The Giving Circle will:

•  Give grants to organizations whose programs promote self-sufficiency for women and their families;

•  Grants will be primarily for programs and, in some instances resources, that promote our mission;

•  Support women of all ages to live healthy, productive lives;

•  Focus on those who are economically disadvantaged. Grants will be limited to one year.


If a program is not making appropriate progress or is discontinued, funds must be returned.


Any funds not used or committed for the specific purpose of the grant must be returned to the Women’s Giving Circle of Southwest Florida at the Community Foundation.


An organization may only submit one grant proposal per grant cycle.


An organization that has received a grant may apply for a new grant after the funded program had been completed, all funds have been spent and all conditions of the first grant have been met.


Grantees must be nonprofit organizations, exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and deemed “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a).


Programs the Giving Circle will not fund:

• organizational endowments

• capital improvements, except for resources such as books or computers to be used by clients, purchase of event tickets or sponsorships, or deficit reduction

• annual drives or annual giving campaigns

• political activities, campaigns, or political action committees

• grants to individuals

• private schools

• scholarly research

• programs whose philosophy, requirements or activities do not support and uphold the following Diversity and Faith Based Policies of the Community Foundation of Collier County:


Diversity Policy

The applicant organization must have in writing a  board-approved policy that it supports the following Community Foundation of Collier County’s Statement of Diversity:


We promote the celebration and acceptance of our community’s diversity, which contributes to a healthy, caring community. The Community Foundation of Collier County believes that diversity encompasses, but is not limited to religion, age, ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic circumstance, physical and mental abilities, characteristics and philosophy.


Faith-Based Policy

Faith-based organizations shall not use grants to support inherently religious activities, such as religious worship or evangelization. An organization must take steps to separate, in time or location their inherently religious activities from the Community Foundation’s (and Women’s Giving   Circle’s) funded services. Funding supports only organizations that accept clients/participants from all faiths.


Conflict Of Interest Policy

If a member of the Women's Giving Circle of SW Florida (WGC) is active in an organization being researched, evaluated or monitored for a grant, she must disclose such affiliation and shall recuse herself from any activity which might be deemed a conflict of interest.  Such activities include but are not limited to determining who will be invited to apply for a grant, participating in the preliminary approval process for recommending grants to the entire WGC, and/or acting as a  liaison to any organization with which she is affiliated.


At the time the grant recommendations go before the entire WGC organization to be approved or ratified, all members may vote on all final candidates, without regard to any personal affiliation.


The conflict of interest policy is consistent with that of the Community Foundation of Collier County.






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