General Funding Application Information

The Spring 2023 call for applications is now OPEN. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. April 4, 2023.

The timeline for the spring cycle is available on the Grant Making Timeline page located HERE.

Eligible applicants are strongly encouraged to review all information before preparing and submitting an application. Applications must be submitted via the online application form, all required documents must be uploaded in PDF (including the CFMC Budget Summary Form), and are due by 4:00 p.m. April 4, 2023.

Applicants with grant awards from a previous cycle must submit either an interim or final evaluation by April 15, 2023. The final evaluation form is available HERE. Interim evaluation forms are available by emailing Mary Dutton at

The General Funding Application Form is available HERE.

Application guidelines:

  • Funding requests of up to $5,000 will be considered.
  • Funding requests should include how the grant will support the organization and may be for any of the following:
    • Supporting the mission and programs/services of the organization
    • Technology/Equipment
    • Program/Project Implementation
    • Capacity Building / Organization Improvement
    • Training/Technical Assistance

Areas of Impact / Focus

  • Community Enrichment (Arts/Culture/History)
  • Community Health (Health/Medical/Hospital Care)
  • Economic Security/Economic Opportunity
  • Economic Development
  • Education (Community Wide/Schools)
  • Public / Social Benefit (Civic Improvement/ Social Services
  • Environment
  • Animal Welfare and Protection
  • Recreation
  • And our Field of Interest Funds

Funding requests are reviewed by a variety of committees and may be funded through

  • our Funds established for the general application process,
  • our funding partner GSB, and/or
  • any of the following Field of Interest Funds:
    • Animals: Respect & Friendship Fund
    • At Risk Boys Fund
    • Katchen Coley Fund for Conservation and Stewardship
    • Killingworth Community Fund
    • River Valley Fund for Families
    • Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls
    • St. Luke’s Home Fund (seniors and veterans)
    • Swaim Arts Enrichment Fund for MPS

Normally, the Community Foundation will not award grants to

  • Organizations that, in their constitution, bylaws or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or identification, political affiliation, or religious belief;
  • Initiatives that regrant our funds to other organizations.
  • New staff positions or hazard pay expenses (due to the COVID-19 pandemic);
  • Programs or materials that would normally be included in the regular operating budget for municipal/government agencies or schools;
  • Annual fundraising campaigns or event sponsorships;
  • Initiatives that regrant CFMC funds to other organizations;
  • Endowments, reserve funds, capital campaigns, or annual fund drives;
  • Recouping lost revenue which occurred during the current or previous calendar year;
  • Payment of debt or legal settlements or Repayment of SBA, PPP, or other COVID-19 related loans;
  • Political or partisan purposes, campaigns, or lobbying activities;
  • Projects that exclusively serve religious purposes, although religious organizations providing non-religious community services will be considered.

Grants will not be made to individuals.

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