Place-Based Education and Civic Entrepreneurship Grant

Grants to Northwest Mississippi Nonprofits and Agencies
for Community-Centered Educational Opportunities

GrantWatch ID#: 179612
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi (CFNM)


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Grants to Northwest Mississippi nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and public charities for proposals that focus on community-centered educational opportunities for children and youth. For the purposes of these grants, Northwest Mississippi includes the following counties: Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Tunica.

Funding will specifically be provided for programs and projects that focus on place-based learning and civic entrepreneurship, which are defined below.

Place-based learning is a teaching and learning process that uses local environment and community as the context for learning. Place-based learning focuses on utilizing local resources as teaching tools. Students are involved in problem-solving and other meaningful tasks; they work autonomously to construct their own learning which culminates in realistic, student-generated products. The place of learning is the local community and environment. Students are engaged in learning that is connected to real work that meets a real community need and the work is student driven.

Placed-based education is designed to improve students, educators, local citizens and policy makers to be lifelong learners and agents of positive change, with local places – as well as the larger world – as their classroom. Young people will be encouraged to think about issues of vocation and service, to encourage them to consider how they can best use their intellectual gifts and heritage to pursue careers in ways that will serve and enrich their communities.

Support may be given to organizations that are recognized as Section 501(c)3 by the Internal Revenue Service, governmental bodies or public charities. The organizations must serve the community with no discrimination by age, race, gender or religion.

The Community Foundation will not consider grants for individuals, exclusively religious purposes, political purposes, or special occasion advertising.

Nonprofit organizations must be able to provide the 501(c)3 determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service (unless a governmental body), Certificate of Registration as a charitable organization with the Mississippi Secretary of State (if applicable), most recent IRS Form 990 if more than $25,000 revenue (annual financial statement if less than $25,000 revenue), and a list of current board members.

Deadlines to submit applications are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.

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

Please Note the Following:

Priority will be given to grant applications that first show availability of matching funds and second to programs that address the Community Foundation’s priority areas. The Foundation will also consider how grants may raise regional visibility, increase capacity, leverage additional donations, and reward previous grant eligibility.

Grant applications will include permission for site visits to the successful applicant and requirement for written evaluation of results from the grant at a designated time. If no written evaluation is provided, then the applicant will be ineligible for future Foundation grants.

Budgets must include revenue and expense details.

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

Please submit only one copy of your proposal, stapled (not bound) to:

Peggy Linton
Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi
315 Losher Street, Suite 100
Hernando, MS 38632



*Note: If the application is faxed or emailed, you must mail the original Signature Page (cover sheet)

For more information, call: 662.449.5002

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USA: Mississippi: Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Tunica counties

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