Foundation / Corporation
Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi (CFNM)
Grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to Northwest Mississippi nonprofits, governmental agencies (including schools), churches, institutions of higher education or research centers at such institutions, and federally-recognized Indian tribes for programs that focus on the areas of youth, education, and health.
Focus areas for funding, with suggestions, are listed below:
- Health: Sustainable food systems such as: support for farmers’ markets, community gardens, mobile food market, healthy-food convenience stores
- Active Living: Support communities for bike lanes (along with youth bike safety instructions), walking trails, and reducing ‘park deserts’
- Education / Youth: Support for cultural, historical, and arts education; youth leadership programs; and after school mentoring / tutoring programs
Eligible Funding Requests:
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#: 179614
Size of Grants: Grants generally range from $1,000 to $20,000.
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. Nonprofit organizations must also be in compliance with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s regulation and reporting requirements.
Applicants for funding from the CFNM Grant program must be located in or directly serve all or part of one of the following Mississippi Counties: Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, and/or Tunica. All programs, projects and activities for which funding is sought must also take place within this geographical area.
- Applicant 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.
- 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 event
CFNM Grants Committee and CFNM Board meet quarterly. Deadlines to submit applications are November 1, February 1, May 1, and August 1.
Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the application and general guidelines.
Click here for more information about the Foundation's grants: https://cfnm.org/grants/
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.
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 to:
Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi
315 Losher Street, Suite 100
Hernando, MS 38632
Alternatively, applicants may email or fax their applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or (662) 449-5006.
*Note: If the application is faxed or emailed, you must still mail the original Signature Page (cover sheet).
Questions concerning these regulations and guidelines should be directed to Peggy Linton, Community Development Director, at the above mailing or email address, or by phone at 662.449.5002.
USA: Mississippi: Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Tunica counties