Grant Guidelines

Requirements

• Applicant must be a qualified not-for-profit charity under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

• Applicant must offer services, which have a positive impact on the Greater Cape Coral Community.

• Applicants must elect a governing board, and conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, a national origin, or disability.

• Applicants must submit the completed application, program/project narrative, and supporting documentation electronically, in person, or by mail.

• Applications must be postmarked on or before July 10, 2016. Any applications postmarked after that date will not be considered. Grant applications can be mailed or hand delivered to the foundation office. Applications may be electronically submitted to cccf@capecoralcf.org.

• Applicants may submit no more than one (1) grant application per cycle.

• If an agency applies to other sources for funding of the same program/project and receives funding, the agency must notify the foundation immediately.

• Agencies have one (1) full year to request funds awarded. If the funds are not requested within one (1) year, the grant is rescinded and the monies will be included in the next funding cycle for distribution to other agencies.

Guidelines

• The foundation offers funding for a wide array of projects, but generally does not offer funding for travel, training/seminars, staff salaries, and/or general operating expenses.

• All applications and attached materials will not be returned.

• Any questions should be directed to the Cape Coral Community Foundation at 239-542-5594 or cccf@capecoralcf.org.

• Individual foundation board or committee members should not be contacted regarding the grant application.

• Grant applications meeting the purpose and/or annual criteria for the Giving Alliance of Women grant program will be directed to the Giving Alliance of Women Grant Committee.

• The General Grant Committee and the Giving Alliance of Women Grant Committee will adhere to the criterion set forth in this document.

Process

• Grant applications will be assigned to Grant Committee members. You may be asked to meet with your assigned committee member, and we will request a site visit to your program. A staff member may call with further questions.

• The Grant Committee will then meet and prepare the committee recommendations for funding. These recommendations are presented to the full Board of Directors of the Cape Coral Community Foundation for final approval.

• The agency will be notified by mail of the foundation’s decision.

Funding

• Agencies awarded grant funds must submit a request for the funds to the foundation office. The request must provide adequate documentation to support the funding of the project.

• Agencies have until June 30 of the following year to request funds awarded. If the funds are not requested within one (1) year, the grant is rescinded and the monies will be included in the next funding cycle for distribution to other agencies.

Evaluation

• All grant recipients are required to provide the foundation with a progress report. This form is available online: Grant Recipient Progress Form. Subsequent grant proposals from grantees receiving the funds from the foundation will only be considered following receipt of the evaluation.

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