Community Foundation of Collier County Distributes $3 Million in Grants in First Quarter 2019-20 Fiscal Year

Posted on October 14, 2019

Students dry off after water safety classes at the Greater Naples YMCA provided with support from the Community Foundation of Collier County. Photo courtesy of Greater Naples YMCA

The Community Foundation of Collier County has distributed $3,061,694 in 527 grants in the first quarter of the 2019-20 fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, to nonprofit agencies and scholarships for secondary education and specialized training. Of the $1,028,144 distributed from donor-advised fund grants, 74% ($763,783) stayed in Collier County to benefit organizations and students in our community.

The distributions from donor-advised funds included $10,000 to the Greater Naples YMCA. These funds help provide summer children’s programming for students from low-income homes so they could participate in water safety lessons, sports instructions, summer day camps, and school readiness programs.

Also included was $15,000 to Literacy Volunteers of Collier County from the Angel Fund for Nonprofits Giving Circle for the Families Learning English program that provides tutors for parents and children. This program will serve 160 children and 70 parents at five public school locations. Parents learn English while their young children learn letters, numbers, reading, and writing. This project, in partnership with Collier County Public Schools, introduces young children to school and increases their Kindergarten-readiness. 

“We are proud to support a wide spectrum of grants, including education, in our community. Whether it is kindergarten-readiness, water safety, or adult literacy, these programs are critical for our students and families,” said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, Community Foundation President & CEO. “We are so grateful to our generous donors and community partners that made these distributions possible. Their support allows us to continue to invest in the health, safety, and enrichment of our community as we have done for the past 35 years.”

The Community Foundation Program is now accepting grant applications for Human Services Grants and Education or Employment Grants through November 4. Eligibility guidelines and further information is available at

2019-20 First Quarter Distributions

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Agency Funds




Changing Needs


Unrestricted Income Funds


Donor Advised/Field-of-Interest


Women’s Foundation of Collier County