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The Community Foundation Moves to Once Annual Grant Cycle

The Community Foundation is announcing a change to our Community Impact grantmaking process. We will be moving from two competitive grant cycles to one cycle per year, beginning in January of 2018. 

Under the new timeline, applications and reviews will occur in the first two quarters of the calendar year, with decisions announced in June.

Some of the rationale for this change includes:

  • As we continue to evolve toward high impact and sustainable results, we want to consider all competitive grants at one time.  This allows us to learn from both individual organizations and partnerships simultaneously, analyzing the work across our community in a more comprehensive way.
  • We will become more focused on outcomes and impact, using data as a guidepost. This change gives us additional time to better understand your indicators of success. By working hands-on with you, we can more fully educate our donors and hopefully prompt even greater philanthropic participation.
  • Finally, we respect our nonprofits' time and want to make our process easier. In addition to moving to one cycle, we are reviewing and simplifying our application process. We will continue to invite input and partnership on these critical decisions.

Our website has been updated with a calendar of grant deadlines for 2018. Please refer to the website frequently, as this will serve as our primary method of updates. Nonprofits: please do not plan to make an application to The Community Foundation in 2017, but in early 2018.

This change will not affect grants awarded by the Jenkins Foundation. They will continue to offer bi-annual competitive grant cycles. The next Jenkins Foundation grant process will open October 2nd and applications are due November 6th.

Best wishes to all organizations as we work together to create a healthy, thriving community.

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