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Our Grantmaking

We are pleased to offer area nonprofits the opportunity to apply for funding to support community initiatives. The Community Foundation of Collier County provides grant dollars to nonprofits for programs that show measurable results in addressing community needs. The Foundation also provides dollars to support nonprofit capacity building to ensure that nonprofits have the tools needed to operate using best practices.

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Grant Opportunties

Searching for grants has never been easier! 

Eligibility Guidelines

To ensure your organization or program is eligible, please review the eligibility guidelines below before beginning an application.

If you are uncertain whether your program is eligible, please first review all the guidelines below. If you are still uncertain, email  to schedule a conversation before beginning an application. We want to help our nonprofit partners spend their time efficiently, and a brief conversation can help determine the best course of action.

  • 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 Decisions

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 provide support to these committees. Grant proposals are ranked and scored on multiple criteria by the committees. Issues such as sustainability and outcomes play a significant role in the decision-making process. 

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).

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. 

To learn more, please contact

Dawn Grundeman

Grants Administrator
239-307-4516
dgrundeman@cfcollier.org

To learn more, please contact

Laura Simmelink

Senior Director of Programs
239-307-4514
lsimmelink@cfcollier.org