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Children’s Mental and Behavioral Health Grant



Southwest Florida Children’s charities will not have an open grants process this coming year for funding. Stay tuned for more updates in Summer 2020.

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The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is partnering with the SWFL Children’s Charities organization for its 2018-19 grant process.  These guidelines frame grantmaking specific to children’s mental and behavior health, with funding from a majority of proceeds from the SWFL Food and Wine Fest, occurring on February 24, 2019.

Under the leadership of its Board of Directors and with the passionate and generous support of its Trustees, SWFL Children’s Charities has donated $21.6 million to local pediatric health care initiatives over the past ten years making it the most successful fundraising event in Lee County and one of the top-grossing wine fests in the country.

The 2018-19 Southwest Florida Children’s Charities grant opens with a call for ideas, projects, and programs–both established and new.  The focus of this year’s grant is children’s mental and behavioral health, including young adults who are still in the education system or otherwise would be (had a mental, behavioral, or traumatic circumstance not arisen) to help fill an underserved and vitally important need for children.

Children’s mental and behavioral health for the purpose of this funding opportunity is defined as behavioral, emotional or mental health problems that threaten a child’s happiness and well-being.  Such health issues include, but are not limited to:

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Mood Disorders (Depression, Bipolar, etc.)
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Addictive Disorders/Substance Abuse
  • Extreme and Disruptive Phobias
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self-Harm
  • Anger management
  • Grief
  • Trauma
  • Abuse (emotional, mental, physical) and Domestic Violence


  • Nonprofit organizations exempt from Federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Units of government and public universities are eligible
  • 501 (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.
  • Eligible 501 (c)(3) organizations must be governed by volunteer board of directors, with at least 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
  • Proposed programs must serve children and young adults that are still pursing education (or otherwise would be had a mental, behavioral, or traumatic circumstance not arisen) in children’s mental and behavioral health.
  • The organization must have a dedicated administrator responsible for managing the organization and program.


Requested funds cannot be used for:

  • Political Campaigns
  • Lobbying or similar activities
  • Advancement of a particular religion or faith
  • Strategic planning
  • Capacity Building
  • Professional Development & Scholarships
  • Marketing
  • Programs or projects that take more than one year to show impact
  • Capital Building Campaigns and Building Renovation Projects

Collaborations and Partnerships

Collaborations and partnerships enhance and strengthen projects, programs, and relationships, increase efficiency, and result in cost savings. Please designate one organization to submit on behalf of a collaborative project or program. More than one idea can be submitted by an organization. Should you submit a collaborative proposal, please include a complete list of all partner organizations, main contact person for each organization, roles, responsibilities, and allocation of resources- including financial resources from this grant request. Partnerships and collaborations will also require the submission of agreements/MOUs signed by each partner organization. While collaborative proposals are welcomed to create impact, they are not required.


Projects/programs will be considered based on the following priorities:

  • Degree of potential benefit to the community derived from the project or program
  • New or established ideas, programs, and projects that target children’s mental and behavioral health challenges/opportunities.
  • The capacity of the organization to achieve the programs/project’s expected results
  • The degree to which the agency (or agencies) will utilize measurable outputs and outcomes to evaluate ideas, programs, and projects
  • Ideas, programs, and projects that are likely to attract additional funds, resources, and community support beyond this grant
  • Programs/programs that can show impact within one year. Please note: if your project extends beyond one year, you must be able to show some outcomes and impact at the end of the one-year funding cycle.

Funding Limit

You may request between $100,000 and $500,000 for your proposed project/program.

The Process

Below is a description of this year’s SWFL Children’s Charities children’s mental and behavioral health process.

Request for Proposals (RFP) – November 2, 2018 – December 7, 2018

The Request for Proposals is open between November 2nd and December 7th.  Awards will be announced and funding disseminated in May/June 2019. The criteria for a well-written proposal are:

  • Clarity of ideas
  • Precision of explanations
  • Thoughtfulness of design
  • Correlation to cause area: Children’s Mental and Behavioral Health

Please note: Supplemental materials beyond the proposal requirements will not be reviewed unless specifically requested by Foundation staff.

To review the application questions please click here.  Please note: all applications must be completed through our online portal which you can access at the button below.


Please note, awards will not be announced until May or June of 2019.  Please keep in mind as you plan your application that you will need to plan for implementation 6 months after grant application is submitted.

The Compassionate Shark Tank: Pitch Day – February 11th, 2019

If your proposal is advanced to the next round, you will be invited to participate in the Compassionate Shark Tank: Pitch Day. Shark Tank participants have 3 minutes to share their idea with the shark tank panel, which is comprised of the SWFL Children’s Charities Board of Trustees. The panel has 10 minutes to ask questions of you about your idea.

The RFMI Round

You may be invited to submit a request for more information (RFMI).  If we need more information, you will be informed after the Pitch Day is over. The RFMI is a set of questions in which you elaborate more on specific aspects of the proposed project or program.

Awards will be announced May or June 2019.

Still Have Questions?

Please email [email protected] or call 239-274-5900