Resources for Nonprofits
Through grants and strategic community initiatives, Gulf Coast Community Foundation invests in the work of effective nonprofit organizations that help transform our region. Grant opportunities and other support that we offer are described below:
Leveraged and Community Grants
Gulf Coast Community Foundation invites nonprofit organizations to partner with us to transform our region through bold ideas, creative projects, and proactive philanthropy. Our regional priorities for our 2016 fiscal year (July 2015 - June 2016) are outlined in the grant guidelines linked below. Please review these regional priorities and grant guidelines for eligibility criteria, application requirements, and deadlines. Additionally, you may read our 2013 regional research scan for background on the evolution of these priorities.
- Download Gulf Coast’s 2015-16 grant guidelines and calendar (PDF)
- Visit Gulf Coast Community Indicators for current data and analysis on important regional issues
- Read our 2013 regional research scan (PDF)
- Complete the Preliminary Grant Information form (pre-application) for a Leveraged grant
- Apply for a Community grant
Gulf Coast Community Foundation has always believed in giving our charitable neighbors a generous choice when it comes to how they deploy their goodness. GulfCoastGood.org is the perfect place to find volunteers and citizen philanthropists who want to share their good with your organization. Whether it is the volunteer recruitment portal YoudBePerfectForThis.org or the charitable crowdfunding platform GulfCoastGives.org, you can connect with do-gooders in our community through these free and helpful tools.
I3 Capacity Building
Invest in Incredible, or I3, is Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s initiative to help our nonprofit partners strengthen their operational effectiveness and management so they can better meet their mission. I3 supports nonprofit organizations poised to increase their impact and organizational capacity through customized consulting in areas such as strategic planning, board governance, fundraising, and more. We invite you to learn more about this program and decide if it is a good fit for your organization.
Gulf Coast Community Indicators
This “state of the community” website provides a common source of data and analysis on critical topics that affect the health and progress of our region. Gulf Coast created the site to provide our regional communities with access to the same consolidated, current data on key indicators, so we can measure progress and plan action together. Gulf Coast Community Indicators covers Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties.
Legal and Regulatory Information
We often hear from organizations with questions about maintaining their 501(c)(3) status and complying with state registration requirements. The following document will provide you with an overview of the minimum your organization should be doing with regard to these matters.
The Giving Partner
The Giving Partner is a free, online tool with in-depth information provided by Southwest Florida nonprofit organizations about their results, leadership, needs, and financial history. Nonprofits use the website to share information that can help donors in our community make informed decisions about their giving.