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Grant Guidelines

Deadlines: June 30th and December 31st at 12:00pm (noon)

 

Purpose
The Community Foundation of Central Georgia aims to further the ability of community-based charitable organizations to meet the needs of the residents of this region.  Through its Nonprofit Grant Program, CFCG will consider applications for projects designed to improve the quality of life in central Georgia. 

Funding Priority
Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate a majority of the following:

  •  address needs not currently being met by an existing organization
  •  reach a broad segment of the community
  •  improve organizational efficiency
  •  encourage self-help and/or self-sufficiency on the part of disadvantaged or disabled individuals 
  •  promote matching gifts and/or enhance fundraising capabilities
  •  collaborate with other non-profit groups to provide innovative, more efficient approaches to solving community issues

PLEASE NOTE:
- Ongoing operational expenses are unlikely to be funded. 
- The Foundation will consider applications from faith-based organizations for non-sectarian, community outreach programs.
- Requests for scholarships to send children to camp will not be funded.

Geographic Restrictions
Grant applications must have a direct relevance to the Central Georgia region.  At donors’ request, most award money is currently restricted to Bibb County.  There is limited funding available for other counties in Central Georgia including: Baldwin, Bleckley, Butts, Coffee, Crawford, Dodge, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Spalding, Taylor, Twiggs, Upson, and Wilkinson. 

Maximum Grant Amount
The maximum grant awarded by the Community Foundation of Central Georgia through the Nonprofit Grant Program is $25,000.

Funding Cycles
Under the Nonprofit Grant Program, CFCG will consider only one proposal from any one non-profit organization during a twelve-month period.  In addition, any organization with two years of consecutive funding from the Community Foundation will be required to wait two years before submitting an additional application.  For example, if an organization is funded in the June 2013 and June 2014 cycles, that organization will be ineligible to apply again until June 2016.  Any organization that has received prior funding from the Community Foundation must have a final report on file at CFCG prior to the submission of a new grant application.  

Notification of Grants
Applicants will be notified of the Board’s decision in late September for the June deadline and in late March for the December deadline.

Reporting Requirements
This grant requires completion of a final project report including a financial report.  Final reports are due within sixty days after depletion of the grant funds, prior to submitting a new grant application, or no later than one year from the deadline date of the cycle in which you applied for your grant, whichever is earliest.  For example, if you received a grant in the December 31, 2012 cycle, your final report is due no later than December 31, 2013.  To be eligible for future grants, the Community Foundation must have completed final reports on file for all previously awarded grants when submitting a new grant application.  The final report form is available here.

Technical Assistance
If you need assistance, please contact the Community Foundation via email or phone (478) 750-9338.

HOW TO APPLY

You will need a User ID and Password for Spectrum Web Portal to access the online application.  Click here to register.  Then, complete the online CFCG Nonprofit Grant application form, which will require attaching the following documents in electronic format.  You may click on the attachments below to see a sample. 

  •  Project Budget Summary – should include all revenue sources (requested, pending & received) and expenses for the specific project.
  •  Board Authorization Letter – should be a statement from the organization’s Board of Directors authorizing the request and agreeing to complete the project if funded.
  •  Board of Directors/Trustees List – should include directors/trustees individual terms of office and their individual percentage of participation in the organization’s Board meetings. 
  •  Organization’s Current Annual Operating Budget – should be a report of the organization’s planned budget indicating projected revenue and expenses for the current fiscal year.
  •  Current IRS Determination Letter – should indicate 501(c)3 tax-exempt status.  If no designation, a statement detailing the status of an application with the Federal government or future application plans may be submitted, along with a statement of charitable purpose.
  •  Most Recent Financial Audit Report or Most Recent IRS Form 990 (If your organization has both, please submit the Financial Audit Report.)

Late, hardcopy, or incomplete applications will not considered for funding.  Please do not include any other forms or information other than what is required as outlined above.  Applicants will be contacted if more information is needed. 

Please contact the Foundation at grants@cfcga.org or (478) 750-9338 if you have any questions.

The Community Foundation of Central Georgia believes that equal opportunity is important for the continuing success of our organization.  In accordance with state, federal, and municipal laws, this Foundation intends to comply with these laws which preclude discrimination because of race, disability, creed, religion, gender, age, national origin or any other protected classification. 

QUICK LINKS

>> Previous Grant Recipients

>> Communications Guidelines

>> Frequently Asked Questions

>> Final Report Form 

CFCG staff will perform due diligence on all grant applications.  The CFCG Grants Committee will review the applications and the proposed grants from CFCG’s grants committee will be presented to the CFCG full Board of Directors for final approval.  The community grants will be announced within three months following the application deadline.  The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation is responsible for approving these grant applications and allocating proceeds from CFCG's Unrestricted Funds.

 

Unrestricted Funds allow the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors the discretion to make grants to address the most urgent needs and opportunities in the community.  The following funds make the Nonprofit Grant Program possible:

L. D. and Minnie Lee
Brown Fund

Fickling Family Fund

The Fund for
Memorials and Honoraria

Ross and Geneva
Gardner Fund

General Fund

William S. Hutchings Fund

Jones Freeman Ross
Family Fund

Kruger Fund

Edward Miraglia, Jr. Fund

Olson Fund

Hazel Elizabeth Rogers Fund

John F. Rogers, Jr. Fund

Emily Walker Fund

Walters Family Fund

Zuver Fund