Become Our Partner

The Belk Foundation doesn’t just invest with money. We invest with time, with advocacy, with action. We pursue our mission with a hands-on approach, working “on the ground” and learning by asking thoughtful questions of smart people with first-hand experience of success in education: effective teachers, administrators of schools that have defied the odds, leaders of like-minded organizations who are exceeding their goals.

We are always looking for organizations that share our passion, our goals and our commitment. The Foundation conducts two grant-making cycles per year, with invitation-only final applications. Invitations for spring cycle are issued mid-February, with an April 1 final application deadline and late-May decision. Invitations for fall cycle are issued mid-August, with an October 1 final application deadline and late-November decision. Our process is both firm and straightforward, because ultimately, our goal is to respect your time.

We believe that we can be catalysts for lasting change. We believe that our efforts, coupled with those of like-minded groups, can put all students on a path to success. We’re optimistic that affecting change now will lay the groundwork for a future where all children will have access to quality education and passionate teachers and leaders.


February - Invitations for spring grant cycle issued
April 1 - Spring applications due
May - Spring grant decisions communicated
August - Invitations for fall grant cycle issued
October 1 - Fall applications due
November - Fall grant decisions communicated