Below is the 2017 Grant Cycle information.  The 2018 Grant Cycle schedule is shown to the right but guidance and criteria will be published in July 2018.

2017 Grant Cycle

Use of Grant Proceed:
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, but not limited to, food, clothing, shelter, health care and education.

     1. Organization must be a 501(c) (3) under IRS regulations prior to January 1, 2015.
          (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, 2015.
     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  In the subject line type: “question re: grant cycle”.  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 would normally not be addressed if submitted after Monday September 15, 2017, but in view of Hurricaine Irma, all questions submitted prior to September 30, will be addressed.

     1. The application may be downloaded at
     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, 2017:  First date applications will be accepted
     September 15, 2017:  Last day questions may be submitted
     September 30, 2017:  Last day for submission of Grant Application
     November 10 - 13, 2017:  Anticipated date of grant award announcements
     November 28, 2017:  Anticipated grant award ceremony