How Our Grants Work

We accept applications each September- October for grants from our Community Impact Fund.  Our Board of Directors sets the amount each year.

These grants invest in local projects that make Rome and Floyd County a better place to live, work and play by improving the lives of citizens. The current application cycle closed on October 12, 2018.  Awards were given December.  Dates for 2019 will be announced. 

In 2018 we received proposals for more than $300,000.  Along with some of our Donor-Advisors, we distributed $56,500.

1. ELIGIBILITY

Non-profit organizations with tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status and in good standing or government agencies operating within Floyd County, Georgia. If your organization or project is not currently linked to a 501(c)(3) organization, you may be able to work in partnership with a fiscal sponsor. Please contact Joel Snider at jsnider@cffgr.org for related questions.

Eligible organizations must be providing services in Floyd County.

Organizations may submit one application per grant cycle.

The Community Foundation does not set a minimum amount for grant awards. The Community Foundation requires that application requests do not exceed $25,000.00.

2. GUIDELINES

The Community Foundation looks for proposals which:

  • Outline a program/project that will positively impact persons and/or the community;
  • Develop competencies and skills enabling individuals to live fuller, more productive lives;
  • Addresses a significant need affecting a broad segment of the region’s population or special populations;
  • Possess the ability to leverage other funding through the use of matching grants;
  • Promote the cooperation of two or more agencies to avoid duplication of services and to coordinate resources and programs;
  • Demonstrate the capacity to provide the necessary services using good administrative and financial management;
  • Demonstrate support from outside the organization to sustain programs with volunteers and in-kind resources;
  • Promote systems or approaches which can prevent individual, family or community problems.

3. FOCUS AREAS

In our brief history, The Community Foundation has funded proposals in the Health and Human Services areas.   As we build capacity and our our donors broaden their interests, we anticipate considering applications in the following major program areas. If you do not see your area, please contact the Community Foundation.

  • Arts/Cultural
  • Children/Family Services
  • Civic Affairs
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Environmental

4. DISCOURAGED ACTIVITIES

The Community Foundation discourages applicants from submitting applications in support of the following:

  • Grants for individuals;
  • Capital campaigns;
  • Deficit financing and debt retirement;
  • Endowments;
  • Political organization or campaigns;
  • Lobbying legislators or influencing elections;
  • Special fundraising events/celebration functions;
  • Marketing endeavors and personal research;
  • Core operating expenses*;
  • Projects that are typically the funding responsibility of federal, state or local governments;
  • Scholarship programs;
  •  Programs that have already taken place or will be completed in the current calendar year.

*The Community Foundation will consider the funding of new organizations for start-up or operating support, and smaller organizations for operating support. However, because The Community Foundation is interested in funding work that continues to address community needs long after the grant funds are depleted, these requests are reviewed carefully on a case-by-case basis and must make a convincing case that:

  • The condition the proposal addresses is significant and can be measured;
  • The applicant has the organizational ability to address the problem, is aware of other organizations that are working in the same area, and is the best organization to do this work;
  • The organization and its program are likely to achieve the outcomes described in the proposal; and
  • The organization has plans in place to ensure that its programs will continue to operate once grants funds are expended.

5. HOW DOES AN ORGANIZATION APPLY FOR A GRANT?

Any 501(c)(3) organization interested in seeking grant support should follow these steps:

Review the Guidelines for Community Impact Funds and determine if your organization is eligible to compete for funds. You can contact The Community Foundation at 706.728.3453 to help you make that decision.

Applications must be postmarked by October 12, 2018.

MAIL TO:

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR GREATER ROME
215 Broad Street – Suite 105
ROME, GEORGIA 30161

If your proposal is approved, The Community Foundation will schedule a meeting with you to determine if the program identified in the application remains unchanged. It will also be a time to determine the appropriate distribution of the grant.

6. APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS

Once your application has been submitted it is reviewed by The Community Foundation staff before it is assigned to the Grants Panel made up of community leaders. The Panel may conduct site visits or telephone interviews for proposals selected for a more extensive evaluation. Following its review, the Grants Panel makes funding recommendations to The Community Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The Community Foundation’s Board of Directors makes the final decision on grant awards at the November board meeting. Written notification of grant decisions are sent to applicants within one week following the decision.

7. HOW DO I DEVELOP OUTCOMES FOR PROGRAM EVALUATION?

Through outcome measures The Community Foundation wants to know how its funding is stimulating positive concrete change, as well as identify promising practices. Outcome evaluation also helps organizations assess their programs as a step toward greater effectiveness. The Community Foundation asks organizations to identify target outcomes in their grant proposal, and if funded, to report on those target outcomes in their final report.

In the Grant Application form, each applicant must:

  • Identify a minimum of three (3) outcomes that will result from the proposed project, and
  • Indicate the method(s) the organization will use to measure the outcomes.

Outcomes are the benefits and/or changes that occur in individuals or groups as a result of their participation in a program or activity. Outcomes can involve knowledge, skills, attitudes, behavior, performance, status or condition.

8. WHAT ARE THE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS?

After receipt of the grant funds, grant recipients are required to submit a six (6) month interim report, and a final year-end report within 30 days of the anniversary of the final distribution of funds. The final report should detail how the funds were used along with the results of the outcomes submitted in the proposal.

9. WHERE DO I CALL IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

The Community Foundation welcomes your questions and comments. Please call the Foundation’s office at 706-728.3453.