Frequently Asked Questions
CFGP Granting Process
How much funding can I apply for?
Although CFGP’s Grant Committee has a budget for grant disbursement, how much you apply for is up to you. We encourage you to review our previously granted applications here for an idea of how much we have awarded in the past.
Does our project fit into your funding priority?
If your project hits on one or more of the major points outlined on our RFP, you are encouraged to apply. If your project falls outside of those core areas, you can apply so long as you address why you considered it with our funding priorities in mind.
Foundation Tip: CFGP’s Grant Committee will evaluate proposals based on the request’s sustainability, feasibility, and impact. We advise that your organization ensure these three core areas are addressed when writing your application.
We are uncertain if we should apply, can you let us know?
CFGP cannot let anyone know if they should apply for a grant or not. That is up to the individual non-profit. We highly recommend reviewing our granting cycle’s funding priorities, and comparing your organization’s request, before deciding to apply.
Foundation Tip: To see a sample Grant Application to prepare you for application submission, please click here.
Does CFGP award grants for capital projects?
CFGP will consider grants for capital projects on a case-by-case basis. However, at least 3 bids from potential vendors of the project must be submitted along with the standard CFGP grant application.
Will you partially fund my grant application?
We have partially funded grant applications in the past, but there is no guarantee that we will do so in the future.
Is there anything you will NOT fund?
Yes. CFGP does not award grants to individuals, or to fund salaries of individuals, whether they be full or part-time positions.
How often does CFGP award grants?
CFGP awards grants twice per year. Our deadlines are January 15th and July 15th of every calendar year, unless otherwise noted on our website.
What is an impact statement?
We are looking for statements that indicate how the grant will help your project meet goals measurable by number of people served within a certain timeframe. This might look like the following: this grant will allow us to feed a total of 5,000 meals to 250 people over the course of 12 months; or this grant will help us fund a new computer room which will serve 500 students in an academic year and for that many five years after that; or This grant will help us develop a new curriculums that will reach 600 students during an academic year and for that many ten years following.
I would like to list previous funding sources on my grant application. How do I know what sources to include?
Examples of outside funding sources include private donors, government sources, other foundations, your own organization budget, local businesses, local civic groups, and any other resources you can approach for funding regarding your project.
I’ve received a grant from CFGP before. Do I need to re-submit all of my information again when re-applying?
Yes. Because CFGP’s funding priorities will change each cycle, you must submit all documentation and materials that each individual RFP requests.
Does CFGP provide grants outside of the five-county region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia)?
Because of the limited unrestricted funds available for grants, we unfortunately do not have the means to accept applications beyond our local five-county region. The majority of the funding available for ministries or non-profits is in donor directed funds for a specified use.
Does CFGP provide grants for emergencies, facility restoration projects, or to benefit individuals in need?
Because of the limited unrestricted funds available for grants, we unfortunately do not have the means to provide grants for emergencies, facility restoration projects, or to benefit individuals in need. The majority of the funding available for ministries or non-profits is in donor-directed funds for a specified use.
CFGP provides consulting services that can assist in raising the capital needed for larger projects. More information may be found here.