RECEIVE - Supporting Nonprofits in Northeast Florida

Strengthening the nonprofit community through grantmaking and other services is critical to our mission of building a better community. In partnership with our donors, we have distributed nearly $450 million in grants across a broad range of programs, services, and opportunities since our founding in 1964.

Competitive Grantmaking--How To Apply

The Community Foundation conducts competitive grantmaking locally on behalf of certain donors who have directed our Program Staff to oversee the process. Primarily, competitive grantmaking occurs in these areas: Aging Adults, Early Childhood, Putnam County, Art Ventures (Individual Artists and Small Arts organizations), Visual Art in St. Augustine, and Putnam County. These are the only grants for which applications are accepted. See How to Apply for eligibility and grant specifics.


How To Apply


Grants from Donor Advised Funds

Connectable Jax
Delores Barr Weaver used her Donor Advised Fund for a public awareness campaign highlighting people with intellectual or developmental differences. 

Each year, tens of millions of dollars are granted through The Community Foundation. Ninety percent of those grants are specifically recommended by generous donors through their Donor Advised Funds, according to their particular charitable interests. The majority of our donors research and determine their own areas of giving. If a donor requests staff to conduct additional research, we will take the opportunity to draw upon extensive internal resources and also reach out to learn more about current initiatives and endeavors.

Donor advised funds do not accept applications. 

Current Initiatives

Farmacy Community Garden
Our Neighborhoods Initiative helps support the Farmacy, a community garden in the New Town area.

We also negotiate directly with nonprofit organizations for grants that impact the region. This work includes Supporting Neighborhoods, Nonprofit Capacity Building, Aging Adults and Public Education Reform. Staff from The Community Foundation develops a comprehensive grantmaking plan each year to address community needs as they relate to our overall program objectives, and members of the Program & Initiatives Committee approve the plan annually.

TCF does not accept unsolicited proposals for initiative grants.

Agency Endowments

Barnabas Food Pantry Volunteers
The Agency Endowment at Barnabas Center in Nassau County  will continue to support the nonprofit for as long as it exists.

Support for a nonprofit in perpetuity can be established by creating a permanent endowment. The Community Foundation can set one up on behalf of the agency itself, or we can create a designated endowment on behalf of a donor to direct support to an organization as long as it exists. In both cases, the nonprofit organization benefits from an annual grant but is relieved of the management and record-keeping burdens of an endowment fund.

For more information, go to

Planned Giving

If a nonprofit organization is approached by a donor regarding a bequest or estate opportunity, The Community Foundation stands ready to assist the organization in receiving assets. We are equipped to handle a wide range of assets, and have a number of structured options from which to choose.

Our role as one of North Florida’s leading grantmakers depends on thoughtful grantmaking practices, which we use to create a comprehensive annual grantmaking plan that reflects our region’s needs and opportunities. We strive to support both our donors and our nonprofit partners as we all work together to build a better community.

- Martha Frye Baker, Trustee, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and Chair, Program and Initiatives Committee -

Here To Help

Kathleen Shaw

Kathleen Shaw, M.Ed
Vice President, Programs

 send email

Contact Information

245 Riverside Avenue, Suite 310
Jacksonville, FL 32202

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

Connect With Us