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. LOI applications will be open August 1 – August 21 with funding available fall 2020.
About the Process
The Community Foundation accepts competitive grant applications once annually through a two-stage application process. Please read the below information to prepare for the next grant cycle.
- Stage One 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.
- Grant recipients will be announced the following April.
Training: Due to COVID-19, grant trainings will not be held in-person this year. Training materials, including FAQs and instructional videos, will be available July 27.
Application: The annual grant cycle includes two stages; Stage One 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.
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.