Apply for Grants from the Changing Needs Fund

What We Fund

The Community Foundation of Collier County’s strategic goal is to leverage our financial and other resources to impact highest priority community needs. We invite nonprofits to apply for funding to help us meet this goal.  Together, we can ensure that Collier County citizens succeed and participate in the cultural, social, educational, health and economic well-being of the community.

The Community Foundation provides grant dollars to nonprofit programs that have measurable results in addressing changing community needs and grants dollars for support capacity building to ensure nonprofits have the tools needed to operate under best practices.

An important part of our grantmaking process includes the ability to make informed decisions on community needs.  In order to do this, each year, we gather and publish current knowledge about Collier County’s community needs through our Vital Signs Full Presentation. Vital Signs are indicators of community needs.

Before you Apply – COMPLETE A PROFILE IN THE NONPROFIT DIRECTORY

All applicants must complete a Profile in the NONPROFIT DIRECTORY, a key resource for donors and committee members when reviewing your organization’s application.  Please contact Mary George at mgeorge@cfcollier.org if you need log-in credentials or click on “forgot password” if you can’t remember your password.  Your Profile is used as the cover page for your application.  The information gives grant committee members a better understanding of the scope of your organization, it’s mission, programs, and long-term goals. Tip – use brief statements or bullet points to describe your programs and long-term goals whenever possible.

How do we compare to national statistics? See our Nonprofit Directory results, a review of 155 nonprofits currently approved in the NONPROFIT DIRECTORY and how we compare with nonprofits around the nation.

Is my nonprofit agency eligible to apply for a grant?

  • Applicant must be a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization
  • Applicant organization must be at least two years old from Effective Date of Exemption listed on the IRS letter of determination
  • Applicant must have matching funds of 25% cash or other as specified
  • Applicant must meet the grant guideline criteria
  • Applications must be relevant to Collier County
  • Applicants must meet submission deadlines
  • Applicants must agree to the Community Foundation’s Statement of Diversity.
  • Applicants must agree to report back to the Community Foundation on relevant outcomes of funding

We do NOT fund the following:

  • Grants to individuals
  • Political campaigns
  • Lobbying
  • Scholarly research
  • Annual campaigns
  • Event Sponsorships

 

My organization is eligible. When can I apply?

THE 2017 GRANT CALENDAR is available.

FY2018 Grant Applications will be announced July 22, 2017.

 

How do I apply?

  1. Read the introduction to our Capacity Building Grants and Nonprofit Programs Grants. If you are eligible, click on the link to each of the applications to apply.
  2. The links take you to the application page and require a log-in and password.
  3. Log-in or click on “New Applicant” if your log-in credentials do not work.
  4. If your login doesn’t work, click on “Forgot Password” to receive a new password by email. If the system did not recognize your password, try  or try “New Applicant” on the log-in page. (If you have not applied within the last fiscal year or  you are probably not recognized in the system.
  5. You must have your organization’s EIN# to start an application.
  6. You can return to your application by clicking on RETURNING APPLICANT button at the bottom of the page

 

Applications 

Nonprofit Program Grants

Program Grants are available to help nonprofits provide needed programs and services that address changing community needs.  Strong applications are specific and measurable. The applicant should identify need(s), specific activities, numbers served, expected outcomes and metrics used to measure impact.

To apply for a Nonprofit Program Grant, download the Expected Outcomes Form 2017 – (This is a word doc).   Suggestion – Use the Form first to design your program request and then complete your application. Save the Form and upload it when prompted.  The Form is required with your application.

 

WOMEN’S FOUNDATION OF COLLIER COUNTY – Applications due March 20 , 2017

For 2018 Grants for Women & Girls in Collier County.  Society’s most chronic problems usually fall hardest on women and girls. Grants will be made to organizations that offer programs for women and girls that address the unmet economic, educational, safety and health related needs of women & girls in Collier County. Review the most recent Status of Women & Girls in Florida by County: POVERTY & OPPORTUNITY at Women-in-Florida-by-County-Poverty-Opportunity. Grants will be made to one or two organizations for $20,000 – $40,000.   Grants are determined within 60 days.

