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grant program

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 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 

Grant funding may not be used for:

  • Venice

  • Englewood

  • Laurel

  • Nokomis

  • North Port

🚫 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
2022-23 Committee Members
Greg White, Chair
Kathy Boyer

Art Borduas
Fran Congdon

Wayne Fischer
Valerie Howard
Peggy Jarvie
Pam Mathisen
Marcia Matthews
Brian McMillan

Louise Moloney
Anne Schuck
Welcome 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
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