Description, Funding, and Eligibility

Grade Level Reading and Family Success Grants from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s provide funding for organizations whose programs and services align with the Community Foundation's Campaign for Grade Level Reading areas of focus.

Grant proposals are accepted on an invitation only, rolling basis 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. One-year and multi-year projects will be considered. 

Funding Priorities

The purpose of the Community Foundation's Education Grant Program is to fund projects that strengthen and innovate in the following areas: 

  • School Readiness: Helping young children and their families prepare for school and succeed in kindergarten.
  • Summer Learning: Providing student learning that reduces the risk of learning loss during the summer months.
  • Family Engagement/Success: Helping parents develop a sense of confidence and efficacy that they can set and attain goals for their children and themselves. 

To be eligible for a grant from the Community Foundation, 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.


Apply and Review Process

Review Process

If you are interested in applying for a Grade Level Reading or Family Success grant, please fill out and submit an overview of your project for review.

Project overviews will be reviewed regularly by our staff. We will contact you directly if you have been selected to submit a formal application for grant funds. 

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (Sarasota)

Learn how our work incorporates a two-generation approach, engaging both children and parents living with low-incomes simultaneously to ensure families have the necessary support and encouragement to be successful.

Campaign for grade level reading
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 

Looking for examples? Check out the Stories of Impact below shared by our recent grantees.

Resources for Grantees

Eligibility Requirements

Press Kit for Grantees

Need Assistance?

Nicole Light

Education Officer