Grant Funding for Nonprofits

A shared commitment to building community vitality throughout our region unites our nonprofit partners.

How we partner with nonprofits

Our community's nonprofits offer important services that encourage donors who care to give back through component funds at Community Foundation of Henderson County. CFHC is proud to work with a broad range of nonprofit organizations since 1982, awarding millions of dollars in grants to programs in Henderson County and beyond.

“You have two hands – one to help yourself and the second to help others.”

- Audrey Hepburn

What CFHC Funds

Community Foundation of Henderson County provides grant support to help 501(c)(3) nonprofits fulfill their mission and provide programs and services that help meet the needs of our community.

What CFHC Doesn't Fund

Community Foundation of Henderson County does not fund for-profit business development projects, private land purchases or private home purchases. CFHC also does not provide grants to individuals other than academic scholarships.

Grant Writing Tips

We appreciate your interest in exploring grant opportunities through the Community Foundation and offer some grant writing tips with examples of why funding requests are most commonly declined:

  • Failure to research the grant: a Rutherford County nonprofit applies for a $7,500 grant to a program awarding grants up to $5,000 for organizations in Henderson County.
  • Lack of evidence for the program's need: a request for funding to strengthen the self-esteem of 150 teens in a particular neighborhood by offering cultural programs and art events to socialize, with no indication that any teens will actually come if the programs are offered.
  • Lack of evidence of need for the funder's money: Including a line item on a budget for a speaker to address youth issues, when there are many local experts who volunteer to speak on youth-related subjects.
  • Program's long-term effectiveness is unclear: Funding request to hire a consultant to develop a long-range plan without mention of how it will be implemented upon completion.
  • Organizationally under-resourced to accomplish stated goals: Requesting support for a program managed by just one individual that would likely cease if that person moved or took on a different cause.
  • Nothing unique about the program: Grant request for an after school program for latchkey children in a neighborhood that already has an established in-school, after-school program.
  • Lack of collaboration: Grant request for an environmental awareness program in a public school without inviting the school's science department to integrate its curriculum into the program.
  • Nonprofit has poor reputation: Applicant is known to have accepted funding in the past but failed to fully complete the end-of-grant questions provided by the funder.
  • Incomplete applications: Misspellings, too brief when more length was allowed, erroneous claims, answers overlooked, esoteric abbreviations or jargon used without explanation.

Grants

Facilitating long-term transformative change.

Since 1982, Community Foundation of Henderson County has awarded grants critical to helping build a better and prosperous community.