Grant Guidelines

Organizations must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as public charities and tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Further, organizations must meet the Foundation’s current funding priorities. Because the Foundation does not consider unsolicited proposals, organizations must be asked to submit a grant request. For more information, please refer to Grant Information section below.

No grants are made to individuals. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.  Organizations considered for grant funding are located primarily in Northeast Florida and Western North Carolina.

The Foundation’s Trustees meet two times per year to make grant decisions. Grant requests are considered in the Spring (April 1 deadline) and in the Fall (September 1 deadline). Organizations will  typically be notified in writing of grant decisions no later than May 15 (Spring cycle) and November 15 (Fall cycle).  

Grant amounts average between $5,000 – $10,000.  Again, the Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, so any organization interested in applying should first contact the Foundation office via email at  In your e-mail, please indicate the organization’s mission, budget, website and contact information. A representative from the Foundation will reply via e-mail or phone within 30 days.

The Foundation will support areas of basic needs: food insecurity, affordable housing and education for underserved children and families.  Grants proposals considered may include general operations, specific programs, capacity building, strategic planning, program development, or matching grants.