Strengthening the nonprofit community through grantmaking and other services is critical to our mission of building a better community. The Community Foundation for Brevard helps nonprofits carry out their important work by awarding grants, forging community partnerships and educating community philanthropists and partners about the organizations that are most aligned with their charitable interests.
Explore our discretionary grant programs below for more details on what these programs support and how your organization can apply for a grant.
Types of Grants
Competitive Community Grants
Competitive Community Grants is the Foundation’s signature program through which we honor donors who created permanent unrestricted or field of interest funds, entrusting us to support issues that mattered to them. We provide grants to Brevard County 501(c)(3) nonprofits working in a variety of Community Impact Areas. Information and guidelines about the annual grant process are outlined below.
• Competitive Community Grant Guidelines
• Grantmaker Briefings (training for nonprofits)
• Grant Reports and Follow-up
• View Grant Awardees
• 2018 Giving Together Catalog
• Online Application Portal
Medical Research GrantsThe Community Foundation uses a competitive grant process to annually award medical cause and cure research grants from the Kenneth R. Finken and Dorothy Hallum Finken Endowment Fund. Information and guidelines about the annual Medical Research Grant process are outlined below.
Grants from Donor Advised FundsThroughout the year, CFB authorizes grants from donor advised funds to 501(c)(3) organizations based on recommendations from fund advisors. There is no application process and these funds do not accept requests. These funds are established and advised by individual donors, and the distributions are determined by the donor for specific philanthropic purposes.
Designated funds and agency endowments created to benefit specific nonprofit organizations pay out annual distributions to designated organizations each year.
Grant cycles are announced via e-mail, on the Community Foundation for Brevard’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages and through local media. Staff members conduct two free workshops countywide in advance of our Competitive Community Grant cycle to assist prospective applicants in preparing their proposals. Workshops will be listed on the Events page.
The Foundation performs the due diligence to ensure recommended grantees are qualified, viable organizations in good standing, and then issues checks from that particular fund. The Board of Directors, comprised of community leaders, approves or ratifies all grants.