Apply for a Grant

Throughout the year, the foundation makes grants from a variety of donor advised funds. Many of these funds support organizations and charitable projects specified by the fund donor or advisors.

Quite often, donor advisors rely upon the foundation’s knowledge and expertise to identify particular agencies and programs they might wish to support with their philanthropic dollars. That’s why it is so beneficial for grant seekers to discuss their needs with our Director of Grants and Scholarships. With our ever-growing community of donors, you never know just how or when the right funding connection might be made.

Grants from Legacy and Field of Interest Funds

Significant investments are made to the community from the funds of donors who ensured support of various organizations and causes in perpetuity. These funds support a variety of areas, including animals and the environment, arts and culture, education, and health and human services. Unsolicited grant applications are not accepted for these funds.

Immediate Impact Grants

Our streamlined Immediate Impact Grant application process is quick and easy for organizations that have demonstrated their transparency with an active profile in The Giving Partner, saving nonprofits time and expense with the simple process.

Immediate Impact Grants are available to organizations within Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties only.  If your organization has an active profile in The Giving Partner, and you have an immediate emergency need, please click here to apply now.

Animal Welfare Grant, provided by the Robert Parker Fund and the Helen C. Schwieder Fund

The Animal Welfare Grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County is available through support from the following funds:

  • Robert Parker Fund - To benefit domestic animals and promote their humane care. Support is available for projects serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, or DeSoto counties.
  • Helen C. Schwieder Fund – To support the care and maintenance of all animals located in Sarasota County, Florida that have not been placed in homes, farms, or ranches but are under the care and supervision of agencies in Sarasota County that hold these animals pending placement. The fund shall be used to pay for such items as veterinarian expenses, medicines, food, and rehabilitative care. Support is exclusively available for projects serving Sarasota County

To be eligible for grant funding your organization must have an updated profile in The Giving Partner and the proposed project must meet the criteria for at least one of these funds.

The total amount of grant funds available in this grant cycle is $100,000. There is no set maximum for funding requests, but please keep in mind that the review committee may award grants to multiple organizations. Partial funding of requests may be available based on the quality and quantity of applications received. The application deadline is Friday, March 1 by 5:00 pm.

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