The Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida is accepting grant applications from 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in Lee County and Southwest Florida whose work helps to empower women. To qualify for this year’s awards, grant application must be submitted by July 16, 2021.
Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida is the non-profit arm of the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva. The chapter is part of Zonta International, a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. Similarly, the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva focuses on education, economic self-sufficiency, safety, and health for women and girls.
Over the past 20 years, the Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida has distributed more than $1 million in grants to qualifying charitable organizations. Although fundraising was down for the past two years due to COVID-19, the Grants Committee has worked to find ways to stretch this year’s support commitments. This Grants cycle focuses on Empowerment, with successful grant applications incorporating one or more of the following: training, education, and/or affordable housing. Applications must also specify measurable outcomes.
Grant Committee Co-Chair Marianne Ravenna stated, “We hope the new Empowerment application gets our Grantees thinking outside of the box on innovative programs and projects that empower women through training, education, and affordable housing.”
Last year, Zonta SanCap streamlined the grants process to a single application. This year, the decision was made to distribute funds in December instead of January, when grants were traditionally awarded.
Applications will be screened and will move forward based on meeting Zonta’s mission and the Empowerment criteria. Please also note:
- Since Zonta is non-sectarian, applications from organizations with a faith-based or religious connection are not eligible;
- Submitting an application does NOT ensure that the organization will automatically receive funding in the 2021 grant cycle;
- Successful applicants will be expected to work collaboratively as needed with a liaison from Zonta.
Grant applications submissions, which are accepted via mail or e-mail, must be submitted no later than July 16, 2021 to qualify for this year’s awards.
To download an application, visit ZontaSanCap.org and click on “Grant Applications” at the top left. Email the completed application to Info@ZontaSanCap.org as well as to Grants Committee co-chairs Marianne Ravenna (email@example.com) and Pam Eccles (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications may also be mailed to: Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida, P. O. Box 1244 Sanibel, Fl 33957.