Senior Issues Initiative

To help drive creative new ways to keep seniors productive and connected to their communities, the Cape Coral Community Foundation support programs designed to help seniors live independently as they age.

The medical, social, transportation, housing and service needs of Lee County’s older citizens are intensifying just as resources to support them are in decline. To begin to meet this challenge, over the past five years Community Foundation has placed a greater emphasis on organizations serving older adults.

The Senior Issues Initiative seeks to fund innovative organizations with impact-driven outcomes, ranging from employment and career retraining to fostering active and healthy lifestyles, behavioral health, affordable housing, promoting volunteerism and intergenerational social connections, and providing transportation options.

Deadline 11:59 pm, October 13, 2017.

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Arts and Culture Prize

The Arts and Culture Prize provides recognition and funding support, collaborative partnership opportunities, and program assistance for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

Proposals will be accepted from either existing or emerging, community focused arts or cultural agencies which, for purposes of eligibility, are defined as newly formed or existing organizations that may be re-structuring, re-branding, or re-defining their artistic or cultural missions. (*Qualifying agencies should have 501(c) 3 or similar faith-based or government IRS non-profit status.)

We seek to recognize and fund programs that accomplish the following:

  • Continue to build the community of artists and supporters of the arts.
  • Fund and capitalize arts and cultural development.
  • Stabilize and strengthen strong and healthy arts and cultural organizations through collaboration, leadership, training, and communication.
  • Provide leadership for arts and cultural development.
  • Demonstrate and increase the awareness of the economic impact of the arts as one of the foundations/building blocks of overall economic and community development.
  • Contribute to the further creation of a vibrant community enriched by arts and culture.
  • Increase both resident and visitor interest, participation, and support in and for the arts and cultural events throughout the community.
  • Strengthen efforts for lifelong education, accessible to all ages and encompassing partnerships in higher education as well as pre-schools, schools, and the general community, with education provided in and through the arts.

Deadline: 11:59 pm, October 27, 2017.

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Collective Impact Initiative

CCCF uses the term “collective impact” to describe sectors working together to make changes in our community. What’s new about this approach is when organizations – nonprofits, corporations, government, and foundations – share goals and measures of success for a specific community challenge, the pace of change is accelerated.

No single program, organization, or institution acting in isolation can bring about large-scale social change on its own. For change to occur there needs to be a concerted effort of the many different players around a common agenda.

We will make an investment in up to three organizations that will serve as leaders to nonprofits in our community as they collaborate on specific issues and systems. The backbone organizations will help nonprofits report and measure progress, connect partners, and collect data. Our partnership with these three organizations will help everyone work together across sectors, address resource gaps, and fuel the implementation of proven strategies to make our community better.

Deadline: 11:59 pm, November 3, 2017.

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Endowment Building Initiative

The Cape Coral Community Foundation allocates funds for Endowment Building Grants.

The Foundation encourages grant requests that help Lee County nonprofit organizations establish and maintain a solid structure and develop a sustainable revenue model. We believe that when endowment building is successful, it strengthens and improves a nonprofit’s ability to achieve its mission, sustain itself over time and have a quantifiable impact on the community in which it serves.

The Endowment Building Initiative provides the opportunity for up to five organizations annually to create an endowment fund at the Cape Coral Community Foundation with a $5,000, 1:1 match from the Foundation. Nonprofit invests $5,000 and Cape Coral Community Foundation invests $5,000 = $10,000.

The Cape Coral Community Foundation encourages local organizations to explore creating endowment funds because:

  • Endowments build long-term sustainability for nonprofit organizations
  • Endowments provide a growing stream of revenue for nonprofit organizations over good economic times and bad.
  • Endowments held at the Cape Coral Community Foundation participate in the Foundation’s investment pool, providing organizations with access to diversified investment vehicles and strategies typically beyond the reach of smaller investors.

Deadline 11:59 pm, November 17, 2017.

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Lee County Veterans Initiative

The Cape Coral Community Foundation is committed to embracing service members and integrating them back into civilian life through its Lee County Veterans Initiative.

The Cape Coral Community Foundation is bringing much-needed attention to the challenges facing Lee County veterans. We seek to fund outcome driven programs that help veterans find services, secure employment, meet physical and mental health needs.

