OVERVIEW: The Community Foundation of East Mississippi supports community and economic development, education, children and youth, the arts, animals, health, social services, and historic preservation in five Eastern Mississippi counties.
FUNDING AREAS: Community and economic development, education, children and youth, the arts, animals, health, social services, historic preservation
IP TAKE: CFEM funds different nonprofit interests at varying times of year, so get to know the funds most relevant to a nonprofit’s operations.
PROFILE: The Community Foundation of East Mississippi (CFEM) is a community foundation based in Meridian, Mississippi. A board of directors governs the foundation with the help of a local advisory committee. It is “dedicated to maintaining, improving and enriching the quality of life in East Mississippi by supporting worthy causes, providing philanthropic services, and encouraging and providing leadership in response to changing community needs.” CFEM funds local efforts related to community and economic development, education, children and youth, the arts, animals, health, social services, and historic preservation.
The Community Foundation of East Mississippi supports a broad range of local causes with its grantmaking activities. In a recent year, the funder awarded grants to 39 agencies in the region. In addition to grants, CFEM also awards college scholarships to local students.
Grants range between about $1,000 and $5,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving on the impact section of the funder’s website. Grantmaking focuses on the Eastern Mississippi counties of Clarke, Kemper, Lauderdale, Neshoba, and Newton. Past local grantees include Planet Playground and Jeannie’s Place in Meridian.
This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The open application period for arts and education grants is from January to March, for animals and historic preservation from April through June, and for health and social sciences from July through September. CFEM lists grants currently accepting applications on its website. Direct general questions to the staff at email@example.com or 601-696-3035.
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