The Cape Coral Community Foundation has identified the following focus areas for our 2019-2020 Grants. Our Grant Cycle will be available from September 3rd through September 26th.



The Cape Coral Community Foundation (CCCF) sends notices of the availability of grants to hundreds of nonprofit agencies and invites them to submit an online grant proposal. CCCF Grants Committee extensively reviews these grant proposals. After the full proposals are received from the applicants, the proposals are reviewed, rated, and site visits are conducted.

Based upon final recommendations from the staff, Grants Committee and approval by the Cape Coral Community Foundation Board of Directors, Community Foundation staff will notify selected grant recipients.


Eligible organizations within the Southwest Florida region primarily include Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. Organizations in these counties are encouraged to apply.
To qualify for a Community Foundation grant, an applicant must be a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and designated as such for at least two (2) years.

We seek to partner with organizations, projects and initiatives that:

– Meet an important community need in Southwest Florida
– Can demonstrate past impact and strong potential of future impact
– Serve residents of, and expend funds fully in Southwest Florida
– Be a new program, expansion of an existing program, or a new or expanded collaborative effort of multiple nonprofit organizations
– Have a total project budget for the community foundation grant amount

We cannot accept applications to support:

– Activities outside of the focus areas
– Programs that take place outside of our geographic area (Southwest Florida)
– Debt reduction
– Fundraising Campaigns
– Capital Campaigns
– Bridge funding or interim financing
– Partisan or political activities
– Legal expenses
– Travel expenses
– Loans
– Grants to individuals or private foundations

CCCF does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sexual preference, or national origin. Applicants for grants from CCCF must hold similar standards. Grant applications from organizations known to have discriminatory policies will not be considered.

About the Cape Coral Community Foundation

The Cape Coral Community Foundation is a vehicle for people of all means to make a lasting impact in their community and beyond. We build upon philanthropy efforts and strengthen society by encouraging endowments, addressing the public’s needs and providing community leadership.

At its core, the Community Foundation is an organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes. For donors, the Foundation serves as a philanthropic advisor. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant maker and civic leader. Through the support of its donors and fund holders, the Foundation has been able to address some of the community’s most pressing needs, including hunger, veterans and education. For more information, visit: www.capecoralcf.org



1) Seniors Initiative

Initiatives that help people in our region age successfully and remain healthy, informed and engaged. 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 connection, and providing transportation options.

This grant initiative will award a total up to $20,000 for new or existing innovative proposals to address senior issues in Lee County.

2) Collective Impact & Collaborative Innovation Initiative

The Cape Coral Community Foundation is committed to achieving positive impact with regards to critical focus areas impacting our region. 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 one award that would go to three or more organizations that will serve as leaders to nonprofits in our community as they collaborate on specific issues and systems. The backbone organization will help nonprofits report and measure progress, connect partners, and collect data. Our partnership with this organization will help everyone work together across sectors, address resource gaps, and fuel the implementation of proven strategies to make our community better.

This grant initiative will fund one award for a maximum of $25,000 for one collaborative proposal that benefits Lee County nonprofits to work together to solve problems.

The grants committee will also consider a successful program that can reapply for up to 2 more years of this level of funding.

3) Community Impact Initiative

This grant initiative will award up to $10,000 for new or existing innovative proposals to address any of the focus areas listed under community impact. The total available funds for the community impact initiative is $50,000.
a) Arts & Culture: Activities that strengthen the stability of arts organizations, make the arts accessible to low-income populations, enhance the understanding of all types of arts and humanities, and promote the appreciation or understanding of historical events.

b) Education: Activities that improve the educational attainment of children and adults, both in and out of the classroom; that support formally constituted educational institutions and organizations or entities that administer or support these institutions; that support libraries and organizations whose primary purpose is to provide opportunities for supplementing and continuing education outside the framework of formal education institutions; and that support organizations which provide education-related services to students and schools.

c) Environment, Recreation & Preservation: Activities that foster pollution control and abatement, protection and conservation of natural resources, botanic and horticulture, environmental beautification, preservation of open spaces, environmental education and outdoor survival, protection and welfare of animals, human societies, wildlife preservation and protection, veterinary services, zoos and aquariums, and specialty animal services. Improving and promoting recreational and leisure activities, parks, and community sporting events and activities.

d) Health & Wellness: Activities that improve and promote health outcomes; general and rehabilitative health services; mental health; crisis intervention; associations or services associated with specific diseases, disorders, and medical disciplines; and medical research.

e) Human Services: Activities that maximize the functioning of special needs populations in mainstream society; that protect the public (crime and delinquency prevention, legal administration, legal services); that promote and support employment and jobs, food and nutrition, agriculture, housing and shelter, public safety, and disaster preparedness and relief; and that support child daycare programs, firefighting and police activities, and programs of community centers.

f) Youth Development: Activities that strengthen the family unit, help children grow and develop, foster youth sports and athletics or any other youth development program.

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