Since 1998, Manatee Community Foundation has awarded more than $50 million in scholarships and grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations–all based on the charitable aspirations of donors who care deeply about making a difference.

The generosity of donors who give through MCF makes impactful work possible in the arts, human services, education, animal welfare, environmental, civic engagement, and health-related causes.

During our last fiscal year, ending June 30, 2022, we awarded more than $5.7 million, providing relief and recovery to nonprofits during the pandemic.

Manatee Community Foundation continues to focus on a results-first framework to help us make better decisions based on how organizations can move the needle for their clients or the community. We are especially interested in how your work is addressing diversity, equity, inclusion and access for those who may not otherwise benefit from programs, services, or opportunities.

In order to be more responsive, inclusive and strategic in supporting the needs of nonprofits in our community, we have created a process to receive your funding requests on an ongoing basis.

A volunteer grants committee will review nonprofit requests monthly for alignment with funds available for grantmaking. We may also share your request with donor advisors. This process has replaced an annual competitive grant cycle.

  • Share your request for funding here.
  • Read the Frequently Asked Questions here.
  • Submit your grant report here.

For more information, questions, and support, contact Simone Peterson, Community Investment Officer, at