Each of our competitive grantmaking funds is different:
Grants from Field-of-Interest Funds
Many donors have established field-of-interest funds to help support favorite causes in perpetuity. Through these funds we are able to award grants to many local charities for any number of projects and programs. Nonprofit organizations are asked to submit grant proposals at different times of the year, which are then reviewed by our grants committees. Grant categories can include youth, education, housing, and historic cemeteries.
Grants from Designated Funds
Several of the endowed funds managed by the Community Foundation were established by donors to support one or more specific nonprofit organizations. Other funds benefit favorite charitable causes. Some of the grants made by these funds require that a proposal be submitted, while others are crafted so that we simply mail checks to the appropriate charities on a quarterly basis. There is great flexibility in grant making when donors establish a fund at the community foundation. If you are interested in learning more please contact us.
Grants from Donor Advised Funds
In addition to our competitive grants, we also award a number of donor recommended grants, for which no application or final report is normally required. In these cases, checks and details about the grants are sent to area charities with no advance communication. So, for those nonprofit organizations that receive an unexpected check in the mail from the Community Foundation, Congratulations!
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