A quick look at our Southeast Funding Guide will give you an idea of how many community foundations exist in this region, and we’ve only scratched the surface. Although place-based funders that focus on specific regions in individual states are popular funding vehicles here, the community need for them is only getting stronger by the year.
The Duluth-based Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia (CFNG) was established in 1985, and current funding priorities are youth and the elderly. In the most recent grant cycle, this funder received a record-breaking number of grant applications from local nonprofits and met those requests with $288,000 spread across 24 organizations.
The funder had planned to fund only about $180,000 in general grants to nonprofits in the region but didn’t feel like that was enough to accommodate the increase in requests this year. Randy Redner, executive director of the foundation, shared:
To help meet that need, a number of our fund holders gave generously to help us supersize our ability to grant requests. Because of them we were able to give $100,000 more than last year. We are incredibly thankful for our fund holders and everyone who gave, including through our Good2Give fund, enabling us to directly impact many lives throughout our community.
Recent grantees in Northeast Georgia include Abba House, FCA Soccer, Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, and Hudgens Center for the Arts, among others. In the most recent cycle, the grants committee spent eight weeks considering the applications it received.
This is a funder that typically provides sustaining grants of up to $5,000 and impact grants of up to $25,000, and it places a priority on challenge grants. However, typical grant amounts are usually $2,000 to $5,000. The foundation issues a call for grant applications each year in January. For the remainder of 2016, this funder is looking to support equipment and facility needs to help nonprofits serving youth and the elderly with their mission.
The grant application with guidelines is posted online, and unlike some other community foundations, you can apply for grants directly with CFNG. Any questions about applying should be directed to Karyl Kaye Miller, the foundation’s executive assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-813-3387.
Also of note, this funder hosts events for nonprofits to learn about important topics and improve their operations. On July 19, CFNG is hosting a “Marketing Makeover for Nonprofits” seminar in Duluth that may be worth checking out if marketing isn’t your nonprofits strength. You can register for this event online as well.