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
Do we fund retroactively?
We do not fund retroactively, please only apply for programs or projects that are ongoing and/or in the future.
Please read our Grant FAQs for answers to other common questions and some tips for completing our grant applications.
Community Impact Grants
Community Impact Grants (up to $10,000) are designed to address community needs by helping local organizations to transform innovative ideas into new programs and to expand their reach into additional populations.
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.
Equity and Access Grants
Applications will be accepted twice annually. Applications are closed.
Animal Welfare Grants
Animal Welfare Grants ($10,000 - $50,000) support organizations that serve animals and promote their humane care in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto Counties
This application opened on October 5, 2021 and closed on December 17, 2021. Applicants will be notified of their status by mid-February, 2022.
Health Care Grants
The Health Care Grant cycle has been incorporated into the Equity and Access Grant cycle this year.
Read more in the link below.
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.
May 6, 2022
Community Day School receives grant from Community Foundation of Sarasota County
April 15, 2022
Newtown Connection Awarded $30,000 Grant
February 22, 2022
Science and Environment Council Awarded $10,000 Grant
January 31, 2022
Friends of Shannon Staub Public Library Receives Capacity Building Grant
January 19, 2022
Conservation Foundation Permanently Protects 14.38 Acres in Manatee County
January 18, 2022
Asolo Rep Awarded Strategic Partnership Grant
January 12, 2022
NAMI Sarasota-Manatee receives grant to support mental health services