2019 Community Investment Grant Timeline

June 24, 2019
9:30-10:30 a.m. – Grants Kick Off with Nonprofits
Applicant Training at the Charlotte Community Foundation Training & Education Center
June 28, 2019 – Grants Application Cycle Opens
July 26, 2019 – Grants Application Cycle Closes
September 27, 2019 – Community Investment Grants Awarded
October 3, 2019 8:30-10:00 – Grants Recognition Breakfast

Grant Guidelines

As a facilitator of philanthropy, the Charlotte Community Foundation places a top priority on annual grant making.

We seek to support local nonprofit organizations through investments that will have the greatest possible positive impact on the citizens of Charlotte County. These investments are designed to enhance programs or services of organizations that can deliver measurable improvements in output and a demonstrable outcome for those served.

We also encourage partnerships and collaborations between local organizations to maximize the collective impact of our grant making.  Our goal is to make the biggest difference possible given the amount of capital invested.

Our Mission

The mission of the Charlotte Community Foundation is to connect people who care with causes that matter. 

We are a local community foundation, focused on stimulating private and public philanthropy dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Charlotte County, strengthening our community’s nonprofit organizations and supporting projects, programs and services that address our community’s most urgent needs.

Grant Making Focus/Priorities

The Charlotte Community Foundation awards individual grants up to $10,000 to nonprofits for programs / services that address specific identified needs of the community and which will demonstrate a measurable and positive impact for Charlotte County residents. Consideration is given to the following in determining the merits and priority of an application for funding:

  • Programs / services proposed are community priorities
  • Address emerging needs or approach existing ones more effectively
  • Are distinctive from other existing efforts (does not duplicate)
  • Nonprofit has the capability to achieve the expected results
  • Expected outcomes are clearly defined, measurable and will be documented to primarily benefit Charlotte County
  • Degree of impact to the community or specific constituents
  • Include a collaboration between organizations to achieve stronger results.
  • Have secured or are likely to secure additional funding
  • Demonstrate evidence of strategic growth and sustainability
  • Grant funding will be expended within one calendar year

Areas of Interest

  • Animal Care and Welfare
  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Development
  • Education / Training:
    • Early Childhood and School Readiness (Pre-Natal to 3rd Grade)
    • K-12 Grades
    • Youth Programs (School Age)
    • Teen Programs (13 – 19 years)
    • Economic and Workforce Development
  • Health and Wellness
  • Human and Social Services specific to Senior Citizens and underprivileged Senior Citizens
  • Veterans Programs

Eligibility Criteria

  • A current 501(c)(3) charitable organization that has been in existence for at least two years 501(C)(3), OR
  • A Governmental Organization as described in 501(c)(1) and 509(a)(1) of the IRC
  • Location in and/or primary service to residents in Charlotte County
  • Demonstrated fiscal responsibility and sustainability
  • Metrics and outcomes demonstrate that Charlotte County will primarily benefit from these grant funds
  • Submission of all information requested on Grant application
  • Willingness to provide additional information as deemed necessary for grant decision

Considerations and Exclusions

Consideration will be awarded for the following:

  • Current Agency Fund Holder with CCF
  • Collaboration with other Nonprofit(s) or Governmental Agency(s)
  • Governance by a volunteer board of directors of which 60% or more live and/or work in Charlotte County
  • Matching funds have been or will be secured

Exclusions – CCF CI Grants WILL NOT support:

  • Administrative Overhead
  • Annual Campaigns
  • Fraternal organizations, societies or orders
  • Grants to Individuals
  • Advancement of a particular religion or faith
  • Lobbying or similar activities
  • Political organizations or campaigns
  • Scholarly Research
  • Event Sponsorships


Grant Process

If you feel that your organization qualifies for this grant making process and you have a program or project that meets these criteria, please submit a Grant Application for your funding request using the Foundation’s online application procedure.  A grant committee comprised of community volunteers will review and evaluate your grant proposal.  Applications open June 28, 2019 through 5:00 p.m. July 26, 2019. Requests will not be accepted after the deadline.

2018 Community Investment Grants Received

In 2018, thirty-six nonprofit organizations submitted an application for the CCF Community Investment Grants.  The CCF Grants Committee, Executive Committee and Board of Directors awarded 15 Community Investment Grants. Thank you to all of our nonprofit organizations in Charlotte County who serve so many of our community in need.

Click here to see the 15 Community Investment Grant recipients.