Funding Guidelines

Grant Information:
In 2018, the Foundation distributed 33 grants totaling $675,875. The majority of grants were one year in duration and ranged in size from $5,000 to $40,000. The average grant was approximately $20,500.

Fields of Interest:

  • Arts
  • Community
  • Natural Science
  • Historic Preservation
  • Education
  • Human Services

Application Deadlines:
Applications are due April 15th and September 15th. Online applications must be date/time stamped no later than 11:59 p.m. on the due date. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is advanced to the next business day. All information required must be complete at time of submittal. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications in advance of the deadline.

Notification Dates:
Applicants will be notified in writing of the acceptance or rejection of their request within three to four months of the application deadline.

Organizations considered for funding must be classified as qualified public charities under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals. In addition, the Foundation generally does not provide funding for: general operating expenses; endowment or annual giving campaigns; debt reduction or financing; conferences, seminars, workshops, travel, surveys or advertising; individual schools; or child care facilities.

The Foundation limits its funding to organizations working in Sarasota County, Florida, and the state of Delaware.

After a grant is made, the grantee organization is required to complete a final report of grant expenditures with financial and programmatic information. Future grant requests will not be considered if reports on previous grants are not completed.

We have moved to online grant reports, so check your MyAccount portal to see if there is a Requirement tab visible. Open the Requirement tab to see if there is a published grant report form specific to your last grant award, if applicable. Learn more about our reporting requirements.