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Applications are due Friday, October 21, 2022, 5 p.m. EST. Please be sure to read the funding priorities below prior to starting an application. For questions, please email grants@cfcv.com.

CFCV will offer three in-person information sessions and one Zoom information session to discuss funding priorities and answer questions about the application. Session dates and registration links are listed below.

  • Wednesday, September 28, 10 a.m. – Parks Memorial Library, Richland, GA REGISTER
  • Monday, October 3, 11 a.m. – Columbus Public Library, Columbus, GA REGISTER
  • Monday, October 3, 2 p.m. – LaGrange Memorial Library, LaGrange, GA REGISTER
  • Tuesday, October 4, 1 p.m. – ZOOM REGISTER

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Overview
The Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc. was formed in 1998 as a philanthropic resource for the people and charitable organizations of our area and currently holds assets of more than $280 million in more than 330 different Funds. Our mission is to enable and promote philanthropy that fosters, facilitates and inspires a vibrant and engaged Chattahoochee Valley.

Funds may be contributed to the Community Foundation from individuals and organizations for unrestricted use or for designated charitable purposes. The Community Foundation’s ability to respond to community needs is directly tied to the growth of the charitable assets under its control.

During 2022, the Community Foundation will make awards from the Funds listed below. The subsequent guidelines describe funding priorities and eligibility criteria.

  • The Community Endowment Fund and its named sub-funds:
    • The Fred and Catalina Aranas Family Fund
    • The Susan and Butch Cochran Family Fund
    • The Moselle W. and H. Quigg Fletcher, Jr., Endowment Fund
  • The Chattahoochee Valley Fair Fund

Funding Priorities & Criteria

The Community Foundation will consider proposals for programs or projects that do one or more of the following:

  • Foster an enterprising spirit and innovative culture to support startups and create a thriving entrepreneur ecosystem
  • Attract, retain, and develop top talent to strengthen the workforce pipeline
  • Enhance quality of life by creating vibrant and connected neighborhoods and corridors

CFCV acknowledges and supports Columbus 2025, the Greater Columbus Region’s framework for reducing poverty, increasing prosperity, and enhancing quality of life (columbusga2025.org). Though CFCV’s geographic focus is larger than that addressed by Columbus 2025, these funding guidelines align with 2025’s plans and priorities for improving communities.

Applicants will be expected to articulate how the proposed program or project:

  • Helps to increase prosperity, reduce poverty, and/or enhance quality of life.
  • Enhances economic mobility and equity for all citizens.

NOTE: Preference will be given to projects that offer creative solutions without duplicating other effective efforts.

The Community Foundation will make investments in programs and projects that demonstrate:

  • Organizational expertise in delivering quality services.
  • Capacity to mobilize resources including financial support, in-kind support, and volunteers to sustain programs.
  • Sound management and administration, including a clearly defined and effective governance structure and financial systems.
  • Evidence of careful planning to address community needs and access community resources.

Activities not eligible for funding include:

  • Requests for general operating support; annual fund-raising campaigns or fund-raising events; operating deficits; or endowments
  • Programs or projects that in turn make grants to others
  • Activities that are normally the responsibility of government (The Community Foundation will, in selective cases, join with units of government in supporting special projects.)
  • Memorials
  • Religious activities
  • International programs
  • Grants to individuals

Eligibility
CFCV will accept 2023 Community Impact Grant applications from organizations that meet either of the following criteria:

  • Are exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and currently serve, or propose to serve, persons or communities in any of the following counties:
    • Georgia: Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Muscogee, Taylor, Talbot, Quitman, Meriwether, Troup, Stewart, Webster
    • Alabama: Russell, Lee
  • Are units of local government or public education institutions that currently serve, or propose to serve, persons or communities in any of the counties listed above.

Grant Period and Amount

This year’s awards will fund programs or projects that begin on or after January 1, 2023, and end by December 31, 2023. The Community Foundation has committed up to $100,000 in unrestricted grant funds and grants awarded will range in size from $10,000-$25,000.

In addition, 50% of all funds awarded by the Community Foundation must be matched with cash or in-kind donations. (For example, a $10,000 grant must be matched with at least $5,000 from an additional source or sources.) Although in-kind contributions may be counted as part of a match, volunteer hours may not be included in the project budget or counted as part of a match.

Awarded grants will be considered challenge grants and will be paid when the grantee organization raises the match requirement. (Payments may be made in two installments. For example, an organization awarded a challenge grant of $10,000 can receive a grant of $5,000 once $2,500 has been raised.)

Timeline

  • Application Deadline - Friday, October 21, 2022, 5 p.m. EST
  • Decision Notification - mid-December 2022

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At the Community Foundation, we administer many different types of funds. Of those, our Discretionary Funds are the most flexible in that our board can use the Funds’ income every year to address needs in the community … both now and 100 years from now.

- Betsy Covington, CFCV president and CEO

Check out our FAQs page to find answers to commonly asked grant questions.