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Place-Based Education and Civic Entrepreneurship Grant

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

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi (CFNM)

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to Northwest Mississippi nonprofits, governmental agencies (including schools), churches, federally-recognized Indian tribes, higher education institutions, and research centers at such institutions 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.

Eligible Use of Funds:

Seed grants for new and innovative projects and programs will be considered, as well as projects and programs that expand the ongoing work of an organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179612

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants generally range from $1,000 to $20,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant support is available to nonprofit organizations with current tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c) 3 of the IRS code, churches, units of government (including schools), public and private institutions of higher learning and institutes or research centers at such institutions, and federally-recognized Indian tribes.

The organizations must serve the community with no discrimination by age, race, gender, or religion.

Nonprofit organizations must also be in compliance with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s regulation and reporting requirements.

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

Ineligible Activities:

- No funds from the CFNM Grants Program may be used to acquire any interest in real estate property.
- No funds from CFNM Grants Program may be used to support capital campaigns, endowment funds or scholarship funds.
- No funds from CFNM Grants Program may be used to influence legislation (within the meaning of Section 4945 (d) (1) of the IRS Code or to influence the outcome of any specific public election.
- The CFNM Grants Program will not provide general operating support (overhead, administrative expenses) to any applicant; all funds must be committed to specific purposes, projects and activities that address CFNM’s focus areas.
- The CFNM Grants Program will not provide general operating support for existing annual or other regular community festivals or events.

Pre-Application Information:

Grants Committee and CFNM Board meet quarterly. Deadlines to submit applications are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.

Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the application and guidelines.

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirements: The CFNM Grant Program does not normally require a match for CFNM dollars funded. On occasion, CFNM will grant funds as a Challenge Grant requiring that the organization raise the additional funds for the program, project or activity before CFNM funds are issued. While a match is not required, the Grants Review Committee likes to see a commitment with other funders and/or in-kind support.

Contact Information:

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


Submit your complete application with attachments to or by fax to (662) 449-5006 by the stated deadline.

Note: If the application is faxed or emailed, you must mail the original Signature Page (cover sheet) to the above mailing address.

For more information, call: 662.449.5002.

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Geographic Focus:

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