Frequently Asked Questions - Grantees

What is the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties?

As one of Florida’s largest community foundations, the Community Foundation works for Palm Beach and Martin Counties in multiple ways, playing multiple roles. For donors, the Foundation offers an effective way to manage giving by providing expert philanthropic advice rooted in a deep knowledge of our community and an array of philanthropic vehicles and services. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grantmaker and a civic leader and awards grants to the region’s nonprofits to help meet community needs, fulfill donors’ philanthropic wishes and strengthen the nonprofit sector. Using local knowledge, networks, influence, and creativity, the Foundation brings people together to improve the community’s quality of life now and in the future. Founded in 1972, the Foundation has awarded over $150 million in grants and scholarships in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

We don't have 501(c)(3) status - can we still apply?

We require all applicant organizations be designated as current 501(c)(3) organizations from the IRS and be in good standing with the State of Florida. In very rare cases it is possible for an organization who does not have 501(c)(3) status to apply using a fiscal sponsor. We encourage all applicants to contact the Community Investment department before applying for a grant.

How do I apply for a grant?

Applying for a grant is simple:

  • Review the grantmaking guidelines
  • Click the grant application link on the 'Apply for a Grant' page
  • Sign in or create an account in our system, Blackbaud Grantmaking
  • Complete the LOI or full proposal in its entirety
  • Submit an electronic grant inquiry

Does the Community Foundation have funding priorities?

The following are the three focus areas:

Community Revitalization – funding available in 2019

Definition: Improvements in economic, physical infrastructure, health and social conditions for distressed neighborhoods.

Educational Attainment – funding available in 2020

Definition: Supplemental support for the academic achievement of students in pre-kindergarten through high school, support for low-income and first-generation students entering college and vocational programs, and adult workforce development programs leading to education beyond a high school diploma.

Positive Youth Development – funding available in 2020

Definition: Positive youth development is an intentional, pro-social approach that engages youth in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances youths’ strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths (The Federal Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs.)

Funding in additional areas is available through donor-advised or directed funds, generally by invitation only.

Why is the Community Foundation offering grants in Community Revitalization as a new area of grantmaking?

Following extensive research and stakeholder input, the Community Foundation determined that there was a community need and interest in revitalizing distressed areas of our community. This area of focus directly addresses our updated mission statement to serve as the leading catalyst for building vibrant communities.

Are there priorities within the focus on Community Revitalization?

Priority will be given to proposals that incorporate the following effective approaches to community revitalization:

  • Place-based focus on a specific zip code, neighborhood, school attendance zone, or other small geographies that demonstrates signs of distress as indicated by poverty rates, unemployment, vacant property rates, lack of affordable housing, or lack of access to other services
  • Addresses need(s) identified by local residents
  • Involves the community in the work
  • Collaborative with other efforts or organizations
  • Builds leadership within the community
  • Generates some visible results within the grant period

How can I check the status of my grant application?

At the end of each phase of the application process, you will receive an email notification from Blackbaud Grantmaking on the status of your application or by contacting your Community Investment Officer.

What is the process for reviewing or approving grants?

Community Foundation staff will review all Letters of Interest and select grantees to invite to submit a full proposal. Community Foundation staff will review and rate all proposals and may arrange site visits as needed. Final grant decisions will be recommended by the Community Investment Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

What are the reporting requirements for grants received from the Foundation?

Specific reporting requirements are being developed and will be provided with the grant application materials. Mini-grant recipients will report once at the end of the grant period. Impact grant recipients will report mid-year and at the end of the grant period.

If our previous grant request was denied, can we apply again?

Yes, each application is considered on its own merits. Our competitive process is typically open once a year so contact Community Investment staff to check on the current grant cycle.

How frequently can an organization apply for a grant?

An organization can submit one application in each of our focus areas if the applications are for different projects/programs.

Can I apply for a grant from a donor-advised fund?

Grants from donor-advised funds are made to nonprofit organizations based on the donor’s areas of interest. For many of the donor-advised funds an application is not necessary. Our staff may request an application from specific organizations that meet donor intent. Staff often work with our fundholders to identify opportunities which match their interests for philanthropic investments. Because of this we highly recommend that you keep the Community Investment staff abreast of your current projects or events you may be having.

What will the Community Foundation generally not fund? Can the Foundation make grants for salaries? Capital campaigns? Conferences?

We will not consider competitive grant requests for any of the following:

  • annual appeal
  • capital campaigns or capital projects
  • deficit financing
  • for-profit, parochial, charter, private, or individual public schools
  • fundraising event
  • open space purchase
  • nonprofit endowments
  • requests for a specific individual
  • requests to support religious or political causes, or to organizations organized for religious or political purposes

What if I apply outside of the grant cycle?

Unsolicited applications outside of the grant cycle will not be considered.

Can a religious/faith-based organization apply for funding?

Yes, provided the funds are not used for religious purposes.

Can anyone at the Community Foundation help me write a proposal?

We do not provide assistance with writing proposals.

Can we meet before we submit our grant application or inquiry?

Staff time is quite limited due to the sheer volume of requests. However, we do recommend that organizations call the Community Investment department prior to submitting an application or inquiry.

Do you give grants to individuals?

No. However, if you are a graduating senior, please refer to our scholarship page to learn more about that program.

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, sexual preference, or national origin. Applicants for grants from the Community Foundation must hold similar standards. Competitive grant applications from organizations known to have discriminatory policies will not be considered.