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The Community Foundation of Collier County’s strategic plan ties its grantmaking to relevant community information on needs or VITAL SIGNS and OUTCOMES that impact the greatest needs.

In order to reach our goals, the Foundation has identified key guiding principles when making grants:

  • Credible community data
  • Organizational capacity
  • Ability to measure outcomes

What We Fund

The Community Foundation provides grant dollars to nonprofits for programs that have measurable results in addressing changing community needs and grants dollars to support nonprofit capacity building to ensure that nonprofits have the tools needed to operate under best practices. We also work with Community Funders who have established a Field-of-Interest Grantmaking Fund at the Community Foundation to support their grant program.

Vital Signs

An important part of our grantmaking process includes the ability to make informed decisions on community needs.  In order to do this, each year, we gather and publish current knowledge about Collier County’s community needs through our Vital Signs 2017 Report. Vital Signs are indicators of community needs.  Each year, we work with Hodges University to update the Vital Signs. This year’s report will be available in October.


All applicants must complete a Profile in the NONPROFIT DIRECTORY, a key resource for donors and committee members when reviewing your organization’s application.  Please contact Mary George at if you need log-in credentials or click on “forgot password” if you can’t remember your password.

Your Profile is used as the cover page for your application.  The information gives grant committee members a better understanding of the scope of your organization, it’s mission, programs, and long-term goals. Tip – use brief statements or bullet points to describe your programs and long-term goals whenever possible.

Is my nonprofit agency eligible to apply for a grant?

  • Applicant must be a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization
  • Applicant organization must be at least two years old from Effective Date of Exemption listed on the IRS letter of determination
  • Applicant must have a Profile in the Nonprofit Directory. To create a Profile, the organization must serve Collier County and have a IRS Letter of Intent
  • Applicant must have matching funds of 25% cash or other as specified
  • 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
  • Political campaigns
  • Lobbying
  • Scholarly research
  • Annual campaigns
  • Event Sponsorships


The Community Foundation hosts and manages a number of grant programs for local donors who have established funds at the Foundation. The grant programs will be announced as they are determined.



  • High quality programs can reduce the rate of grade retention and increase high school graduation rates.Therefore, 100% of the income available each year from the Naples Alliance for Children Teacher Education Fund will be used to make grants to eligible 501(c)(3), state licensed early childhood program in Collier County for the sole purpose of providing early education teachers with tuition assistance to increase their educational levels as it relates to early childhood education.
  • Grants will be made annually to eligible organizations (up to two grants per organization per year) for their teacher’s continuing education costs (up to $500 per teacher) for eligible 501(c)(3), state licensed early childhood programs that support high-quality early education.
  • Eligible early childhood education programs applying for funding should identify the teacher, the educational program they will attend, the cost of the program, and a statement about how the grant will help their organization’s long-term goals to provide high quality education and care.
  • Eligible early childhood education programs receiving grants must report back in six – nine months on how the grant dollars were spent, the outcomes of the grant on their organization and a statement from the teacher.
  • Click on the link above to apply.