GrantSeekers Meeting

Monday, August 20, 2018
9:00 – 11:00am | Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral

Organizations interested in applying for grants from the Cape Foundation, one of the nation’s best small foundations, are invited to attend the 2018 Grantseekers Meeting on Monday, August 20.

Register Early to Guarantee Your Space

The meeting will be held at Faith Presbyterian Church, 4544 Coronado Parkway in Cape Coral, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

The Cape Foundation staff will present information about:

  • The registration process and application updates;
  • Funding priorities;
  • Outcomes and measuring results; and
  • Promotion of funded projects, programs, and upcoming events.

Time for questions and answers will be included at the conclusion of the meeting.

Prior to the meeting, Cape Foundation will host a special panel discussion, Speak Your Mind, moderated by Tom Hayden, Senior Engagement Editor, News-Press.

Attendance for this event is free to the public, but you must register in advance to reserve your space. Once the seats are gone, they are gone. I’m sure you understand.

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Guest Speakers

Tom Hayden

Tom Hayden
Senior Engagement Editor, News-Press

Angela Melvin

Angela Melvin
President, Valerie’s House

Kathy Miller

Kathy Miller
President, Lifeline Family Center

Tracey Galloway

Tracey Galloway
President, Community Cooperative

Jeff Muddell

Jeff Muddell
Gift Planning Director, Lee Health Foundation

Beth Rivera

Beth Rivera
Grants Manager, Cape Foundation


Our Mission:

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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


    • 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


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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