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William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Grant

Grants to Florida Nonprofits for Capital Projects
in Sarasota, Charlotte, Manatee, and DeSoto Counties

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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William G. and Marie Selby Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/01/19 5:00 PM EST


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Grants starting at $10,000 to Florida nonprofit organizations for capital projects that benefit those living in Sarasota, Charlotte, Manatee, and DeSoto counties. Funding may be used for the renovation, construction, or purchase of buildings and facilities, as well as for the purchase of equipment and software. Proposals may also include the costs of related technical services (legal, architectural, engineering, etc.).

Priority will be given to projects in the areas of human services, education, arts, and community projects, including history, science, and the environment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178386

Number of Grants:

The Foundation will make about 40 grants each fiscal year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Minimum Request: $10,000
-Average Grant Size: $50,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants from the Selby Foundation are restricted to 501(c) 3 nonprofit entities (or equivalent) that are located within Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte or DeSoto Counties.

On rare occasions, exceptions are made for groups outside of these counties who can demonstrate that a majority of their clients ( greater than 50%) come from within this 4-county service area. However, you must contact the Foundation Executive Director to discuss the details before your application will be accepted.

Grants from the Selby Foundation are also generally restricted to capital expenditures [see Areas of Interest above].

Organizations that have previously received Selby funding may not apply again until at least one year after the approval of their previous final report. Organizations that have never applied for a Selby grant (or who have not received one within 5 years) are encouraged to contact the Executive Director for a preliminary discussion before applying. All previous grant requirements must be fulfilled to the Foundation’s satisfaction before the organization will be eligible to apply again.

Generally, the Foundation will not provide grants for the following purposes:

-Operating/program expenses (including salaries)
-Projects that have already been completed, or expenses already incurred
-Deficit financing/debt reduction
-Conferences, seminars or workshops
-Surveys, advertising, or marketing materials

Generally, the Foundation will not provide grants to the following entities:

-Chambers of Commerce
-Private K-12 Schools
-Individual Public K-12 Schools (including Charter Schools and Booster Organizations)
-Churches and their individual ministries
-Individual Fire or Police Departments (including volunteer organizations)

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Deadline Information:

Completed grant requests must be received via the online application portal by 5:00 PM EST on February 1st or August 1st of each year. If either of the closing dates falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is advanced until the next business day. Applicants are encouraged to submit their completed applications in advance of the deadline.

Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified in writing of the acceptance or rejection of their request. Notifications for grants applied for in February will arrive by mid-May and notifications for grants applied for in August will arrive by mid-December, so please plan accordingly.

Selby funding is generally intended to assist organizations in pursuing strategic goals by leveraging support from a broad base of constituents. As such, applicants who can demonstrate a variety of other funding sources for their project, and/or those who request less than 10% of the total project cost are usually given priority for approval.

Contact Information:

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

Access the Grant Portal here:

Diane Ballinger, Grants & Office Manager

Selby Foundation
1800 2nd Street, Suite 954
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 957-0442

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties