Helping Today, Shaping Tomorrow Grant

Application Dates

Application Opens: September 1, 2023

Application Closes: September 29, 2023

Grant Details

The Community Foundation of North Florida’s (CFNF) mission is to enhance the quality of life in the North Florida community through the promotion and support of charitable giving. Our vision is to serve as an illuminator of community needs while connecting donors to charitable causes they care most to support.

To further our mission and vision, CFNF is launching Helping Today, Shaping Tomorrow (HTST), a small grant program to benefit nonprofit organizations in the Big Bend region. This grant opportunity is designed to provide immediate support to nonprofit organizations that are addressing community needs with programs or services that have the potential for long-term community impact. Nonprofits located in our geographic service area of Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla counties are eligible to apply.

Our small grant program will provide ten $5,000 grants and place priority on applications from nonprofits providing programs or services in the areas of Education and Social & Human Services (specifically, Basic Needs). These two funding priority areas were selected by the CFNF Board of Directors after reviewing the results of a community needs assessment survey. CFNF asked survey respondents to rank the community’s most pressing needs in seven areas historically supported by its donors. Those areas are Arts & Culture, Social & Human Services, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, and Social Services. Survey respondents included donors, nonprofits in our 11-county footprint who have received a grant from CFNF within the past 25 years, and community stakeholders who participated in our strategic planning process.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Provide direct services to residents in one or more of the counties listed above.
  • Have at least two years of operating history in one or more of these counties.

Have active programs or services that are designed to address community needs in the priority areas of Education and Social & Human Services (specifically, Basic Needs).

  • Have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or have a fiscal sponsor with tax exempt status, or are a 509(a)(1) or(2) organization with a letter of determination.

Knight Foundation Grant

Application Dates

2023 Dates TBD

Grant Details

The Community Foundation of North Florida administers the annual grant cycle on behalf of the Knight Foundation. The Knight Foundation partners with the Community Foundation of North Florida to help the community attract and nurture talent, promote economic opportunity and foster civic engagement. All grant decisions are made by the Knight Foundation.

Knight supports Tallahassee’s work in revitalizing its downtown and bordering communities to attract and retain talented people and promote economic opportunity. They invest in Tallahassee’s core city vibrancy by supporting projects in smart design, the arts and entrepreneurship.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) public charity or tax-exempt government entity. Your organization may only submit one (1) application. All projects must align with the Knight Foundation’s goals and objectives.

Share Your Video Challenge Grant

Application Dates

Application Opens: March 9, 2023

Application Closes: April 6, 2023

Grant Details

The Community Foundation of North Florida (CFNF) believes that when we invest in our nonprofit community, that investment can reap huge dividends. The Share Your Story Video Challenge will provide grant funding to organizations serving Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) members of our community. This is your opportunity to tell your story for how your organization demonstrates supporting this population in the county you serve.

Grant Amount $1,000 per organization

The Community Foundation of North Florida partners with Prime Meridian Bank to offer ten $1,000 unrestricted operations grants to organizations who are serving LMI members of our community.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. This grant opportunity is limited to nonprofit organizations serving residents within Leon county.
  2. Even if the scope of your organization is broader, this challenge must specifically spotlight the work that your organization is doing to serve the LMI members in the eligible counties.
  3. All grants must be made for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes to any organization that is described in Code Section 170(c)(2), 501(c)(3), 2055(a)(2) or 2522(a)(2) (except for private foundations as defined by Code Section 509(a)) (“qualified organization”). Qualified organizations also include schools, religious institutions, or government agencies located in the Big Bend area.