Charlotte Community Foundation
Community Investment Grants 

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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

nonprofit grantThe Charlotte Community Foundation awards individual grants up to $7,500 to nonprofits for projects/programs that address specific identified needs of the community and demonstrate a measurable and positive impact on Charlotte County residents. Consideration is given to the following in determining the merits and priority of an application for funding:

  • Strategies that address new or emerging needs or approach existing ones more effectively
  • Ability to achieve clearly defined and measurable outcomes
  • Capacity of the organization(s) to achieve the program’s/project’s expected results
  • Degree of potential benefit to the community or specific constituents to be derived from the project/program
  • Programs/projects that respond to community needs and do not duplicate other efforts
  • Partnerships or collaborations between organizations that result in innovative solutions and stronger results
  • Programs that are likely to attract additional funding
  • Programs/projects that are sustainable
  • Grant funds must be expended within one calendar year

Areas of Interest

Foundation grants are made to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that have been in existence for at least two years and whose focus is in one of the following areas of interest:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health and Wellness
  • Human and Social Services
  • Nonprofit Organization Capacity Building

Eligibility Criteria

In addition to the focus, areas of interest and priorities mentioned previously, the Foundation will evaluate each grant request based on evidence that the organization has:

  • 501(c)(3) status in Charlotte County for at least two years
  • A Board of Directors composed of individuals of diverse backgrounds, with at least one board member who resides in Charlotte County
  • Strong management and leadership qualities
  • Demonstrated fiscal responsibility (year-end board approved financials)
  • Submitted its prior year IRS Form 990
  • Benefit to Charlotte County residents
  • Not received a grant in the prior year (will begin in 2017)

Limitations

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that serve Charlotte County residents are eligible to apply. The Foundation is generally not interested in requests for:

  • General operating support
  • Building or capital campaigns
  • Deficit financing and debt reduction
  • Endowment funds
  • Fraternal organizations, societies or orders
  • Loans or assistance to individuals
  • Religious organizations for sectarian purposes
  • Lobbying legislators or influencing elections
  • Political organizations or campaigns
  • Fundraising events
  • Basic scientific research
  • Start-up organization funding
  • Travel expenses for individuals or groups
  • Re-granting

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 Proposal 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 March 31, 2017 at 9:30 AM. The Application period closes June 30, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Requests will not be accepted after the deadline.