Funding Guidelines

Fields of Interest:

  • Arts
  • Community
  • Education for children and youth
  • Environment
  • Human Services for families and seniors
  • Science

Geographic Restrictions:
Preference is given to organizations in Sarasota County, Florida and organizations previously supported by the Foundation.

Average Grant Size:
In 2017, 13 grants totaling $355,000 were distributed by the Foundation. Grants ranged in size from $10,000 to $50,000.

Application Deadline: August 10th

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on the day of the proposal deadline. Postmarks and electronic transmittals are not acceptable. If the deadline falls on a weekend or a holiday, the deadline is advanced to the next business day. All information required in an application must be complete at time of submittal. Applicants are encouraged to submit their completed applications in advance of the deadline.

Notification Date: Mid November

Applicants will be notified in writing of the acceptance or rejection of their request by the date indicated.

Restrictions:
The Foundation does not make grants to individuals. In addition, the Foundation generally does not provide funding for: general operating expenses; endowment or capital campaigns; debt reduction or financing; conferences, seminars, workshops or travel; advertising or marketing materials; surveys or research; or projects that already have been completed.

Requirements:
Organizations considered for funding must be classified as qualified charities under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 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.