It is our commitment to our North Port community that our grant program continue. However, with the COVID–19 pandemic, we revised our grant process for the 2020 Grant Cycle to better align with the current needs and economic conditions that North Port residents are now facing.

The Board has decided, for the 2021 Grant Cycle, we are again going to accept applications on an invitation-only basis.   Thus, rather than an open period for applications, we will be sending out invitations to select charitable organizations to apply for our grant program.  These invitations will be delivered on or before September 1, 2021 via email.  The application form itself is still available on line and the grant timeline has been altered slightly.

It is our vision and challenge to support those organizations that have the greatest impact on our community during these difficult times.  Our mission remains the same, “financially support qualified charitable organizations which serve the citizens of North Port and improve the quality of life within the local community.”   We sincerely hope that the economic conditions resulting from Covid-19 will be avoided in 2022 and we can return to our regular processes.

Stay Safe & Stay Healthy
Heron Creek Community Foundation

For any questions call Grants Committee Chair Rozier Sharp at 941-525-3801.

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                                    2021 Grant Cycle


Use of Grant Proceeds:
While grant proceeds may be used for either acquisition of capital assets or operating costs of your organization, you must demonstrate that grant proceeds will be used to address the more critical needs of the citizens of North Port, such as food, clothing, shelter, health care or education.

2021 ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
     1. Organization must be a 501(c) (3) under IRS regulations prior to January 1, 2019.

           (must provide IRS tax-exempt letter of determination from the IRS)           
     2. Grant proceeds must be utilized to serve the citizens of North Port.
     3. Organization must have been in full operation prior to January 1, 2019.
     4. Must allow HCCF to conduct pre-grant and post-grant site visits.
     5. Grant proceeds must be utilized within six months
         unless an exemption is specifically approved by HCCF.

2021 QUESTIONS ABOUT APPLICATION OR PROCEDURES:
The Heron Creek Community Foundation understands the time involved in submitting a grant proposal.  It is strongly suggested that before an invited organization commits to writing a grant proposal a designated person email us with any questions, to determine if the proposed program meets our vision. You may send such questions to grants@heroncreekfoundation.org.  Your questions should be answered within 48 hours. Since we are a volunteer organization, we suggest you contact us sooner rather than later during the grant cycle. Questions may not be addressed if submitted after Monday September 30, 2019.

2021 GRANT APPLICATION:
     1. The application may be downloaded at www.heroncreekfoundation.org. (Shown to the right on this page)

     2. If extra space is needed, you may attach additional pages
           but normally no more than 5 pages plus attachments.
     3. Late or incomplete grant applications will not be considered.
     4. Grants awards will normally be capped as to amount.
     5. Please use the check list on the application to ensure that
           all documents are attached in PDF format.
     6. Application must be submitted via e-mail to grants@heroncreekfoundation.org.
     7. Application should have “Grant Application” in the e-mail subject line.
     8. Complete application and attachments should be in PDF format.


2021 GRANT APPLICATION SCHEDULE AND DEADLINES:
     September 1, 2021: First date applications will be accepted

     September 30, 2021: Last day questions may be submitted
     September 30, 2021: Last day for submission of Grant Application
     October 1 - October 27, 2021: Investigations of Grant Applications
     November 1 - November 6, 2021: Anticipated date of grant award announcements
     November 16, 2021: Anticipated grant awards ceremony