How to Apply for Competitive Grants

The Community Foundation accepts grant applications in specific fields where donors have requested that we oversee grantmaking decisions. These are the only grants for which applications are accepted. Each category or field has different guidelines and timelines. To Learn More or Apply, click on each category below.

Visual Art in St. Augustine—2019 Sponsorship Applications Open 

  • The Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund makes grants to promote visual art appreciation or education in St. Augustine, FL.
  • Program Grant Applications are now closed {Deadline: May 8, 2019}
  • Sponsorships remain open while funds are available

To Learn More & Apply

Small Arts Organizations (Art Ventures)—Applications Will Open in August 2019

  • These grants are focused on building strength around operational and governance practices. In this round of grantmaking, applications are being accepted for organizational assessments conducted by the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida. For a full description of the organizational assessment process, click here
  • Deadline: October 15, 2019

To Learn More & Apply

Aging Adults—2019 Applications Now CLOSED

  • Aging Adults grants are focused on helping organizations improve the quality of life for older adults by assisting under-served and under-resourced seniors in Northeast Florida.
  • Deadline: March 1, 2019   Applications are closed

To Learn More & Apply

Beaches (Beaches Community Fund)—2019 Applications Now CLOSED

  • To improve the quality of life at the Beaches, from Mayport to Guana.
  • Deadline: February 4, 2019  Applications are closed

To Learn More & Apply

Early Childhood (0-6 years)—2019 Applications Now CLOSED

  • Promote the growth of creative and efficient services to at-risk children in Duval County, from birth through pre-Kindergarten years
  • Deadlines:
    • Pre-Application due January 8, 2019 Applications are closed

For more information, click here

Individual Artists (Art Ventures)—2019 Applications Now CLOSED

  • Individual Artist Grants are designed to help Northeast Florida artists emerge to the next level of their artistic careers. Maximum grant request: $3,500
  • Deadline: March 12, 2019 Applications are closed

To Learn More & Apply

Putnam County—Applications Now CLOSED

  • The Frank V. Oliver, Jr. Fund assists individuals and families by promoting educational opportunities, eliminating food insecurity, supporting veterans, and promoting the general welfare of Putnam County residents.
  • Deadline: April 17, 2019 Applications are closed

To Learn More & Apply

Women’s Giving Alliance (WGA)—2019 Applications Now CLOSED

  • WGA awards grants to organizations that serve women and girls in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns Counties. The current focus is Breaking the Cycle of Female Poverty: Intervention and Prevention. Deadline: January 10, 2018

To Learn More & Apply

LGBTQ Community Fund—2019 Applications Now OPEN

  • The LGBTQ Community Fund supports nonprofits in Northeast Florida that serve the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community.
  • Deadline: Rolling

To Learn More & Apply

The Partnership for Mental Health

A project of Baptist Health and the Delores Barr Weaver Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

If you are a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and have a project which addresses mental or behavioral health issues in Northeast Florida, you may request The Partnership to review your project by submitting a Letter of Inquiry. Projects are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year.

The Partnership for Mental Health was recommended by Delores Barr Weaver to encourage joint learning and grantmaking. The fund will consider proposals that address direct service, advocacy, awareness, training, and more.

For more information about The Partnership for Mental Health, please contact Melanie Patz, vice president of Community Investment and Impact for Baptist Health,, or Amy Crane, senior program director for The Community Foundation,


Letter of Inquiry


Emerging Opportunities

If you are a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, and have a project in an area not included in our competitive grant opportunities, you may ask The Community Foundation to review your project for other possible resources by submitting a Preliminary Request for Consideration. This will help you communicate your project’s most relevant information to determine if there is a match for your project. All projects are considered on a rolling basis as funds are available.

We will prioritize the following:

  • Funding opportunities that leverage other financial support
  • Opportunities responding to urgent or pressing community needs
  • Collaborative projects

We will not consider:

  • Capital campaign requests or sponsorships of events
  • Requests outside of our region (Duval, Nassau, St. Johns, Baker, Clay and Putnam Counties)
  • Grants to individuals
  • General operating support not related to a specific project

Preliminary Request


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