Each year the Community Foundation awards grants for charitable purposes through a competitive grantmaking process. Applications for competitive grants must align with the strategic priorities of the CFGF Board of Trustees. The funding priority areas in 2019 were literacy, Flint neighborhoods and access to healthy food.
The first step in the grant application process is a pre-application conversation with a program officer. This interchange of information serves as an opportunity for you to inform the Community Foundation about your organization’s needs, outline your project and ask clarifying questions.
CFGF makes most competitive grants to organizations which are classified as publicly supported charities in the Internal Revenue Service Code, Section 170(b)(1)(A) and includes schools and universities, churches, synagogues and mosques, and governmental entities. Under certain circumstances, grants are made to private charities, supporting organizations and non-charities. Organizations applying for competitive grants must give evidence of non-discrimination in hiring and providing services.