Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions or desire more information, please feel free to contact us for assistance.

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 that all applicant organizations are designated as current 501(c)(3) organizations from the IRS and are 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 with tax exempt status. 

How do I apply for a grant?

Applying for a grant is simple on our new Online Grant Interface at Contact Community Impact Assistant, Alexandra Boyle, with any technical questions. 

Does the Community Foundation have funding priorities?

The following are our three funding areas:

Community Revitalization 

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

Post-Secondary and Career Pathways

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

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.

Can we apply under each focus area?

No, Nonprofit organizations are only allowed to apply once under one Focus Area.

What is the process for reviewing or approving grants?

Community Foundation staff will review all Letters of Interest and invite a select number grantees 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 Impact 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 only once a year so contact Community Impact 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, there is no formal application process. 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 Impact staff abreast of 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

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

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

What if we have a summer program?

In order to better support nonprofits with summer programs, we are requesting that nonprofits with summer programs fill out all the necessary information from the LOI and the Full Proposal at once, and we will be reviewing their proposals on an expedited timeline:

  • LOI/Full Proposal opens December 7, 2020
  • LOI/Full Proposal closes January 6, 2021
  • Grants Awarded March 2021

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

We do not provide assistance with writing proposals. We recommend checking out the resources available on Nonprofits First's website and contacting them if you are in need of grant-writing assistance.

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 are happy to talk over the phone to clarify eligibility questions or technology issues provided there is adequate time. We do not review or critique individual proposals or answers.

Do you give grants to individuals?

No. However, if you are a graduating high school 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 orientation, 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.