Community Foundation of Acadiana

OVERVIEW: The Community Foundation of Acadiana supports education, music, language, and community efforts in the Louisiana parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Vermilion.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, music, language, community

IP TAKE: This foundation is most accessible for education groups, but all local nonprofits should get familiar with the various funds held at CFA.

PROFILE: Established in 2000, the Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) is a community foundation based in Lafayette, Louisiana. This is a donor-centric and entrepreneurial foundation that is South Louisiana’s philanthropic organization for the region. Its aim is “building legacies and improving communities by connecting generous people to the causes they care about.” CFA funds local education, music, language, and community efforts.

The Community Foundation of Acadiana has multiple grant and scholarship funds. One grant fund is the Claire M. Moss Memorial Fund that supports choral music programs for local junior high and high school students. Another grant program is the Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund that aims to improve the use of the French language in Louisiana. CFA also has several affiliate funds, including the Iberia Parish Foundation that supports local arts, education, community development, and tourism. The affiliate St. Mary’s Parish Foundation awards education, community enrichment, and development grants. CFA is in the process of establishing the Vermilion Parish Foundation to support local arts, education, and community improvement initiatives.

Grants range between about $500 and $2,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving in the news section of its website. Grantmaking focuses on the Louisiana parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Vermilion. Past local grantees include Jimmie Louis-Marie of Myrtle Place Elementary and Fountainebleau High School.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits for some programs. Each grant program has its own set of guidelines and deadlines. Direct general questions to the staff at DonorServices@cfacadiana.org or 337-769-4840.

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