The Cape Coral Community Foundation aligns donors, businesses and community leaders to focus on three critical areas of need:

  • Transitioning to civilian life
  • Employment readiness and job skills
  • Health services, with an emphasis on mental health needs

The Lee County Veteran’s Initiative key goal is to improve critical and fundamental services so that veterans:

  • Know where to go in Lee County to get the services they need
  • Develop trusting relationships with community providers
  • Are connecting early and proactively to services they and their families need
  • Obtain employment in career-oriented opportunities and positions

The funding allows high-performing nonprofit veteran service organizations to build capacity to serve a broader audience.

Deadline 11:59 pm, December 1, 2017.

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Community Innovation Initiative

Grants are available from the Cape Coral Community Foundation to support community innovation initiatives. Resources are limited and organizations are encouraged to seek only the dollars necessary. The grant amounts are typically up to $10,000. Multi-year requests will be considered for periods generally not to exceed three years.

Successful proposals may include multi-year strategies beginning with planning in the initial year and implementation of the program in the second and third years. While reporting will be required throughout the grant period, an evaluative summary on the results will be due at the end of the funding period. Multi-year awards aim to support efforts that seek to create long-term community impact.

Grant Priorities:

  • Healthcare
  • Food Insecurity
  • Homelessness
  • Environment

Deadline: 11:59 pm, December 15, 2017.

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Our Mission:

As community stewards, we stimulate philanthropy that enriches our community’s quality of life, through lasting and meaningful giving.

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a qualified not-for-profit charity under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applicant must offer services that 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.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically on or before the deadline of the Grant Cycle you are applying to. See deadlines below:
  • Senior Issues Initiative – October 13, 2017
  • Arts & Culture Prize – October 27, 2017
  • Collective Impact Initiative – November 3, 2017
  • Endowment Building Initiative – November 17, 2017
  • Lee County Veterans Initiative – December 1, 2017
  • Community Innovation Initiative – December 15, 2017
  • Any applications submitted after the deadline stated, will not be considered.
  • Applicants may not be awarded more than one grant per year.
  • 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 the funds awarded. If funds are not requested within one (1) year, the grant is rescinded and the monies included in the next funding cycle for distribution to other agencies.

Guidelines

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

Criteria

  • Program/project’s potential to benefit the community.
  • Program/project’s innovative response to community needs.
  • Program/project’s non-duplication of efforts.
  • Agency’s ability to achieve the proposed program/project.
  • Agency’s ability to monitor and measure program/project outcomes.
  • Agency’s ability to maintain community support and obtain continued funding for programs and projects.
  • Availability of funds.

Timeline

  • 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 formal request for the funds to the Foundation office. The request must provide adequate documentation to support the funding of the project.
  • 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 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. Subsequent grant proposals from grantees will only be considered following receipt of the evaluation.
  • A. Agency/Organization Background

  • Organization’s history, mission, and goals.
  • Organization’s relationships (both formal and informal) with other organizations working to provide similar services.
  • Board of Directors’ role in management and guidance of the agency.
  • Specific community need for this program/project and the significance of the need.
  • B. Funding Request

  • Briefly describe the program/project to be funded,
  • Are other organizations engaged in the same or similar activity in the communities that you plan to serve?
  • How will this program/project be sustained financially beyond the current year?
  • C. Evaluation

  • What results do you expect to achieve from the program/project?
  • How will you measure the anticipated results/outcomes?

Supporting Documentation

Please upload the following documents in Word or PDF form (PDF preferred). Do not send password protected documents. They will not be accepted as part of your application.

  • List of Board of Directors including name, address, and affiliation.
  • IRS Letter of Determination showing tax-exempt 501(c)(3)
  • Most recent completed financial audit, if available
  • Organization’s current operating budget
  • Most recent 990
  • Year-End Income and Expense Statement
  • Year-To-Date Income and Expense Statement

Approval

The undersigned acknowledges the information contained in this application and supporting documents is true to the best knowledge of the undersigned and that such is being relied upon by the Cape Coral Community Foundation for the purposes of determining whether funds will be advanced to the applicant.

In the event that funds are advanced to the applicant, applicant agrees to take all steps and to furnish all information and reports necessary to enable the Foundation to avoid imposition of excise tax or penalties, which may arise under Chapter 42 of the Internal Revenue Code as a result of advancement of funds hereunder.

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