Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

We’re glad that you’re interested in The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. Even though we are just a phone call or email away, you may find the answers to your questions below.

  • Do you give grants to individuals?
    No. There are no opportunities for individuals to receive grants for relief or service. Professional artists are the only individuals eligible to receive grants from The Community Foundation; they may apply through the Art Ventures program. There are also a limited number of academic scholarships available for students. 
  • Who determines which organizations receive grants?
    The Board of Trustees of The Community Foundation has the ultimate authority over grants. In the case of donor advised funds or agency endowments, the donors themselves may recommend grants from their funds to any eligible (nonprofit, 501c3) organization. In the case of funds over which The Community Foundation has discretion, staff recommends grantees to the Board’s Program & Initiatives Committee, whose members consider and vote on the staff recommendations. Finally, the Program & Initiatives Committee sends the approved list to the Board of Trustees for ratification.
  • Do you need to know someone to get a grant?
    No. Any nonprofit organization may apply for grants in areas where they are eligible.  See Competitive Grants--How To Apply
  • Is there an opportunity to discuss my project/organization before I submit my grant application?
    Yes, most often a phone call is enough to determine eligibility and answer your questions. If, after a call, it's determined that a meeting is required, we will reach out to set one up. Technical Assistance appointments are available for our Program, Capacity Building and Grants To Support Small Organizations—Submit your request here.
  • Will you contact donors on our behalf?
    No. 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. Organizations are invited to contact staff with regular updates.
  • May organizations contact donors directly?
    The Community Foundation does not provide contact information for our donors. However, if a donor is interested in a nonprofit field, or specific organization, we help connect the donor with the agency. 
  • May we apply for a grant from a specific fund?
    Generally, no. We do have some funds, however, that use a competitive process for grantmaking: Program, Capacity Building, Supporting Small Organization grants as well as our Women's Giving Alliance, LGBTQ and Beaches Community Fund accept applications—you may find information on these opportunities on our Receive page of our website.
  • How much money should we ask for?
    The range for requests for competitive grants is listed in each section. Often, a grant from TCF cannot fully support a project. As part of your proposal, we will want to know how you plan to identify the other funds.
  • Do your grants change from year to year?
    Yes. The website lists the most current opportunities available in any given year.
  • If we have been turned down for a grant, may we apply again next year?
    Yes. Each proposal is considered on its own merits. However, be sure that your proposal is considered eligible under the guidelines before re-submitting.
  • When can we expect to hear if we’ve gotten a grant?
    This varies by application so please see the timeline for each competitive grant.
  • How should we send our proposal?
    Each grant area has a link to a specific online application process. Please see Competitive Grants–How to Apply

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Kathleen Shaw

Kathleen Shaw, M.Ed
Senior Vice President, Program and Initiatives

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Jacksonville, FL 32202

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