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Community Impact Grants

Grants to Southwest Florida Nonprofits and Agencies for Projects
and Programs that Improve the Quality of Life for Residents

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Southwest Florida nonprofit organizations and government agencies to benefit residents of Charlotte, Glades, Lee, Hendry, and Collier Counties. Grantmaking areas include climate change, economy, jobs, animals, environment, community design, health and safety, arts, community, culture, and equity and empowerment.

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation 2019-2020 Community Impact Grant season opens with a call for ideas, projects, and programs–both established and new—that are designed to increase the quality of life in sustainable and equitable ways for Southwest Floridians.

Based on the available Field of Interest funds, Community Impact Grants provide funding in the following areas:

Community Design: Achieve livability, choice, and access for all where people live, work, and play.  For more information, see:

Economy and Jobs: Create equitably shared prosperity and access to quality jobs.  For more information, see:

Animals: Safeguard biodiversity and treat all species with respect.  For more information, see:

Environment: Protect and restore the natural resources upon which life depends.  For more information, see:

Climate Change: Reduce climate impacts through adaptation and mitigation efforts and increase resource efficiency.  For more information, see:

Health and Safety: Strengthen communities to be healthy, resilient and safe places for all residents and businesses.  For more information, see:

Education: Empower vibrant, educated, connected, and diverse communities.  For more information, see:

Arts, Community, and Culture: Provide a broad range of arts and cultural resources and activities that encourage community participation, creative self-expression, and community revitalization.  For more information, see:

Equity and Empowerment: Ensure equity, inclusion, and access to opportunity for all residents.  For more information, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160859

Estimated Size of Grant:

You may request up to, but not more than, $50,000 for your proposed project/program. The Field of Interest funds vary in amount and may be less than $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Please keep this in mind you will need to plan for implementation 6 months after grant application is submitted.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Nonprofit organizations exempt from Federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Units of government are eligible [(c)(4) and (c)(6) agencies are not eligible]
- Applicants must be located in and/or primarily serve residents of Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, or Collier counties. Some funding is county-specific based on donor intent of Field of Interest
- Eligible organization must be governed by a volunteer Board of Directors with at least five (5) individuals unrelated through familial or business connections
- Organizations must conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, or religious affiliation

- Capital Building Campaigns and Building Renovation Projects
- Political Campaigns
- Lobbying or similar activities
- Advancement of a particular religion or faith
- Organizations that have received Community Impact Fund Grants in all three of the last grant cycles (2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019). Organizations are defined by the EIN submitted in their Letter of Idea and/or Application. No EIN can be granted four years in a row.

Pre-Application Information:

The letter of idea (LOI) round is open between June 3rd and July 31st.

If your LOI is advanced to the next round, you will be invited to participate in the Compassionate Shark Tank: CIG Pitch Day on Thursday, December 5th, 2019. Shark Tank participants have 3 minutes to share their idea with the shark tank panel, which includes community stakeholders from across the region. The panel has 10 minutes to ask questions of you about your idea.

If your idea advances beyond the Compassionate Shark Tank, you may be asked to respond to a request for more information (RFMI).

Awards will be announced, and funding disseminated in January 2020.


Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Trisha Botty, Grants Manager
tel. 239-274-5900

2031 Jackson Street, Suite 100
Fort Myers, FL 33901

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