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ROW's Back Door Kitchen Tour provides funds to aid groups interested in improving Downtown Wilmington. 
Grant to the USS North Carolina Battleship
ROW's most recent grant was for flag lighting on the USS North Carolina Battleship. The check for the $1500 grant was delivered to Captain Terry Bragg on Friday, November 10th,2017, as shown in the photo below. From left:
Darla Hamby, ROW membership Chair, Margi Ericson, ROW Grant Chair and Ginger Gerrard, BDKT Chair. Behind them are Captain Terry Bragg and ROW Mayor, Phoebe Bragg.
Salvation Army Grant
ROW awarded a $2500 Grant to the Salvation Army for repairs to the Salvation Army Church on Third Street. The grant was awarded in 2016.
The check was presented by  ROW Board Members, Beverly Grasley, Margi Ericson, Paul Mason and then ROW President, Sylvia Kochler.
Over the last several years we have distributed over $62,000 to groups ranging from the Hannah Block Historic USO to the Dreams Center and Bellamy Mansion. 
Southern Hospitality Sculpture
ROW bought a piece of art and donated it to the City in 2010.  If you've admired the "Southern Hospitality" sculpture of the Venus flytrap at the foot of Market St. you've seen the work of ROW's Grants Committee.

The Residents of Old Wilmington, Inc. (ROW) is a private non-profit, membership based organization that collaborates with public and private organizations in the development of a vibrant, prosperous and balanced community in downtown Wilmington.  Through targeted fundraising activities, ROW supports community projects that:
  • enhance the natural beauty of the downtown Historic District (defined as lying between Red Cross and Queen Streets, from Eighth Street to the Cape Fear River)
  • are capital improvements – especially those that maintain/ restore downtown structures
  • foster the health of downtown arts and cultural programs or facilities and other community services that are important to ROW
  • are one-time in nature, and do not establish a regular pattern of support
  • reflect the diversity of the needs of the Historic District
  • potentially have the ability to leverage other available funding for maximum community impact
Do you have a project that ROW should support?  Click on THIS LINK to download an application.
Click this link to fill out the form.
Some Past Grant Recipients
The Wilmington Railroad Museum will be repainting the historic sign   Atlantic Coast Roalroad barely visible on the West end of the building.  You can just see it above the awning.  ROW was honored to make a grant that will make this possible.  ROW President Paul Lawler presents the check to Railroad Museum Executive Director Mark Koenig as Bill Massey and Sylvia Kochler look on.
ROW President Paul Lawler presents a Grant Check to Jocelyn Lynch of the Burgwin Wright House.  Immediate Past President Robert Erb and Secretary Sylvia Kochler look on.  The grant will provide lighting to the front of the house highlighting its beautiful features.