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Annual Grant Cycle

Our annual grant cycle begins with an open application period of September 1st through the 30th. Please check back here in late August for the application form.


The Grants Committee evaluations and site visits occur between October and January, when the grant recommendations go to the Board for consideration. Grant funding is distributed in February. All grant recipients are recognized at an annual awards presentation in March.

Applications are screened for eligibility

and evaluated based upon established

criteria in these areas:

  • Use of Funds

  • Community Need

  • Community Access

  • Measuring Success

  • Service Area

Grants awarded are intended to be used to establish, sustain, enhance and/or expand programs or services in the areas of:

The service area for those who will benefit from the program or project must be located primarily in South Sarasota County, including:

  • Community / Social Services

  • Cultural Enrichment

  • Education

  • Environment

  • Health 

  • Venice

  • Englewood

  • Laurel

  • Nokomis

  • North Port

Grant funding may not be used for:

🚫 Major capital projects

🚫 Debt reduction

🚫 Loans

🚫 Travel

🚫 Overhead expenses

🚫 Staff salaries

🚫 Scientific research

Grants Committee

The Grants Committee is comprised of 12 Foundation members who serve 3-year staggered terms. They play a key role in the Foundation's grant giving.

Every application is evaluated by each committee member independently. Scoring is tabulated to determine which applicants will have site visits conducted by a committee member and another volunteer.


The Grants Committee recommendations then go to the Foundation Board for review and final approval (or denial). All grant applicants will be notified in February; grant recipients will receive funding in March.

If you are a VGCC member interested in learning more about volunteering opportunities with the Grants Committee or participating as a site visit partner, click here to contact us.

Thank You to the
2023-24 Committee Members
Kathy Boyer, Chair
Peggy Jarvie, Vice Chair
Sue Abbot
Lynette Ashby
Debra D'Arcy
Wayne Fischer
Andrea Gielen
Valerie Howard
Pam Mathisen
Louise Moloney
Jo Murphy
Kathy Rogers
Welcome to the
2024-25 Committee Members
Peggy Jarvie, Chair
Andrea Gielen, Vice Chair
Lynette Ashby
Debra D'Arcy
Peg Berry
Wayne Fischer
Norma MacDonald
Louise Moloney
Jo Murphy
Kathy Rogers
Karen Sullivan
Don Urbanowicz
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