Description, Funding, and Eligibility

Grants above $10,000 support organizations and programs that provide access to education, health care, or basic human needs for people who face systemic barriers in our community.  

Funding Priorities

This grant program focuses on organizations that promote and implement goals toward equity:

Priority is given to projects that remove barriers to health care, education, or human services to populations who face systemic barriers in our community. 

The average grant award through this cycle is $22,000, although support can vary depending on need and alignment with CFSC initiatives. 

In order to receive a grant through this program, organizations must also have: 

  • An IRS Letter of Determination that shows the organization is a 501(c)3 public charity  
  • At least one current program with local impact in one of the following counties: Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, or DeSoto 
  • An approved/current profile in The Giving Partner, a powerful, searchable online database with over 700 profiles of charitable organizations serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties


Apply and Review Process

Review Process

Application reviews begin on Sept. 1, Nov. 1, Feb. 1, and April 1. Applicants who have submitted an application prior to these dates will be notified of their status by the end of the month. 

If your request is extremely time-sensitive, please email us details at and one of our team members will get in touch.   

Learn More

If you missed our informational workshop on how to apply for grants over $10,000, please watch this informational video.

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

Already received a Capacity Building 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, at 

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

Resources for Grantees

Eligibility Requirements

Press Kit for Grantees

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