Fund Details
Community Impact Grant Program


The Community Impact Grant Program is the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s rolling annual grant cycle for requests up to $10,000. The program focuses on addressing emerging needs and opportunities in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto county:

  • Emerging Needs are defined as community needs based on a new challenge, reemerging challenge, or existing challenge that has developed new characteristics.

  • Opportunities are defined as unanticipated, time-sensitive circumstances that make possible a unique solution to a community need.

Funding Priorities:

The purpose of the Community Impact Grant Program is to fund new, urgent, and/or innovative projects. Organizations are invited to apply for funding each year, but recurring support for the same project will not be granted through the Community Impact Grant Program.

  • Strong Proposal Examples – New opportunity for collaboration with another agency, a pilot project, or an existing program that is responding to a sudden change in community needs.

  • Weak Proposal Examples – Recurring support for an existing program that is not responding to an emerging need, support for general operations, or support for a capital campaign.

Application Process:

Organizations with updated profiles in The Giving Partner can receive up to $10,000 in support from the Community Impact Grant Program once per CFSC fiscal year (July – June). Applications will be reviewed on the 15th of the month except in July and December. Allocation decisions will be made within 15 days.

Impact Monitoring:

If awarded funding, organizations are required to submit a short grant report within 12 months describing how the funds were spent and the impact of the funds in the community. Organizations will also be asked if the funded project will continue and whether there is an associated financial need with continuation. The Foundation may share continuing projects with demonstrated impact and need with donors.

Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Abigail Oakes at