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Capacity Grant Cycle opens October 1st – 30th

Grants of $500 – $2,500 are available to help small nonprofits (prior year revenues of $1M or less) with the following:

  • Offset the costs of technology needed to help deliver programs safely during Covid-19. Examples of eligible requests include: purchasing laptops for remote and mobile programming, production of curriculum in an online format, etc.
  • Hire a consultant to lead a special project including strategic planning, or creating a business, program, fundraising plan, or succession plan for the organization. These grants funds may not be used to pay for a subcontracted consultant to perform daily operational activities such as marketing, grant writing, etc.
  • Fund small capital needs including technology or equipment needed for a special project or a program expansion. These grant funds may not be used to purchase items for regular daily office operations such as desktop/laptop office computers, printers. or items for special events.

Capacity Grants are provided up to $2,500 and must be matched by the organization 1:1. Questions? Please read the FAQ sheet below. 

All grant cycle dates:

  • Program Grants (now General Operating Support or COVID-19 relief): CLOSED – Announcements Mid-July
  • Angel Fund for Small Nonprofits: CLOSED – Announcements Mid-July
  • Capacity Grants for Small Nonprofits: CLOSED – Announcements Mid-July s NOvember 1
  • Request for General and Emerging Needs: CLOSED – Announcements throughout year
  • Marco Island Community Grant Fund for nonprofits based on and serving Marco Island: open November 1 – 30

Details on these grants are below. Please note the following before applying:

 

Marco Island Communty Grant Fund: $10,000 – $15,000. Application is open November 1-30, 2020. 

 Tax-exempt organizations based on Marco Island and serving Marco Island residents are invited to apply. County and city government and the public library are also invited to apply. 

Grant requests should be in the $10,000 – $15,000 range and represent no more than 50% of the total project budget. Requests may be made for new programs, program expansions, or general operating support.

 

Application Link will be LIVE on November 1st.
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Information about our grant making

Data-driven decisions: 

The Community Foundation of Collier County’s strategic plan ties its grantmaking to relevant community information from the Vital Signs report found on our website, the most recent Community Needs Assessment funded by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, as well as other reports such as those available through Future Ready Collier,  the 5 Year Mental Health and Substance Abuse Strategic Plan for Collier County (for nonprofits working in mental health and substance abuse), or the Arts and Culture Strategic Plan for Collier County (for nonprofits working in arts, culture and recreation).

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

Grant decisions are made by community-based committees comprised of volunteers who have a background or particular interest in the program area. Community Foundation staff support these committees. Grant proposals are ranked and scored on multiple criteria by the committees, and issues such as sustainability and outcomes play a significant role in the decision-making process. 

We also work with Community Grantmakers who have established a Field-of-Interest Fund at the Community Foundation to support their grant program. 

Grants made through Advised Funds are made at the discretion of the donor and are not part of our competitive programs grant process. 

Please review the eligibility guidelines below before beginning an application.

If you are uncertain whether your program is eligible or would like to discuss an proposal, please first review all the guidelines below. You are welcome to email Laura Simmelink to schedule a conversation before beginning an application. We want to help our nonprofit partners conserve their time, and a brief conversation can help with that. 

ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES: 

    • Applicant must be a tax-exempt nonprofit organization serving Collier County, FL residents
    • 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
    • Conduit organizations that fund unrelated charities 
    • Political campaigns
    • Lobbying
    • Scholarly research
    • Annual campaigns
    • Event Sponsorships
    • Team or sport travel
    • Travel-related expenses
    • Organizations not serving Collier County, Florida

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