The purpose of the Manatee Community Foundation grantmaking program is to:
- Spark change - in the way community problems are addressed and solutions are implemented
- Respond to emerging or changing needs - through the provision of services or programs
- Strengthen the capabilities of nonprofit agencies - both in the delivery of programs and in organizational management
As a general rule, however, applications in support of the following are discouraged:
- Building campaigns
- Deficit financing and debt retirement
- Endowment funds
- Fraternal organizations
- Societies or orders
- Grants for conferences or seminars (support for or attendance at)
- Individuals, except for scholarships
The Grants Committee seeks the greatest impact for the funding while recognizing that prevention is more cost-effective than treatment. Demonstration projects that test practical approaches and models for the community are a high priority, as are programs that strive to equip people to help themselves.
When emerging community needs indicate, the grants committee of the foundation may, from time to time, designate areas within these categories for special emphasis. The Grants Committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the board of directors.
Because these policies are subject to change, applicants must contact Marilyn Howard, Executive Director at (941) 556-5444 before submitting a formal proposal.