Grant Opportunities for Nonprofits
Improving lives and enhancing our community.
Grants offered through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County are fulfilling the philanthropic legacies of our donors who have entrusted our team and board of directors with their charitable dollars. Based on the passions and interests of those individuals and families, grant funding is provided to make the greatest impact possible to improve lives and enhance community.
To be eligible for a grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, an organization must 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.
Community Impact Grants
Community Impact Grants (up to $10,000) are designed to address community needs by helping local organizations transform innovative ideas into successful programs or partnerships.
Applications are reviewed monthly.
Capacity Building Grants
Capacity Building Grants (up to $10,000) respond to organizational needs and are designed to help improve a nonprofit's ability to fulfill its mission.
Applications are reviewed monthly.
Grade-Level Reading and Family Success Grants
As part of our Empowerment & Success philosophy, we work with community partners to close the achievement gap for our most vulnerable students. Our three focus areas include improving school readiness, preventing summer learning loss, and parent success through postsecondary education and workforce training. This two-generation approach woven throughout our education investments and other initiatives aims to bring families to a place of economic stability.
Grant requests are invitation only on a rolling basis throughout the year from organizations that focus their efforts on closing the achievement gap, helping students achieve reading proficiency by 3rd grade and/or implementing programs that are whole-family focused. Our aim is to partner with nonprofit organizations providing programs and services that align with the Community Foundation's Campaign for Grade Level Reading areas of focus.
Equity and Access Grants
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed in December, February, April, and June.
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.
Animal Welfare Grants
Animal Welfare Grants ($10,000 - $50,000) support organizations that serve domestic animals and promote their humane care in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto Counties
Application will open on January 26, 2021.
Health Care Grants
Health Care Grants ($10,000 - $50,000) support organizations providing direct health care assistance to worthy individuals. This program is exclusively for services in Sarasota County.
Application will open on March 30, 2021.