The Community Impact Grant is a program of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. The funding for this program comes from Field of Interest funds. Donors and philanthropists establish Field of Interest funds to address their desires and intentions for Southwest Florida, including Hendry, Glades, Charlotte, Collier, and Lee Counties. This grant program reflects the intent of donors who have entrusted their money to the Foundation. Foundation leaders recognize there are other important issues not funded by this program.
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation 2017-18 Community Impact Grant season opens with a call for idea, 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:
For more information about these cause areas, please click the links above.
In addition to the funding areas above, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation seeks projects and programs that assist in the following areas:
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.
Projects/programs will be considered based on the following priorities:
Note: The Field of Interest funds vary in amount may be less than $50,000
The Process: Below is a description of this year’s Community Impact Grant process.
The letter of idea (LOI) round is open between September 1st and November 3rd. This is not a full traditional RFP. Please do not include the traditional elements of an RFP in your letter. The letter is a snapshot of your program/project idea. The criteria for a well-written LOI are,
Please note: Supplemental materials beyond the LOI requirements will not be reviewed unless specifically requested by Foundation staff.
Note: If you not have registered on our new grants portal, please click here for Registration Instructions
If your LOI is advanced to the next round, you will be invited to participate in the Compassionate Shark Tank: CIG Pitch Day on Wednesday, December 7th. 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.
Your effectiveness will be measured by your ability to address each of the LOI elements in your presentation and Q&A session.
If your idea advances beyond the Compassionate Shark Tank, you may be invited to submit a request for more information (RFMI). If we need more information, you will be informed after Pitch Day is over. The RFMI is a set a questions in which you elaborate more on specific aspects of the proposed project or program. The questions are often generated from the conversations that occur during CIG Pitch Day.
If you are awarded a grant from the Community Impact Grant cycle, you become a member of the tribe. A tribe is a group of nonprofit agencies and their leaders who have been granted dollars from the Foundation to advance their mission in Southwest Florida. As an addition to your grant, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation provides a year-long capacity building experience at no cost to you. This year for the Tribe, we will be partnering with Network for Good (NFG) to provide technical assistance around fundraising. To qualify for this tribe experience, organizations must:
Please note: you may still be eligible for a grant through the Foundation without meeting all of these requirements. This is a fantastic opportunity for technical assistance around fundraising, so if you meet the above NFG requirements, your participation will be a requirement of the grant and will be confirmed in a Letter of Understanding.
Awards will be announced December 2017.
Please email [email protected] or call 239-274-5900