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Grant Programs

The Community Foundation makes grants to qualified non-profit organizations through several formal grant programs.  These programs require a formal application and have a specified application process, deadline date and reporting requirements.  Below is a brief description of our current grant programs.  For more detailed information, please read the program's individual grant guidelines before submitting an application.

Because our applications are online, 5:00pm on the stated grant deadline is the actual deadline, despite which day of the week the deadline falls.

CFCG's Community Grant Program

Our community grant program accepts applications for projects designed to improve the quality of life in Central Georgia, specifically the 20 counties we serve.  Priority is given to projects that reach a broad segment of the community, address needs that are not met by existing services, are innovative, encourage matching gifts and collaborations, yield substantial benefit for the resources invested, and encourage self-help and/or self-sufficiency on the part of disadvantaged or disabled individuals.
Deadlines: December 31 and June 30

Knight Neighborhood Challenge

The Knight Neighborhood Challenge accepts applications for ideas that respond to community needs and opportunities that give College Hill a sense of place.  They will be programmatic in nature, will have a well developed plan for sustainability, will involve teamwork, will be citizen-led and will be inclusive. All project ideas must take place within the geographic boundaries of the Corridor, as stated by the Knight Neighborhood Challenge. 
There is a separate top-navigation tab on our website for information on the Knight Neighborhood Challenge.
Deadlines: June 30, 2014

Other Grant Programs

Dunlap Williamson Youmans Fund

The Dunlap Williamson Youmans Fund seeks to help the needs of today's society and to anticipate emerging issues that may become major concerns in the future.  Areas of particular interest include: Healthcare Initiatives, Educational Development, Family Services, or Youth Welfare.  Grant applicants must be qualified 501(c)(3) organizations whose principal offices are located in Bibb County, Georgia and the contiguous counties. 
Deadlines: May 1st and November 1st

Knight Founndation Fund (Milledgeville)

The Knight Fund for Milledgeville accepts applications from 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that are based in or doing work in Milledgeville/Baldwin County. 
Deadline: Accepts applications year round

Ozzy's Fund

The purpose of Ozzy's Fund is to support initiatives which directly affect the lives of animals within the middle Georgia area. The fund should be used to promote the welfare of animals of all kinds and facilitate projects within the scope of the following areas: Spay/Neuter, Trap/Neuter/Release, Animal Adoption, or Preventing Animal Cruelty.
Deadlines: March 31 and September 30

Clayton and Carol Paul Fund for Animal Welfare

The Clayton and Carol Paul Fund for Animal Welfare provides monetary grants to (1) animal humane societies, (2) animal shelters, (3) animal adoption agencies, (4) low-cost spay-neuter clinics, (5) individual wildlife rehabilitators, (6) as well as other deserving animal welfare organizations.
Deadlines: June 30 and December 31. 
If you have an emergency need that cannot wait until the next deadline, please contact Alex Leahy at (478) 750-9338 or via email

Affiliate Foundations

Barnesville-Lamar Community Foundation's Grant Program

The Barnesville-Lamar Community Foundation's Grant Program accepts applications from non-profit organizations for projects in Barnesville, Lamar County, and the immediate surrounding area. 
Deadline: August 15

Community Foundation of Coffee County's Grant Program

The Community Foundation of Coffee County's Community Grant Program accepts applications from non-profit organizations for projects in Douglas, Coffee County, and the immediate surrounding area. 
Deadline: August 15

Community Foundation of Fort Valley's Grant Program

The Community Foundation of Fort Valley's Grant Program accepts applications from non-profit organizations for projects in Fort Valley, Georgia and the immediate surrounding area. 
Deadline: August 15