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

This year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are particularly aware of the necessity for events that encourage overall community health. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to adapt to use of digital tools (i.e. webcasts, livestreams, or digital performances) to replace or supplement in-person events, as necessary

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.

Eligibility

Apply and Review Process

Review Process

Inquiries are reviewed by the grant committee approximately once per month.

Wondering how to recognize your event sponsors in a virtual setting?  Read our blog for ideas.

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 a variety of grantees.

Resources for Grantees

Eligibility Requirements

Press Kit for Grantees

Need Assistance?

Angelica Hull

Grants, Manager

941‑556‑7114

ahull@cfsarasota.org