grant program

The Venice Golf and Country Club Foundation will only make grants to nonprofit organizations classified as 501(c)(3). No grants are awarded directly to individuals.

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

  • Community / Social Services

  • Cultural Enrichment

  • Education

  • Environment

  • Health 

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

Grant funding may not be used for:

  • Venice

  • Englewood

  • Laurel

  • Nokomis

  • North Port

🚫 Major capital projects

🚫 Debt reduction

🚫 Loans

🚫 Travel

🚫 Operating expenses

🚫 Staff salaries

🚫 Scientific research

annual grant cycle

Each grant cycle begins in the fall and applications are accepted throughout the month of September. 

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 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 approval.

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
2020-21 Committee Members
Bob Gilchrest, Chair
Barb Davidson, Vice Chair
Sue Beldotti
Fran Congdon
Cynthia Gilchrest
Marcia Matthews
Brian McMillan
Ana Victoria Puchi
Barbara Senior
Sharon Van Baaren
Greg White
Toni Yahres
Welcome to the
2021-22 Committee Members
Barb Davidson, Chair
Kathy Boyer

Fran Congdon
Cynthia Gilchrest
Valerie Howard

Pam Mathisen
Marcia Matthews
Brian McMillan

Barbara Senior
Anne Schuck

Sharon Van Baaren
Greg White