SFC Charitable Foundation Grant

Singing For Change Charitable Foundation

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

Next deadline: Mar 15, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Jul 15, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



Singing for Change Grant Program

Singing for Change empowers people to become more self-sufficient.

Singing for Change supports nonprofit organizations that inspire personal growth, community integration, and the enhanced awareness that collectively, people can bring about positive change. We believe people can achieve sustainable self-sufficiency through dynamic, connected, diverse communities. 

We focus our resources on inclusive, community-based organizations that rely strongly on volunteer efforts, where foundation support can make a significant difference. Most likely to be considered are organizations that keep their overhead low and collaborate with other groups in their community to find innovative ways of solving a common problem. SFC is interested in programs that empower individuals to effect positive change in their communities. 

Singing for Change (aka SFC Charitable Foundation, Inc.) was created by Jimmy Buffett in 1995, and receives one dollar from each ticket Jimmy sells at his shows. We envision a world where nonprofit organizations, large and small, provide compelling opportunities for individuals to discover their power to make a difference. The foundation promotes work on the forefront of social change - helping people and communities become smarter, safer, stronger, healthier, and whole. 

Singing for Change (SFC) partners with progressive, community-based organizations addressing the root causes of social or environmental problems. We recently narrowed our focus to projects designed to promote self-sufficiency. 

Specifically, we look for groups that are: 

  • Working to engage individuals in their communities 
  • Helping people realize their full potential
  • Creating lasting change in the communities they serve

Areas Of Interest:

Children and families: Grants are awarded to programs fostering self-sufficiency and stability. Individual therapy is not funded, nor are therapeutic or recreational camps or wish-fulfillment programs. 

The environment: Grants are awarded to programs teaching people practical, everyday methods of conservation, protection and the responsible use of natural resources. Efforts to protect individual species or animals are not usually funded by SFC. 

Disenfranchised groups: SFC defines these groups as people who have been marginalized in society because of their low levels of skill, education or income, people with disabilities, and people who are homeless. 

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


  • Geographic Focus:
    • United States.
    • Grants are made internationally if so requested by a member of the Board of Directors or the founder.
  • Restrictions:
    • Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code, or to organizations that have a sponsoring agency with this status.


  • Projects most likely to be considered are those which: 
    • Help people overcome social or economic barriers to education or employment 
    • Promote the empowerment of individuals toward self-sufficiency, and provide opportunities for personal growth that benefit their greater community
    • Demonstrate human equality and encourage people to cross boundary lines to help others


  • SFC does not consider grants to:
    • public or private schools 
    • individuals
    • government agencies
    • art, music, or recreational programs (even if offered to disenfranchised groups), unless specifically asked to do so by a Board Member or our founder
    • disaster relief
    • political organizations
    • religious organizations
    • medical research, quality of life, wish fulfillment, or disease treatment organizations
    • basic needs programs (that exist to supply food or clothing)
    • single service programs such as individual counseling
    • efforts to protect individual species or animals