Nonprofit agencies are welcome to seek funding from the two volunteer boards charged with overseeing the town's prepared food and beverage tax and its room occupancy tax. Occasionally, the Board of Commissioners considers funding a partnership opportunity that fulfills an identified need of the town, using the town’s strategy map for guidance. The sections below provide information on objectives and criteria for funding.
The Hillsborough Tourism Board offers grants to nonprofit organizations and other entities for tourism-related activities. In addition, both the Tourism Board and Hillsborough Tourism Development Authority offer funding for special projects and partnerships. The Tourism Board is authorized to allocate funds generated by a 1-percent tax on prepared food and beverages, while the Tourism Development Authority allocates funds from a 3-percent tax on room occupancy. See the Tourism Board page for information on the grants process.
For more information, contact Economic Development Planner Shannan Campbell by email or by phone at 919-296-9477.
Town of Hillsborough funding
The Town of Hillsborough partners, sponsors or contracts with local nonprofit organizations on occasion to advance the town’s strategic objectives and priorities. These agreements are approved by the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners and noted in the special appropriations section of the town’s annual budget. See the Budget page for the current budget.
Nonprofit organizations that wish to seek an engagement with the town may inquire with the lead staff member for special appropriations, Assistant to the Town Manager Jenifer Della Valle, the mayor or a town commissioner. Based on the outcome of discussions, town staff and the Board of Commissioners will work with the nonprofit to craft a proposal or contract as appropriate.
The town previously managed a nonprofit agency grant program, providing funding to qualifying nonprofit organizations through an annual application process that aligned with the town’s budget cycle. That program was discontinued July 1, 2016, due to the small scale of the program and inadequate resources to administer it. The town no longer accepts general requests for funding.
For more information, contact Assistant to the Town Manager Jenifer Della Valle by email or by phone at 919-296-9424.