Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley

OVERVIEW: The Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley supports education and community-building efforts in Columbus, Georgia and the surrounding region.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, community

IP TAKE: There are a few funds here that accept grant requests, so learn about each one in order to apply for the most relevant opportunity.

PROFILE: Established in 1998, the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley (CFCV) is based in Columbus, Georgia, and serves the local community. Ledger-Enquirer publisher John Greensman and other community leaders convened in the mid-1990s to discuss establishing a community foundation here. The foundation aims to “connect people and resources and to create meaningful impact for the area both now and for generations to come.” A majority of foundation grants focus on education and community-building.

CFCV awards grants through multiple competitive grantmaking programs, as well as the WestPoint Fund and the Knight Foundation Fund. The funder administers and makes discretionary grants to Chattahoochee Valley groups through the Community Endowment Fund, the Moselle W. and H. Quigg Fletcher, Jr. Endowment Fund, and the Chattahoochee Valley Fair Fund. CFCV awards unrestricted grant funds and prioritizes collaborative efforts that involve multiple nonprofits. It awards smaller innovation grants for new ideas. Through the Knight Foundation Fund, CFCV awards grants of approximately $400,000 per year for community initiatives. Finally, CFCV’s West Point Fund focuses on innovative education and community building efforts in Lanett, Opelika and Valley, Alabama, as well as in LaGrange and West Point, Georgia. The foundation does not award emergency grants.

Foundation grants range in size from $1,000 to $80,000. Learn more about the funder’s past support in the community impact section of its website. Grantmaking is mostly limited to Columbus, Georgia, and the greater Chattahoochee Valley region of Georgia.

CFCV accepts unsolicited grant applications for its discretionary grants. In the past, the application due dates have been between mid-October and early November.  The foundation occasionally hosts grantmaking information sessions at the local library for nonprofits to attend. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at 706-320-0027 or info@cfcv.com.

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