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How to Apply

How to Apply for a GrantThe Community Foundation will only accept applications online, and the automation of our system includes full applications and the uploading of attachments, as well as grant reports. We will no longer process paper copies of these documents.

All organizations interested in applying should first consult our Grant Application Guidelines Page, including our Eligibility Requirements and Exclusions, prior to submitting an application. A description of our grant programs can be found below.


Applying for a grant from the Community Foundation online is easy:

It is important for you to read and understand the grant program’s guidelines before starting an application. We also recommend that you familiarize yourself with the online application before you begin. You may also find it helpful to prepare some of the longer answers in a word processing document and then cut and paste that text into the application.

You will be asked to attach documents. If these documents exist in electronic format you may attach them using the Browse button inside the application. If they are not in electronic format, you may use the Fax to File feature on the upper left side of the application page.

Capacity Grants

SWFLCF awards Capacity Grants to support the hiring of Capacity Coaches to assist with nonprofit capacity needs, such as strategic planning, board development/governance, financial management, outcome evaluation, resource development/fundraising, marketing, and organizational restructuring/mergers.  Grants are awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year based upon funding availability.  If you are interested in discussing your organization's capacity needs, please contact Anne Douglas, Director of Programs, at (239) 274-5900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Community Impact Grant

Deadline: MAY 2014 (application will open April 2014)
In the Community Impact Grant Cycle, SWFLCF provides grants to organizations in five different program areas: Animal Welfare, Community Development, Education, Healthcare and Human Services.

pdfView the Community Impact Grant Guidelines283.72 KB

Arts and Attractions Grant

Deadline: JUNE 2014 (application will open April 2014)
The Arts and Attractions Grant Cycle was established to use existing resources to assist arts and attractions agencies, especially to encourage repeat visits, strengthen a need in the arts, provide the financial foundation that will encourage additional resources and create growth, and partner with motivated professionals to maximize the expenditure and ensure a quality return on investments. Two types of grants are offered: Marketing and Visitor Enhancement Grants and Basic Operating Grants.

pdfView the Arts and Attractions Grant Guidelines234.71 KB

Need help?

If you have read the instructions and taken the tutorial and still need help with this online application, or if you just need to ask a few questions or want to give us feedback, please feel free to contact us at 239-274-5900.

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