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2/21 - As the spring semester begins, we want to remind you of the annual grants offered from The FRIENDS of UNCW. Our application and award process takes place each spring and we encourage you to apply.

The Friends of the Library was founded in 1963 to assist in the accreditation of Wilmington College. As our college grew to a university, we followed, becoming Friends of UNCW. Today we support and promote educational, scientific and charitable projects on behalf of the university.

The Friends seek proposals for projects that will directly benefit your department and do not require substantial amounts of money. In FY2020, The Friends received 27 grant requests from various departments totaling $38,248.38. Fifteen awards totaling $11,768.53 were awarded in FY2020, with individual grant amounts ranging from $150 to $1,500. As in years past, we anticipate receiving more requests than can be funded, but be assured that our selection process will involve careful study and evaluation of each proposal.

To apply for a grant, please complete this select survey.

Submit your request via the online form by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2021. The funding period for these grants is July 1, 2021 through Jan. 31, 2022; only projects and/or purchases that can be completed during this time frame will be considered. Also, all requests for funds must be approved by the dean/department chair of your area to ensure that the request complies with the educational, research or service mission of the university.

If you have questions about the grant application process or have trouble with the link above then please contact Meghan Osborne, assistant director of advancement events and boards, at

ONLINE GRANT DEADLINE REQUEST: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2021 by 5 p.m.

In making plans for the fiscal year 2021-22 request cycle, you may want to consider the following points when submitting a proposal:

  • Proposals that support UNCW’s Strategic Plan are often considered more favorably;
  • Requested expenditures must adhere to university accounting and purchasing guidelines;
  • Some proposals may be denied because the amount of the request was too large (i.e. this year’srequests ranged from $400 to $8,000; the average award amount is $790) or the impact too small;
  • Some proposals may be denied because the funds for the item(s) requested had to be expended priorto the beginning of the next fiscal year;
  • Proposals that include equipment items that will be outdated within a short period of time may bedenied;
  • Proposals with an itemized list to be funded are often considered more favorably;
  • Proposal requests for salary support, stipends or focus group participation remuneration will bedenied;
  • Proposals that positively affect a large number of people (students, faculty, staff and/or communitymembers) are often considered more favorably;
  • Recipients of grant awards who fail to use the funds awarded will not receive an award the followingyear.