Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama

OVERVIEW: This funder supports nine Northeast Alabama counties through many different funds. Grant opportunities are available in the fields of healthcare and health education. Each fund has its own guidelines.

FUNDING AREAS: Healthcare, health education, community/economic development

IP TAKE: The best opportunity here is the Stringfellow Health Fund. These grants vary in size each year, but grant seekers can request any amount. Focus the proposal on prevention and direct services.

PROFILE: The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama (CFNA) supports the Alabama counties of Dekalb, Etowah, St. Clair, Talladega, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Clay, and Randolph. CFNA is based in Anniston, Alabama. It seeks “to achieve positive change through the generosity of donors, now and for generations to come.” It has around $43 million in assets and is made up of approximately 167 funds. Current financial information can be viewed here.

This community funder makes over $1 million in grants and scholarships each year. CFNA was formerly known as the Calhoun County Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Calhoun County but expanded its service area to include the neighboring counties in 2009.  

CFNA awards grants through the Susie Parker Stringfellow Health Fund in the spring and fall of each year for community healthcare and health education services. It also awards yearly grants from the Foothills Community Partnership Charitable Fund for human care issues in Calhoun County. The funder manages many donor-advised funds and administers a couple dozen named scholarship funds.

In the past, CFNA has also provided funding for local disaster relief efforts and participated in community efforts regarding rural housing. Its recent initiatives have touched on topics like breastfeeding for new moms and rural leadership development. Grant seekers can learn more about the funder’s current strategic plan, which includes hosting workshops and increasing grantee site visits, on its website.

Grant cycles tend to change from year to year, however, the foundation requires prequalification applications. The application process is all online. Grant seekers can read guidelines for the following grant programs that have grants available on the funder’s website: Stringfellow Health Fund, Longleaf Fund, E.D. King Family Fund, Foothills Community Partnership Charitable Fund, and Standards for Excellence Program. In the past, the foundation makes information about new Stringfellow Health Fund opportunities available in July, and it provides grant application assistance workshops for mid-August pre-application due dates and mid-September final application due dates.

This is an accessible foundation that encourages local nonprofits to get in touch for help with the application process and to discuss proposals before submitting. All of the staff members' direct phone extensions and email addresses are listed on the Contact Us page. Keep up with recent foundation news here.


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