Gulf Coast Grants

Gulf Coast invites nonprofit organizations to partner with us to transform our region through bold ideas, creative projects, and proactive philanthropy.

Who may apply for a Gulf Coast grant?

Registered 501(c)3 organizations serving Sarasota County, Charlotte County, and Boca Grande. 

Gulf Coast’s funding priorities include arts and culture; civic and economic development; education; environment; health and human services. Our grant guidelines can be found here.

Regarding education related grants: Individual schools and/or classrooms are not eligible for funding. Only grant requests submitted by the Sarasota County and Charlotte County School Districts will be considered.

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Community Grants


Throughout the year, Gulf Coast’s nonprofit partners strive to increase awareness of and raise funds for their important work. Gulf Coast invests in these efforts through community grants to help organizations maximize their impact. 

If you are seeking support for a fundraising event, please complete the Community Grant application. We have streamlined our process so that sponsorship grants are now considered Community Grants.

Important Requirements:

  • Requests are accepted on a rolling basis. 
  • Funding may not exceed $25,000 during the fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).
  • We request one application per organization for each fiscal year. The application may include multiple programs and/or events you would like Gulf Coast to consider funding. 

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Leveraged Grants



Gulf Coast's grant making is designed to make the greatest positive impact in our communities. Leveraged grant requests exceed $25,000 and should clearly target regional priorities, utilize creative strategies, provide measurable data to assess impact, and include strategies for sustainability.

Important Requirements:

  • Your organization must have skin in the game – in other words, your confidence in the proposal is so strong that your organization will provide at least half of the funds for the project or program.
  • Leveraged grant applications are accepted twice a year and only one leveraged grant per organization may be awarded each fiscal year (July 1 – June 30)
  • Prior to applying for a leveraged grant the organization must submit a leveraged grant inquiry found here.
  • 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.