Community Foundation for Mississippi

OVERVIEW: The Community Foundation for Mississippi supports human services, education, religion, health, and arts and culture in 22 counties in Mississippi.

FUNDING AREAS: Human services, education, religion, health, arts and culture

IP TAKE: CFM’s competitive grant cycle is very small compared to its restricted grants, as almost all foundation grantees are pre-selected by donors.

PROFILE: The Community Foundation for Mississippi (CFM) is a community foundation based in Jackson, Mississippi. It supports a broad region of the state and is a central point of philanthropy here. This foundation aims to “connect donors, communities, and non-profit organizations to make meaningful and lasting change – for Mississippi, for good, and forever.” CFM funds local human services, education, religion, health, and arts and culture efforts.

The Community Foundation for Mississippi primarily awards grants through its restricted funds. These include field-of-interest, donor-advised, designated, nonprofit endowment, and scholarship funds. However, the foundation also has a competitive grant cycle each spring. Recently, less than two percent of CFM’s total grant funding has been in the form of competitive grants. Additionally, the funder provides support for disaster relief and recovery after local storms. CFM also manages numerous scholarship funds to benefit local students.

Grants range between about $2,000 and $10,000 for its competitive cycle. In a recent year, CFM awarded over $5 million in total grants. Learn more about this funder’s local giving in the funders listings for restricted fund grantees and competitive cycle grantees. Grantmaking focuses on 22 counties in Mississippi. Grantees are often located in the cities of Jackson, Flowood, Canton, Rigeland, Greenwood, Clinton, and nearby Mississippi towns. Past local grantees include Mississippi Children’s Museum, Operation Shoestring, Institute for Southern Jewish Life, and the Mississippi Council on Economic Education.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits for its annual competitive cycle. Nonprofits should contact the foundation directly to learn about upcoming deadlines and guidelines. Direct general questions to the staff atinfo@formississippi.org or 601-974-6044.

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