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Introduction

2018 GRANT PROGRAM

The Community Foundation of Collier County’s strategic plan ties its grantmaking to relevant community information on needs or VITAL SIGNS and OUTCOMES that impact the greatest needs.

In order to reach our goals, the Foundation has identified key guiding principles when making grants:

  • Credible community data
  • Organizational capacity
  • Ability to measure outcomes

What We Fund

The Community Foundation provides grant dollars to nonprofits for programs that have measurable results in addressing changing community needs and grants dollars to support nonprofit capacity building to ensure that nonprofits have the tools needed to operate under best practices. We also work with Community Funders who have established a Field-of-Interest Grantmaking Fund at the Community Foundation to support their grant program.

Vital Signs

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 2017 Report. Vital Signs are indicators of community needs.  Each year, we work with Hodges University to update the Vital Signs. This year’s report will be available in October.

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.

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 a Profile in the Nonprofit Directory. To create a Profile, the organization must serve Collier County and have a IRS Letter of Intent
  • 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

FIELD-OF-INTEREST FUNDS

The Community Foundation hosts and manages a number of grant programs for local donors who have established funds at the Foundation. The grant programs will be announced as they are determined.

ANGEL FUND FOR SMALL NONPROFITS Deadline for Requests April 2, 2018.

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

The Angel Fund for Nonprofits requires: a completed profile in the Nonprofit Directory and investment of at least 10% by the nonprofit. 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 – Deadline for Requests April 5, 2018.

For FY2018 – 2019 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 and girls in Collier County. Review the most recent Status of Women & Girls in Florida by County: POVERTY & OPPORTUNITY. Special attention should be given to the Women’s Foundation’s priority areas of funding including:

    1. Provide services and programs for at-risk senior women.
    2. Provide services for homeless women & families.
    3. Provide programs for at-risk teen girls.
    4. Help serve women, heads of household with children, living at or near poverty level.
    • The Women’s Foundation of Collier County looks for programs/projects where a $20,000 – $40,000 grant can make a difference to the organization’s ability to address a community need. The Committee will choose one or two projects that best fit the needs of the community, and address the mission of the Women’s Foundation.

The Women’s Foundation of Collier County requires: a completed profile in the Nonprofit Directory and investment of at least 25% by the nonprofit. To apply for a grant, download the Expected Outcomes Form 2017 – and upload the completed word document when prompted in the application under attachments. (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. Eligible expenses include program staffing, transportation and consumables directly related to the program’s impact.

 CAPACITY BUILDING GRANTS 

NETWORK FOR GOOD (NFG)  Jumpstart Fundraising Program – is a NEW pilot project for small (up to $100,000 in assets) nonprofits.  Deadline for Requests has been extended to March 22, 2018 for an April 15 start date. To receive an application form, please contact mgeorge@cfcollier.org.

Six new grants will be available during this cycle. The total cost of the year-long Network for Good program is $3,948.

  • The Community Foundation will offer grants of $2000 each,
  • NFG Foundation will match each grant with $1,000,
  • Each applicant is required to match the request is $948.

All applicants must complete a short application, create Profile in the NONPROFIT DIRECTORY and has been in contacted with Network for Good staff. The organization

To learn more about the program, please contact Rachel.Ramjattan@networkforgood.com for more information about this year-long fundraising coaching program.