HEALTHCARE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES GRANTS – Applications due March 16, 2017

Community Foundation’s desired outcome under this grant program is that citizens have access to a continuum of services that provide health and/or and mental health services. Grants will be made to organizations that offer programs for populations that have limited access to services. Special attention should be given to programs that improve service delivery. Grants range from $7,000 – $20,000 depending on the size and scope of the program. Applicants should allow 60 days before notification. Start dates should be May 15 or later. Grants are funded for one year as of start date.

 

ARTS or ENVIRONMENT GRANTSApplications due September 29, 2016APPLICATION CYCLE IS CLOSED

Community Foundation’s desired outcome under this grant program is that citizens are engaged in community life, the arts and environment.  Increasing appreciation for the arts, and education about our unique environment engages our community and expands access to Collier County’s diverse population. Grants range from $7,000 – $20,000 depending on the size and scope of the program. 

 

EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE TRAINING GRANTS Applications due October 27, 2016  APPLICATION CYCLE IS CLOSED

Community Foundation’s desired outcome under this grant program is that citizens succeed in programs providing education and workforce training. Grants will be made to organizations that offer programs for populations that do not have access to educational opportunities to improve school readiness, enhance formal education, and increase the chances for successful outcomes in school and life. Grants range from $7,000 – $20,000 depending on the size and scope of the program. 

 

HUMAN SERVICES GRANTSApplications due December 15, 2016  APPLICATION CYCLE IS CLOSED

Community Foundation’s desired outcome under this grant program is that citizens have access to a continuum of services that provide basic needs. Special attention should be given to programs that are collaborative projects that improve service delivery. Grants range from $7,000 – $20,000 depending on the size and scope of the program.

 

NEW! ANGEL FUND FOR SMALL NONPROFITS – Applications due December 30, 2016  APPLICATION CYCLE IS CLOSED

The Angel Fund for Nonprofits is a new Giving Circle in Collier County. The purpose of the Fund is to provide grants to start-up and small, established nonprofits to help them provide program services that fill an unmet need. Organizations must provide community-based human services and/or educational services and be must be based in Collier County. Special attention will be given to organizations with net assets of less than $1 million dollars, and to programs that are collaborative. Grants range from $5000 – $15,000 for programs that make a a difference to the organization’s ability to address a community need.

 

Capacity Building Grants

While often overlooked, capacity building is the all-important “infrastructure” that supports and shapes charitable nonprofits into forces for good.  Nonprofits serving Collier County have doubled since 1999. Many organizations are small or all-volunteer driven and need equipment and consultation. Other, more established organizations, need board and staff development, tools and consultation. Capacity Building Grant dollars enable nonprofit organizations to become more effective and sustainable, thus increasing their potential to enrich the lives of people in Collier County. See the link to Nonprofit Resources .

 

SMALL TECHNOLOGY GRANTS – Applications Due: August 8, 2016 or January 5, 2017  APPLICATION CYCLE IS CLOSED

Technology improvements, equipment and fundraising software purchases to improve administration and programs (for items that have not yet been purchased). Organizations with net assets of $250,000 or less (as reported on latest 990 form) are invited to apply.  

C3 CONSULTANT GRANTSApplications Due: August 8, 2016 or January 5, 2017  APPLICATION CYCLE IS CLOSED

Creating Capacity thru Consulting is a partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence at Hodges University to provide nonprofits with expertise and resources to help them follow best practices in areas of Governance, Management and Operations.   The nonprofit must contact the C3 Consultant before they apply. A list of C3 Consultants is available at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) at Hodges University. A tool for nonprofits that may be helpful in determining which area you need help with is an Organizational Survey.

Nonprofits are also encouraged to attend seminars at CNE at Hodges that lead to certification. A grant of $2,500  from the Community Foundation will help support a short-term consultation from a C3 Consultant and requires a minimum of a $1,000.00 match from the organization. 

CAPITAL BUILDING OR EQUIPMENT GRANTSApplications due September 1, 2016 APPLICATION CYCLE IS CLOSED

The purpose of this grant program is to ensure that nonprofits have access to capital dollars to improve their role in providing high quality programs. Eligible requests include: purchase of large equipment, building repairs/renovation, land acquisition, and new construction.  The Foundation looks for projects and capital campaigns where a $10,000 grant can make a difference to the organization’s ability to raise the dollars needed to complete the project or purchase large equipment. The project or campaign, when completed, will fill a need in providing community services. Grants are available up to $10,000.

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