The mission of the Cherokee County Community Foundation is to inspire philanthropy and strengthen our community by supporting initiatives that address local needs and providing quality services to donors and constituents.
The Board of Trustees supports their mission through the annual competitive grantmaking program. The Foundation is an investor in the community and is interested in creating the highest possible levels of community gain, focused on improving the lives of Cherokee County citizens.
Grant dollars are available through the Cherokee County Community Foundation's endowment fund. The Community Investment Guidelines below more clearly reflect how the board makes grant award decisions.
Community Investment Guidelines
To decide how to invest the limited dollars of the Foundation, the Board will look for effective programs and strategies that strive to support the target areas listed below. The success of a grant is predicted by reviewing the expected results of the proposal and results tracking approaches. Programs that are capable of attaining results receive higher consideration. Grant requests are reviewed with the following questions in mind:
- What results are we investing in?
- What are the chances we will get results?
- Is this the best possible use of money?
Grant Program Timeline and Target Areas
There will be no open competitive grant cycle for 2013. This year’s grant cycle will be by invitation only to nonprofit agencies connected to the Cherokee Community Indicators project.
The Cherokee County Community Foundation has limited discretionary funds; therefore, many exemplary proposals cannot be funded. Because of the volume of requests, we do not provide written feedback on proposals that are not funded.
To conduct a fair and ethical grants program, a conflict of interest policy is followed and requires that volunteers and/or staff not participate in the grant process for an organization with which they are affiliated. Please do not lobby board or grant committee members on behalf of your organization. If an individual or organization wishes to express support for your project’s application, please have them contact Karen Coppadge, Grants Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704.973.4559.