Provident Benevolent Foundation

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To provide financial assistance to organizations that provide educational, medical, and fundamental human services to individuals.

Annual application deadlines

January 1

Program areas

Arts, culture, and humanities
Human services
Public/society benefit

States served

North Carolina

Geographic limitations

The foundation primarily supports organizations located in central and western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. Please note that the general geographical area of eastern North Carolina, beginning in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill vicinity, will not be considered.

Types of support

The foundation provides program, general operating, and capital campaign support.

Financial summary

Fiscal Year ended: 6/30
Average grant size: $5,000 - $15,000

The Provident Benevolent Foundation makes grants to charitable organizations that provide educational, medical services, and human and social services to individuals. Preference may be given to organizations serving North Carolina and Tennessee.


  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be received by January 1.
  • Applications submitted via the online grant application form is preferred, or the alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.


  • Grants from the Foundation are made anonymously. No publicity or public announcements regarding a grant from the Foundation may be made without the prior written approval from the Foundation.
  • No grants will be awarded to individuals.
  • The foundation primarily supports organizations located in central and western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee.

Average giving

Average number of grants per year: 80
Average grant size $5,000 - $15,000

Annual application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be received by January 1st to be reviewed at the annual grant meeting that occurs in April or May.


Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission. Grant decisions are generally communicated by June for applications received by the deadline.

Required agreements and reports

Periodic progress reports and final reports may be required for funded projects.

About the Foundation

The Foundation was originally established in 1989 as the Providence Charitable Foundation. However, in 1991 its name was changed to the Provident Benevolent Foundation, Inc.