Leveraged Grants

Leveraged grant requests should clearly target regional priorities, utilize creative strategies, and provide measurable data to assess impact.

Successful leveraged grants involve multiple partners that extend the impact of your program or project. Leveraged grant requests are accepted according to the schedule below and typically exceed $10,000.

Your organization must also have skin in the game - in other words, your confidence in the proposal is so strong that your organization will provide at least 50 percent of the cash for the program or project.


Pre-Application Deadline

Full Application Deadline

August 14, 2019

August 28, 2019

December 4, 2019

December 18, 2019

March 25, 2020

April 15, 2020


The first step in applying for a Leveraged grant from Gulf Coast is to complete a pre-application, prior to the above listed deadlines. Once this is received, Gulf Coast staff will be in touch to discuss next steps and, if approved, schedule a face-to-face interview. Please note that not all organizations completing pre-applications will be invited to submit a full application.

Leveraged Grant Requirements 

  • Organizations must be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charities that provide programs and services that benefit the residents of Sarasota County, its immediately surrounding communities, and Boca Grande.

  • Any organization that has an open leveraged grant with Gulf Coast and has not submitted a final grant report is ineligible for a leveraged grant.

  • Prior to completing the pre-application, be sure to read Gulf Coast’s 2019-20 regional priorities and review our grant guidelines.