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?
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.
Grant funds will be announced and awarded in late February.
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
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 will be posted December 5th, 2020.
Grants of $500 – $2,500 are available to help small nonprofits (prior year revenues of $1M or less) with the following:
Capacity Grants are provided up to $2,500 and must be matched by the organization 1:1. Questions? Please read the FAQ sheet below.
Details on these grants are below. Please note the following before applying:
Information about our grant making
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.