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Grant and Aid Program for Not-For-Profit Agencies

The City of Winter Haven has provided grant money from the General Fund in one form or another to various Winter Haven not-for-profit agencies as far back as the 1970’s. The goal of these allocations is to ensure residents of Winter Haven have access to the services provided by local not-for-profit providers. These agencies offer services the City of Winter Haven does not or that are complimentary to and consistent with City goals, extending additional benefit to our residents.

Grant and Aid Process and Guidelines

Not-for-profit agencies are invited to submit an application for funding through the Grant and Aid Program each year.

Eligibility

Not-for-Profit Agencies that provide services to Winter Haven residents are eligible to apply for a grant each year through the Grant and Aid application.

Funding Amounts

  • First-time / new applicants can request up to $5,000 in their first grant cycle. Applicants are considered first-time if they did not receive funding in the most current fiscal year. The fiscal year runs October 1 – September 30.
  • Returning applicants can request up to $20,000 in a single cycle. The only exception to this are agencies presently funded above this threshold in the current fiscal year. Returning applicants currently funded above $20,000 may request funding up to the same amount of their current grant award.
  • Not-for-profit agencies may request up to $40,000 for a single initiative (capital or programmatic) once every five years. This would be the only request the agency can submit in a cycle.

Application Process

Not-for-profit agencies should prepare the following documents and information prior to beginning the application:

  • Project Budget Sheet – Click here to download the project budget template. Fill in the information for your project and save a new copy of the sheet. This must be uploaded to the application when prompted.
  • Sunbiz Annual Report – Download your most recent annual report from Sunbiz.org and be prepared to upload it to the application when prompted. If you organization does not have an annual report, please upload your Articles of Incorporation from Sunbiz.org. If you do not have your annual report saved, you can search for it here: https://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz/search/
  • IRS Determination Letter – This is the letter provided by the IRS granting your organization tax-exempt status. If you do not have this letter already saved, you can search for it here: https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/

Once all documentation is gathered, ensure you are prepared to answer questions about these topics:

  • Your organization. This includes information such as your mission, vision, contact information and leadership team.
  • Your project. This is the project, initiative or program you are requesting funds for. Be prepared to provide a detailed description of the effort, how you plan to measure the impact, how many Winter Haven residents it will benefit, and any funding sources outside of the City’s Grant.
  • Evaluation Method and Previous Results. If you have received grant and aid funds from the City of Winter Haven in the current fiscal year, please be prepared to detail the results you have achieved with those funds. All applicants will be required to provide an evaluation plan detailing how you will track and evaluate the results from any funding you may receive as a result of your application.

When you are ready to complete the application, please click the button below. The application needs to be completed in a single session, though it won’t time out if your browser is left open.

Application Deadline for the 2022/23 Fiscal Year is May 31, 2022

Grant and Aid Application

Application Review

The Grant and Aid Review Committee review all applications received by the cycle’s deadline and make funding recommendations to the City Commission. The eight-member Grant and Aid Review Committee is comprised of the following individuals:

  • City of Winter Haven City Commission Appointees:
    • Minister Abdurrahim Al-Khatib
    • Mr. Alex Cam
    • Dr. Steve Negley
    • Mr. Alex Santiago
    • Ms. Tina Summerlin
  • Procurement Manager: Bethany Owen
  • Director of Diversity and Inclusivity: Christine Samuel
  • Chief Accountant, Finance Department: Allen Weeks

Timeline

  • April & May – Applications Accepted
  • June – Grant and Aid Review Committee review applications and provide recommendations.
  • July – Staff presents the recommendations of the Grant and Aid Review Committee to the City Commission. The final decision on funding is made by the City Commission.
  • September – Grant and Aid funding included in the budget process.
  • October – Grant and Aid checks are sent to awarded recipients.
  • November – March – Recipients may be asked to provide an update on the utilization of funds in writing or via an in-person presentation to the City Commission.

Questions?

The City of Winter Haven staff is available to answer any questions you may have about the Grant and Aid Program. Please direct questions to the Office of Public Affairs and Communication.