Starting in January 2014, our process will change. You will submit a letter of intent form to share proposed projects for funding. We will then contact you if we would like additional information. The details of this process will be posted on our website early next year. This will be one unified process for all the geographic areas that we serve.
For our grantmaking in Tampa for our fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, our grants committee has decided to continue to support Sulphur Springs, but also turn our attention to the community of Tampa Heights. We will consider requests for a wide spectrum of programs that might impact residents in these neighborhoods. These areas of special interest may receive priority for our community impact grants, but we continue to be interested in all ideas that can assist us in our mission of building a better community. Our Councils and grants committee are continuing to have discussions regarding the needs of the individual communities in all of the geographic areas that we serve.
CRITERIA USED TO REVIEW APPLICATIONS
When reviewing applications, we look for signs of efficient and effective organizations, listed below. The criteria are meant as a general guide, not a definitive checklist. We are interested in learning about how your organization is achieving success.
SIGNS OF EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATIONS
WHAT WE DON’T FUND
The Community Foundation deso not fund, through our community impact program:
1. Incomplete applications or applications without required documentation will not be reviewed.
2. Each field is required. Answer each question completely and note the requirements of each question.
3. Organization Information
a. Provide a complete address – street, city, zip
b. Use your formal Mission Statement of your organization on question #13
c. Check one of the service areas of the agency for question #16
(Do not check more than one.)
d. Provide your total OPERATING budget (not a program budget) for question
#22. Total Operating Budget includes all program and administration costs
for your entire organization
e. Provide your location of overall work and location of headquarters. We do
not accept applications from organizations outside our service area which
includes Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties
f. Provide the total number of participants for your organization. Include age,
gender, or any other statistic that will assist the grants committee in getting
a better understanding of your overall work for question #25
4. Program/Project Information
a. There is an allotment of 200 words. Please provide details of what, when,
where and how for question #26
b. Provide the total number of clients/participants the program will serve and
other identifying characteristics
c. Describe the primary need your program will address, i.e., homelessness,
hunger, etc. Use community statistics and data if appropriate to help
substantiate the need for services.
d. When describing other organization’s roles with the program, please do
not use funders or referrals as examples of collaboration. Collaboration
is a process in which two or more organizations work together to realize
shared goals for question #29
5. Program/Project Budget
a. Provide the total PROGRAM budget for question #31
b. Provide a list of other funders from whom you have made a request,
amount they have provided, and the status of the request for the specific
program for question #34
c. State how will you fund this program when the grant period is over for
d. When stating the use of Community Foundation funds, include budget
items and number of people funds will help
6. Save the Application document as the name of your organization, not the
name of the program. Please also do the same for the budget you need to
submit. You may add app or budget to the end of your name for the different
7. Submit by email (please do not mail) the following to email@example.com:
a. Grant Application
b. Program Budget
c. IRS Determination Letter
8. By submitting this application, the Executive Director confirms that all
information included in this application is true to the best of his/her knowledge
and that there has been no change in the exempt status with the Internal
9. Grant applications will be considered on their own merits and will not be
influenced by lobbying. Any contact of Community Foundation Trustees, Grants
Committee members, or staff requesting approval of this grant is contrary to the
Community Foundation Code of Ethics and will likely result in rejection of this
1. What are the foundation’s funding priorities?
Grants committee from each community will determine their overall priority for their area. These decisions will be announced on our website.
2. What are the deadlines for grants?
There are no deadlines. Applications will be reviewed by the committee at least quarterly.
3. Can my organization submit multiple requests to multiple divisions in one year?
We will consider and support one request within one community per year.
4. How much money can my organization request?
There is no cap or limit on the amount of your request. However, we encourage you to consider multiple funding sources for your project and not rely on the Foundation as your sole funder.
5. May I submit a previously prepared proposal or case statement?
We ask all organizations to use our application format. This ensures that requests are presented equitably and makes the review process easier for the grants committees.
6. How should we recognize our organization’s grant? Where can we get the correct logo?
If your organization receives funding, we request acknowledgment in your agency newsletter, website, or other appropriate opportunities. If you have the capability, we request a short video (1-2 minutes) of your program explaining how the grant benefited your agency. A logo will be provided to you at the time your grant is awarded.
7. How long does an organization have to spend down the grant?
We expect the grant to be spent within one year of the award and request a progress report after six (6) months. A grant evaluation form will be provided when you receive the grant.
8. How can my organization apply to donor advised funds?
Foundation staff will share applications that are not funded through the grants committee with donors based on their priority and interest. Organizations may not solicit or apply directly to the donors.
Arts & Culture
Transformational programs or initiatives that cultivate, develop, educate, and enhance the cultural and artistic climate in the community
Programs that increase the connectivity, vitality, and attractiveness of neighborhoods and communities resulting in an enhanced quality of life and visible civic engagement
Efforts aimed at closing school achievement gaps, preparing students for life-long learning, and helping individuals prepare for and complete post-high school education and training to secure gainful employment
Environment & Animals
Programs that educate, improve, protect, and/or preserve existing natural environment and wildlife
Health & Wellness
Efforts that increase access to health care services and promote healthy and active lifestyles and that improve individual and family social and emotional functioning and well-being
Programs that strengthen and enhance the lives of children, families, and the community
Efforts that respond to or prepare others for human-caused or natural disasters
such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, fires, and terrorism.
Efforts that provide job readiness, training, and educational opportunities to
assist achievement of stability and self-sufficiency
Programs that increase access to nutritious food
Housing & Shelter
Efforts that provide safe and affordable housing and support services for
Programs that eliminate barriers to justice through civil legal services
Programs that improve health, wellness, and independent living for the
Programs promoting mental and physical wellness, securing employment, and
re-acclimating into society
Efforts that improve student academic achievement, promote post-secondary
access and success, and increase life and leadership skills that lead to