Grants to North Louisiana Nonprofits for Arts, Education, Environment,
Health, Economic Development, and Human Services
Health, Economic Development, and Human Services
Foundation / Corporation
Community Foundation of North Louisiana
11/15/17 4:00 PM CST
Grants to North Louisiana nonprofits serving the Parishes of Caddo and Bossier for programs that benefit local residents. Mandatory orientation sessions will be held July 18, 19, 25, 26, and 27, 2017. LOIs are due August 21, 2017. Some funds are available for programs that serve Claiborne, Bienville, DeSoto, Sabine, Natchitoches, Red River, Webster, and Winn parishes.
Programs must be within the focus areas of arts and culture, civic engagement, economic development, education, environment, health and science, human services, organizational development, and capacity building. The program may also align with one of the following United Way priority areas, which include basic needs, education, health, and income.
The Community Foundation gives careful consideration to the following project/program criteria:
- The extent to which the project/program addresses critical community needs
- Projects or activities that are preventive rather than remedial
- Clearly stated goals and measurable outcomes
- Non-duplicative services
- Collaborative efforts involving other organizations or agencies
- Pilot projects that, if successful, can be expanded or replicated
The proposed project must begin no earlier than June 1, 2017 and end no later than December 31, 2018.
The Foundation does not fund multi-year grants.
The Community Foundation awards competitive grants for programs or projects that serve Caddo and/or Bossier Parishes. The United Way (whose application process is handled by the Community Foundation) has some funds for programs that serve Bienville, Claiborne, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Sabine, Red River, Webster and Winn parishes.
All applicants must have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code or be described as an appropriate beneficiary for a community foundation under the IRS Code. Organizations must have received their 501(c)(3) ruling letter from the IRS prior to applying to the Community Foundation for funding.
To be eligible for Community Foundation funding, organizations whose annual revenue is in excess of $750,000 are required to conduct and submit a current independent audit. All other organizations will be required to submit a financial compilation prepared by an independent CPA. To be eligible for United Way funding, organizations whose annual revenue is in excess of $250,000 are required to conduct and submit a current independent audit.
The Community Foundation provides program support, general operating support, and capital support. The United Way does NOT fund capital projects.
The Foundation typically does NOT fund the following:
- Grants to annual fund drives or fundraisers
- Multi-year grants
- Grants for on-going programs for which there are no funds to replace the Foundation's funding
- Grants made for political or religious purposes. (This does not preclude consideration of requests by congregation-affiliated or congregation supported organizations for education, health or human service projects operated on a non-sectarian basis.)
All applicants are required to attend one mandatory Grant Applicant Orientation Session prior to submitting a Letter of Intent. Reservations are required and space is limited. Online registration coming soon. The deadline to RSVP is two business days prior to the date of the session. All sessions will be held at Community Central, 401 Edwards Street, Suite 125.
(All applicants must attend one session. Max of two attendees per organization. Max 50 attendees per session. Sessions last approximately 1 hour.)
Mandatory Grant Applicant Orientation Session #1 – July 18, 10 a.m.
Mandatory Grant Applicant Orientation Session #2 – July 19, 10 a.m.
Mandatory Grant Applicant Orientation Session #3 – July 25, 10 a.m.
Mandatory Grant Applicant Orientation Session #4 – July 26, 10 a.m.
Mandatory Grant Applicant Orientation Session #5 – July 27, 10 a.m.
All applicants are also required to view the Outcome Measurement Webinar Series. If your organization has not viewed these webinars in previous grant cycles, you must do so prior to submitting an application. See the Application Instructions link below to access the webinar.
All applicants are required to update their organizational profile on Louisiana Initiative for Nonprofit and Community Collaboration (LINCC), prior to submitting a letter of intent: http://www.lincc.us/communityplatform/nla
Stage One Letter of Intent (LOI) opens August 1, 2017 at 8 a.m. CST and closes August 21, 2017 at 4 p.m. CST.
For those invited to the second stage by either or both organizations, Stage Two, Full Application opens October 15, 2017 at 8 a.m. CST and closes November 15, 2017 at 4 p.m. CST.
Grant recipients are announced the following April.
Application Attachment Forms:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To apply online: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_1071/Default.asp?SA=AM&FID=&SESID=52142&RL
Paula Hickman, J.D., Executive Director
The Community Foundation of North Louisiana
401 Edwards Street, Suite 105
Shreveport, LA 71101
USA: Louisiana: Parishes of Caddo, Bossier, Bienville, Claiborne, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Sabine, Red River, Webster, and Winn.
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