The Community Foundation accepts applications for funding from eligible charitable organizations once annually. In May 2020, CFNLA awarded $2.8 million to 53 programs.
There are currently four categories of funding available. Each category has unique eligibility requirements, guidelines, and applications.
*Due to COVID-19, CFNLA is offering a second round of funding in our 2020 grant cycle. There will be a limited number of grants available and grant awards are anticipated to be between $10,000 to $50,000. Programs that received funding in the first round of 2020 competitive grants are not eligible to apply for round two funding. Organizations that received program funding in round one may apply with a new program. Grants will be awarded in the fall of 2020.
- Stage One (Letter of Intent) opens August 1 at 8 a.m. CST and closes August 21 at 4 p.m. CST.
- For those invited to the second stage, Stage Two opens October 15 at 8 a.m. CST and closes November 15 at 4 p.m. CST.
- 2021 grant recipients will be announced the following April. 2020 Round Two grant recipients will be announced by October 31, 2020.
Training: Due to COVID-19, grant trainings are not required and will not be held in-person this year. Please review eligibility criteria thoroughly for each grant type and view our training resources for technical assistance. These materials can be reviewed at your convenience; no registration is required.
Application: The annual grant cycle includes two stages; Stage One (Letter of Intent) opens on August 1 at 8 a.m. CST and closes August 21 at 4 p.m. CST. For those invited to the second stage, Stage Two opens October 15 at 8 a.m. CST and closes November 15 at 4 p.m. CST.
Staff Review: The Community Foundation staff reviews every application thoroughly. You will be contacted if a site visit, meeting, or phone conference is needed to discuss the program in more detail.
Revision: It is the applicant’s duty to advise the Community Foundation should circumstances arise which would change or affect any aspect of the grant proposal.
Board Review: The Community Foundation’s Board of Directors reviews all applications and makes the final grant award decisions.
Notification: Applicants will receive an email notification of the Board’s funding decisions in April. Grant awards will be announced to the public at the Community Foundation’s Annual Meeting the last Tuesday in April. Applicants who receive a grant award must sign a grant contract and are expected to adhere to the stipulated terms.
Funds Available: For the 2021 grant cycle, funds will be available June 1, 2021 or later, depending upon the program start date. Funds are typically disbursed two to four weeks prior to the program start date. For 2020 Round Two grant recipients, funds will be available on November 1, 2020.
Ongoing Requirements: All grantees are required to submit a final report 30 days after the program end date.
Competitive Grant Types
Click each button below to learn more about the various types of competitive grants available through the Community Foundation and view eligibility criteria.