Description, Funding, and Eligibility

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.  

Projects should demonstrate a measurable change during the grant period: i.e. developing a digital program 100 people will be able to participate remotely OR delivering services to 100 clients with a zip code in the Englewood area when that geographic region was not previously accessing services.  

Funding Priorities

This program focuses on supporting organizations in the following ways: 

  • Planning and launching new programs and projects

  • Assisting nonprofits to expand their service area and reach populations they are not currently reaching. Preference will be given to projects that support marginalized members of our community

Organizations may receive up to $10,000 through the Community Impact Grant program 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.

Eligibility

Apply and Review Process

Review Process

Applications that have been submitted by the 15th of the month will be reviewed in that month’s cycle. Applicants can expect a decision on their application by the 15th of the following month.

Example: An application submitted on September 14 will be notified by October 15. An application submitted on September 20 will be notified by November 15.

Please Note: Applications will not be reviewed in December (due to the holidays) or June (due to the close of our fiscal year).

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

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 Hunter Carpenter, Manager of Communications and Marketing, at hcarpenter@cfsarasota.org. 

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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Need Assistance?

Angelica Hull

Grants, Manager

941‑556‑7114

ahull@cfsarasota.org