Community Foundation of Central Georgia

OVERVIEW: This community funder has a nonprofit grant program and several other funds that accept applications by specified deadlines. Areas of interest include health, education, animal welfare, self-sufficiency for disabled individuals, and community strengthening.

FUNDING AREAS: Health, education, animal welfare, self-sufficiency for disabled individuals, community strengthening

IP TAKE: Start with the CFCG grant program because funding interests here are broad. But there are some great opportunities here for animal welfare groups in the other funds administered by the community foundation.

PROFILE: The Community Foundation of Central Georgia (CFCG) was established in 1993 by citizens who were interested in strengthening their local communities. It is based in Macon, Georgia. Since that time, the funder has given out over $70 million in grants. This comes from unrestricted, donor-advised, designated, field-of-interest, organizational endowment, and scholarship funds. And as a community foundation, it works with individual donors, families, corporations, and private foundations to get nonprofits the support they need.

These are the 21 Georgia counties that are served by CFCG: Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Butts, Coffee, Crawford, Dodge, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Spalding, Taylor, Twiggs, Upson, and Wilkinson. The Community Foundation of Central Georgia also serves the Coffee County, Fort Valley, and Lamar County areas through its affiliate Foundations. Website pages for the Barnesville-Lamar Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Coffee County, and the Community Foundation of Fort Valley can be accessed through CFCG’s site.

This foundation awards grants to nonprofits through several programs. The CFCG Nonprofit Grant Program gives priority to “projects that reach a broad segment of the community, address needs that are not met by existing services, are innovative, encourage matching gifts and collaborations, yield substantial benefit for the resources invested, and encourage self-help and/or self-sufficiency on the part of disadvantaged or disabled individuals.” Grant application deadlines are December 31 and June 30.

Grant applications are also accepted for the three affiliate programs with August 15 deadlines. You can apply for the Dunlap Williamson Youmans Fund if you are in Bibb County or contiguous counties and work in the fields of healthcare, educational development, family services, or youth welfare. Those deadlines are May 1 and November 1. The Knight Fund for Milledgeville accepts applications from groups doing work or based in Milledgeville/Baldwin County. Ozzy’s Fund supports initiatives that affect the lives of animals in mid-Georgia, such as spay/neuter, trap/neuter/release, animal adoption, and cruelty prevention. Those deadlines are June 30 and December 31. And finally, the Clayton and Carol Paul Fund for Animal Welfare awards grants to humane societies, animal shelters, adoption agencies, affordable spay/neuter clinics, wildlife rehab centers, and other animal welfare groups with application deadlines of June 30 and December 31.

Due to sizeable grants made by the Peyton Anderson Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, $3 million has been invested into the Downtown Challenge Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.  In a recent year, the foundation had approximately $107 million in assets. Current financial data can be viewed here.

General questions can be directed to the staff at 478-750-9338 or via email at info@cfcga.org. Grant questions can be sent to grants@cfcga.org. The foundation office is on the sixteenth floor of the Fickling Building in downtown Macon. 

PEOPLE:

Kathryn H. Dennis, President

Alex Leahy, Program Officer

Monique Pitts-Taylor, Foundation Associate

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