Gulf Coast Grants

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

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. To learn more about our COVID-19 Response Initiative investments in the areas of basic needs, mental health support, education, jobs and financial stability click here. As a grant applicant, please let us know if can we assist you in ensuring that all staff at your organization who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination can access it.

Who may apply for a Gulf Coast grant?

Organizations classified as 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charities by the Internal Revenue Service. Organizations that provide programs and services that benefit the residents of Sarasota County, its immediately surrounding communities, and Boca Grande. 

Regarding education related grants: Gulf Coast is focused on funding school and classroom activities through our initiatives. Therefore, individual schools and/or classrooms are not eligible for funding. Only grant requests submitted by the Sarasota County School District will be considered.

Gulf Coast Community Foundation offers four grant programs. Applications and grant guidelines for each grant can be found below. 

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Sponsorship 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 sponsorship grants to help organizations maximize their impact. Sponsorship requests are accepted on a rolling basis and may not exceed $10,000. 

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Community Grants


Gulf Coast Community Foundation supports nonprofit partners as they take on smaller projects that will have a positive impact on our communities. Community grant requests are accepted on a rolling basis and may not exceed $10,000.

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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.

The first step in applying for a Leveraged grant from Gulf Coast is to review the grant guidelines, and then complete the pre-application by April 14th. 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 part 1 will be invited to submit a full application.