Description, Funding, and Eligibility

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County invites your organization to submit an application for support that contributes to your mission through ticketed events. 

Requests for support for events and/or public programs not meeting other grant opportunities are considered on an ongoing basis through this application. 

These requests should represent the diversity of our region and uphold and promote activities that ensure accessibility for all. They should also bring awareness to community needs and opportunities as well as demonstrate our area’s culture of philanthropy and strive to connect people with causes.

Funding Priorities

The Community Foundation reviews sponsorship opportunities to ensure the geography of our region is fairly represented and sectors reflect the interests of our donors and the needs of the community. 

We do not sponsor walk/run events, festivals, or golf tournaments. 

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

Applications are reviewed every few weeks. To avoid delays, please apply as soon as you have details for your event. It is highly recommended for applications to be submitted at least a month before your marketing deadline.

Applications submitted after April 1, 2024 will be considered for funding beginning on July 1, 2024.

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

Received a Sponsorship Grant? 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 from a variety of grantees.

Resources for Grantees

Eligibility Requirements

Press Kit for Grantees

Additional Questions?

If you have questions about Sponsorship grant cycles that were not answered on this page, please join us for an informational session.


Need Assistance?

Michelle Croft

Director, Community Impact