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Friends of UNCW

The Friends of UNCW, a volunteer organization formed in December 1963 to help Wilmington College (now UNCW) increase the library's holdings from 11,000 volumes to a minimum of 50,000 volumes – a requirement at the time for accreditation as a four-year institution. The Friends met that goal and have been steadfast UNCW supporters for more 50 years.

The organization's current contributions include supporting a merit scholarship and annually funding special projects based on proposals from UNCW faculty and staff.



Friends of UNCW Grant Application


From:         Elizabeth Donald, Grants Chairwoman

                   Friends of UNCW


Date:          January 9, 2019


Re:              Request for Grant Proposals


As the spring semester begins, we want to remind you of the annual grants offered from The FRIENDS of UNCW.  Our application and award process takes place each spring and we encourage you to apply.


The Friends of the Library was founded in 1963 to assist in the accreditation of Wilmington College.  As our college grew to a university, we followed, becoming Friends of UNCW.  Today we support and promote educational, scientific and charitable projects on behalf of the university.


The Friends seek proposals for projects that will directly benefit your department and do not require substantial amounts of money.  In FY2019, The Friends received 33 grant requests from various departments totaling $37,344.29.  Eighteen awards totaling $17,052.86 were awarded in FY2019, with individual grant amounts ranging from $600 to $1,200.  As in years past, we anticipate receiving more requests than can be funded, but be assured that our selection process will involve careful study and evaluation of each proposal.


To apply for a grant, please click on this link (  )  and complete the survey to submit your request via the online form by 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2019.   The funding period for these grants is July 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020; only projects and/or purchases that can be completed during this timeframe will be considered.  Also, all requests for funds must be approved by the Dean/Department Chair of your area to ensure that the request complies with the educational, research or service mission of the university.


If you have questions about the grant application process or have trouble with the link above, please contact Michelle Cummings, or 910.962.3170.


ONLINE GRANT DEADLINE REQUEST:  Thursday, February 14, 2019 by 5 p.m.


In making plans for the fiscal year 2019-20 request cycle, you may want to consider the following points when submitting a proposal:


  • Proposals that support UNCW’s Strategic Plan are often considered more favorably;
  • Requested expenditures must adhere to university accounting and purchasing guidelines;
  • Some proposals may be denied because the amount of the request is too large (i.e. this year’s requests ranged from $400 to $8,000; the average award amount is $790) or the impact is too small;
  • Some proposals may be denied because the funds for the item(s) requested had to be expended prior to the beginning of the next fiscal year (beginning July 1, 2019);
  • Proposals that include equipment items that will be outdated within a short period of time may be denied;
  • Proposals with an itemized list to be funded are often considered more favorably;
  • Proposal requests for salary support, stipends or focus group participation remuneration will be denied;
  • Proposals that positively affect a large number of people (students, faculty, staff, and/or community members) are often considered more favorably;
  • Recipients of grant awards who fail to use the funds awarded will not receive an award the following year.




Friends of UNCW Note Card Fundraiser

The Friends of UNCW Board of Directors are selling note cards featuring the artwork of Board Member Helen Dixon. The note cards sell for $12 a pack and each package contains 8 note cards (4 of each design as shown below) and 8 envelopes. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of UNCW grant awards program. The grants are given out to UNCW faculty and staff for program support. Note cards can be purchased with a cash or check in the Events and Board Management office in Alderman Hall room 104. 

 egret artworkoyster artwork



On these boards I've learned that: We have one of the top biology and marine biology programs in the world. We have a business school that is focused on the community, economics and entrepreneurship. We have an education program that is doing research into what really works in the classroom.

My job on these boards is to be a part of keeping the university vibrant and on the map.

Elizabeth Dunn, Friends of UNCW & Board of Visitors Member

Friends of UNCW logo






Wednesday, January 9, 2019
9 a.m. Appeal Letters, 10 a.m. Board Meeting
Location Randall Library

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
10 a.m. Board Meeting
Location TBD

Thursday, May 2, 2019
10 a.m. Friends of UNCW Grants Award Coffee
Wise Alumni House 





Friends of UNCW - 2018 Board of Directors


Julie Fisher '83 - President
Nan Caison '83 - Vice President
Margaret Freeman - Treasurer
Koula Katsikis - Secretary
Janice Kingoff ’77 - Advisor & Life Member
Louise Gorham ’59 - Honorary Life Member

Board of Directors

 Mary Battle
Mary Cheek
Mary Coble '80
Helen Dixon
Elizabeth Dunn
Suzanne Edwards '90
Kimberly Exum
Brenda Harriss '85
Betsy Herring
Alicia Keith
Dianne Kelly
Janine Powell ’88
Janis Sass
Jessica Schreiber ’00M
Judy Smith
Amelia Taylor
Kay Warren
Helen Wells
Rose Zimmer






To speak with someone about the Friends of UNCW, contact:

Claire Stanley
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development Operations
(910) 962.3169

Michelle Cummings
Events & Board Manager
(910) 962.3170

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