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Competitive Community Grantmaking

The Community Foundation accepts grant applications for a variety of funding opportunities. Each category or focus has different guidelines and timelines. We also have a limited number of scholarships to help current and future students to pursue undergraduate and graduate education, professional development and other educational enrichment opportunities.


The majority of our open competitive grantmaking falls into two main categories: Capacity Building and Program Support. Any 501c3 in our service area (Duval, Clay, Baker, St. Johns, Nassau and Putnam counties) may apply for EITHER a Capacity Building OR a Program Support grant in any given year.


Please note: There is a special application for nonprofit organizations with annual budgets of less than $200,000 to apply for either of these competitive grants with an application process designed especially for small organizations.


The Community Foundation also accepts grant applications in other focus areas where donors have requested that we oversee grantmaking decisions or where we have an established initiative with a funding source. Each has different guidelines and timelines and are listed below.

Competitive Grant Opportunities

To learn more or apply, click on each grant opportunity below.

Program Support Grants

(Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties)

Support for launching, expanding or improving services that support vulnerable populations and address unmet community needs.

Grant size: Up to $25,000

Applications Closed

Program Support Grants for Putnam County

Grants to assist with improving the quality of life in Putnam County.

Grant size: Up to $25,000

Applications Closed

Small Organization Grants

For small organizations with budgets of $150,000 or less. Funding can support strengthening organizations and program development.

Grant size: Up to $2,500

Applications Now Open

Capacity Building Grants

Help organizations better achieve their missions, promote continuous improvement and increase effectiveness.

Grant size: Up to $10,000

Applications Closed

Other Grant Opportunities

The Community Foundation has a number of initiatives governed by a specific focus area. These competitive applications each have their own guidelines and timelines. Nonprofit organizations (and, in some cases, individuals) may apply for any of the funding opportunities for which they qualify. Explore more on the pages linked below.

Individual Artists

The Individual Artist Grants are designed to help Northeast Florida artists emerge to the next level of their artistic careers.

Applications Closed

LGBTQ Community Fund

The LGBTQ Community Fund for Northeast Florida makes grants to nonprofit organizations in Northeast Florida that support our LGBTQ communities.

Applications Closed

Beaches Community Fund

The Beaches Community Fund supports nonprofit organizations serving the Beaches communities from Mayport to Guana, east of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Applications Now Open!

Visual Art in St. Augustine

The Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund makes grants to promote visual art appreciation or education in St. Augustine, FL. Sponsorship proposals up to $2,500 are considered on a rolling basis.

Women’s Giving Alliance

The Women’s Giving Alliance makes grants to nonprofit organizations supporting women and girls in Northeast Florida.

Applications Now Open!

Nonprofits in Crisis

Beyond our open grant opportunities, The Community Foundation would like to know about existing nonprofit organizations in Northeast Florida which are experiencing an emergency or unexpected challenge which may result in significant impact for clients served. We may be able to help.


The Community Foundation is host to a number of scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate education. Applications for scholarships are open from January through March each year. Scholarships applications are currently closed. Please contact Carol Nieves at for more information.

More Information About Our Grantmaking

Our Grantmaking Principles

We provide a professional, rigorous approach to grantmaking, executed in a fair and equitable way. Read our complete list of grantmaking principles.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know you may have questions about the grantmaking process. You may find answers to your questions below. If not, contact us.

Grants Awarded in 2022

We made nearly $2 million in local, Foundation-directed grants in 2022. See the list of recipients made from unrestricted, field of interest and Presidential grantmaking.