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Longleaf Fund (LF)

Grants to Alabama Nonprofits and Agencies to
Improve the Quality of Life in Eligible Counties

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama (CFNEA)

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Deadline Date:

03/15/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to Alabama nonprofits and governmental agencies for programs and projects that improve the quality of life for those living in the funding source's service area. Pre-applications must be submitted online by February 15. For the purposes of these grants, the service area includes Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Randolph, St. Clair, and Talladega Counties.

Note: This unrestricted fund accepts grant requests for any charitable purpose.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178801

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants from the Longleaf Fund (LF) are limited to 501(c)(3) qualified public charities operating in CFNEA’s nine county region (see Grant Coverage Areas below for details).

Organizations that meet the following requirements are eligible to apply for a grant. All five requirements must be met.

1. Organizations classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, donations which are deductible as charitable contributions or a governmental/state or county agency;

2. Organizations with a minimum one-year operating history after the date of receipt of its 501(c)(3) classification;

3. Organization must have a board approved current written strategic plan for the whole organization that covers at least twenty-four months, which includes the organization’s entire current fiscal year and the following:

- Mission statement;
- Strategic goals and measurable objectives.

4. Organizations with revenues over $200,000 must submit an audited financial statement for a complete fiscal year. Organizations with an operating budget between $50,000 and $199,999 must submit the most recent audit review or compilation. Organizations with an operating budget of $50,000 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:

1. 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;
2. Organizations with no 501(c)(3) IRS status unless you are a government/state agency;
3. Organizations on the National Charity Watch List;
4. Grants for dinners, fundraising and marketing events;
5. Grants to endowments or other discretionary funding pools;
6. 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;
7. Grants for exhibitions and employee conference registrations, mileage to conference and conference fees;
8. Grants for prizes, awards and scholarships;
9. Grants for entertainment expenses;
10. Grants for lobbying-related expenses;
11. Grants for event sponsorships;
12. Grants to organizations operating less than one year;
13. Grants to individuals;
14. Grants to religious organizations for religious purposes;
15. Grants to organizations for projects outside CFNEA’s nine county region;
16. Grants for political purposes or to influence elections; and
17. 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 2018 Pre-Application Workshop and Application Workshop:

Pre-Application Workshop: January 18, 2018 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama (Please RSVP By January 11, 2018 at 5:00 PM)

Application Workshop: February 22, 2018 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama (Please RSVP By February 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM)

During the January 18, 2018 Workshop, the Foundation will assist you in completing the entire pre-application right then! CFNEA will help set up Foundant for first time users and answer all your questions. After you have completed your pre-application the Foundation will review it as you wait, and 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 22, 2018; during this session CFNEA 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.

Please RSVP by the designated dates to CFNEA. 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 CFNEA staff for ideas.

Pre-Application Information:

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the guidelines.

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 on-line by February 15 through CFNEA’s website. You will receive a response via e-mail within two weeks after receipt of your completed pre-application directing you to proceed or notifying you that your pre-application is not complete or not approved. All interested NFPs must upload the required documents to be considered.

Grant Application:
After your pre-application has been approved you must submit your grant application online by March 15 through CFNEA’s website at. Applications are due by 5:00 PM on March 15.

A confirmation e-mail will be sent regarding the application status. Following the board’s approval, applicants will be notified by email of award decisions. Awards will be disbursed in May.

Grant awards under $3,000 will receive 100% of the award amount upon receipt of the signed grant agreement.

Grant awards over $3,000 will receive 50% of the award amount upon receipt of the signed grant agreement. A semi-annual report must be submitted on-line through the grant portal. After this step is completed, the remaining 50% of the award amount will be disbursed.

Grant Cycles and Due Dates:

Contact Information:

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

Click here to access the online pre-application:

Please RSVP for the Pre-Application and Applictation Workshops by the designated dates to Fred Smith, (256) 231-5160, ext. 26 or Heather Lamey (256) 231-5160, ext. 18.

For more information, contact Mrs. Heather Lamey, Director of Donor Grants and Standards for Excellence:

Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama
1130 Quintard Avenue, Suite 100 (Quintard Tower Building)
Anniston, Alabama 36201

Phone: (256) 231-5160, Ext. 18

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Geographic Focus:

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