Description, Funding, and Eligibility

“We believe the strength of our community stems from its diversity and only together can we address issues and create opportunities so every person can achieve their full potential. For several years, we have invested in communities of great need to address systemic issues based in poverty that affect health, education, and access to an equitable community. Though we have made considerable progress, our work is far from over – it is beginning anew.”
         - Nelle Miller, Chair of the Board of Directors, and Roxie Jerde, President & CEO

Equity and Access Grants ($5,000 - $30,000) support projects that promote equity and access to services amongst populations who face systemic barriers in our community. These grants are a standing opportunity for the Community Foundation to partner with organizations who are implementing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion framework to their programs, staff, and missions. 

Funding Priorities

Priority is given to proposals that promote educational and health care equity to those populations who face systemic barriers in our community, for example:

  • geographically underserved neighborhoods
  • communities of color, immigrants, and refugees
  • persons with disabilities
  • LGBTQ+ communities
  • Single mothers
  • other under-represented populations

Organizations may receive up to $30,000 through the Equity and Access 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.


Apply and Review Process

Review Process

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed on the following dates:

  • December 1, 2020
  • April 1, 2021

Applications that are reviewed within each cycle will be notified of a decision by the end of the month.

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 an Equity and Access 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 Hunter Carpenter, Manager of Communications and Marketing, 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

Need Assistance?

Angelica Hull

Grants, Manager