Across our 40-year-history, donors have provided more than $252 million in grant funding to improve the lives of all who call our region home.

Community Impact Grants

Grant requests for less than $10,000 that help local organizations transform innovative ideas into successful programs or partnerships that address critical needs or improve a nonprofit's ability to fulfill its mission.

Community Impact Grants are provided through a pool of funds set up by generous donors in our community. See list of funds.

These grant may be requested for up to $10,000 and may be received once a year. 

Our streamlined online application process is quick and easy for organizations that have demonstrated their transparency with an active profile The Giving Partner.

Requests for funding are reviewed monthly by a committee of foundation staff and community volunteers.

The School Readiness Grant is the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s program that focuses on supporting and strengthening programs that help young children and their families prepare for school and succeed in kindergarten in Sarasota County. Grant proposals for one-year and multi-year projects will be considered. 

Grants will be considered that strengthen and innovate in the following areas:

  • Parent education opportunities that build upon parent’s role as their child’s first and primary teacher
  • Opportunities for parents to build social capital, leadership skills and community with other parents
  • Increase parent and childcare/preschool staff knowledge of child development, as well as ability to track developmental milestones and early learning progress through kindergarten
  • Strengthen preschools, VPK, and other early learning opportunities; increase access and enrollment
  • Connect families to community resources including Season of Sharing, developmental screenings and mental health services

School Readiness Grants

To support and strengthen programs that help young children and their families prepare for school and succeed in kindergarten.

Organizations with updated profiles in The Giving Partner are invited to apply.

Application Closed as of April 6, 2020.

Athena Progressive is a community of women who wish to fund programs and initiatives that meaningfully improve the lives of women and girls in our community.

Athena Progressive Grant Applications are now available for the 2020 cycle. This grant opportunity will fund up to $20,000 for impactful programs by existing non-partisan, 501(c)3 organizations in Sarasota and Manatee counties that will measurably improve voting participation, particularly by traditionally low-turnout women.

The program funded would ideally have a strong voter education component, so that those who rarely vote or have never voted understand the importance of voting in their lives and will pass this knowledge on to future generations. 

All proposals must be submitted to Katie Schwabach,, at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County no later than Friday, May 8, 2020.

Deadline has passed.

Athena Progressive 
Giving Circle Grant

Athena’s objective is to advance women’s empowerment, locally and nationally, by ensuring as full a voting participation by women as possible, now and in the future. Monies will be granted for use during the 2020 election cycle.

Deadline has passed.

The Health Care Grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County is available through support from the James Franklin Warnell & Dorothy J. Warnell Fund. This grant program supports those not-for-profit organizations providing health care services in Sarasota County, Florida to provide direct assistance to worthy individuals.

  • The total amount of grant funds available in this grant cycle is $100,000. Funding requests must have a minimum of $10,000 and there is no set maximum. Partial funding of requests may be available based on the quality and quantity of applications received.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a committee including local health care experts. The committee will give preference to proposals that demonstrate the strongest impact on a critical need in health care in our community.

2020 Health Care Grants: 
Provided by the James Franklin Warnell & Dorothy J. Warnell Fund

To support those not-for-profit organizations providing health care services in Sarasota County, Florida to provide direct assistance to worthy individuals.

Application Closed as of Friday, May 1 by 11:59pm.

2Gen & Education Grants

With innovative and collaborative programs, our aim is to partner with expert nonprofit organizations that support education for all ages and workforce development to encourage economic mobility.

Thanks to donors who committed endowed support of various organizations and causes in the community, grant requests are considered individually throughout the year from organizations that help families realize their full potential.

Annual competitive grants from large Field of Interest funds that invest in specific causes throughout the community, focusing this year on animal welfare and health.

Cause-specific grants are announced in our Nonprofit Newsletter. Subscribe today to stay informed on current and future opportunities.

Cause-Specific Grants

Focusing this year on animal welfare and health.


Requests for sponsorship support should represent the diversity of our region and uphold and promote activities that ensure accessibility for all. 

Requests for grant support of nonprofit events that bring awareness to community needs and opportunities are considered twice a year in late spring and late fall.

Events and programs should demonstrate our area’s culture of philanthropy and strive to connect people with causes.

Applications are reviewed by our Communications & Marketing team. 

Need assistance?

Kirsten Russell

Vice President, Community Impact