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Our Grantmaking

We are pleased to offer area nonprofits the opportunity to apply for funding to support community initiatives. The Collier Community Foundation™ provides grant dollars to nonprofits for programs that show measurable results in addressing community needs. The Foundation also provides dollars to support nonprofit capacity building to ensure that nonprofits have the tools needed to operate using best practices.

Grant Opportunties

Searching for grants has never been easier!

Before you apply for a grant there are a few things you must do.

  1. Please read through the Eligibility Guidelines to the right.
  2. Make sure your Nonprofit Directory profile is complete and up to date. If your organization does not have a profile, please register here.
  3. Look through the grant descriptions to help you decide which grants may be the best for your organization. You may also view them on our Apply page of the grant portal. Once you log on, you will be able to take the eligibility quiz to see which grants you qualify for.

Current and Prospective Grantees Enter the Grant Portal Here. If you have applied since January 2021 and are still having trouble logging in, use the “Forgot Password?” link under the blue “Log On” button.

Not sure if you have an account or not? If you think that you or someone at your organization has already registered in the system, do not create a new account, because it won’t link to your organization’s application history. Please contact our Grant Administrator, Dawn Grundeman at [email protected] to receive your username.

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Student Philanthropy Council Grant

A student-led philanthropic initiative in partnership with Youth Leadership Collier Foundation. Students from the Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Leadership Collier class of 2022 will serve on the philanthropy council and choose three nonprofit programs in which to invest.

Three Grants ranging from $3,000 – $3,500, for a total of $10,000, will be awarded for programs that address the following in Collier County, FL:

  • Mental health
  • Homelessness/ hunger
  • Affordable housing

Application opens: July 18, 2022
Deadline: August 4, 2022
Award Date: September 2022

Log in to Apply!

Budget Form

Food and Hunger Program Funding

  • Registered 501(c)3 nonprofits operating food programs are invited to apply
  • All applicants must have a completed profile in our Nonprofit Directory in order to apply
  • Requests will be reviewed by the committee in May and grant awards distributed by June 30, 2022
  • Grant funds must be spent and food distributed within 6 months from the date of receipt
  • Nonprofits may not duplicate this request through our Program or Operating grants cycle
  • Grant requests from $5,000 – $35,000 will be considered
  • Funds may only be used to purchase food (the donor has established that expenses for staffing, transportation, small or large capital items, administrative or overhead, etc. cannot be considered).
  • This is, at this point, a one-time grant and this grant cycle may not recur next year.

Grant Request Amount: $5,000 – $35,000 request will be considered
Type of Support: Food
Application opens: April 4, 2022
Deadline: April 22, 2022
Award date: June 2022  Funds may only be used to purchase food. Grant funds must be spent and food distributed within six months of the date of receipt. 

Log in to Apply!   – Log in and click on “Apply” at the top of the page

Budget Form

Nonprofit Financial Statement Form 

Reports: 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).

The Collier Community Foundation™ provides program grant funding to nonprofits for programs that demonstrate measurable results in addressing community needs. Grant dollars are invested in the following areas:
Arts, Culture, or Environment
Education or Employment
Healthcare or Mental Health
Human Services

Grant Request Amount: $20,000 – $30,000 request will be considered
Type of Support: New programs, ongoing programs, or program expansions
Application opens: April 4th
Deadline: April 22nd
Award date: October 2022. Funds must be used within one year of receiving them unless otherwise specified in your grant agreement.

Funding may be requested for new programs, ongoing programs, or program expansions. Requests must provide detail on how grant dollars will be used. Please note the following:

  • Programs and projects must demonstrate strong measurable outcomes.
  • Please review the eligibility guidelines to the right before applying.
  • Update your profile in the Nonprofit Directory prior to beginning an application.
  • Please be sure your program addresses a documented need or gap in services (see reports, below).
  • Please contact Laura Simmelink prior to beginning an application if you have any questions about whether your program is eligible.

Log in to Apply!   – Log in and click on “Apply” at the top of the page

Budget Form

Nonprofit Financial Statement Form 

Reports: 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).

