaborative planning (agreement between two or more organizations) and strategizing efforts and not for individual organizational needs.  


  • Be a grassroots organization based in Wake County.
  • Advocate for children's social emotional health, with an intentional emphasis on the impacts on BILPOC children (age 0 to 18).
  • Be implementing or striving for policy and/or system-level improvement strategies at the municipal and/or county level.
  • Have been in operation for at least three (3) years; and
  • Have 501(c)(3) status or a designated fiscal sponsor, and fiscal sponsors must have 501(c)(3) status or be a government agency or college/university.

Every organization in the collaborative must demonstrate BILPOC leadership. When referencing BILPOC-led, we are lifting organizational leadership (Executive Director, President, CEO, etc.) who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other People of Color. 


To award $450,000 over three years split between 2-3 organizations in each collaborative with a tiered funding tranche structure. The opportunity will start with $100,000 in year one, increase to $150,000 in year two, and cap at $200,000 for year three.

 Questions about this funding opportunity? Contact Gladys Hairston, Director of Learning, Research, and Evaluation.  

 Key Dates in the 2023 Application Process

Thursday, January 19, 2023 

RFP Launch 

Thursday, January 26, 2023, at 11 AM EST 

Informational Webinar #1 

Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at 3 PM EST 

Informational Webinar #2 

Thursday, February 16, 2023, by 11:59 PM EST 

Letters of Intent (LOIs) due 

Thursday, February 23, 2023 

John Rex Endowment notifies LOI applicants and invites full applications for consideration 

March 6 – 17, 2023 

Application conversations/presentations 

No later than Friday, April 14 

Applicants are notified if the submission is advancing for review by the Board of Directors 

Week of May 14, 2023 

Applicants are notified of the funding decision 

June 1, 2023 

Grant start date