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 were 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.


Staff will assess funding opportunities based on several criteria:

  1. Alignment of request to JMBE’s funding focus areas: Access, Completion and Workforce Relevance
  2. Demonstration of impact to increase postsecondary access, persistence and attainment
  3. The proposed impact, scope, sustainability and scalability for underrepresented populations
  4. An organization’s internal capacity to move a proposed issue forward, and demonstrations of partnerships and/or integrations with other organizations
  5. An organization’s ability to meet JMBE’s eligibility requirements


Eligibility for funding is based on the following requirements:

  • Organizations must be either tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code and not classified as a private foundation, accredited educational institutions or government agencies.
  • Organizations should be able to present their tax-exempt letter at time of request (pending letters will not be accepted).
  • Organizations must serve communities in North Carolina. Out-of-state organizations that run programs or initiatives in North Carolina are eligible to apply.

The following programs and organizations are not eligible for funding:

  • Foreign organizations
  • Organizations providing pass-through funds to an ineligible organization
  • Individuals or families, including those requesting scholarships or fellowship assistance
  • Small businesses or private business ventures
  • Fundraising events or sponsorships that would provide the John M. Belk Endowment tangible benefits (e.g., tickets or tables at events)
  • Athletic or sports related events, league or team sponsorships, school affiliated orchestra, band, choir, student trips or tours
  • Political campaigns, labor, fraternal or civic clubs
  • Ongoing operations for schools
  • High school drop-out prevention programs or K-8 programs
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or national origin

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