Fund for Columbia County - Grants for New Nonprofits

Fund for Columbia County - Grants for New Nonprofits

Grant Guidelines


The Fund for Columbia County welcomes applications for funding from community groups that are in the process of becoming a nonprofit organization. A nonprofit organization is defined as being recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a charitable 501(c)(3) entity.  


Examples of funded items include but are not limited to:

  • Legal fees
  • Programming costs
  • Equipment and software
  • Website development and hosting
  • Initial costs of program space
  • Outreach/marketing costs
  • Consultancies

Once legal charitable status is obtained, organizations are invited to apply to the annual Fund for Columbia County grant cycles: Grants for Community Impact and Grants for Aging with Dignity.


Beginning in July 2021, the fund will award up to $10,000 on a rolling basis until all funding is expended. Grants will generally range from $500 to $1,500. 


Please send a letter of request and project budget to The letter should include the following:

  • a mission statement that addresses the community need of the project, who will be served and what towns will be served
  • a list of board/committee members
  • an indication of where the group is in the process of becoming a 501(c)(3)
  • a description of the items requested
  • identification of a fiscal sponsor (a nonprofit who can receive funding on your behalf). If your organization is not currently in a relationship with a fiscal sponsor, email for more information on how you may become eligible.



Generally range from $500 to $1,500


Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis until all funds are expended

How to Apply

Send a letter of request and a project budget by email to