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17 years

Strowd Roses, Inc. is a private charitable foundation established in 2001 under the will of Mrs. Irene Harrison Strowd of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We fund local nonprofits and projects that improve the quality of life for residents of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. We also provide for the on-going maintenance and care of the Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden, a free and public space in Chapel Hill. Learn more about us here.

300 nonprofits

have received a Strowd Roses grant. Some organizations like Farmer Foodshare and Learning Outside are homegrown. While others like Club Nova and Community Home Trust have become community institutions. And still others like Community Empowerment Fund and The Jackson Center grew out of UNC-Chapel Hill students and staffs’ commitment to actively engage in dialogue and partnership with the community to address issues that matter to all of us.

920 grants

have been awarded by Strowd Roses. Grants address a broad spectrum of sectors and populations such as animals, arts and culture, education and literacy, the environment, health, seniors, immigrants, youth and general welfare.


is Strowd Roses Inc.’s grantmaking investment to date in the local community. More than 8% of these funds supported Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools through an annual block grant to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation (PSF). In 2015-2016, Strowd Roses funding was 15.5% of PSF’s total grant budget.

Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History's staff with Fusion Youth Radio and Beat Making Lab youth at the Allied Media Conference.

Grant Guidelines and Procedures

Strowd Roses awards grants to qualified tax-exempt organizations base...

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Gene Strowd and past board member, Edward Norfleet transplant some of Gene's personal rose bushes into the Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden.

Rose Garden

The Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden is located in the Town of Chapel...

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Strowd Roses, Inc. funding was critical to the creation & implementation of the Carolina Campus Community Garden which provides free fresh produce to UNC Chapel Hill's housekeepers & volunteer & educational opportunities for the community.

Grantmaking History

Whether sustaining beloved community institutions or responding to eme...

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