Community Foundation of North Louisiana

OVERVIEW: The Community Foundation of North Louisiana supports education, youth, environment, health, arts and culture, and social services in a 14-parish area of North Louisiana.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, youth, environment, health, social services, arts and culture

IP TAKE: Both small and large local nonprofits can get involved with this community foundation, which launched a new brand strategy that’s more accessible and forward-thinking.

PROFILE: Established in 1961, the Community Foundation of North Louisiana (CFNL) is a community foundation based in Shreveport, Louisiana. This foundation oversees over $130 million set aside for the benefit of nonprofits in the region. It manages over 200 funds and is led by a volunteer board of directors. CFNL aims to “promote philanthropy and improve the quality of life in the North Louisiana community by serving as a permanent and growing resource of expertise and funds.” It funds local education, youth, environment, health, and social services efforts.

The Community Foundation of North Louisiana has a competitive grant cycle that occurs once per year and in two stages. CFNL requires applicants to attend a mandatory grant applicant training session before submitting any paperwork. It awards primary grants in a wide variety of program areas to groups that have annual revenues of $250,000 or more. Small grants are awarded to local groups with annual revenues of $250,000 or less. Arts and culture grants go to groups that increase access to the arts and improve the quality of life through the arts. The Grayson Foundation is managed by CFNL and accepts grant applications two times per year. The Women’s Philanthropy Network of CFNL awards its own grants to groups working in the area of early childhood education in Caddo Parish. In addition to grants, the funder provides rental space for nonprofits at Community Central.

Grants range between about $5,000 and $100,000. In a recent year CFNL awarded over $7 million to 325 organizations. Learn more about this funder’s local giving in the funder’s tax records. Grantmaking focuses on the 14-parish area of North Louisiana between Shreveport-Bossier, Ruston, Monroe, and Natchitoches. Past local grantees include the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, Boy Scouts of America Norwela Council, and Centenary College of Louisiana.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. CFNL has an online application system to receive and review submissions. It posts information about upcoming application deadlines on its website. Direct general questions to the staff at info@cfnla.org or 318-221-0582.

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