2018 Innovation Grant Application

Below are the Guidelines and Applicant Information Form for the 2018 Innovation 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 $160 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). The following guidelines describe how organizations can submit funding proposals to the Community Foundation for an Innovation Grant.


The Community Foundation will accept Innovation Grant Applications from entities that meet at least one 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.
  • Individuals or non-501(c)(3) organizations that partner with either of the above-mentioned entities

Funding Priorities

The Community Foundation 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.

While the expectation is that results will be measured, what can be learned through a project is also of interest to the Community Foundation. Examples of the types of requests the committee will consider include:

  • Seed money for a new project
  • Small scale project
  • Pilot/test project
  • A one-time event
  • Projects in which what is learned may be transferrable

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 $20,000 in unrestricted grant funds available for innovation grants. Grants awarded will range in size from $1,000 to $2,500.

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 responses
    • 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.