Apply for Funds

Grant seekers will be interested to learn these “timely tips” about the grant process.

  • Every gift must meet three criteria. It must help children, it must be in North Carolina, and there must be a spiritual component.
  • The Board of Directors established these priorities: Christian camps, music enrichment, sports and character-building, and children of prisoners.
  • In 2001, the Rye Foundation made its very first gift, a $25,000 investment in the work of the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, North Carolina.
  • HTA_0002To date, the largest gift is a $65,000 investment to help build the Rye Foundation Staff Lodge at Camp Caraway in Asheboro, North Carolina.
  • Recent gifts have built a playground for a prison ministry, provided musical instruments at a children’s home, and funded scholarships for the Baptist All-State Choir.
  • In an effort to identify and screen the best children’s projects, the Rye Foundation operates on an “invitation only” application system.
  • One way we identify these projects is sponsoring the annual “Champions for Children” event. Held at the Bank of America in Winston-Salem, the event gives children’s charities a chance to meet with Foundation leaders and discuss their mission, history, and funding needs. Since the popular event began, a total of 110 organizations have made formal presentations. Following the special day, the Board of Directors decides which groups will be asked to submit a formal application for the next funding cycle.
  • If your children’s charity has a project which meets our guidelines, we would like to hear from you.

Written inquiries are always welcome, and should be sent to:

Mr. J. Warren Steen, President
Rye Foundation
P.O. Box 25333
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27114