Grants to Florida nonprofit organizations in eligible counties for programs that improve the quality of life for local residents. Funding is intended for activities in a range of focus areas including basic needs; health and mental health; children, youth, and seniors; workforce development; and a variety of community-impact projects. Grants support new and expanded programs and collaborations that benefit Southwest Florida, including Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, and Sarasota counties.
2023-2024 Grant Initiatives:
Seniors Initiative: Initiatives that help people age successfully and remain healthy, informed, and engaged. To help drive creative new ways to keep seniors productive and connected to their communities, the Foundation supports programs designed to help seniors live independently as they age. This program will fund innovative organizations with impact-driven outcomes, ranging from employment and career retraining to fostering active and healthy lifestyles, behavioral health, affordable housing, promoting volunteerism and intergenerational social connection, and providing transportation options. This grant initiative will support new or existing innovative proposals to address senior issues in Lee County.
The Advancing Mental Wellness Grant Program: The program is designed to reduce the stigma of seeking mental health treatment in the Southwest Florida region. Characteristics of successful applications include a clear vision of the organization’s role in making a difference through mental health wellness, a demonstration of effectiveness through the investment of time and personnel in measuring and planning for success, and a written plan for how the dollars will be used to advance mental health wellness; includes goals and methods to measure effectiveness.
Community Impact Initiative: This grant initiative is for new or existing innovative proposals to address any of the following focus areas: a) Arts & Culture; b) Education; c) Environment, Recreation & Preservation; d) Health & Wellness; e) Human Services.
For additional information about these focus areas, see the Full Grant Text RFP link, below.
Eligible organizations within the Southwest Florida region include Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades and Sarasota counties. Organizations in these counties are encouraged to apply.
To qualify for a Foundation grant, an applicant must be a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and designated as such for at least two (2) years.
The Foundation seeks to partner with organizations, projects, and initiatives that:
– Meet an important community need in Southwest Florida
– Can demonstrate past impact and strong potential of future impact
– Serve residents of, and expend funds fully in Southwest Florida
– Be a new program, an expansion of an existing program, or a new or expanded collaborative effort of multiple nonprofit organizations
– Have a total project budget for The Community Foundation grant amount.
The 2023-2024 Grant Cycle opened on September 5th and will close on September 30, 2023, by 11:45 pm.
The Foundation staff will notify grant recipients of decisions at the end of November.
An organization may submit proposals for more than one initiative. However, only one (1) grant per organization will be awarded.
Estimated Size of Grant
- Seniors Initiative: This grant initiative will award a total of up to $20,000
- The Advancing Mental Wellness Program: Organizations may request grants ranging from $5,000 to a maximum of $25,000
- Community Impact Initiative: Up to $5,000
Term of Contract
For the Advancing Mental Wellness Grant Program, organizations may request the opportunity to renew the grants for two additional years.