GWCF’s capacity-building grant cycle returns for its fifth year.

LAKELAND, FL (March 1, 2022) – Starting today, eligible nonprofits may apply for Empower Polk 2022 funding. Because Empower Polk funding is limited, this grant cycle is available by invitation only to organizations who meet the requirements for funding. This includes having an existing agency fund established with GiveWell Community Foundation. A full list of requirements can be found in the Empower Polk Guidelines available at empowerpolk.org. Applications must be fully submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18. 

Since 2018, more than $400,000 has been awarded to local nonprofits through this grant cycle, helping them invest in capacity building and long-lasting improvements. Empower Polk is made possible thanks to generous fundholders and community partners like you who donate to GWCF’s Unrestricted Grants Fund.

You can help us empower more nonprofits by giving to Empower Polk. To donate online, select Empower Polk from the drop down menu at givecf.org/donate. Donations by check can be made to the GiveWell Community Foundation with Empower Polk written in the memo line. GWCF donor advised fundholders may request a grant to Empower Polk from their fund.

Learn how an Empower Polk grant allowed Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine to conduct strategic planning sessions for both board and staff members at a very important time for the organization. Visit our YouTube channel for more Empower Polk grant stories.

About GiveWell Community Foundation

GiveWell Community Foundation (GWCF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits to build a stronger community throughout Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties and beyond through charitable funds and competitive grant cycles. The foundation is home to more than 300 charitable funds and the Impact Polk and Empower Polk grant cycles. GWCF has awarded $230 million in grants since its founding in 1997. To learn more about GWCF, visit givecf.org or call 863-683-3131.

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