Pinebelt Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Pinebelt Foundation supports education, human services arts and culture, religion, animals, and disaster relief in the pine belt region of Mississippi.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, human services, arts and culture, religion, animals, disaster relief

IP TAKE: This community funder does not make itself particularly accessible to nonprofit grantseekers, so reach out to the staff to inquire about current opportunities.

PROFILE: Established in 1997, the Pinebelt Foundation is a community foundation based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Young leaders in the community created this foundation as part of a leadership project, and it has since grown to manage over 220 funds. Pinebelt aims to help “the pine belt of Mississippi continue to become a more equitable and prosperous community for all of its residents.” It funds local education, human services, arts and culture, religion, animals, and disaster relief efforts.

The Pinebelt Foundation manages various types of funds, including donor-advised funds, designated funds, field-of-interest funds, scholarship funds, and agency funds. It also administers a couple dozen scholarship funds to benefit local students. The foundation website is primarily directed towards donors rather than nonprofit grantseekers. It does not provide guidelines, deadlines, or application forms online for nonprofit grants.

Grants range between about $5,000 and $10,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving in its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on the city of Hattiesburg and the pine belt region of Mississippi that surrounds the city. Other local communities receiving grants include Jackson, Drew, and Laurel. Past local grantees include America Reads Mississippi, First Baptist Church of Hattiesburg, Laughs 4 Life, and the See Spot Run Dog Park Fund.

This foundation does not appear to accept unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits, and it does not provide access to an online grant application system on its website. Direct general questions to the staff at or 601-583-6180.


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