Tryon Palace Foundation one of 23 nonprofits awarded community grant

The Tryon Palace Foundation was one of 23 nonprofit organizations awarded a grant from the Craven County Community Foundation on Monday, Aug. 24, at the First Citizen’s Bank in New Bern. An affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, Craven County Community Foundation awarded a total of $115,630 in grants Tuesday, $5,000 of which will support Tryon Palace educational programming. 

Tryon Palace development manager Anna Shepherd said she has been thrilled with the continued support of CCCF.

“We are so thankful for this very generous grant from the Craven County Community Foundation,” Shepherd said. “The foundation’s continued support helps us go above and beyond when it comes to the educational experiences we are able to provide here at Tryon Palace.”

Megan Raby, Tryon Palace director of education, said the grant will help fund free teacher workshops for North Carolina teachers. The workshops will provide opportunities for teachers to learn 21st-century teaching skills to bring the history of North Carolina to their classrooms. These workshops will be completely free for teachers, including meals, hotel accommodations and more. 

“These workshops will provide opportunities for teachers to expand their knowledge of North Carolina history, gain new ideas for teaching methods, and re-energize them before heading back into the classroom,” Raby said. “We are thankful for this grant that allows us to support our local teachers and students.”

The 23 nonprofit organizations awarded grants this year were chosen by the Craven County Community Foundation from around 40 applicants. 

For more information, to become a member of the Tryon Palace Foundation, or to donate, visit, call 1-800-767-1560, or email