Limitations and Restrictions on Grants

Ineligible Requests for Funding 

CFWM grant programs do not support requests for:

  • General operating support. Exceptions may be made for very small organizations that are limited in scope and only operate one program
  • Endowments
  • The same project less than one year apart
  • Private education and religious organizations except for programs that serve broad community needs.
  • Retroactive funding for projects that have been complete or will be complete prior to the grant decision date
  • Fundraising events, the purchase of tickets for benefits, or courtesy advertising
  • Projects that seek to directly or indirectly influence legislation or election campaigns; activities related to influencing government policies, permitting or regulations will not be considered
  • Higher education scholarships. Information about the Community Foundation scholarship and interest free education loan program can be found here

Only in rare circumstances and with prior approval would CFM  consider:

  • Requests for academic or medical research
  • Replacement of governmental or other public funding except for grants bridging periods before anticipated funding
  • Requests for multi-year funding

 

Limitations for School or Education Oriented Requests
Public Schools (Preschool through 12th grade):

  • All applications must come from 501(c)(3) entities for the benefit of public school systems, including charter schools.
  • Requests for support for capital improvements, core staff salaries, or technology (hardware and software) will not be considered.
  • Projects benefiting public schools (preschool through 12th grade) including charter schools, may include value-added special programming which could involve after-school and summer programs, community service projects, and extra-curricular programs.

 

Private Schools (Preschool through 12th grade) where 50% or more of income is generated from state, federal or municipal funding sources:

  • All applications must come from 501(c)(3) entities.
  • Requests for educational scholarships will not be considered.
  • Requests may follow general grant guidelines.

 

Private schools (preschool through 12th grade) where less than 50% of income is generated from state, federal or municipal funding sources:

  • Project for which funding is being sought must benefit the community beyond the school’s population.
  • Requests for educational scholarships will not be considered.

 

Colleges or Universities (Public or Private):

  • Requests will not be considered for operating expenses, projects and activities, or equipment which are within the primary instructional and service responsibility of a college or university and are limited for the college, university or school faculty, staff and students.
  • Requests for funding of projects and activities provided by colleges or universities must:
    • demonstrate benefit to the community,
    • provide documentation of community involvement in the planning and the implementation of the project, and
    • include letters of support from community organizations with their application.
  • Requests for higher educational scholarships will not be considered. Information about the Community Foundation scholarship and interest-free educational loan program can be found here.

 

Nonprofits seeking support to work directly with schools:

  • Organizations must provide letters of collaboration or copies of signed agreement forms from the principal or superintendent of school(s) the organization will be working with during the project.