The Community Foundation makes grants to qualified non-profit organizations. Annually, our donors, through the Community Foundation, award nearly 600 grants totaling $4-$5 million. Although the majority of the Community Foundation's grantmaking occurs through our more than 300 named charitable funds, we do offer several formal grant programs. These programs require a formal application and have specified application processes, deadlines and reporting requirements. Each grant program has an open application cycle, and grant applications received outside of grant cycles will not be accepted.
Community Impact Grants
Applications are accepted from non-profit organizations whose primary office is located in our 15-county service area, and grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis. These grants seek to leverage opportunities in the region where a moderate amount of money can achieve a significant result.
Forsyth County Arts Alliance Fund Grants
These grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis and provide funding to ensure the arts survive and thrive in Cumming-Forsyth County. Applications are accepted only from 501(c)3 organizations and governmental entities, and arts programming, projects or events must benefit the citizens of Cumming-Forsyth County. Letters of intent to apply for grant funding are due in April each year and full proposals are due in May each year. Specific deadlines may vary from year to year.
Chattahoochee Oconee Forest Interpretive Fund Grants
This fund awards grants in support of natural resource and conservation educational initiatives. Grants are made only to organizations tax-exempt under 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code and to government and educational institutions. Proposals addressing issues related to forest resources and management focused on the issues and geographical areas associated with the United States National Forests in Georgia will receive priority.
Scholarship Fund Grants
Awarded on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis, each scholarship fund grant is based on the specific guidelines and criteria outlined for each scholarship fund. Awards vary in size depending on the amount available in each particular fund. Grant deadlines vary and can be found in each scholarship fund description and on each scholarship application.
Donor Advised Fund Grants
Many individuals have established Donor Advised Funds at the Community Foundation and retain the ability to recommend grants to any 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Applications for distributions are not accepted for these funds.