The Collier Community Foundation™ provides grant funding to nonprofits for programs that demonstrate measurable results in addressing community needs. Grant dollars are invested in the following areas:
Arts, Culture, or Environment
Education or Employment
Healthcare or Mental Health
Human Services

Grant Request Amount: $5,000 – $15,000 requests will be considered
Type of Support: General Operating Support
Application opens: April 4th
Deadline: April 22nd
Award date: October 2022. Funds must be used within one year of receiving them unless otherwise specified in your grant agreement.

Funding may be requested for general operating support, which includes staffing, technology, communications, administration, small capital items, materials and supplies, etc. Requests must provide detail on how grant dollars will be used. Please note the following:

  • Your nonprofit must demonstrate measurable outcomes
  • Please review the eligibility guidelines to the right before applying.
  • Update your profile in the Nonprofit Directory prior to beginning an application.
  • Please be sure your mission addresses a documented need or gap in services (see reports, below).
  • Please contact Laura Simmelink prior to beginning an application if you have any questions about whether your program is eligible.
  • These grant funds are a better fit for smaller nonprofits with budgets of less than or around $1M.

Log in to Apply!   – Log in and click on “Apply” at the top of the page

Nonprofit Financial Statement Form 

Reports: 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).

The Collier Community Foundation™ provides Capacity grant funding to ensure that nonprofits with operating budgets of less than $1M have the tools needed to operate using best practices.

Grant Request Amount: $500 – $2,500 requests will be considered and must be matched 1:1 by the organization
Type of Support: Capacity-building work
Application opens: April 4th
Deadline: April 22nd
Award date: October 2022. Funds must be used within one year of receiving them unless otherwise specified in your grant agreement.

We define capacity building as specific needs such as:
Strategic planning and organizational assessment
Board development & training
Infrastructure improvements
Improving financial management
Fundraising, marketing, and communications planning
Program planning
Feasibility assessment and implementation of mergers and strategic alliances

Requests must provide detail on how grant dollars will be used. Please note the following:

  • Please review the eligibility guidelines to the right before applying.
  • Update your profile in the Nonprofit Directory prior to beginning an application.
  • Please be sure your nonprofit addresses a documented need or gap in services (see reports, below).
  • Please contact Laura Simmelink prior to beginning an application if you have any questions about whether your program is eligible.

Log in to Apply!   – Log in and click on “Apply” at the top of the page

Nonprofit Budget Form

Nonprofit Financial Statement Form 

Reports: 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).

Wish List: $500 – $15,000.

No formal application process. Each nonprofit is invited to share up to two “wishes” (your needs) on the new “Wish List” tab of the Nonprofit Directory. We share well-presented requests that align with donor interests with our donors. Our donor advisors do not accept direct requests for funding.

These wishes may be funded at any time throughout the year – we just had five wishes granted! There is no need to email, call, or check on the funding status; you will receive notification or a check if a donor advisor selects your nonprofit for funding.

We have funded SEVERAL WISHES this year!

All reporting is done through the new grant portal! You will be notified when a grant report is assigned, and then again, two weeks before the report is due.

Please use our press kit to promote your CCF grant!
If you would like a quote from CCF for your media release, please send the release draft to Cindi Withorn

Are you looking for the FY21 reporting forms?

Final Outcomes Report

Final Report Feedback

The Angel Fund for Small Nonprofits is a giving circle of several donors who support young, small or grassroots nonprofits with programs that demonstrate measurable results in addressing documented community needs. Nonprofits must have an operating budget of approx. $1M or less. Grant dollars are invested in programs that address basic human needs including:

  • Basic education such as adult literacy, tutoring, workforce training
    • Grants to childhood education may be considered if the program is a novel or innovative approach by a young, small, or grassroots nonprofit.
  • Disability and Accessibility
  • Food and Hunger
  • Mental Health or substance abuse
  • Healthcare
  • Shelter
  • Other basic human needs

Grant Request Amount: TBD
Type of Support: Programs
Application opens: TBD
Deadline: TBD
Award date: TBD
Funds must be used within one year of receiving them unless otherwise specified in your grant agreement.

