Update: Deadline has been extended through June 15


As Duke works to fulfill its academic and health care missions at a critical time for our campus and broader communities, we remain committed to supporting our neighbors through purposeful partnerships.

The Emergency Relief Fund for Community Organizations in Carteret County provides grants of up to $5,000 to eligible community organizations for selected projects that address immediate basic needs defined as food, shelter, and childcare for residents of Carteret County affected by COVID-19. 

The application and funding process will be coordinated by the Duke Office of Durham & Community Affairs in partnership with the Duke University Marine Lab. The application is now open and the deadline to apply is June 15. Requested funds must be used within 90 days of receipt. If you have any questions about this fund, please contact carteret-emergency-relief@duke.edu.


Grant awards range from $500 to $5,000 for community-based organizations, depending on the number of clients served and indicated outcomes of the projects. The hope is to reach as many individuals and families in emergency need in the Carteret County community as we are able.

Grants to community-based organizations will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • Track record of serving individuals and families in Carteret County, especially the most vulnerable populations
  • The ability to support individuals and families with immediate basic needs in the midst of COVID-19
  • Impact and reach 
  • Evidence of 501(c)3 status 
  • The project, key partners and benefits must be located in Carteret County
  • Funding will not be awarded to reimburse program staff or volunteers for travel mileage.
  • Funding may not be used for gift cards or direct payment.
  • The proposal must not fund any organization that discriminates on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or political affiliation.
  • The proposal must not fund religious activities; however, religious institutions may apply for funding for nonsectarian projects.
  • A maximum of 10% of the budget is permitted for overhead/indirect expenses; at least 90% must go toward direct assistance.


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