CCF: Community Investment Grant

Charlotte Community Foundation

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Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 26, 2020 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Charlotte County, Florida

Location of residency: Charlotte County, Florida

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About this funder:



Our Mission

The mission of the Charlotte Community Foundation is to connect people who care with causes that matter. We are a local community foundation, focused on stimulating private and public philanthropy dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Charlotte County, strengthening our community’s nonprofit organizations and supporting projects, programs and services that address our community’s most urgent needs.

Grant Guidelines

As a facilitator of philanthropy, the Charlotte Community Foundation places a top priority on annual grant making.

We seek to support local nonprofit organizations through investments that will have the greatest possible positive impact on the citizens of Charlotte County. These investments are designed to enhance programs or services of organizations that can deliver measurable improvements in output and a demonstrable outcome for those served.

We also encourage partnerships and collaborations between local organizations to maximize the collective impact of our grant making. Our goal is to make the biggest difference possible given the amount of capital invested.

Grant Making Focus/ Priorities

The Charlotte Community Foundation awards individual grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to nonprofits for programs / services that address specific identified needs of the community and which will demonstrate a measurable and positive impact for Charlotte County residents. Consideration is given to the following in determining the merits and priority of an application for funding:

  • Programs / services proposed are community priorities
  • Address emerging needs or approach existing ones more effectively
  • Are distinctive from other existing efforts (does not duplicate)
  • Nonprofit has the capability to achieve the expected results
  • Expected outcomes are clearly defined, measurable and documented
  • Degree of impact to the community or specific constituents
  • Include a collaboration between organizations to achieve stronger results.
  • Have secured or are likely to secure additional funding
  • Demonstrate evidence of strategic growth and sustainability
  • Grant funding will be expended within one calendar year

Areas of Interest

Foundation grants are made to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that have been in existence for at least two years and whose focus is in one of the following areas of interest:

  • Animal Care and Welfare
  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Development
  • Education / Training:
    • Early Childhood and School Readiness (Pre-Natal to 3rd Grade)
    • Economic and Workforce Development
    • K-12 Grades
    • Youth Programs (School Age)
    • Teen Programs (13 – 19 years)
    • Economic and Workforce Development
  • Health and Wellness
  • Human and Social Services specific to Senior Citizens and underprivileged Senior Citizens
  • Veterans Programs

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  • Eligibility Criteria: In addition to the focus areas and priorities mentioned previously, the Foundation will evaluate each grant request based on evidence of the following:
    • A current 501(C)(3) status – OR – Governmental Organization as described in 501(c)(1) and 509(a)(1) of the IRC
    • Location in and/or primary service to residents in Charlotte County
    • Governance by a volunteer board of directors of which the majority live or work in Charlotte County
    • Demonstrated fiscal responsibility and sustainability
    • Submission of all information requested on Grant application
    • Willingness to provide additional information as deemed necessary for grant decision


  • The Foundation is generally not interested in requests for:
    • Administrative Overhead
    • Annual Campaigns
    • Fraternal organizations, societies or orders
    • Grants to Individuals
    • Advancement of a particular religion or faith
    • Lobbying or similar activities
    • Political organizations or campaigns
    • Scholarly Research