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LOFT Grant


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Funding Source
Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow (LOFT)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Mississippi: Oxford and Lafayette County

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/31/23 5:00 PM Timestamped Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $2,500 to Mississippi nonprofit organizations, local agencies, and public schools for projects to enhance the quality of life of local residents in eligible regions. Areas of focus include arts and cultural, educational, civic, health and human services, and municipal initiatives. Funding is intended to benefit Oxford and Lafayette County.

LOFT considers requests for funding of new projects and/or projects that show expansion of current, successful programs and/or services. 

Funding preference may be given to proposals that include items of permanence or those which create a long-term, positive impact within Oxford and Lafayette County communities.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To receive a LOFT grant, you must be one of the organizations described below or have fiscal sponsorship from one of those listed, and provide the following:
• Nonprofit Applicant: A copy of your organization's federal IRS 501(c)(3) ruling letter.
• Public School: A letter of project approval from school principal or superintendent.
• Town/City or Government Agency: A letter of project approval from the agency’s leader.
• Organizations with a Fiscal Sponsor:
- If the fiscal sponsor is a 501(c)(3), please include the sponsor's IRS 501(c)(3) ruling letter, and a letter of project approval from its director or chairperson.
- If the fiscal sponsor is a public school or a town/city or government agency, please include a letter of project approval from leadership described above.

LOFT considers grant applications only from eligible organizations which provide services to the Oxford and Lafayette County area. If applicant’s service area includes counties other than Lafayette, applicant must provide data in this application specific to its service reach within Lafayette County.

Funds may not be implemented outside of Lafayette County.

LOFT does not provide funding for salaries, building projects, or everyday operational support to sustain programs or projects, i.e. facility rent or upkeep, electricity or other bills, etc. However, LOFT will consider providing funding for projects that require short-term stipends to personnel to be paid for project implementation.

Pre-Application Information
Applications for the 2023 LOFT grant cycle shall be accepted by email by May 31st, 2023 at 5pm to be considered.

After initial review, finalists for grant awards will be announced and invited to participate in the Annual Night for Nonprofits award ceremony, which will be held at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, August 10th, 2023, at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. All finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their work during the Night for Nonprofits event. All attending finalists at the event will also be eligible to receive the “Crowd Favorite” Award.

Applicants will be notified of the LOFT board’s decision regarding their grant proposal application at the Annual Night for Nonprofits on August 10th, 2023.

The LOFT Board of Directors may offer funding for its grant awards in the form of a LOFT Challenge Grant, which requires dollar-for-dollar matching funds.


Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Multiple awards will be given in each of the five initiative areas.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grant applications may be made in any amount up to $2,500.

Finalists for grant awards will be invited to participate in the Annual Night for Nonprofits award ceremony. All attending finalists at the event will also be eligible to receive the “Crowd Favorite” Award, consisting of a $2,500.00 award based on popular vote of attendees to the event.

Contact Information
Please email completed applications to

For more information, please contact Executive Director Jody Holland at the above email address.

Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow (LOFT)
P. O. Box 3041
Oxford, Mississippi 38655

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