Athena Proposal Statement

Athena Progressive Giving Circle will award up to $27,000 to projects that either 1) supports aiding young adult women with special needs, with an emphasis on helping individuals successfully transition to independent living, or 2) addresses the critical social, interpersonal, hygienic, mental health, and life skill needs of homeless women and girls. For the latter project, any organization applying should focus on assuring that homeless women/girls gain self-sufficiency and end their cycle of homelessness.

About Athena 

MISSION: The Athena Progressive Giving Circle (APGC) is a community of women funding programs/initiatives that meaningfully improve the lives of women and girls in our community. APGC is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.


Grantee Organization Candidates Must:

  • Be a 501(c)3 organization or other tax-exempt organization serving Sarasota and/or Manatee counties.
  • Show an innovative, holistic, effective, and direct approach to supporting women, girls.

  • Show a clear need for the funds and a plan for their use.

  • Demonstrate a deep commitment to their work.


Apply and Review Process

Review Process

The application cycle opens on August 4, 2023, and submissions are due by 5 p.m. on September 15, 2023. The review process will run through October, and recipients will be notified after that time.

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Grant Reporting

Grant Reporting

As a grantee of the Community Foundation, we have grant reporting expectations and requirements to showcase the results of the great work you are accomplishing with this funding.

Share Your Story of Impact

Have you received an Athena Giving Circle grant within the last year? Share how this funding contributed to your organization's work and success within our community. 

What can be a Story of Impact?
  • Press Release
  • Blogs
  • Videos
  • Testimonials
  • Articles
  • Podcasts / Audio Recordings

Please reference our Press Kit to help draft your message and coordinate review with Rebecca Abrahamson, Senior Manager of Communications and Marketing, at 

Looking for examples? Check out the Stories of Impact below shared by our Community Impact Grantees.

Resources for Grantees

Eligibility Requirements

Press Kit for Grantees

Additional Questions?

If you have questions about the Community Impact grant cycles that were not answered on this page, please view one of our past information sessions or bring them to an upcoming information session with our team. Videos and registration for upcoming information sessions below.

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