Where Riley Foundation Grants Have Been Going in Mississippi This Year

The Riley Foundation in Mississippi is unique in its very tight geographic focus but very broad approach to issues in its community. To be considered for a Riley Foundation grant, your organization must be located in Lauderdale County, Mississippi, and provide services to people in the county, too. However, these grants are regularly awarded broadly in the fields of education, healthcare, culture, environment and economic betterment.

Let’s take a closer look at where Riley Foundation grants have been going so far this year and what the foundation has been most interested in lately.

Without a doubt, education has been a top cause for this funder, as it has been among many funders in much of the Southeast lately. So far in 2016, Riley has given several grants to the Mississippi State University Foundation for a campus courtyard, a scholars’ program, and a music concert. Music programs have also been seeing a steady show of support lately.

The Meridian Community College Foundation also sees a good amount of Riley’s support and has received grants for scholarships and early education recently. As for grant amounts, the 11 grants for the first several months of 2016 were between $10,000 and $100,000. For comparison, in 2015, the foundation awarded 14 grants, mostly within this range, but also a $3.7 million grant to the Meridian Community College Foundation to renovate its development center.

To ask questions, reach out to Executive Director Becky Farley at becky@rileyfoundation.org or Administrative Assistant Beverly Bryson at info@rileyfoundation.org. Not much is publicly available about the staff’s personal and professional backgrounds, but they do accept unsolicited grant applications and encourage email contact. Other repeat grantees include the Meridian Art Association, the Boys & Girls Club of East Mississippi, and LOVE’s Kitchen. This is a funder that often sticks with successful grantees that it’s worked with before.

The next deadline coming up is August 15 for grant consideration at the board’s October meeting. To learn more about how this funder gives locally in the Southeast, check out IP’s full profile, The Riley Foundation: Southeast (Mississippi) Grants. You can also follow the funder’s news section to keep up with recent and upcoming events.