Grantmaking is at the heart of the Community Foundation’s work.

Grants from the Community Foundation

Many grants are made from funds that do not accept requests. These funds are established and advised by individual donors, and the distributions are determined by the donor for specific philanthropic purposes. Grant distributions are made on the suggestion of the donor or fund advisor, with final approval given by the Community Foundation’s board of directors.

Million in Total Grants Since Inception

Grant Opportunities

GiveWell Community Foundation annually conducts two competitive grant cycles. These are the only grants for which applications are accepted. These grantmaking opportunities vary from year to year. Since resources are limited, organizations are encouraged to seek only the dollars necessary.

Empower Polk is an annual competitive grant program with the goal of helping nonprofits improve internal capacity and efficiency. This grant cycle is currently only available to nonprofits who have a established an agency fund with the Community Foundation.

Empower Polk is by invitation only. The next grant cycle will open in the first quarter of 2021.

Impact Polk is an annual competitive grant program with the goal of addressing community needs throughout Polk County. Public nonprofit organizations serving Polk County and recognized by the IRS as described in the IRS Code Section 501(c)(3) as eligible for tax-exempt status may apply.

Impact Polk is currently closed and not accepting applications. Applications for the Impact Polk 2021 grant cycle were due October 5, 2020.

2018-2019 Grants Overview

GWCF was pleased to award nearly 1,000 grants totaling over $21 million during the 2017-18 fiscal year. These grants were awarded to impactful nonprofits locally and beyond.

92% of these grants were awarded in Florida, and 82% were awarded in Polk, Hardee, or Highlands county.

The following chart provides an overview of the causes the grants supported.

Million in Total Grants


Grants Awarded Locally

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Johnna Martinez

Johnna Martinez

Grants Manager