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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, existing programs, program expansions, or new programs.
Grant funds will be announced and awarded in late February.
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.
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.