Grant Guidelines

Apply for a disaster relief grant with CFNWF. Eligible nonprofits will include charitable organizations serving the needs of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Washington, Holmes, and Calhoun Counties in Florida.

How to apply for a grant...

Grants are awarded twice a year – Spring and Fall. Reviewing, considering and awarding grant proposals requires considerable time and attention. 

The CFNWF grant committee reviews the grant applications and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors. Each grant application is subject to a review process that may last 30-60 days. Grants awarded range from $500-$5,000.

All applicants will be notified in writing or via email regarding the status of their grant. Grants amounts from the Foundation vary. Grant recipients that have received a grant in a given calendar year are encouraged to wait until the following year to apply again.

Grant Guidelines

  1. Applicant must be a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization.
  2. Applicant must apply for a project that addresses disaster relief.
  3. Project must be relevant to Northwest Florida and must serve those who live, work, learn and play in the following Florida counties: Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Holmes, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington.

Application Process

Applicant must clearly describe grant budget and Foundation recognition as well as be ready to provide the following documents:

  1. Current IRS determination letter indicating 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
  2. List of your Organization’s Board of Directors, their affiliations and contact information for all Board members.
  3. An organizational chart including staff
  4. Organization’s most recent annual financial statement

Please note that these guidelines are for the Foundation’s Disaster Relief grants.

Applicant must meet submission deadlines and fulfill all application requirements. We generally will not consider funding requests for the following:

  1. Political activities or organizations
  2. Grants directly to individuals.
  3. Annual fundraising campaigns
  4. Special events or fundraisers
  5. Organizations operating outside the United States
  6. Organizations seeking support for fundraising events

2021 Grant Deadlines:

Spring: Friday, April 16, 2021

Fall: Friday, October 15, 2021


Grants awarded range from $500-$5,000.

Dissemination Plan

Dissemination of information on pending grant cycles may vary dependent upon the scope of the available grants. The CFNWF will disseminate grant information using a variety of methods including, but not limited to, those listed below.

Using news releases, the CFNWF will announce grants through local media outlets. The selection of the media will be dependent upon the geographic scope of the grants to be awarded.

The CFNWF may make personal contact with nonprofits that may be eligible to apply for the grants.

CFNWF Grant Application Form

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Project Summary

Supplemental Attachments

Please provide the following as attachments along with this grant application when submitting:

Provide a copy of your current IRS determination letter indicating 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
Max. file size: 300 MB.
List of your Organization’s Board of Directors, their affiliations and contact information for all Board members
Max. file size: 300 MB.
Attach an organizational chart including staff
Max. file size: 300 MB.
Organization's current annual report, if available
Max. file size: 300 MB.
Organization’s current operating budget, including expenses and revenue
Max. file size: 300 MB.
Organization’s most recent annual financial statement (independently audited, if available; if not available, attach Form 990)
Max. file size: 300 MB.

About Your Organization and Program

Provide a brief history and description of the mission of your organization.
Provide a description of why your organization is requesting these funds.
Describe how your project will enhance the quality of life in Northwest Florida.
Explain what outcomes you plan to achieve and how you will measure the success of your program.
Who are the other partners in this project, if any?
How will the Foundation’s contribution be recognized in/by this project/program?

Program Budget

What is the total cost of the project/program? This should include the amount being requested from the Foundation as well as from other sources of financial support for the project/program.
Describe how the Foundation's funds will specifically be spent.
What percentage of your project/program budget will the Community Foundation of Northwest Florida grant comprise?