Competitive Grants


Funders around the world see collective impact as a new and more effective process for social change. Research has been proven that using a focused, strategic approach in the granting produces a more measurable impact when that strategy employs efforts in collaboration, data driven performance, focused target areas, and additional funding sources.

The Community Foundation of South Lake is a catalyst for change in our community. Each year, competitive grants are awarded to local non-profit organizations from the income and interest accumulated from our unrestricted funds. The amount of funding available to be granted into the community more than doubled in 2014. In order to be eligible to apply for funding, your non-profit must meet our grant requirements (listed below) and a representative must attend our Grant Symposium held quarterly at CFSLC. We support a variety of programs in the areas of: Education, Health and Wellness, and Community Development. If you have any questions regarding grants, email Tiffany.

Transformative Grants vs. Community Grants

Transformative grants will be given to organizations that have identified or created a sustainable and/or collaborative effort to target significant community need. Community Grants will be given in smaller increments to meet specific, identified unmet community needs.

Transformative Grants

  • Award range of $25,000 to $50,000
  • Require an identified Theory of Change.
  • Require 50% of funding from another source. Source may include a donor pledge, existing reserves, or existing funding for current programs
  • Require a letter of intent (2 page max) outlining the program, as well as, potential partnerships and funding opportunities.
  • Collaboration is encouraged.
  • Transformative requests are accepted on a rolling basis.

Community Grants

  • Awards up to $5,000.
  • Require a simple application
  • There are two available grant cycles
  • Deadlines: Deadlines for 2016 have yet to be decided.
  • Applicants are required to attend all Educational Workshops, utilize the Foundation Center, among other things.

Our Grant Committee painstakingly reviews every proposal. The Committee is comprised of members of our Board of Directors and community leaders with a passion for philanthropy and a dedication to social change and measurable impact.

Click to apply for a Transformative Grant.
Click to apply for a Community Grant.

Grant Requirements

Grants made competitively through our Grant cycle are limited to:

  • Tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations certified by the Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code
  • Grant must be for the direct benefit of the South Lake County Community which includes communities within the Hospital Tax District and encompasses: Clermont (south to 4-corners included), Ferndale, Groveland, Mascotte, Minneola, Stuckey, and Montverde; please note, this does not mean your organization cannot be from an area outside the tax district, just the grant must directly benefit the South Lake community. Grants from our Family of Funds are not subject to this limitation.
  • Minimum of one year of financial data must be provided, and IRS 501(c)(3) tax return for a 12-month period prior to application.
  • Cities and municipalities are not eligible to apply; however, the Foundation will fund projects where nonprofits partner with cities.
  • Public schools are eligible to apply; funds must be granted to the school, which can then be distributed accordingly.
  • Public libraries are eligible to apply.

Ineligible Grant Requests

The following requests are not eligible for funding from the Community Foundation of South Lake unrestricted pool of assets:

  • Endowments
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Fundraising expenses, sponsorship, or thrift stores
  • Infrastructure improvements when the land/building is not owned by the organization
  • No support for religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Indirect costs or overhead expenses
  • Lobbying, activism, or litigation

If you have any questions pertaining to the Competitive Grants, please contact Brittany, by calling 352-394-3818 or emailing