Funding may be requested for either new programs or program expansions. Requests must provide detail on how grant dollars will be used.

Log in to Apply!

Preview the application

Nonprofit Budget Form

Please note the following:

  • Programs and projects must demonstrate measurable outcomes.
  • Please review the eligibility guidelines to the right before applying.
  • Update your profile in the Nonprofit Directory prior to beginning an application.
  • Please be sure your program addresses a documented need or gap in services (see reports, below).
  • Please contact Laura Simmelink prior to beginning an application if you have any questions about whether your program is eligible or which amount of funding you should seek.

Reports: The Community Foundation of Collier County’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).

The Marco Island Community Grant Fund provides funding to nonprofits that demonstrate measurable results in addressing community needs. Grant dollars will be invested in the following areas:
-Arts
-Environment
-Education/Employment
-Healthcare/Mental Health
-Human Services

Grant Request Amount: $1,000 to $15,000
Type of Support: Operations OR Programs
Application opens: CLOSED
Deadline: March 4, 2022
Award date: Late March/Early April

All nonprofits base on Marco Island are invited to apply.
-If you are a new applicant not based on Marco Island, but serve Marco Island, please email a description of y our services to Laura Simmelink, Senior Director of Programs: [email protected]
-If you have previously been approved to apply for a Marco Island Community grant, your invitation is applicable provided your services have continued.

Log in to Apply!   – Log in and click on “Apply” at the top of the page

Preview Application (coming soon)

Budget Form

Spring Grant Cycle opens April 4th!

Please add the following email address to your address book as a safe sender: [email protected]

This will help keep grant portal emails from landing in your junk folder!

Grants Town Hall March 14th!

Our Community Foundation staff held a virtual town hall on grant updates and our budget template was presented by:

Laura Simmelink, Senior Director of Programs
Dawn Grundeman, Grants Administrator
Wendy Ponting, Chief Financial Officer

In this webinar we discussed:

  • Dawn’s role versus Laura’s role: who to contact depending on the issue
  • Community Impact Grant cycles dates (April 4 – April 22)
  • Different grants available (program, operating, capacity)
  • Which you can apply for and how many at once
  • Community Impact Grants versus DAF Grants
  • “Wish List” grants
  • Budget Template: Our CFO Wendy Ponting will demonstrate our revised budget templates and demonstrate how to use it.
  • New logo and tagline, and other news
  • Q & A

Click here to watch the Town Hall recording.  

Eligibility Guidelines

To ensure your organization or program is eligible, please review the eligibility guidelines below before beginning an application.

If you are uncertain whether your program is eligible, please first review all the guidelines below. If you are still uncertain, email  to schedule a conversation before beginning an application. We want to help our nonprofit partners spend their time efficiently, and a brief conversation can help determine the best course of action.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Applicant must be a tax-exempt nonprofit organization serving Collier County, FL residents AND

    Applicant must be in operation and provide services for one full fiscal year and have filed a nonprofit tax return before applying for grants

  • Applicant must meet the grant guideline criteria

  • Applications must be relevant to Collier County

  • Applicants must meet submission deadlines

  • Applicants must agree to the Community Foundation’s Statement of Diversity.

  • Applicants must agree to report back to the Community Foundation on relevant outcomes of funding.

Grant Opportunties

  • Grants to individuals

  • Conduit organizations that fund unrelated charities

  • Political campaigns

  • Lobbying

  • Scholarly research

  • Annual campaigns

  • Event Sponsorships

  • Team or sport travel

  • Travel-related expenses

  • Organizations not serving Collier County, Florida

GRANT FAQS

Grant Decisions

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.

To learn more, please contact

Dawn Grundeman

Grants Administrator
239-307-4516
[email protected]

To learn more, please contact

Laura Simmelink

Senior Director of Programs
239-307-4514
[email protected]