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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! 

How to apply for a grant

Before you apply for a grant there are a few things you must do.

  1. Please read through the Eligibility Guidelines to the right.
  2. Make sure your Nonprofit Directory profile is complete and up to date. If your organization does not have a profile, please register here.
  3. Look through the grant descriptions to help you decide which grants may be the best for your organization. You may also view them on our Apply page of the grant portal. Once you log on, you will be able to take the eligibility quiz to see which grants you qualify for.

Current and Prospective Grantees Enter the Grant Portal Here. If you have applied since January 2021 and are still having trouble logging in, use the “Forgot Password?” link under the blue “Log On” button.

Not sure if you have an account or not? If you think that you or someone at your organization has already registered in the system, do not create a new account, because it won’t link to your organization's application history.  Please contact our Grant Administrator, Dawn Grundeman at dgrundeman@cfcollier.org to receive your username.

How do I report on my grant?

All reporting is done through the new grant portal! You will be notified when a grant report is assigned, and then again, two weeks before the report is due.

Please use our media kit to promote your CFCC grant!

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Midterm Outcomes Report

Final Outcomes Report

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Program Grants June 1-18, 2021

Program Grants: $20,000 – $30,000.
Applications are open June 1-18. These grants are invested in the following areas:

  • Arts, Culture, or Environment
  • Education or Employment
  • Healthcare of Mental Health
  • Human Services

 

 

General Operating Support Grants June 1-18, 2021

General Operating Support: $5,000 – $15,000.

Applications are open June 1-18.

You may not apply for operating support AND a program grant.

 

 

Angel Fund for Small Nonprofits: June 1-18, 2021

Angel Fund for Small Nonprofits: $10,000 – $15,000, with potentially one or two $20,000 - $25,000 grants.

Applications are open June 1-18. This grant fund provides program support for small, grassroots start-ups and young nonprofits with budgets of $1M or less. Grantees who have been funded for three consecutive years are ineligible to apply.

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Capacity Grants for Small Nonprofits: June 1-18, 2021

The Community Foundation provides Capacity grant funding to ensure that nonprofits with operating budgets of less than $1M have the tools needed to operate using best practices.

Grant Request Amount: $500 - $2,500 requests will be considered and must be matched 1:1 by the organization
Type of Support: Capacity-building work
Application opens: June 1-18, 2021
Deadline: June 18, 2021
Award date: Late August/Early September 2021

Preview the Application

We define capacity building as specific needs such as:
Strategic planning and organizational assessment
Board development & training
Infrastructure improvements
Improving financial management
Fundraising, marketing, and communications planning
Program planning
Feasibility assessment and implementation of mergers and strategic alliances

Requests must provide detail on how grant dollars will be used. Please note the following:

  • Please review the eligibility guidelines to the right before applying.
  • Update your profile in the Nonprofit Directory prior to beginning an application.
  • Please be sure your nonprofit addresses a documented need or gap in services (see reports, below).
  • Please contact Laura Simmelink prior to beginning an application if you have any questions about whether your program is eligible.

Reports: 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).

NEW FEATURE: General and Emerging Needs

NEW FEATURE: General and Emerging Needs Grants: $5,000 – $15,000.

No formal application process. Each nonprofit is invited to share up to two “wishes” (your needs) on the new “Wish List” tab of the Nonprofit Directory. We share well-presented requests that align with donor interests with our donors. Our donor advisors do not accept direct requests for funding.

These wishes may be funded at any time throughout the year, There is no need to email, call, or check on the funding status; you will receive notification or a check if a donor advisor selects your nonprofit for funding.

Marco Island Community Grant Fund

Marco Island Community Grant Fund: Application will open winter 2021-2022

Student Philanthropy Council Grant

Student Philanthropy Council Grant: Application will open winter 2021-2022

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. 

learn more

To learn more, please contact:

Laura Simmelink
Senior Director of Programs
239.307.4514
lsimmelink@cfcollier.org

or

Dawn Grundeman
Grants Administrator
239.307.4516
dgrundeman@cfcollier.org