Community Foundation of Greater Decatur

OVERVIEW: The Community Foundation of Greater Decatur supports education, recreation, community development, children and youth, and animals in Morgan, Lawrence, and Southeastern Limestone counties of Alabama.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, recreation, community development, children and youth, animals

IP TAKE: Many funded programs assist local children and youth, so pitch an idea that gets young residents active in music, arts, or outdoor recreation.

PROFILE: The Community Foundation of Greater Decatur (CFGD) is a community foundation based in Decatur, Alabama. This is a regional funder that supports local nonprofits to improve the quality of life here and keep them connected to donors who care about the region. A volunteer board of directors oversees CFGD and administers grants to local nonprofits. It aims to “support charitable organizations and specific projects that help to improve the quality of life for the residents of the Decatur area.” CFGD funds local efforts related to education, recreation, community development, children and youth, and animals.

The Community Foundation of Greater Decatur helps individuals, families, and organizations establish funds and then awards grants in the funds’ names or anonymously. The foundation manages donor-advised funds, education scholarships, field-of-interest funds, agency endowment funds, and corporate funds. The CFGD board identities current and potential community needs that the foundation can have a positive impact upon. This is where the Greater Decatur Endowment Fund grants are awarded from.

Grants range between about $500 and $5,000 In a recent year, the foundation awarded $32,200 in grants. Learn more about this funder’s local giving in the funder’s recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on the Decatur metropolitan area of Alabama. This includes Morgan, Lawrence, and the southeastern Limestone counties of Alabama. Past local program-related investments include the Will Stevens Fund, Decatur Daily Charitable Fund, and the Princess Theatre Charitable Fund.

It does not appear that foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. Direct general questions to the staff at leissa@dcc.org or 256-353-5312.

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