Grant decisions are made by community-based committees comprised of volunteers who have a background or particular interest in the program area. Community Foundation staff provide support to these committees. Grant proposals are ranked and scored on multiple criteria by the committees. Issues such as sustainability and outcomes play a significant role in the decision-making process.
The Collier Community Foundation™’s strategic plan ties its grantmaking to relevant community information from the Vital Signs report found on our website, the most recent Community Needs Assessment funded by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, as well as other reports such as those available through Future Ready Collier, the 5 Year Mental Health and Substance Abuse Strategic Plan for Collier County (for nonprofits working in mental health and substance abuse), or the Arts and Culture Strategic Plan for Collier County (for nonprofits working in arts, culture and recreation).
We also work with Community Grantmakers who have established a Field-of-Interest Fund at the Community Foundation to support their grant program.
Grants made through Advised Funds are made at the discretion of the donor and are not part of our competitive programs grant process.