Joan McCaw
Joan McCaw
Manager of Grants and Scholarships

Since 1998, Manatee Community Foundation has awarded $34 million in scholarships and grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. 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, 2020, we awarded more than $5.8 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.

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 every two weeks for alignment with funds available for grantmaking. We may also share your request with donor advisors. This process will replace the annual competitive grant cycle.

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

For more information, questions, and support, contact Joan McCaw, Grants and Scholarships Manager, at