Community Grants

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Peak Fest Community Grants! The organizations listed below received $10,250 collectively to continue their signature programs that benefit the Apex community and its residents. Please congratulate them and find out what they do and how you can support them as well.


Check back here for updates on how these organizations made a difference in The Peak of Good Living through the peak of good giving.


Blue Lights College – North Carolina’s Premiere Police Prep College, located right here in Apex,  for its scholarship program.


Apex Chamber of Commerce – Bookbag Bonanza to provide school supplies to Apex students who cannot afford to purchase basic supplies.


Apex High School PTSA- Technology Fundraiser -to provide wireless equipment to connect to the new systems for the re-built high school, and help with technology needs in temporary facility while the school is being built.


Apex Friendship High School Band Boosters – purchase instruments and sheet music for the burgeoning band program at the new high school.


Apex High School Arts Program– provide visual art display supplies for student work in both the temporary location and for the new school facility.


Western Wake Crisis Ministries – replace coolers and purchase shopping carts to improve the quality of service provided by WWCM to its clients. Website being updated.  Call: 919-362-0657 or visit 1600 Olive Chapel Road,  #408, Apex


Apex High School Academy of Information Technology – to support a smart phone app development program.


Apex Farmers Market – for the purchase of an educational tent to be used during the Farmers Market season.


Apex Historical Society –to help with the funds needed for upkeep of the historic Maynard Pearson House on Olive Chapel Road.


Apex Friendship Parent Support Group– to help with funds to send the students to the overnight competition, Gravity Games.


Apex Police Youth Enrichment Camp– providing opportunities for young people in Apex to attend and fully participate in the Camp.


InterAct of Wake County – for the Lethality Assessment Program that assists police and the Family Violence Prevention Center make abuse escape possible.


Simple Gifts Community Garden – to rebuild the compost bin for the Community Garden.


Town of Apex – to create an Education Garden that provides habitat for our essential pollinators (bees, butterflies, etc) and education to the community about the vital roles these tiny residents play in the survival of the planet.

Did you know that each year the Apex Festival Commission awards thousands of dollars in grants to community organizations? In the last 10 years more than $300,000 was granted to groups and organizations that give back to the community.

The grants are funded from PeakFest each year. Applications are typically made available to the public in January of each year. This year the grants will be presented at PeakFest on May 6, 2017.

The Festival Commission awards grants based to local non-profit and civic groups who apply during the open application period.  In the past, groups as varied as the Apex Historical Society, Apex Police Youth Enrichment Camp, Kraft YMCA and Peak Labs Rescue received grants from the Apex Festival Commission. In addition to individual community organizations, the Commission also supports community initiatives such as the Rogers Family Skate Park that serves the youth in Apex and the Apex Service Memorial that honors military service members, first responders and commemorates 9/11.

The Apex Festival Commission is proud to give back to the community and looks forward to continuing the tradition this year. In addition to PeakFest, which itself is a significant accomplishment, the ability to give grants to the community is a great source of fulfillment for the members of the Commission.




Applying for a Grant through the Apex Festival Commission

The application process for the 2017 year is closed. Please check back here for an updated 2018 application and deadline information after October 2017.


Previous Grant Recipients Include:

  • Apex Farmers Market
  • Apex High School/Drumline
  • Apex Latino Arts Festival
  • Apex Law Enforcement Explorer Post 38
  • Apex Historical Society
  • Apex Friendship Academy of Engineering
  • Apex Police Youth Enrichment Camp
  • Apiopolis
  • Beyond the Ribbon
  • CAPA (Citizens Assisting Police)
  • Citizens for Apex Parks
  • Kraft Family YMCA
  • Peak Labs Rescue
  • Safe Kids
  • Support Military Spouses
  • The Simple Gifts Community Garden Project
  • Youth Fire Prevention

Please note: This is not a comprehensive list.


How do I apply for a grant? Complete the Apex Festival Commission PeakFest Grant application provided on this website. Supporting materials detailed in the application must be included for the grant to be considered. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2017. The application and all supporting materials can be hand-delivered or mailed to: Apex Festival Commission, PO BOX 1238, Apex, NC 27502  Dropped off location:  The Halle Cultural Arts Center – 237 N. Salem St. Apex, NC

What are the general requirement and preferential considerations for these grant? General Requirements: Apex Festival Commission Grants are awarded to local non-profit and civic groups. The intent of this initiative is to provide support to programs directly within the Apex community. Consideration of projects and programs located outside Apex will also be given.

Preferential Consideration given to projects that

  • are physically located in Apex;
  • are pilot activities that need a foundational boost;
  • continuing activities that directly benefit the Apex community;
  • are outward-facing toward community service;
  • have project significance to the community;
  • have potential for long-term impact;
  • have a defined need;
  • focus on children and children’s programming;
  • have an arts and crafts focus

What is the amount at which grants are funded? Grant amounts typically range from $100 to $1000.

What are the deadlines?All applications must be received or postmarked no later than March 31, 2017. Notification will be made prior to May 6, 2017, specific date to be determined. Grants are awarded at PeakFest on May 6, 2017

Does my organization need a tax id to apply? Yes. The Apex Festival Commission provides grants to established community organization and/or developing organizations that have registered and secured tax identification numbers.

Are organizations outside of Apex considered? While preferential consideration is given to organizations that are physically located in Apex, if a program or organization establishes a significant connection to Apex and its citizens the grant will be considered. The object of the grants is to enhance and serve the Apex community so if a grant proposal impacts Apex in a positive way, please highlight that in the grant application.

If a grant is received, are there any follow-up requirements? Yes. Should your organization receive a grant, you are required to provide a report back to the Apex Festival Commission on the way in which the funds were used. Written reports with supporting photographic and/or video are preferred. Failure to report back will disqualify your organization from receiving a grant in future years.

When will grant recipients be notified? Grant recipients will be notified at least 1 week prior to PeakFest, which is held on the first Saturday of May each year. The exact date for notification has not yet been determined for 2017, but this space will be updated as soon as possible.

When does the grant application process open and close? The Apex Festival Commission is currently accepting applications for the 2017 grant period. All applications must be received no later than March 31, 2017.