Description, Funding, and Eligibility

Capacity Building Grants help improve a nonprofit's ability to fulfill its mission by strengthening its capacity.

An average grant award through this cycle is $5,000-$10,000.

Funding Priorities

Grants focus on increasing an organization's capacity in the following ways: 

  • Fundraising: purchasing a donor database or other CRM tool, hiring a fundraising consultant, or developing online giving
  • Leadership: board development, professional development, or strategic planning
  • Communication: website redevelopment or communications plan development
  • Evaluation: impact measurement or program tracking
  • Emergency Needs: unexpected expenses for which an organization was unable to prepare 

When proposing work with a consultant, most requests will be considered at 50% of the consultant’s fee.

Organizations may receive up to $10,000 through this grant cycle within a 365-day period.  

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 September 1, November 1, February 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.   

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.

Additional Questions? 

Please join us for an information session about this grant opportunity.

Session 1: Sept. 8, 2022 | 2-3 p.m. 

Session 2: Feb. 8, 2023 | 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Share Your Story of Impact

Already received a Community Impact 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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Grants, Manager