Welcome to the new world of transformational funding at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. Come explore our 3D world of funding based on data and dialogue to make informed and strategic decisions. Join the conversation at one of our upcoming grant workshops for updates on the 3D Initiative and changes to our current grant programs.
Consideration is given to the following in determining the merits and priority of an application for funding from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation:
- Degree of potential benefit to the community to be derived from the program/project
- Programs for new ventures, one-time projects, and innovative responses to community needs that do not duplicate other efforts
- Programs that involve community collaboration
- The capacity of the organization to achieve the program’s/project’s expected results
- The degree to which the organization uses measurable outcomes to evaluate its program/project
- Programs that are likely to attract additional funds, resources, and community support
- The organization’s ability to obtain continued funding
- The amount of available funds that the Community Foundation has to award
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, as a rule, does NOT make grants for:
- Annual funds
- Debt retirement
- Fraternal organizations, societies or orders
- Religious organizations for sectarian purposes, except where designated by a fund donor
- Sports team travel, class trips, and similar expenses
- Individuals, except for selected scholarships
- Normal operating expenses or existing obligations
- Political organizations or campaigns
- Fundraising events or feasibility studies
- Scholarships and financial aid to assist nonprofit clients
- Nonprofit organizations exempt from Federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and units of government are eligible [(c)(4) and (c)(6) agencies are not eligible].
- Applicants must be located in and primarily serve residents of Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, and Collier counties. Organizations based in Collier County must also serve at least one of the other four counties in order to be eligible.
- Eligible organizations must be governed by a volunteer board of directors with at least 5 unrelated members.
- Organizations must conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, or religious affiliation.