Small Grants Available! NEW – ONLINE application form
Friday, February 14, 2020: Applications DUE by 11:59 pm (EST) via our new ONLINE APPLICATION:
- General Application: http://bit.ly/CNEF_Application_2020
Application for Rural United Methodist Churches: http://bit.ly/UMC_CNEF_2020
- Grant Information: Information on our grant program, Frequently Asked Questions, helpful tools and more can be found here: http://bit.ly/CNEF_Overview
The Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities program provides small grants through its Creating New Economies Fund (CNEF) grant program. Grants are supported by The Duke Endowment, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Oak Foundation, and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, as well as other public and private partners. To learn more, visit https://www.conservationfund.org/our-work/resourceful-communities/our-approach and scroll to Investing in Communities. [Please note funding priorities and changes to our program below.]
Who Can Apply:
Eligible applicants include nonprofits, town and county governments, faith groups including rural United Methodist churches, and initiatives associated with a Resourceful Communities partner organization or community. If your organization is not a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, you can still apply for grant funds in partnership with a nonprofit fiscal agent. Former and current grantees can re-apply. Please note that CNEF grants cannot support deficit financing, for-profit businesses, individuals or projects that do not include “triple bottom line” results. Funding is limited to projects within North Carolina.
Funding Priorities include:
- Triple Bottom Line: Funded projects must incorporate the triple bottom line, which includes environmental stewardship, community economic development, and social justice benefits.
- Targeted funding is available for rural United Methodist churches across NC.
- Separate targeted funding is available to support projects that advance healthy eating or active living in Bladen, Burke, Columbus and Robeson Counties.
- Network Participation: Resourceful Communities works to create a network of engaged and informed community leaders who connect with and learn from each other. Network gatherings are announced at www.facebook.com/resourcefulcommunities. We encourage applicants to get to know and participate in our network to help them better understand CNEF priorities and to strengthen community efforts.
- Stakeholder Engagement: All funded projects must meaningfully engage stakeholders, especially people who will be served by the proposed project.
- Rural, Economically-Distressed Communities: CNEF grants meet our program goals and our funders’ priorities. Our review team prioritizes small grants for rural, Tier One counties and community groups that serve socially- and economically-distressed populations.
Grant Amount: The maximum grant is $15,000, however, average grants range from $8,000-$12,000.
Questions? Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact anyone on our team (https://www.conservationfund.org/our-work/resourceful-communities/our-experts).
Want more information? Please visit our website: http://bit.ly/CNEF_Overview