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that Benefit Residents in Eligible Locations

Impact Polk Grant

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GiveWell Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/04/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Florida nonprofit organizations in eligible areas to increase community engagement and to address local community needs. Funding is intended for programs within a wide range of focus areas, including education, arts and culture, health and human services, environment, animal welfare, and local community history and identity. Eligible programs benefit the residents of Polk County.

Targeted areas include:

Health & Human Services

  • Improve community-based health and wellness;
  • Address basic human needs, such as food, housing, and related services;
  • Improve the quality of life, safety, and self-sufficiency of at-risk populations.

Educational Opportunities & Achievement

  • Promote social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children, including programs that support and educate parents and efforts that engage volunteers;
  • Expand academic support, mentoring and recreational programs for children and youth, particularly to close the achievement gap;
  • Broaden workplace, career and postsecondary experiences and opportunities for youth;
  • Improve adult literacy, skill development, education and workforce training.

Arts & Cultural

  • Strengthen and stabilize arts and cultural nonprofits, and support collaborative efforts;
  • Cultivate and support the appreciation of diverse cultures and art forms;
  • Deepen community-based arts education for children and adults;
  • Encourage audience development, particularly to reach underserved populations.

Community, Environmental Stewardship &/or Animal Welfare

  • Support stewardship and appreciation/protection of Polk County’s outdoor spaces and scenic beauty;
  • Address social, economic, and environmental challenges or opportunities;
  • Preserve places essential to communities' civic and historic identities.
  • Benefit wellbeing of our animal community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149312

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum request amount is $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Project must not begin prior to March 2022 and must be completed within one year of funds being awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public nonprofit organizations that serve in Polk County and are recognized by the IRS as described in the IRS Code Section 501(c)(3) as eligible for tax-exempt status may apply for grant funding.

The Impact Polk project must provide services within Polk County. 100 percent of program participants must reside in, or receive services in, Polk County zip codes.

If previous funding has been received from Impact Polk, the applicant must be current in reporting requirements.

The GiveWell Community Foundation will not consider an Impact Polk application for:
- Organizations that are not considered exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
- Organizations that are not based in or serving communities in Polk County;
- Grants to individuals (rent, utilities, etc.) or private foundations;
- Capital campaigns or purchase of capital items;
- General operating, administration;
- Fundraising costs;
- Political campaigns or direct lobbying efforts;
- Medical or scientific research;
- Events of any kind;
- Debt reduction or bridge funding;
- Advertising space of any kind;
- Marketing unless directly related to project (registration, brochures, announcements, or playbills);
- Membership dues, fees, conference registration, or affiliation campaigns;
- Conferences, symposia or related travel;
- Religious or sectarian projects that are not offered to the general public;
- Services commonly regarded as the responsibility of the government, such as street repair, fire or police protection;
- Public or private school services required by state law, such as regular classroom instruction or athletic activities;
- Banquets, galas, walks, runs, etc.

Pre-Application Information:

- September 10, 2021 – Impact Polk 2022 application process opens. Applications will not be accepted early.
- October 4, 2021 – Impact Polk grant applications must be fully submitted online by 11:59 p.m.
- March - June 2022 – Final grant award notices sent.*

Application tutorial:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online (from September 10):

For questions, contact:
Johnna Martinez, Grants Manager
(863) 683-3131

The GiveWell Community Foundation

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