Community Foundation for Northeast Florida Grants

OVERVIEW: This funder provides competitive grants in early childhood and the arts in the Florida counties of Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, Baker and Clay. It also funds initiatives related to education, aging, neighborhoods and nonprofit capacity building.

FUNDING AREAS: Early childhood, the arts, Putnam County, strengthening neighborhoods, nonprofit capacity building, aging adults, public education reform

IP TAKE: Grantseekers not yet affiliated with CFNF should stick to pursuing grants in early childhood and the arts. Call the grantmaking staff to chat about your program before submitting anything.

PROFILE: Based in Jacksonville, Florida, the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida (CFNF) was established in 1964 and serves the residents of the Florida counties of Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, Baker and Clay. There are more than 480 funds at this community foundation, and it has given away over $367 million in grants. At the end of a recent year, the funder had over $313 million in assets.

Grantmaking at CFNF has steadily grown every year in recent years. This funder only accepts grant applications for its competitive grants program, which covers the fields of early childhood, the arts, and Putnam County. Although CFNF does not make grants to individuals, it makes exceptions for individual artists.

In addition to competitive grants, CFNF also works with nonprofits on strengthening neighborhoods, nonprofit capacity building, aging adults and public education reform. But unfortunately for grantseekers, the foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals for initiative grants. This foundation also has a very active LGBT fund that supports local LGBT groups.

However, about 85 percent of CFNF grants come from donor-advised and designated funds. None of these funds accept applications. You can download a list of recent grantees on the foundation’s Receive page and learn more about them on the Success Stories page.

Each type of competitive grant has its own set of guidelines and its own application. In the past, CFNF has funded visual arts in St. Augustine, services to at-risk children under age six, individual artist grants, and professional development and capacity-building for small arts groups. Putnam County receives special preference, especially when it comes to grants for health, hunger, veterans and education. Although the foundation supports programs for aging adults in Northeast Florida, it has not opened up a competitive grantmaking process lately.

If you want to confirm whether you are eligible for a grant, call the foundation before submitting anything. Overall, this is a funder that provides program support, not capital or general operating support. Read through the FAQ section to learn more about funding opportunities.

Follow this funder’s News and Events page to keep up with recent happenings and grant awards. General questions can be directed to the staff at 904-356-4483 or


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