We’ve worked to create a simple and streamlined grant process.

The Foundation accepts unsolicited proposals once per year for either capacity building or multi-year needs. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to building a community where all our neighbors have access to the resources and opportunities they need to reach their fullest potential. This commitment should be evident within internal structures, goals and approaches.

Application Process:
1. Potential applicants call or email Foundation staff with an idea
2. Potential applicants complete an internal self-assessment and then meet with Foundation staff to discuss their organization and funding needs
3. Applicants are invited to complete an application through the online grants management system (application questions can be found in the drop down menus below)
4. Staff may decline the application, defer the application to a future cycle, or schedule a site visit or call to learn more about the organization
5. Applicants revise their application and submit it for consideration
6. Funding decisions are communicated and follow-up reporting assigned

Grants Management Portal

Application Timeline:
The Foundation values community partnership and invites all grant seekers and recipients to contact our office at any time to discuss the grant application and award process.  The application deadline is 5:00 EDT on the day of the deadline.


Response to COVID-19 and Nonprofit Recovery

The Community Foundation is focused on grantmaking strategies that support our vision of a community where all our neighbors have access to the resources and opportunities they need to reach their fullest potential, regardless of where they started in life.

The impact of the coronavirus and April tornadoes was felt by our entire community, but like always our nonprofit partners rose to the challenge to meet the new and expanding needs. As our partners help our neighbors recover, the Foundation will help our nonprofits recover from unexpected losses of income and new an unanticipated expenses.

Historically the Community Foundation has focused on supporting our social service organizations to ensure our neighbors have a safety net when challenges arise. In lieu of our fall Caring and Inclusive Communities grant cycle, we will be offering $15,000 general operating grants to assist with the recovery of our nonprofit partners who are working to help our neighbors navigate difficult circumstances and regain stability.

Applications will be accepted from organizations whose primary mission is to ensure families’ basic needs are met in the following areas:

  • Food – sourcing, preparation, delivery
  • Financial – direct financial assistance, utility support, rent/mortgage support
  • Shelter – temporary to permanent housing
  • Workforce Development – job skills, job placement, employment counseling, supportive employment
  • Prevention and Survivor Services – domestic violence, child abuse, rape crisis
  • Healthcare and Mental Health Services – small independent low-cost clinics and providers

2020 Fall Cycle - UPDATED

  • Application Open
  • Application Deadline
  • Site Visits and Calls
  • Funding Decision
  • June 15, 2020
  • June 26, 2020
  • July
  • August 13, 2020

Capacity & Multiyear Grants Currently Suspended

  • Capacity Building Grants

    Capacity Building Application Questions

    • Limited funding for one-time project needs
    • Requested amount determined through consultation with program staff
    • Annual funding opportunity
    • Applicants must demonstrate how funding will enhance their capacity to meet their mission and address the foundation’s priority areas


  • Multi-year Grants

    Multi-year Application Questions

    • Up to three (3) years of unrestricted funding
    • Highly competitive
    • Applicants must submit current strategic plan and audit
    • Grantees will be asked to reflect on how their organization’s mission-related activities have advanced the Foundation’s priority areas during the grant period and report on the results achieved within the grant period as outlined in the organization’s strategic plan


  • Organizational Characteristics

    Examples of grant seeker characteristics sought to secure funding

    • Clear organizational vision with corresponding goals, strategies and a written plan designed to measure progress towards goals
    • Necessary leadership, staff skills, and experience for successful plan execution
    • Capacity to measure organizational and program success and to apply learning for continuous improvement
    • Organizational decision-making strategy that engages those being served
    • Solid financial practices related to budgeting, forecasting and reporting to the board and a financial plan to support the organization’s strategic plan goals
    • Demonstrated knowledge of national trends in the field and use of best practices
    • An elected, engaged Board of Directors representing the diversity and demographics of the community served, including individuals with varied skill sets and the committee structure necessary to succeed
    • Collaborative relationships that enhance the organization’s ability to serve the community
    • A broad base of community and financial support demonstrating organizational sustainability

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