Employment & Education Grants

Community Foundation of Collier County

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Anticipated deadline: May 22, 2021

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $15,000

Fields of work: Education - K through 12 College Success / Persistence Summer Camps Tutoring & Mentoring After School /Summer Educational Programs Academic Scholarship Programs Employment Services Vocational & Trade Education Education - Higher Education Education - Preschool / Early Learning Child Care Services Workforce Preparation & Job Readiness Academic Success & Enrichment Career/College Preparation Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Collier County, Florida

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Community Foundation of Collier County has revised its grants process to make current grants as unrestricted as possible, so our nonprofit partners have maximum flexibility to respond to the crisis.  

Program Grants have been converted to General Operating Support or COVID-19 relief. Grant Awards range from $5,000 – $15,000.

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. 

Program Grants

The Community Foundation provides grant dollars to nonprofits for programs that demonstrate measurable results in addressing community needs. Funding range is $20,000 – $30,000, and 2-3 organizations will be funded in each category below. Funding may be requested for either new programs, program expansions, or operational support. Requests must provide detail on how grant dollars will be used.

Please note the following: 

  • Programs and projects must demonstrate strong measurable outcomes.
  • Please review the eligibility guidelines above and update your profile in the nonprofit directory prior to beginning an application.
  • Please review the Community Needs Assessment on our website or the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation website to determine if your program addresses a need or gap in services.

Employment & Education - Community Needs

  • From the Community Needs Assessment: employment & economic opportunity, preschool & k-12 education, child care, vocational training & postsecondary options, access to education, afterschool programs
  • From the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation website: tutoring; after school-programming; camps; reducing burdensome student loan debt for select, high-potential college students and their working-class families; exceptional college students who pursue teaching careers. 

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 matching funds of 25% cash or other as specified
  • 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