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.

With this approach, rather than an open period for applications, we sent invitations to select charitable organizations to apply for our grant program. These invitations from HCCF were delivered on September 1, 2020 via email. The application itself is not changing 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 2021 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.


                                    2020 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.

     1. Organization must be a 501(c) (3) under IRS regulations prior to January 1, 2018.
           (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, 2018.
     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.

The Heron Creek Community Foundation understands the time involved in submitting a grant proposal. It is strongly suggested that before an organization commits to writing a grant proposal a designated person email us with any questions, to determine if the organization and proposed program meet our vision. You may send such questions to HCCF at  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.

     1. The application may be downloaded at (Shown 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 at $5,000.
     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
     7. Application should have “Grant Application” in the e-mail subject line.
     8. Complete application and attachments should be in PDF format.

     August 1, 2020: First date applications will be accepted
     September 30, 2020: Last day questions may be submitted
     September 30, 2020: Last day for submission of Grant Application
     October 1 - October 27, 2020: Investigations of Grant Applications
     October 27 - November 6, 2020: Anticipated date of grant award announcements
     November 17, 2020: Anticipated grant award ceremony