2018 Discretionary Grant Application

Below are the Guidelines and Applicant Information Form for the 2018 Discretionary Grant Application. Each applicant is required to complete the Applicant Information Form below as well as upload a complete Application Packet. Section A of the Application Cover Sheet requests the same information as the Applicant Information Form. Applicants are required to submit the information in both places.

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Grant Guidelines


The Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc. was formed in 1998 as a philanthropic resource for the people and charitable organizations of our area and currently holds assets of more than $170 million in nearly 300 different Funds. Our mission is to enable and promote philanthropy that fosters, facilitates and inspires a vibrant and engaged Chattahoochee Valley.

Funds may be contributed to the Community Foundation from individuals and organizations for unrestricted use or for designated charitable purposes. The Community Foundation’s ability to respond to community needs is directly tied to the growth of the charitable assets under its control.

During 2018, the Community Foundation will make awards from its Community Endowment Fund and Moselle W. and H. Quigg Fletcher, Jr., Endowment Fund (a named sub-Fund of the Community Endowment Fund). The following guidelines describe how organizations can submit funding proposals to the Community Foundation.


 The Community Foundation will accept Discretionary Grant Applications from organizations that meet either of the following criteria:

  • Are exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and currently serve, or propose to serve, persons or communities in any of the following counties:
    • Georgia: Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Muscogee, Taylor, Talbot, Quitman, Meriwether, Troup, Stewart, Webster
    • Alabama: Russell, Lee
  • Are units of local government or public education institutions that currently serve, or propose to serve, persons or communities in any of the counties listed above.

Grant Period and Amount

This year’s awards will fund projects that begin on or after January 1, 2019, and end by December 31, 2019. The Community Foundation has committed up to $80,000 in unrestricted grant funds available. 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.

In addition, 50% of all funds awarded by the Community Foundation must be matched with cash or in-kind donations. (For example, a $2,500 grant must be matched with at least $1,250 from an additional source or sources.) Although in-kind contributions may be counted as part of a match, volunteer hours may not be included in the project budget or counted as part of a match.

Funding Priorities & Criteria

The Community Foundation will consider proposals that align with one or more of the follow three action areas outlined in Columbus 2025’s strategic community and economic development plan (columbusga2025.com). These three action areas include:

  • An Enterprising Culture
  • Talented, Educated People
  • Vibrant and Connected Places

The Community Foundation will make investments in programs and projects that demonstrate:

  • Organizational expertise in delivering quality services.
  • Capacity to mobilize resources including financial support, in-kind support and volunteers to sustain programs.
  • Sound management and administration, including a clearly defined and effective governance structure and financial systems.
  • Evidence of careful planning to address community needs and access community resources.
  • Alignment with one or more of the three indicated action areas of Columbus 2025.

Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate:

  • Coordination between and among two or more organizations.
  • Innovative strategies that offer creative solutions without duplicating other effective efforts.

Activities not eligible for funding include:

  • Requests for general operating support; annual fund-raising campaigns or fund-raising events; operating deficits; or endowments.
  • Programs or projects that in turn make grants to others.
  • Activities that are normally the responsibility of government (The Community Foundation will, in selective cases, join with units of government in supporting special projects.)
  • Memorials
  • Religious activities
  • International programs
  • Grants to individuals

Applicant Information Form

  • Application Organization's Information

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  • Application Contact Person

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  • Project

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  • Required Materials

  • Please upload your complete application packet, which should include the items listed below. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


    • Application Cover Sheet
    • Narrative Attachment
    • Your organization's current annual operating budget, including revenues and expenses
    • Board list, showing officers, professional titles and telephone numbers
    • A project budget and budget narrative using the provided form
    • Letters of support from partner organizations, if applicable
    • Most recent IRS tax determination letter showing exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) and not a private foundation according to Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code
    • Organization's most recent audited financial statement (must not be over on-year-old) or IRS Form 990 if audits are not completed by the organization
  • Filename
    • Submission

      Submission of this proposal indicates your organization’s permission for CFCV to ask people who are not members of CFCV’s staff to review the proposal and to give advice and information to CFCV about your organization, board, staff, and others with whom you are affiliated. Materials submitted to CFCV as part of the proposal process will be used as CFCV deems appropriate. They are not subject to any right of confidentiality unless specifically agreed to in writing by CFCV.