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For Nonprofits

The Community Foundation invests directly in nonprofit organizations, communities, and systems change to solve problems and change lives. We seek out and support innovative solutions that lead to community transformation. We are fortunate to partner with thousands of local nonprofits who are working every day to make our communities a better place for all who call our region their home.


As a trusted steward of local charitable assets on behalf of hundreds of donors in the region, The Community Foundation operates many individual grant rounds at various times throughout the year. These include open grant opportunities (listed here) and solicited (invite-only) grant opportunities. We are always looking for ways to offer more open grant opportunities.

The Community Foundation will offer the following grant rounds in the coming year:

Winter 2019

RFP Opens: November 4, 2019

Spring 2020

RFP Opens: February 2020 (Date To Be Announced)

PLEASE NOTE: This schedule is subject to change. New opportunities may be added to the list over time. This schedule does not reflect additional solicited grant opportunities.

Types of Grants offered by the community foundation

Discretionary Grants

The Community Foundation awards grants through a competitive application process, usually during scheduled grant rounds (see dates above) and additional solicited (invite-only) grant opportunities. Grant committees complete a rigorous review of each application to determine how funding is distributed based on criteria established to fulfill the charitable mission of the fund. Learn more about some of these funds.

Donor Recommended Grants

The Community Foundation stewards a variety of donor advised funds. Grants from these funds are awarded based upon the recommendation of the donor (or their designated representative) to the causes and organizations they choose. These are not open or competitive application opportunities. In most cases, we do not share the donor’s information.

The Community Foundation can only make grants to nonprofit organizations which are tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, or an entity that meets IRS charitable guidelines. Find more answers to frequently asked questions.

resources for nonprofits

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Communications Guidelines for Grantees


Gifts Online 101 Webinar for Applicants


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions