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Community Impact Grant FAQs

Community Impact Grant
Frequently Asked Questions

I can’t find my password, or my account information how do I proceed?

We know how frustrating it can be when you cannot log into an account. First, we recommend you take a look at our portal instructions.  These provide information on resetting your password and navigating the portal system.  If you are unable to gain access after reviewing the instructions, please email [email protected] or calling (239) 274-5900.

How do I learn more about Southwest Florida Cause Areas and how to determine which ones align with my project, program or proposal?

We are committed to aligning the work of our partners and the resources provided by our donors to the sustainability of our region.  To that end, our Cause Areas have a number of measurable outcomes behind them.  The best way to learn more and determine which Cause Area your project/program aligns with is to please visit the Sustainability page on our website.

We have applied before and not received funds. Should we apply again?

Yes. Funding changes year-to-year as do applicants, which means our reviewers are always looking at applications with fresh eyes. In addition, we always keep your proposals to share with donors who might be passionate about your work throughout the year, whether we are able to fund your work through the Community Impact Grant or not. With that in mind, we always suggest that you apply. We’ve worked hard to keep our application process, called Letter of Idea, pretty simple in hopes of making it less time-consuming.  We know how valuable your time is because you need to stay focused on making a difference in our region!

Does the Letter of Idea have to be a new project or program? Can I submit a previous application?

You can submit a new or old idea and/or project/program. This is based on your preference and strategy.

I received funds last year, does that disqualify me from receiving funds this year?

We want to support successful programs in a way that contributes to the sustainability of the work.  At the same time, we want to make sure we are supporting new organizations, so we ask that organizations that have received Community Impact Fund Grants in all three of the last grant cycles (2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019) sit out a year. 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. If you don’t fall into either category, you are able to apply.

I am new to the Community Impact Grant, how to apply?

First, we ask that you take a look at our portal instructions.  This provides information on how to create a new profile. For more information about the guidelines, please visit our website. We also suggest you take a look at previously funded programs. It is important to note that we encourage everyone to submit a LOI because we keep applications even if they are not funded through our Community Impact Grant, in the event we find a donor who may be aligned with their project.

Should I create an account if someone else in my office has a profile?

The answer would depend on your preference. Your own profile would link you directly to the Letter of Idea, and any correspondence would go to you.

Someone from my organization had a profile, but I don’t have their password. What should I do? Can you reset it?

We would suggest creating your own profile and selecting your current organization in the profile setup. Once you have done so, please feel free to email [email protected] and we will grant you full access to the organization.

Does the Southwest Florida community Foundation require audited financials?

No, the Community Impact Grant does not require audited financials. However, you may be asked to provide other documentation/information in a possible Request For More Information (RFMI).

What is an acceptable dollar range to request?

The maximum you can request is 50,000. However, the acceptable amount is determined by your designed program/project. We always try to fully fund projects.  In instances where that is impossible, we will reach out to ask for additional information about how lesser funds might impact the outcomes of your proposal.

Will I receive the full amount of my request, if I am awarded funding?

The amount you receive is based on many factors, including strength of project/program, Letter of Idea, Compassionate Shark Tank, Request For More Information (RFMI), donor intent and available funds. We always try to fully fund projects.  In instances where that is impossible, we will reach out to ask for additional information about how lesser funds might impact the outcomes of your proposal.

Can two users have access to an application?

No, you will have to share a username/password to have multiple parties edit the same application.

Does my organization name need to match my EIN?

Yes. Please be sure to use the exact name used on your EIN on your application.

Can I speak to someone at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation about my program/project for thoughts, suggestion about my LOI or Narrative Questions?

This can be confusing because we are so committed to partnering and collaborating with organizations. At the same time, we are committed to implementing a fair and unbiased grant review process. To honor this process and our commitment to our donors, we cannot discuss your proposal with you or give advice one-on-one. Having a fair and unbiased process is important to us. We will offer a webinar to provide the same advice to anyone who attends in advance of the applications closing. An additional webinar will be offered to those who move on to the Shark Tank.

Having said that, if you have questions regarding the guidelines or timeline, we would be happy to help.  First though,  we ask that you take a look at the guidelines on our website. We also suggest you take a look at previously funded programs. It is important to note that we encourage everyone to submit a LOI because we keep applications even if they are not funded through our Community Impact Grant, in the event we find a donor who may be aligned with their project.

Can my organization submit more than one proposal or project?

As it relates to the Community Impact Grant guidelines, nothing precludes an organization/EIN from submitting more than one LOI. It is up to your organization to determine if submitting more than one Letter of Idea is the right strategy for you and if your organization has the capacity to do so.

Still Have Questions?

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