FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Justin Brand, Director of Community Engagement
Charlotte Community Foundation
941-637-0077
jbrand@charlottecf.org

Punta Gorda, FL, June 5, 2020 – The Charlotte Community Foundation (CCF) announces grant cycle in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. This grant cycle will be open for applications July 6 at 10 am through July 24 at 5pm.

As the community’s Center for Philanthropy, the Charlotte Community Foundation places a top priority on annual grant making. We seek to support local nonprofit organizations through investments that will create a positive impact on the citizens of Charlotte County.

These investments are designed to enhance nonprofit programs or services that will 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.

Due to the COVID-19 Crisis, CCF has adapted our existing Community Investment Grants process and instituted an interim grant cycle. In order to be eligible for this funding, organizations and programs must be able to demonstrate COVID-19 Crisis impacted need with measurable outcomes.

COVID-19 Crisis Grants are made to Nonprofit 501 (C)(3) charitable organizations OR Governmental Organizations as described in 501(c)(1) and 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code that have been in existence for at least two years.

“It is with great excitement that the CCF Board of Directors and Staff have announced our plans to adapt to the current needs of our community and help serve the most vulnerable in Charlotte County as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times together. Connecting people who care with causes that matter is the mission of CCF and we are dedicated to support those causes in such a time of need.”, said Justin Brand, Director of Community Engagement.

The Charlotte Community Foundation will award individual grants up to $15,000 to nonprofits. Consideration is given to the following in determining the merits and priority of an application for funding:

• Program / services proposed are community priorities and factual and/or statistical information exists that supports the priority.

• Program / services addresses emerging community needs, answers existing ones more effectively, or allows for a wider constituency.

• Program /services does not duplicate and is distinctive from other existing efforts.

• The nonprofit possesses the capability to achieve the program / services expected results.

• The expected outcomes are clearly defined, measurable and will be documented to primarily benefit Charlotte County.

• The program’s / services’ degree of potential impact to the community or specific constituents.

• Program / services includes a partnership or collaboration between organizations which results in innovative solutions and stronger results.

• Program / services has secured or are likely to secure additional funding.

• Program / services can demonstrate evidence of strategic growth towards future program / service sustainability.

• Needed operational funding can be applied for to help with current budgeted expenses, not to include overhead.

• Grant funding should be expended within 90 days with a final report due at 180 days of receiving funds. In the event an agency will not be able to expend the funds within the first 90 days, a written request within the time allotted will be submitted for approval to the CCF Board of Directors. Unspent funds will be returned to CCF.

For more information about how to apply for the Charlotte Community Foundation 2020 COVID-19 Crisis Grant, please go to our website www.charlottecf.org/grants

Charlotte Community Foundation, Inc.  As the Center for Philanthropy in Charlotte County, the Foundation focuses exclusively on the needs of Charlotte County.  Providing more than $1.2 million dollars through grant making in 2019 alone, the Foundation provides personalized donor services to assist individuals in establishing tax advantageous charitable funds, which provide distributions, grants and other resources to support nonprofits in Charlotte County.  The Foundation’s mission is “Connecting people who care with causes that matter”. For more information or for questions about the Charlotte Community Foundation, please go to www.charlottecf.org or call (941) 637-0077.