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Increasing Access. Enabling Completion. Preparing for Success.

The Endowment is focused on helping underrepresented students and preparing them for a productive future. The JMBE mission and how we will work to achieve success was determined after much thought and consideration. We are confident in the direction we are heading, and are seeking partnerships with other organizations that share our passions, in order to learn together and accomplish these goals that will benefit communities across the state.

How we work.

In 2014, the John M. Belk Endowment began allocating resources toward the strategy of eliminating barriers to postsecondary education for underrepresented students across North Carolina by focusing on Access, Completion and Workforce Relevance. We define underrepresented populations based on research that clearly demonstrates a gap in educational attainment. These include, but are not limited to, low-income, rural, first-generation, minority students and military veterans.

JMBE will award grants to qualified nonprofit organizations that address these issues across North Carolina. We aspire to partner with outcomes-driven organizations that build stronger student pathways to access, persistence and completion of postsecondary education, all leading to gainful employment. We will also invest in institutions that focus on attainment and support a new generation of non-traditional students in a changing economy.

At this time, our grant process is by invitation only. If invited, qualifying organizations will be asked to complete an online Letter of Inquiry, outlining a proposal that aligns with one of our three strategies. After review, organizations may be asked to complete an application. Organizations may contact the Endowment for more information via the Stay Connected page of the website.

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