GCCF Leveraged Grants

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Grant amount: More than US $10,000

Next deadline: Dec 5, 2018 (Pre proposal)

Later deadlines: Dec 19, 2018 (Full proposal), Apr 3, 2019 (Pre proposal), Apr 17, 2019 (Full proposal), Aug 15, 2019 (Pre proposal), Aug 29, 2019 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity College / University Nonprofit Elementary / Secondary School

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

Location of project: Counties in Florida: Charlotte County, DeSoto County, Lee County, Manatee County, Sarasota County

Location of residency: United States

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Gulf Coast invites nonprofit organizations to partner with us to transform our region through bold ideas, creative projects, and proactive philanthropy.

Leveraged Grants

Leveraged grant requests should clearly target regional priorities, utilize creative strategies, and provide measurable data to assess impact.

Successful leveraged grants involve multiple partners that extend the impact of your program or project. Leveraged grant requests are accepted according to the schedule below and typically exceed $10,000.

Your organization must also have skin in the game - in other words, your confidence in the proposal is so strong that your organization will provide at least 50 percent of the cash for the program or project.

Regional Priorities

Through our research and planning, Gulf Coast has identified four focus areas in which our region must build capacity and leverage strengths to drive future growth and prosperity:

Self-sufficient families: Provide opportunities and tools for residents to thrive

For several years, Gulf Coast has been working to systemically address the root causes of pressing socioeconomic issues that lead to regional problems like homelessness and food insecurity. Through this work with many community partners, we have identified additional gaps—from financial literacy and mental-health care to job training and affordable housing—that limit opportunity and economic mobility for residents. Gulf Coast aims to extend new systems of care for vulnerable residents by investing in services and educational tools that will promote stability, improve physical and mental health, and prevent crises for those who are living on the edge.

Engaged communities: Leverage leadership and promote connections to enhance our region’s unique places and welcome a diverse population.

Amid rapid growth and increasing diversity, community infrastructure is a critical element for our region’s competitiveness and success. Balancing the use of recreational assets or access to cultural amenities with desires to preserve a quality of life that attracted many here in the first place can create tensions. Promoting interconnectedness within the region and enhancing lifestyle amenities that appeal to a diversity of age groups can engage more residents in building our regional reputation and identity. Gulf Coast supports partnerships and efforts to create safe and healthy communities, expand recreational access, and welcome residents of all ages and cultures.

21st-century learning: Customize and adapt education and training to build a competitive regional workforce.

Building the workforce of the future starts early in our schools, with innovative programs that introduce students to science and math, provide creative and hands-on learning opportunities, and utilize technology in relevant ways for digital natives. Meanwhile, employers in our region poised to grow and diversify our economy need workers with advanced skills training right now. Through educational initiatives like STEM-smart and workforce-development efforts like CareerEdge, our region has focused on educating students and training workers for jobs that will provide opportunity, fuel productivity, and drive future economic growth. Technology and innovation are threaded through this priority, and Gulf Coast supports smart strategies to promote skills for innovation-based jobs and to expand flexible workforce training for targeted industries.

Innovation economy: Develop economic clusters and nurture entrepreneurship to continue moving our region toward an innovation-based economy.

Gulf Coast remains committed to diversifying our regional economy away from dependence on services and seasons and toward innovation and entrepreneurship. This innovation-based economy requires patented technology, access to capital, and entrepreneurial energy. Developing economic clusters around regional strengths such as healthcare innovation, art and design, marine science, and sports performance can fuel our future economy, providing quality jobs with family-sustaining wages, supplying career opportunities for students, and nurturing new business ventures. Growing and better connecting the critical elements of our entrepreneurial ecosystem will enable more entrepreneurs to make a start in our region.

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


  • Organizations must be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charities that provide programs and services that benefit the residents of Sarasota County, its immediately surrounding communities, and Boca Grande.
  • Any organization that has an open leveraged grant with Gulf Coast and has not submitted a final grant report is ineligible for a leveraged grant.

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