Grants

Charlotte Community Foundation Announces Grants In Response to the COVID-19 Crisis.

COVID- Crisis Response Grant Application

 

If you feel that your organization qualifies for this grant-making process by meeting the criteria found in the guidelines below, 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. 

Online Applications can be submitted from July 6, 2020, through July 24, 2020

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.

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

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