May 2023
Summer Grant Round Opens Today, May 15!
Community Impact Grants
Summer Round

Opens: May 15, 2023
Closes: June 15, 2023

Community Impact Grants are project grants available to nonprofits for up to $5,000.
Eligible organizations include 501c3 nonprofits residing in any of the 22 counties served by the Community Foundation for Mississippi. No financial match is required, however projects demonstrating community support will be prioritized.

For our 2023-2024 fiscal year, Community Impact Grants will support projects in the following areas: Placemaking, Children & Families and Community Partnerships.

Nonprofit Capacity Building Mini-Grants
Open year-round

The Community Foundation for Mississippi believes in supporting a nonprofit’s journey to sustainability. In line with this belief, CFM is offering Nonprofit Capacity Building Mini-Grants. These grants are intended to support financial or in-kind technical and professional development services needed to increase the financial sustainability of nonprofits within CFM’s service area.

Awards may include direct technical assistance such as assistance with grant writing, endowment building or may include scholarships to attend training for professional development and organizational growth. In some cases, financial assistance to hire nonprofit consultants or other specialized assistance may be selected.
Endow Mississippi Gets Boost!
Did you know you are eligible to receive a 25% state tax credit if you give a minimum donation of $1,000 to an endowment a qualified community foundation through Endow Mississippi? Endow Mississippi encourages charitable giving that provides positive impacts for children, families, and communities across Mississippi.

Beginning July 1, 2023, the maximum giving amount to an endowment at a qualified community foundation will increase to $500,000 ($125,000 state tax credit), up from $200,000. The total available tax credit pool will increase to $1,000,000, up from $500,000.
Impact Matchmaker: CFM Pairs Giving With Local Need
Mississippi Kidney Foundation Executive Director TJ Mayfield stands with one of the dialysis machines used for treatment.
Can five dollars make a difference? For 629 Humana employees, individual five and ten-dollar donations, pooled together through Humana Foundation employee giving, are making an impact in Jackson, Mississippi through the Community Foundation for Mississippi.

CFM’s knowledge of the community paired their donation with a known need from the Mississippi Kidney Foundation to ensure patients have clean water for dialysis during boil water notices or water pressure loss.
Jackson Neighborhood Information Survey
Jackson Association of Neighborhoods (JAN) is updating its neighborhood database. Please take a minute to fill out this Google form and share it with your friends and fellow community leaders. This survey will help Jackson us all stay more connected and informed.
Other Grant Opportunies
CFM offers this list as a resource, for inquiries around each grant, please inquire directly with the funder of that initiative.  
Mississippi-Based Grants
The Mississippi Arts Commission is currently holding its Spring Mini-Grant round, due on June 1st, 2023. Arts organizations can apply for up to $1,000 to hire a consultant, attend trainings and conferences or hire a MAC Roster artist. MAC also offers its bi-annual opportunity to apply for its Artist and Teaching Artist Roster and offers Mini-Grants to individual artists for up to $500 in reimbursements for the purchase of expendable art supplies, promotional materials or to attend a training, conference, or workshop. Find out more here. 

Volunteer Mississippi has two grant opportunities now open. The Disaster Relief Mini-Grant is offering reimbursements to support relief efforts between 1,500-5,000 for eligible expenses incurred related to the severe weather event between March 25-25, 2023. Volunteer Mississippi is also offering Volunteer and Civic Engagement Mini-Grants between $1,500-5,000 for projects taking place between April 15-June 15, 2023 to support projects related to civic engagement. Both grants are open to nonprofits in Mississippi and local government entities and must engage 10 or more volunteers. Find out more here. 

Regional Grants
South Arts is a regional arts organization that works to empower artists, organizations and, communities throughout the South, increasing their access to arts and culture. Opening June 1, 2023, South Arts is offering its Cross Sector Impact Grant, open to nonprofits, units of government, higher education institutes, or artists. Grants up to $15,000 will be awarded to support the collaboration between arts organizations (or artists) and one NON-arts organization. This grant is an opportunity for non-arts focused nonprofits to partner together to on a collaborative project, grants are matched at a 1:2 ratio. Find out more here

National Grants 
Bloomberg Philanthropies is currently holding its annual Asphalt Art Initiative open to municipalities (or the primary agency with jurisdiction over city streets) to fund public art on roadways, pedestrian spaces, and public infrastructure. The program will award up to 20 cities grants of up to $25,000 each and will provide technical assistance from Street Plans. Find out more here.
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