Grant Making Focus/Priorities

The Charlotte Community Foundation awards individual grants up to $10,000 to nonprofits for programs / services that address specific identified needs of the community and which will demonstrate a measurable and positive impact for Charlotte County residents. Consideration is given to the following in determining the merits and priority of an application for funding:


  • Programs / services proposed are community priorities
  • Address emerging needs or approach existing ones more effectively
  • Are distinctive from other existing efforts (does not duplicate)
  • Nonprofit has the capability to achieve the expected results
  • Expected outcomes are clearly defined, measurable and will be documented to primarily benefit Charlotte County
  • Degree of impact to the community or specific constituents
  • Include a collaboration between organizations to achieve stronger results.
  • Have secured or are likely to secure additional funding
  • Demonstrate evidence of strategic growth and sustainability
  • Grant funding will be expended within one calendar year

Areas of Interest

  • Animal Care and Welfare
  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Development
  • Education / Training:
    • Early Childhood and School Readiness (Pre-Natal to 3rd Grade)
    • K-12 Grades
    • Youth Programs (School Age)
    • Teen Programs (13 – 19 years)
    • Economic and Workforce Development
  • Health and Wellness
  • Human and Social Services specific to Senior Citizens and underprivileged Senior Citizens
  • Veterans Programs

Eligibility Criteria

  • A current 501(c)(3) charitable organization that has been in existence for at least two years 501(C)(3), OR
  • A Governmental Organization as described in 501(c)(1) and 509(a)(1) of the IRC
  • Location in and/or primary service to residents in Charlotte County
  • Demonstrated fiscal responsibility and sustainability
  • Metrics and outcomes demonstrate that Charlotte County will primarily benefit from these grant funds
  • Submission of all information requested on Grant application
  • Willingness to provide additional information as deemed necessary for grant decision

Considerations & Exclusions

Consideration will be awarded for the following:

  • Current Agency Fund Holder with CCF
  • Collaboration with other Nonprofit(s) or Governmental Agency(s)
  • Governance by a volunteer board of directors of which 60% or more live and/or work in Charlotte County
  • Matching funds have been or will be secured

Exclusions – CCF CI Grants WILL NOT support:

  • Administrative Overhead
  • Annual Campaigns
  • Fraternal organizations, societies or orders
  • Grants to Individuals
  • Advancement of a particular religion or faith
  • Lobbying or similar activities
  • Political organizations or campaigns
  • Scholarly Research
  • Event Sponsorships

Grant Process

If you feel that your organization qualifies for this grant making process and you have a program or project that meets these criteria, please submit a Grant Application for your funding request using the Foundation’s online application procedure.  A grant committee comprised of community volunteers will review and evaluate your grant proposal. Please continue to check back on our site for 2020 grant information. 

2018 Community Investment Grants Received

In 2018, thirty-six nonprofit organizations submitted an application for the CCF Community Investment Grants.  The CCF Grants Committee, Executive Committee and Board of Directors awarded 15 Community Investment Grants. Thank you to all of our nonprofit organizations in Charlotte County who serve so many of our community in need.

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