Description, Funding, and Eligibility

Requests for support for events and/or public programs not meeting other grant opportunities are considered on an ongoing basis through this application.

These requests should represent the diversity of our region and uphold and promote activities that ensure accessibility for all.

They should also bring awareness to community needs and opportunities as well as demonstrate our area’s culture of philanthropy and strive to connect people with causes.

Funding Priorities

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County seeks to support programs and/or events that bring our community closer together by creating a dynamic environment of belonging. 

We review strategic partnership opportunities to ensure the geography of our region is fairly represented and reflect the interests of our donors alongside the needs of the community.

We do not sponsor festivals, runs/walks, or golf tournaments. 

In order to receive a grant through this program, organizations 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

This opportunity is available in three cycles:

  • Cycle 1: Application opens August 1, 2021 and closes August 31, 2021. Organizations will be notified of their application status in mid-September. This cycle has closed.
  • Cycle 2: Application opens October 1, 2021 and closes October 31, 2021. Organizations will be notified of their application status in mid-November.
  • Cycle 3: Application opens February 1, 2022 and closes February 28, 2022. Organizations will be notified of their application status in mid-March.
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 a variety of grantees.

Resources for Grantees

Eligibility Requirements

Press Kit for Grantees

Need Assistance?

Angelica Hull

Grants, Manager