**Please note that our deadlines have changed. If you are applying for funding for a summer program, please apply during our fall grant cycle each year.**

The Community Foundation offers 4 competitive grant programs which focus on Early Childhood Education, the Future of Northwest Mississippi, Place-Based Education & Civic Engagement, and Technology in Education. The Community Foundation’s competitive grant programs are offered twice a year with deadlines of March 1st and September 1st. Nonprofit organizations that work in the Community Foundation’s service region are eligible to apply. These counties include Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Grenada, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, and Yalobusha.


Materials and Information you will need to have available to apply for a grant:

  • Register as an Orgaization
  • EIN number
  • Organization Contact Information
  • Grant Contact Information
  • A list of other pending grant request for the project, the amount requested and an estimated decision date.
  • A list of other partners/contributors committed to the project.

The following will need to be available to upload:

  • Detailed, itemized project budget that includes revenues and expenses. You may use our Project Revenue Budget Template and Project Expense Budget Template.
  • A current list of the organization's officers and directors, including contact information at least two (2) of the officers' addresses must be different from the charity's address.
  • Most recent Mississippi Secretary of State Charitable Registration Certificate and File no.  You can find those here.
  • Most recent IRS 990

Final Report

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Frequently Asked Questions

What types of grants are available?

CFNM focuses on programs that involve health and education, especially for youth and children. There are four pillars for granting: Endowment for the Future of Northwest Mississippi, Place-Based Education & Civic Entrepreneurship, Technology in Education, and Early Childhood Education. The CFNM Grants Committee chooses what category is necessary for the grantee.

How do I apply for a grant?

Visit our grant application website to apply for a competitive grant. Our Fall applications are now closed, but come back in the Spring for our next grant cycle.

What are the deadlines for grant applications?

Our deadlines are March 1st and September 1st. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline, as to not hold up the process.

Can I get money from the Community Foundation for personal needs?

No, the Community Foundation does not make grants or loans to individuals. For students, there are several scholarships available; funding for scholarships is sent directly to the educational institution on the student’s behalf. Click the button below to learn more about our scholarship opportunities. 


Does my nonprofit need a 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS before I can apply for and receive grant funding?

Yes. Your organization must have a 501(c)(3) status designation or be an entity of government to apply for a grant and receive funding.

We are an entity of the government (public educational institutions, departments of government, etc). Do we still need a 501(c)(3) designation?

No, entities of government will not have 501(c)(3). It is suggested that you contact us for eligibility.

Can anyone help me write a grant proposal?

We do not provide direct assistance with writing proposals. However, we can suggest that you contact the HUB for training resources.

Why didn’t my project receive funding this time?

While there is no guarantee that the Community Foundation will fund a specific grant request, it is committed to funding organizations that present opportunities for partnerships and that demonstrate an ability to leverage resources. The Foundation looks for programs that fit in one of the four pillars (Endowment for the Future of Northwest Mississippi, Place-Based Education & Civic Entrepreneurship, Technology in Education, and Early Childhood Education) for grant funding needs.

How often can my organization apply?

The Community Foundation does not set a limit on the number of times an organization can apply for funding. Generally, we prefer that organizations use discretion and submit requests only for top-priority projects and programs.

Who reviews my grant request?

Foundation staff review all incoming grant inquiries for the Competitive Grants cycle. A Grants Committee reviews and chooses grant inquiries for funding requested from specific funds. The Foundation’s Board of Directors votes to approve funding for grant requests.

Can I meet with The Foundation before applying?

We encourage you to meet with us, so we have a good understanding of your grant request to submit to the Grants Committee. However, this does not guarantee funding.

Are administrative/shared expenses supported by competitive grants?

Generally, no.

How much money should my organization request?

There is a wide range in the dollar amounts of grants awarded. The amount of funding awarded by CFNM has varied between $100.00 – $20,000.00 with the average being $5,000.00. You should determine the amount of funding you need for your project and apply for that amount.

What if I have other questions or need help?

Contact us at grants@cfnm.org or call our office at 662.449.5002.