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Longleaf Fund 20th Anniversary

Grants to Alabama Nonprofits and Agencies for Innovative
Ideas that Benefit Residents in Eligible Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama (CFNEA)

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Deadline Date:

06/20/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Alabama nonprofit organizations and agencies for programs and projects that highlight the region's creativity and benefit the local community. Applicants must submit a pre-application before the submission of a full application. Video applications are requested, and selection will be based on the project's content, and on video production and technical skills.

For the purposes of these grants, the service area includes Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Randolph, St. Clair, and Talladega Counties.

Your video should answer the following:
- What is your BIG IDEA?
- Why do you want to do your Big Idea?
- How is your idea original and innovative?
- What do you need to accomplish your idea?
- What activities do you plan to conduct to achieve your idea?
- Identify your intended impact and desired outcome because of your idea.
- Briefly discuss any collaborative partnerships and who they are.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178801

Estimated Size of Grant:

- First Place – $20,000
- Second Place – $2,000
- Third Place – $200
- Honorable Mentions – $20 grants

Term of Contract:

Grant activities supported by a Longleaf Fund award may be sustained for one year, after the date the award is announced.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants from the Longleaf Fund are limited to 501(c)(3) qualified public charities operating in CFNEA’s (9) nine county region. This unrestricted fund accepts grant requests for any charitable purpose.

Organizations that meet the following requirements are eligible to apply for a grant. All five (5) requirements must be met:
- Organizations must be classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the I.R.S. code as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization, donations, which are deductible as charitable contributions or a governmental/state or county agency;
- Organizations must have a minimum one-year operating history after the date of receipt of its 501 (c)(3) classification;
- Organization must have a board approved current written strategic plan for the whole organization that covers at least 24 months which includes the organization’s entire current fiscal year and the following:mission statement and strategic goals and measurable objectives.
- Organizations with revenues over $200,000.00 must submit an audited financial statement for a complete fiscal year. Organizations with an operating budget between $50,000.00- $199,999.00 must submit the most recent audit review or compilation. Organizations with an operating budget of $50,000.00 and below do not have to submit any audited documents.
5. Eligible organizations are invited to apply for a grant from any fund of the Foundation accepting applications (both grant cycles) as long as you do not have an open grant with the particular fund you wish to apply to.

In compliance with federal regulations and Community Foundation policies, the following types of grants will not be considered or funded:
- Organizations that have discriminatory policies and/or practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, gender, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, gender orientation, genetic information or political beliefs;
- Organizations with no 501(c)(3) IRS status unless you are a government/state agency;
- Organizations on the National Charity Watch List;
- Grants for dinners, fundraising and marketing events;
- Grants to endowments or other discretionary funding pools;
- Grants for capital campaign contributions (for building construction) or use of funds to cover capital campaign feasibility studies or campaign implementation expenses. This does not include regular maintenance;
- Grants for exhibitions and employee conference registrations, mileage to conference and conference fees;
- Grants for prizes, awards and scholarships;
- Grants for entertainment expenses;
- Grants for lobbying-related expenses;
- Grants for event sponsorships;
- Grants to organizations operating less than one year;
- Grants to individuals;
- Grants to religious organizations for religious purposes;
- Grants to organizations for projects outside CFNEA’s nine county region;
- Grants for political purposes or to influence elections; and
- Organizations that have an existing/open grant from the Foundation may not apply for a new grant within the same fund until the current grant documentation is completed and closed. For a grant to be considered completed and closed, the nonprofit partner must have successfully submitted their Final Grant Report.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Please join CFNEA for the Spring 2019 Pre-Application Workshop and Application Workshop.

Pre-Application Workshop: January 23, 2019

At this workshop you will receive help in completing the entire pre-application right then! Staff will help set up Foundant for first time users and answer all your questions. After you have completed your pre-application staff will review it as you wait. They will let you know that morning if your pre-application is approved. After approval, and if there is time, you can immediately begin working on your grant application, if you so desire.

The second Workshop is February 27, 2019. During this session staff will discuss the grant application and its process.

Please note: Attendance at either workshop is optional and not required to submit either the pre-application or application.

Both Workshops will be held at the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama.

Please RSVP by the designated dates to Fred Smith or Heather Lamey (see details in Contact Information below).

You must bring a laptop or tablet computer with you. If you do not have a laptop or tablet, and cannot borrow one, please contact Fred Smith or Heather Lamey.

Pre-Application Information:

To be eligible to apply for a grant from CFNEA, all nonprofit organizations must submit a pre-application and after CFNEA approval, a grant application.

The pre-application must be submitted online by March 20, 2019, 5:00 P.M.

Applicants will receive a response via e-mail within two weeks after receipt of the completed pre-application directing them to proceed or notifying them that their pre-application is not complete or not approved. All interested nonprofits must upload the required documents to be considered.

After your pre-application has been approved you must submit your video grant application online by June 20, 2019 through CFNEA’s grant website by 5:00 PM.

If the due date falls on a holiday or weekend the due date is extended to the next business day

A confirmation e-mail will be sent regarding the application status. Application review will take place in July/September 2019, and awards will be disbursed on November 1, 2019.


About the Fund:


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please RSVP for workshops to Fred Smith, (256) 231-5160, ext. 26 or Heather Lamey, (256) 231-5160, ext. 18.

Click here to access the online pre-application:

Applications should be submitted through the grant website:

Mrs. Heather Lamey
Director of Donor Grants & Standards for Excellence
Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama
1130 Quintard Avenue, Suite 100 (Quintard Tower Building)
Anniston, Alabama 36201
Telephone: (256) 231-5160, ex. 18

Grant Coverage Areas:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama: Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Randolph, St. Clair, and Talladega Counties