CFCC: Capacity Grants

Community Foundation of Collier County

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Anticipated deadline: May 22, 2021

Grant amount: US $500 - US $2,500

Fields of work: All fields of work

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Capital Project, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Collier County, Florida

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE:  Funds may be requested for general operating support, to build capacity, or to rebuild capacity from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

Capacity Grant funds are provided for small nonprofits with prior year revenues of $1 million or less. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the matching funds requirement has been waived for the May 1, 2020 grant application cycle.

Community Foundation of Collier County Changing Needs Fund

The Community Foundation provides grant dollars to nonprofits for programs that Show measurable results in addressing community needs. The Foundation also provides grants dollars to support nonprofit capacity building to ensure that nonprofits have the tools needed to operate using best practices.

Grant decisions are made by community-based committees comprised of volunteers who have a background or particular interest in the program area. Community Foundation staff support these committees. Grant proposals are ranked and scored on multiple criteria by the committees, and issues such as sustainability and outcomes play a significant role in the decision-making process. 

We also work with Community Grantmakers who have established a Field-of-Interest Fund at the Community Foundation to support their grant program. Deadlines will be announced throughout the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Grants made through Donor Advised Funds are made at the discretion of the donor and are not part of our competitive programs grant process. 

Capacity Grants

These grant funds are provided for small nonprofits (prior year revenues of $1 million or less) that need help building the capacity of their organization through a short-term project using a consultant or need support with small capital needs that build capacity. These grants are up to $2,500 and require a 1:1 match.

A consultant may be hired to lead a project. Examples of this include a first-time strategic plan, program planning, succession planning, or financial planning. Capacity Grants are not provided for ongoing operational activities performed by subcontractors or consultants.

Examples of small capital needs grants include technology or technology equipment, or equipment needed for a special project. A new software package needed in a program expansion is considered eligible. Requests for items used for ongoing daily operations, such as desktop/laptop office computers or office printers, will not be funded.

Capacity Grants are provided up to $2,500 and must be matched by the organization 1:1. Organizations may apply for one Capacity Grant every two years.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicant must be a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization serving Collier County, FL residents
  • Applicant organization must be at least two years old from Effective Date of Exemption listed on the IRS letter of determination
  • Applicant must have a Profile in the Nonprofit Directory.
  • Applicant must have matching funds of 25% cash or other as specified in the grant application description
  • Applicant must meet the grant guideline criteria
  • Applications must be relevant to Collier County
  • Applicants must agree to the Community Foundation’s Statement of Diversity.


  • We do NOT fund the following:
    • Grants to individuals
    • Political campaigns
    • Lobbying
    • Scholarly research
    • Annual campaigns
    • Event Sponsorships
    • Team or sport travel
    • Travel-related expenses
    • Organizations not serving Collier County, Florida