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The Parents Council Grant Program

The Parents Council Grant Program awards yearly grants to UNC student organizations and university offices to support new and innovative programs/events that benefit undergraduate students. Parents Council families are asked to make a minimum annual gift of $1,250 to support the grant initiative. Since its inception in 1985, the Parents Council Grants Program has provided around $2 million in grant funding to enhance the quality of undergraduate student life and learning at Carolina.

2019-2020 Parents Council Grant Application & Award Timeline

  • November 9, 2018: Applications will open and be made available for submissions. See "Related Files" section on this page for the Application, Instructions, and Guidance.
  • December 10, 2018: Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm. The Parents Council will review applications in December. They will decide which applicants will move forward for an interview.
  • January 13, 2019: Finalists are notified to prepare presentations for the Parents Council Executive Committee.
  • January 21, 2019: Applicant presentation materials are due to NSFP ( for pre-loading on the day of the interviews.
  • January 25, 2019: The Parents Council Executive Committee meets to interview applicants and prepare recommended funding allocations.
  • February 23, 2019: The Parents Council will review and confirm grant awards at their Spring Meeting.
  • March 8, 2019: Letters and guidance will be sent to applicants notifying them of their final grant status.
  • ~July 8, 2019: Funding becomes available for you to use (no expenses will be reimbursed until grant award winners participate in mandatory grant meetings at NSFP - to be scheduled).
  • May 1, 2020: Grant funding must be spent as stipulated in the funding award letter. Final evaluations are due 30 days after the program concludes or on this date (whichever comes first).


Interested in applying?

  • The Parents Council will allocate $50,000 total in grant awards.
  • For 2018-2019 grant recipients, awards ranged from $200 to $3747 with the average grant award being just over $1400
  • In the past three years, there have been, on average, 38 applications each year.

When thinking of your programming and funding needs, consider what is possible given the information above. This does not mean that awards may not exceed last year's maximum gift amount, but it does mean no one will receive more than the maximum available for funding.


New & Updated Parameters for 2019-2020 Grant Applicants

  • You are encouraged to submit a focused and strategic grant application, especially when there may be multiple programs or initiatives within your organization. You are encouraged to be intentional and strategic with what you choose to apply for. Please speak with your department/unit director or peers in your student organization to become aware of what applications are being considered for submission.
    • Example 1: Instead of the First Year Experience (within Carolina Housing) program submitting three applications for mini grants, it would be advantageous to roll those into one applications for First Year Experience Initiatives.
    • Example 2: Individual programs within a unit may submit a grant application (First Year Experience and Discover (sopho)More may each submit application). An individual program within a unit should not submit multiple applications (Discover (sopho)More should only submit one focused grant application).
  • There is no guarantee that your application will move forward to the interview round. You will receive notification if you did or did not receive an interview by January 13, 2019. Those moving to the interview stage will be scheduled for the Grants Meeting on January 25 ,2019.


Complete your grant application here: