The CFO offers a series of grant cycles based on its July–to–June fiscal year, so grant cycles are announced beginning in July.
Discretionary grants are made possible through the generosity of donors who want to support a specific cause or a general field of interest, such as education or animal welfare. Each cycle has its own criteria and deadlines.
Organizations within the CFO’s service region are eligible to apply if they hold IRS tax status of 501(c)3 or education, faith or government institutions with similar tax-exempt status.
The CFO uses Foundant’s Grant Lifecycle Manager, a separate online platform, to accept applications and track grant progress. The CFO’s affiliate foundations also offer grants to eligible agencies within their geographic service areas.