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 16 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. The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation is responsible for reviewing these grant applications and allocating proceeds from these Unrestricted Funds.
NEW! Deadlines: December 31 and June 30
Knight Neighborhood Challenge
The Knight Neighborhood Challenge accepts application from non-profit organizations, businesses, government entities and individuals 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. They may not be political or discriminatory. 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.
New! Deadlines: December 31 and June 30
Knight Fund for 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 and whose project creates an informed, engaged community. To Knight, community engagement means creating opportunities for ordinary residents to come together, deliberate and take action collectively to address public problems or issues that residents themselves define as important and in ways that they themselves decide are appropriate. They believe approaches that put residents at the center are powerful ways to achieve social change, and that engaged communities are better places to live, work and play. The Knight Fund for Milledgeville's Community Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing these grant applications and making the grant recommendation to the Knight Foundation and Community Foundation.
Deadline: February 28
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, in order to allow these volunteer organizations to use their enormous enthusiasm, drive and willingness to reduce animal suffering and homelessness through the monetary maintenance of their organizations where little or no monetary funds existed previously. Applicants must be based in or providing animal services in Central Georgia, and grant amounts may vary, but will not usually exceed $2,000.
Deadlines: CFCG will review submitted grant applications quarterly in January, April, July, and October. If you have an emergency need that cannot wait until the next quarter, please contact Julia Wood at (478) 750-9338 or via email.
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. Interested organizations must submit an application by the summer deadline each year, and the maximum grant amount is $2,000. The BLCF Board of Directors is responsible for reviewing these grant applications and making the grant recommendations.
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. Interested organizations must submit an online application by the deadline each year, and the maximum grant amount is $2,500. CFCC encourages organization to use this grant in applying for matching funds to maximize funding potential. The CFCC Board of Directors is responsible for reviewing these grant applications and making the grant recommendations.
Deadline: September 1
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. CFFV will consider application from higher education institutions and faith-based organizations for non-sectarian, community outreach programs. The average grant amount is $2,500. The CFFV Board of Directors is responsible for reviewing these grant applications and making the grant recommendations.
Deadline: September 1