Our Grant Making Philosophy

Grants are made that focus in a wide variety of areas including children and youth, families, arts and culture, education, environment, health and wellness, human services, and workforce development.  Some specific costs within grants are generally not funded.

The Community Foundation seeks to support programs and projects that

  • Offer creative, innovative solutions to address existing or emerging community needs,
  • Benefit larger rather than smaller numbers of people,
  • Impact the community beyond the time of funding,
  • Facilitate cooperation and collaboration among organizations and eliminate duplication of services,
  • Address prevention as well as treatment,
  • Foster individual and family self-sufficiency,
  • Increase volunteer involvement and commitment to community needs, enhancing and expanding leadership in the community, and
  • Improve the quality or scope of charitable works in the community.

What is Not Funded

Generally, the Community Foundation will not make grants for:

  • Non program-related expenses
  • Endowment campaigns
  • Capital campaigns
  • Annual fundraising events and expenses
  • Conference or continuing education expenses
  • Memberships or event tickets
  • Political campaigns or organizations
  • Sectarian purposes
  • Individuals