Community Foundation now accepting applications for three grant programs

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By Toni Stauffer

The Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley Inc. is now accepting applications for three grant programs: Discretionary Grants, Innovation Grants and Consumer Financial Education Grants.

During 2018, the Community Foundation will facilitate two grant-making programs through its unrestricted Funds:

• Discretionary Grants –  will consider projects that align with one or more of the following three action areas outlined in Columbus 2025: An Enterprising Culture; Talented, Educated People; Vibrant and Connected Places (see for more information). The Community Foundation has committed up to $80,000 in unrestricted grant funds available for Discretionary Grants; grants awarded will range in size from $2,500 to $10,000 for applications from individual organizations. Collaborative efforts may apply for up to $10,000 in funding per participating organization, with a max request of up to $80,000.

• Innovation Grants – will consider innovative projects that demonstrate creative solutions without duplicating other effective efforts. These projects could be new ideas an organization is looking to test on a small scale or an innovative addition or spin on an existing project. Proposed projects should begin on or after January 1, 2019, and end by December 31, 2019. The Community Foundation has committed up to $20,000 in unrestricted grant funds for Innovation Grants; grants awarded will range in size from $1,000 to $2,500.

Applications for these unrestricted grant programs are due by Friday, November 2, 2018, 5 p.m.

“Through last year’s Discretionary Grant program, we learned a great deal about the fantastic work taking place in the counties we serve,” said Kelli Parker, director, grants and community partnerships. “This year, for the first time in our history, our Board has committed dollars as “risk capital” through the Innovation Grant. Through these microgrants the Community Foundation will invest in innovative, new ideas. And while there is still an expectation that results will be measured, we are particularly interested in what can be learned through these projects.”

The Community Foundation is also accepting Letters of Interest (LOI) for the following Fund:

• Consumer Financial Education Endowment Fund – will consider Letters of Interest for programs that align with the Funds purpose to “educate and/or advocate for consumers who, due to their limited educational background and/or modest financial resources, are particularly susceptible to being victimized in consumer transactions.”  Letters of interest will be received until Friday, October 19 at 5 p.m.

Specific details on eligibility, criteria, funding interests and submission procedures for each grant-making program can be found in their respective guidelines and applications, available at

An information session on all three programs will be offered at Columbus Public Library, Auditorium, 3000 Macon Rd., Columbus, GA 31906 on Monday, October 15, 11:00 a.m. – 12 Noon. To reserve a place, email

About the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley

The Community Foundation was founded in 1998 to help people with philanthropic interests easily and effectively support the issues they care about. Since then, the Community Foundation has grown to more than $170 million in assets and has awarded over $155 million in grants through its donor advised, unrestricted, designated, field-of-interest, scholarship, and organization endowment funds.  As a local center for philanthropy, the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley works with individuals, families, corporations, private foundations and not-for-profit organizations to carry out their charitable objectives and address emerging community issues.