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LGBT FY 2017 Grant – Call for Letters of Idea

The LGBT Community Fund of Southwest Florida, a fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, is opening its first ever annual call for letters of idea. The LGBT Community Fund will be awarding $18,000 for a project or program that provides opportunities for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Services for LGBT Youth in Southwest Florida. Organizations wishing to apply for the grant must meet the basic eligibility requirements below.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Nonprofit organizations exempt from Federal income taxes under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code and units of government are eligible [(c)4 and (c)6 agencies are ineligible].
  • Applicants must be located in and primarily serve residents of Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, and/or Collier counties.
  • Eligible organizations must be governed by a volunteer board of directors with at least 5 unrelated members.
  • Organizations must conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, or religious affiliation.

Eligible organizations begin the application process through completing the Letter of Idea (LOI). The LOIs are then scored with the top ranked organizations being invited to present their idea in a 3-minute pitch at a Compassionate Shark Tank. Organizations may be asked to complete a Request for More Information (RFMI) to clarify their idea. The LGBT Steering Committee has final discretion of the grant distribution to top contenders from the above outlined process.


Letter of Idea

Please tell us about your idea for suicide prevention and mental health services for LGBT Youth in Southwest Florida by answering the following questions. Please keep your answers specific and succinct.

  1. What is your idea for suicide prevention and mental health services?
  2. How do LGBT Youth benefit from this idea?
  3. What change do you believe will occur as a result of your idea and why?
  4. How do you plan on overcoming transportation barriers for LGBT Youth?
  5. Tell us how you have involved the LGBT Youth you want to serve in the development of this idea?
  6. Brief program budget


Click here to visit the LGBT Fund of Southwest Florida website.