Apply for Grants

Open July 1 – 31: Request for General and Emerging Needs funding: $500 – $10,000. Please submit requests for one of the following: programs or projects, small capital items, or specific funding needs not related to COVID-19 (this request cycle is not for COVID-19 relief funding). Details and application link are below.  

 

 

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
  • Request for General and Emerging Needs: open July 1 – 31
  • Marco Island Community Grant Fund for nonprofits based on and serving Marco Island: open October 1 – 31

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).
      • If you are applying for General Operating Support or COVID-19 related relief, there is no need to complete a Program Budget Form, i.e., a Program Budget Form is not required unless you are applying for Program Funding.
    • Expected Outcomes Form
    • Nonprofit Financial Statement Form
    • Nonprofit Program Budget Form
    • Grant Help – FAQ

Types of Funding Available

 

Program Grants (now General Operating Support or COVID-19 relief): $5,000 – $15,000. Application is CLOSED.

 

Grant announcements will be made in early July. Funds will be distributed in late July. 

 

Education or Employment * Environment or Arts * Healthcare or Mental Health * Human Services

Funding may be requested for programs, general operational support, or COVID-19 related relief.  Funding range is $5,000 – 15,000. 

 

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Angel Fund for Small Nonprofits: $5,000 – $15,000. Application is CLOSED.


Funding may be requested for programs, general operational support, or COVID-19 related relief.

The Angel Fund for Small Nonprofits is a donor-advised Giving Circle that provides grants of $5,000 – $15,000 to start-up or small, established nonprofits.   Requests must provide detail on how grant dollars will be used. Applicants must: 1) Have an operating budget of $1 million or less, 2) provide services that support basic human needs and/or educational services.

 

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Capacity Grants: $500 – $2,500. Application is CLOSED. Funds may be requested for general operating support, to build capacity, or to rebuild capacity from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Capacity Grant funds are provided for small nonprofits with prior year revenues of $1 million or less.  In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the matching funds requirement has been waived for the May 1, 2020 grant application cycle.


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Request for General and Emerging Needs funding: $500 – $10,000. Application is open July 1 – 31. Link is below. 

 

Please submit requests for one of the following: programs or projects, small capital items, or specific funding needs not related to COVID-19. Please do not submit COVID-19 related requests via this application. 

 

Please take the time to read below carefully, as this is not a traditional competitive grant program:

Nonprofits serving Collier County residents are invited to submit a funding request of $500 – $10,000. This application is open to registered nonprofits of all sizes and focus areas that serve Collier County.  

These requests may be funded partially or  fully at any time throughout the year. Grant selection and release of funding could take place throughout the year (August 2020 – June 2021).

Eligible requests will be qualified for review and possible funding by the Community Foundation of Collier County’s unrestricted and advised funds. Grants made through advised funds are made at the discretion of the donor and are not part of the competitive program grant process. 

If your organization’s request is selected for funding, you will be notified by the Community Foundation (there is no need to check to see if the request has been selected, as these requests will be presented to advised funds throughout the year as appropriate). 

Submitting a request for General and Emerging Needs is not a guarantee of funding; however it does provide our staff a straightforward and tangible way share your funding need with potential funders whose interests may align with your work.

The Community Foundation of Collier County bases its unrestricted funding decisions on data that identifies a community need or gap in services. Please read about our data-driven decision making below.

Apply Here

Do not use this link to return to an application in progress. To return to an application already in progress, use the link you received in the original confirmation email.  

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Marco Island Communty Grant Fund: $10,000 – $15,000. Application is open October 1 – 31, 2020. 

A total of $50,000 will be awarded in 3-5 grants in the $10,000 – $15,000 range. Tax-exempt organizations based in 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 October 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

Grant Help/FAQ