Apply for Grants

 

Current and Prospective Grantees Enter the Grant Portal Here  

(This is a new grant software platform, so once you click through, please follow the instructions in the gray box to create a NEW password and  a NEW profile. Your previous password and profile from prior to January 2021 did not convey)

Grant Cycles

Marco Island Community Fund grant cycle –  CLOSED

Several generous donors residing in Marco Island and the Community Foundation of Collier County created an endowed Field of Interest Fund, the Marco Island Community Fund. This permanent fund was created to build a lasting legacy of support for Marco Island and its residents. Details are below.

 

Which organizations are eligible to apply?

  • Tax-exempt organizations based on Marco Island and serving Marco Island
  • Tax exempt organizations not based on Marco Island but significantly serving Marco Island may apply by invitation only and should email Laura Simmelink with details about the project no later than December 15th: lsimmelink@cfcollier.org. Unsolicited grant applications from organizations not based on Marco will be ineligible for funding.
  • Collier County, City of Marco government, and the public library are also invited to apply.

Grant Amount:

Grant requests up to $10,000 will be accepted and should represent no more than 50% of the total project budget.

 

Type of support:

Requests may be made for  general operating support, existing programs,  program expansions, or new programs.

 

Award Date:

Grant funds will be announced and awarded in late  February.

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Updated dates: Capacity Grant Cycle open February 4th – 25th 

 

Capacity Grants of $500 – $2,500 require a match of 1:1 and are available for small nonprofits (prior year revenues of $1M or less) for the following: 

Consultants: A consultant may be hired to lead a project. Examples of this include a first-time strategic plan, development plan, program planning, succession planning, or financial planning, by-law and policy creation, etc. These grants are not provided for typical ongoing operational activities such as marketing or development functions performed by subcontractors or consultants.

Small Capital Needs: Examples of small capital needs grants include technology or technology equipment, or equipment needed for a special project. A new software package needed in a program expansion is considered eligible. Requests for  items used for regular administrative operations, such as desktop/laptop office computers or office printers, will not be funded.  

Jumpstart Program: This program, operated by Network for Good software and fully separate from CFCC, is an immersive, yearlong program that helps nonprofits acquire, retain, and upgrade individual donors amidst everyday constraints, like limited time and technology. It provides coaching, tools, donor management software, and peer learning opportunities needed to build capacity and better engage their donor communities.

Over the past six years, Jumpstart has helped nonprofits raise an average of 27% more from individuals during the yearlong program engagement. Amidst COVID-19 and other crises, the program is being positioned to help nonprofits rapidly scale their online fundraising, during this period of heightened philanthropic activity.

You may apply for a capacity grant to participate in Jumpstart (see here for a Program Outline). CFCC will share your application with Jumpstart, which will then interview you and  determine if your organization is the right fit for this program, at this time. If qualified, you will receive the $2,500 grant from CFCC which will be matched by $2,500 Jumpstart, and you must match it with $2,500 as well.

All Capacity Grants are provided from $500 up to $2,500 and must be matched by the organization 1:1.

Click on link at top of page to apply, starting February 4th. 

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All grant cycle dates:

  • Marco Island Community Grant Fund: Closed
  • Capacity Grants for Small Nonprofits: Opens February 4th
  • Program Grants: Opens late spring 2021
  • Angel Fund for Small Nonprofits: Opens late spring/early summer 2021
  • Request for General and Emerging Needs:  Announcements made throughout year. Next cycle reopens in early fall 2021
  • Student Philanthropy Council Grants: Closed January 20th

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

    • An outcomes report will be required at end of grant cycle, detailing outcomes and showing how grant funds have been used. 
    • Please use the forms below in your grant application. You may download them, complete them, and then upload them with your grant application (do not use your own financial forms, but please do make your audited/reviewed financials available upon request).
    • Nonprofit Program Budget Form
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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