SWFCF Community Impact Grants

Southwest Florida Community Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jul 31, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Dec 4, 2020 7:59pm PST (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Counties in Florida: Charlotte County, Collier County, Glades County, Hendry County, Lee County

Location of residency: Counties in Florida: Charlotte County, Collier County, Glades County, Hendry County, Lee County

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NOTE: If your LOI is advanced to the next round, you will be invited to participate in the Compassionate Shark Tank: CIG Pitch Day on the 'full proposal' deadline above. Shark Tank participants have 3 minutes to share their idea with the shark tank panel, which includes community stakeholders from across the region. The panel has 10 minutes to ask questions of you about your idea.

Your effectiveness will be measured by your ability to address each of the LOI elements in your presentation and Q&A session as well as respond to any additional questions from the panel.

Community Impact Grant

The Community Impact Grant is a program of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. The funding for this program comes from Field of Interest funds. Donors and philanthropists establish Field of Interest funds to address their desires and intentions for Southwest Florida, including Hendry, Glades, Charlotte, Collier, and Lee counties. This grant program reflects the intent of donors who have entrusted their money to the Foundation. Foundation leaders recognize there are other important issues not funded by this program.

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation 2019-2020 Community Impact Grant season opens with a call for idea, projects, and programs–both established and new—that are designed to increase the quality of life in sustainable and equitable ways for Southwest Floridians.

Based on the available Field of Interest funds, Community Impact Grants provide funding in the following areas:


  • Natural Resource protection Goals:
    • Increased amount of priority natural systems conserved for biological function
    • Increased amount of wetlands, streams, and shoreline buffers
    • Increased connectivity of land for ecosystem services
    • Restoration of degradation of natural areas such as erosion and removal of Invasives
  • Green infrastructure goals: 
    • Increased amount of Green Infrastructure, dedicated vegetation spaces
    • Improve residents’ access to Green Infrastructure
  • Energy goals: 
    • Increased use of renewable engery

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Health, Safety & Animals

  • Safe Communities goals: 
    • Reduce Violent Crime Rate
    • Reduce the risk of School Violence in Public Schools
    • Increase awareness of human trafficking
  • Food access & nutrition goals: 
    • Increased amount of local fresh food produced or sold
    • Increased abillity for families to access low-cost, healthful food
    • Increased % of residents within a walkable ¼ mile of a healthful food retail outlet
    • Increased Amount of fresh fruits and vegetables in public school districts
  • Community Health & Health system goals: 
    • Improve state rankings on morbidity and mortality
    • Improve state rankings on key behaviors that impact health
    • Improve state rankings on quality of clinical care and access to healthcare
    • Improved quality of Local Health System
    • Improved quality of life for Alzheimer’s caregivers
  • Active living goals: 
    • Increased amount of active people
  • Animal welfare goals: 
    • Improved capacity and effectiveness of animal welfare agencies

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  • Educational opportunity and attainment goals: 
    • Improved Reading proficiency of third grade students
    • High School graduation rate at least 90%
    • High School graduation rate equity
    • Improved early childhood welfare
    • Increase FAFSA completion rates

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Arts & Community Culture

  • Arts and culture goals: 
    • Increased amount of creative industry businesses
    • Improved attendance and participation in arts
  • Community culture and capacity goals: 
    • Increased community cohesion (sense of community) in neighborhoods

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Equity & Empowerment

  • Civil & human rights goals: 
    • Increased advocacy among marginalized groups
  • Equitable services and access goals: 
    • Increased access to literacy programs among low income families
    • Increased access to digital technology among low income families
  • Poverty alleviation goals: 
    • Increased access to career resources for low income families
    • Decrease regional poverty rate among highest poverty rate subgroups

Read more here.

In addition to the funding areas above, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation seeks projects and programs that assist in the following, more focused, areas:

  • Veterans experiencing behavioral health issues and are experiencing and/or are at risk of homelessness. (Equity & Empowerment)
  • Health and medical needs of Southwest Florida Island residents (Health & Safety)
  • Individuals in need of health care due to heart disease or cancer, and are experiencing and/or are at risk of homelessness (Health & Safety)
  • Legal services relating to immigration status for individuals not born in this country, or their family members, so that they may remain and prosper in the country (Equity and Empowerment)
  • Organizations located in and/or primarily serving residents of Bonita Springs.
  • To provide emergency health assistance to 1) active or retired party boat captains 2) who are residents of Southwest Florida 3) who have or who have had a United States Coast Guard Master License as a master of vessels of not less than 100 tons and 4) who are members of and have maintained membership in the National Party Association, while they were party boat captains…Upon my death, the earning and principal of the Fund will be used by the Trustees of the Foundation to support specific needs of the community as set forth above by me, or, in absence of such direction, as the Trustees shall deem appropriate for charitable purposes.

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


  • Nonprofit organizations exempt from Federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Units of government are eligible.
  • Applicants must be located in and primarily serve residents of Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, or Collier counties.
    • Some funding is county-specific based on donor intent of Field of Interest funds.
  • Eligible organization must be governed by a volunteer Board of Directors with at least five (5) individuals unrelated through familial or business connections.
  • Organizations must conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, or religious affiliation


  • Projects/programs will be considered based on the following priorities:
    • Degree of potential benefit to the community derived from the project or program
    • New or established ideas, programs, and projects that target community challenges/opportunities and do not unnecessarily duplicate efforts
    • The capacity of the organization to achieve the programs/project’s expected results
    • The degree to which the agency (or agencies) will utilize measurable outcomes to evaluate ideas, programs, and projects
    • Ideas, programs, and projects that are likely to attract additional funds, resources, and community support
    • The agency’s ability to obtain continued funding, beyond a grant from the Foundation
    • The amount of available funds the Community Foundation has to award
    • Note: The Field of Interest funds vary in amount may be less than $50,000


  • (c)(4) and (c)(6) agencies are not eligible.
  • Exclusions:
    • Capital Building Campaigns and Building Renovation Projects;
    • Political Campaigns;
    • Lobbying or similar activities; or
    • Advancement of a particular religion or faith.
    • Organizations that have received Community Impact Fund Grants in all three of the last grant cycles (2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019). Organizations are defined by the EIN submitted in their Letter of Idea and/or Application. No EIN can be granted four years in a row.