Grants, awards and opportunities ahead in the New Year

Several significant grant opportunities and awards are coming available for local nonprofits. The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida has announced the opening of applications for two significant grants. The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville requests Letter of Interest (LOI) for its 2022-2023 Cultural Service Grant Program. And, the City of Jacksonville is requesting completed applications for the Mayor’s Strategic Partnerships Initiative Award.

The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida

Women’s Giving Alliance (WGA) is an initiative of The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida. The group of diverse women who pool their philanthropic giving make a lasting impact on the lives of women and girls in Northeast Florida. WGA is offering one-time grants for agency workforce support and for client basic needs support. Organizations may apply for a one-year grant up to $50,000, for only one of the two opportunities available.

Eighty percent or more of the population served by the program for which the nonprofit is requesting funding must be women/girls. Grant size cannot be more than 20% of the organization’s overall budget.

For more information, visit or contact Nikki Sabol, WGA director, [email protected], (904) 356-4483. Deadline to apply is Jan. 30, 2023, 5 p.m.

The Community Foundation’s 2023 Competitive Small Organization Grants applications are now open to nonprofit organizations in Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Nassau, Putnam and Baker counties with annual operating budgets of $200,000 or less. Grant requests up to $2,500 will be considered for funding.

Focus is on community projects and ways to help organizations become stronger. Priority in funding is given to projects that build community (neighborhood improvement projects, community engagement), provide support for unmet basic needs (hunger, clothing and other basic items), strengthen the nonprofit (training, planning, coaching), support under-resourced children or youth (mentoring, enrichment activities, afterschool supports) and support diversity, equity and inclusion.

For more information and to apply, go to, or contact Reagan Bass, program associate, [email protected]. Deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2023, 5 p.m.

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

2022-2023 Cultural Service Grant Program The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is now accepting Letters of Intent (LOI) for the 2022-2023 Cultural Service Grant Program (CSGP).  The deadline for receipt of Letters of Intent is Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Letters of Intent must be submitted online through the Cultural Council’s website:

Submission of a Letter of Intent is a required first step in the grant process. CSGP, which is funded through the City of Jacksonville and administered by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, provides support to Duval County arts and cultural organizations which contribute to the quality of life of Duval County residents. 

Visit for application guidelines.

The City of Jacksonville

Mayor’s Strategic Partnerships Initiative Award previously named the COJ/HUD Public-Philanthropic Initiative Award, is an annual award sponsored by the City of Jacksonville with the purpose of recognizing excellence in partnerships that have both transformed the relationship between sectors and led to measurable benefits for low-and moderate-income individuals and families in Jacksonville. This award highlights the power of collective impact that can be achieved through strategic partnerships.

Awardees are selected by an independent jury panel for completed or ongoing initiatives that are executed in collaboration with cross-sector community partners. The application should be submitted by the lead 501(c)3 applicant, and the agency must be in good standing with their philanthropic and government partners.

Completed applications must be submitted via email no later than 11:59 p.m., Monday, February 15, 2021.

Visit for more information and for links to the Mayor’s Strategic Partnership Initiative brochure and application. Email [email protected] or call (904) 255-5021 for questions.

By Karen Rieley
Resident Community News

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