Grant Guidelines


The Community Foundation of Northwest Florida (CFNWF) will issue grants for time to time to fund special projects and/or general operations of charitable organizations in Northwest Florida. Eligible nonprofits will include charitable organizations serving the needs of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Washington, Holmes and Calhoun Counties in Florida.

When competitive grants become available, charitable organizations within Northwest Florida will be notified of the grants and the requirements for application. Dependent upon the scope and restrictions of the grants, if any, notifications will be made to selected counties or to specific type of charitable organizations as required.

A standard application form will be required for all organizations submitting a grant request, and a firm deadline for submission will be established. The application form may be modified by the CFNWF dependent upon the specific grant requirements. All organizations selected to receive a grant must submit a written grant report six months following the receipt of the grant payment.

All grant awards will be recommended by the Grant Committee appointed by the CFNWF Board of Directors, and all grant recommendations must be approved by the Board of Directors. The CFNWF reserves the right to review all applications and make the final selections, including the number of grants to be distributed. The CFNWF promotes a community free of discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic or religious background, age or disability, and the CFNWF will adhere to these policies when considering grant requests.

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 availability of grants will be included on the CFNWF web site, including the application forms. All potential grant applicants will be strongly encouraged to submit grant applications electronically. 
  • The CFNWF may contact local United Way Agencies or other community organizations to assist with the dissemination of the grant information.
  • The CFNWF may make personal contact with nonprofits that may be eligible to apply for the grants.