Community Foundation of Collier County Distributes Record Grant Amount in 2018-19 Fiscal Year

Posted on August 12, 2019

The Community Foundation of Collier County has distributed almost $19 million in grants in the 2018-19 fiscal year ending June 30, 2019 to nonprofit agencies and scholarships for secondary education and specialized training. The final total of $18, 890,346 represents a 3% increase over last year and a record amount of distributions for the Foundation.

Grant areas of distribution include arts, education, environment, health, human services, foreign affairs, community impact, and religion. Education and human services topped the distributions with totals of $6.7 million and $5.9 million respectively.

Included in the grant awards is $13,000 to Our Daily Bread Food Pantry from the Angel Fund Grant for Small Nonprofits of the Community Foundation of Collier County to support their mobile food pantry program. The Food Pantry provides a weekly outreach in Marco Island and also partners with the Marco Island YMCA for bi-weekly mobile outreaches to Parkside Elementary and Manatee Elementary schools. This summer program estimates serving the needs of over 5,300 low income family members.

“The Community Foundation has been partnering with public and private foundations, local government, and nonprofits to invest in the health, safety, and enrichment of our community for almost 35 years through grants and scholarships,” said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, Community Foundation President & CEO. “We have listened to what the needs are in our community and will continue to provide support— when and where it is needed most.”

The Community Foundation of Collier County awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. Selected organizations receive grant dollars from the Changing Needs Fund.

This Fund is made up of donors who believe in the Community Foundation’s ability to identify and grant to the community’s most current needs. 

The Community Foundation Program Grant Cycle for nonprofits for programs that demonstrate measurable results in addressing community needs and Capacity Grants Cycle for small nonprofits that need help building the capacity of their organization will be open August 26 – September 27. Eligibility guidelines and further information is available at

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 2018-19 Distributions

Grant Program Area

Distribution Amount


$ 974,004.50


$ 6,745,306.70


$ 974,171.00


$ 1,422,810.00

Human Services

$ 5,907,733.00

Foreign Affairs

$ 401,802.00

Community Impact