Competitive Grants

Funders around the world see collective impact as a new and more effective process for social change. Research has been proven that using a focused, strategic approach in the granting produces a more measureable impact when that strategy employs efforts in collaboration, data driven performance, focused target areas, and additional funding sources.
 
The Community Foundation of South Lake is a catalyst for change in our community. Each year, competitive grants are awarded to local non-profit organizations from the income and interest accumulated from our unrestricted funds. The amount of funding available to be granted into the community more than doubled in 2014.  There are eligiblity requirements to apply for grant funding, as listed below. We support a variety of programs in the South Lake County Community, including: Education, Health and Wellness, and Community Development. 
If you have any questions regarding grants, email Brittany Timmons.                                                              
 
NEW! We are hosting a Grant Workshop on June 29th, from 12:00-1:00pm to guide you all through our updated granting processes. This workshop is not mandatory, but you are highly encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided.
 
Please RSVP here!
 
Community Grants
Community Grants are awarded to not-for-profits who have specific programmatic or capacity needs. There are two community grant cycles per year. Each NPO is eligible for up to $10,000 in Community grant funding per year and can only be awarded during one cycle per year.
  • Awards up to $10,000.
  • Requires an application and attachments be submitted via Drop Box
  • Funding recipients are encouraged to attend the CFSLC Grant Workshop on June 29th.
  • Two cycles will take place each year
  • Encouraged to utilize the Foundation Center grant search
Our Grant Committee painstakingly reviews every proposal. The Committee is comprised of members of our Board of Directors and community leaders with a passion for philanthropy and a dedication to social change and measureable impact.
 
Community Grant applications will be available July 1, 2016-August 11, 2016 at 12:00pm; no exceptions!
 
Transformative Grants 
Transformative grants will be given to organizations that have identified or created a sustainable and collaborative effort to target significant community need. Community Grant receipients are eligible for a Transformative grant in the same year.
  • Award range of $25,000 to $50,000
  • Require an identified Theory of Change.
  • Require 50% of funding from another source. Source may include a donor pledge, existing reserves, or existing funding for current programs
  • Require an online letter of intent, outlining the program, as well as, potential partnerships and funding opportunities.
  • Collaboration is required.
  • Transformative requests are accepted once a year.
 At this time there are no active Transformative Grant Cycles.
 
Grant Requirements
Grants made competitively through our Grant cycle are limited to:
  • Tax-exempt, active, nonprofit organizations certified by the Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code
  • Grant must be for the direct benefit of the South Lake County Community which includes communities within the Hospital Tax District and encompasses: Clermont (south to 4-corners included), Ferndale, Groveland, Mascotte, Minneola, Stuckey, and Montverde; please note, this does not mean your organization cannot be from an area outside the tax district, just the grant must directly benefit the South Lake community. Grants from our Family of Funds are not subject to this limitation.
  • Minimum of one year of financial data must be provided, and IRS 501(c)(3) tax return for a 12-month period prior to application.
  • Cities and municipalities are not eligible to apply; however, the Foundation will fund projects where nonprofits partner with cities.
  • Public schools are eligible to apply; funds must be granted to the school, which can then be distributed accordingly.
  • Public libraries are eligible to apply.
 
Ineligible Grant Requests
The following requests are not eligible for funding from the Community Foundation of South Lake unrestricted pool of assets:
  • Endowments
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Fundraising expenses, sponsorship, or thrift stores
  • Infrastructure improvements when the land/building is not owned by the organization
  • No support for religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Indirect costs or overhead expenses
  • Lobbying, activism, or litigation
If you have any questions pertaining to the grant funding, please contact Brittany, by calling 352-394-3818 or emailing brittany@cfslc.org.