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Harland Jones Charitable Fund (HJCF)

Grants to Alabama Nonprofits in Eligible Counties
for Literacy, Education, Safety, and Youth Development

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama (CFNEA)

Conf. Date:

01/23/19

LOI Date:

02/15/19

Deadline Date:

03/15/19 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Alabama nonprofit organizations for a range of charitable purposes that help local communities in the Fund's nine-county region. A pre-application must be submitted before submission of a grant application. Priority will be given to programming that focuses on education, literacy, safety, and the moral and physical development of youth to age nineteen (19). The Fund's geographic region includes the following counties: Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Etowah, DeKalb, Randolph, St. Clair, and Talladega.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184866

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grant awards under $3,000.00 will receive 100% of the award amount upon receipt of the signed grant agreement.
- Grant awards over $3,000.00 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.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants from the Harland Jones Charitable Fund (HJCF) are limited to 501(c)(3) qualified public charities operating in CFNEA’s (9) nine-county region.

Organizations that meet the following requirements are eligible to apply for a grant. All five (5) requirements must be met.
- Organizations 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 with 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 its 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.
- 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, sex/gender, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual 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 (9) 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Spring 2019 Pre-Application Workshop and Application Workshop:

During the Spring January 23, 2019 you will receive help in completing the entire pre-application. You will get help setting up Foundant for first time users and answers to all your questions. After you have completed your pre-application it will be reviewed as you wait. You will be informed 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. The grant application and its process will be discussed during the session.

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, (256) 231-5160, ext. 26 or Heather Lamey, (256) 231-5160, ext. 18.

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 not-for-profit organizations must submit a pre-application and, after CFNEA approval, a grant application.

Important Dates:
- Pre-Application Opens: January 22, 2019
- Pre-Application Workshop: January 23, 2019 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama (RSVP By January 18 , 2019 at 5:00 PM)
- Pre-Application Deadline: February 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM
- Grant-Technical Workshop: February 27, 2019 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Grants Deadline: March 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM
- Grantees are notified: May 13, 2019 by 5:00 PM

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 nonprofits must upload the required documents to be considered.

Collaborative Grant Application: When you choose to submit a collaborative application, one organization must serve as the lead organization and submit the application (only one). Your collaboration can be with more than one organization. A collaborative partnership is when a group works together in a joint endeavor that pools common interests, assets, and professional skills in order to promote broader goals and outcomes for the entire group's benefit.The application should contain all of the information about the other not-for-profit(s) in the partnership. The grant applicant (lead organization) is the organization of which the required organizational logistics should be submitted. The other partner needs to provide a letter of support in agreement with the partnership. Collaborative applications must be for a program grant. The partner not-for-profit(s) will determine (and state so in the application) how the grant funds will be distributed. Options include: all funding through the lead organization, direct checks from CFNEA to all partner agencies, or some other method. The lead organization is responsible for grant reporting. All partners are responsible for compliance of the grant.

More information: https://www.yourcommunityfirst.org/grants-available/

About Community First: https://www.yourcommunityfirst.org/about/

Needs Assessment: https://www.yourcommunityfirst.org/community-needs-assessment-interactive/

Contact Information:

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

Pre-application submission: http://www.yourcommunityfirst.org/grant-prequalification/

Fund portal: https://cfnea.fcsuite.com/erp/fundmanager

Contact:
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
Email: hlamey@yourcommunityfirst.org

Fred Smith: fsmith@yourcommunityfirst.org

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Geographic Focus:

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