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Upcoming Grant Cycles

Marco Island Community Fund grant cycle open January 4th – 29th

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, new programs/projects, or program expansions.

 

Award Date:

Grant funds will be announced and awarded in late  February.

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Student Philanthropy Council grant cycle open January 4th – 20th

A student-led philanthropic initiative in partnership with Youth Leadership Collier. This grant is made possible through the generosity of a CFCC fund holder who supports the development of youth philanthropy

Grant Amount:

Three grants of $3,000 – $3,500 will be awarded for programs and projects that align with the focus area. Grant requests should represent no more than 50% of the project budget. 

Focus areas:

Focus areas will be posted December 5th, 2020. 

 

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Capacity Grant Cycle opens February 2nd 

 

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

  • Undertake a special project including strategic planning, board development, by-law and policy development, or creating a business, program, fundraising or succession plan for the organization. These grants funds may be used to hire a consultant for the type of projects above, but may not be used to pay for a subcontracted consultant to perform typical operational activities such as marketing, grant writing, annual appeals, 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. 

 

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All grant cycle dates:

  • Marco Island Community Grant Fund: Open January 4th – 29th
  • Student Philanthropy Council Grants: Opens January 4th – 20th
  • Capacity Grants for Small Nonprofits: Opens February 2nd
  • Program Grants: Opens late spring 2021
  • Angel Fund for Small Nonprofits: Opens late spring/early summer 2021
  • Request for General and Emerging Needs:  Now closed  – announcements made throughout year. Next cycle reopens in summer 2021

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

 

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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