Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties

OVERVIEW: This funder makes a wide variety of grants in the community for affordable housing, arts and culture, basic needs, and more. The foundation has a competitive grant process, as well as donor Field of Interest funds that accept proposals by invitation only.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts and culture, affordable housing, environment, basic needs

IP TAKE:  A new grant seeker’s best shot is often with the competitive community impact grants. Funding categories shift each year, so grant seekers should keep up with the foundation’s newsletter.

PROFILE: The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties (CFPBMC) is based in West Palm Beach, Florida, and serves the two-county region. It seeks to “serve as the leading catalyst for building vibrant communities through meaningful philanthropy.” It was established in 1972 and is one of the oldest and largest foundations in the state of Florida. Palm Beach residents Winsome and Michael McIntosh established the organization with a $50,000 endowment to meet the changing needs of the local community.

In a recent report, the foundation had at least $171 million in assets under management and more than 300 charitable funds. Current financial data can be viewed here.

CFPBMC awards community impact grants through a competitive process. Its recent interests include affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, arts and culture, and the environment. This foundation also awards Field of Interest grants in areas that donors are particularly interested in, such as education, the arts, housing, and feeding the hungry. It accepts proposals for Field of Interest grants by invitation only.

This community funder also serves as a home to the local chapter of Impact 100. The Impact 100 Palm Beach County chapter is a women’s charitable fund at CFPBMC, and the community foundation assists with its grants process. There is also an Impact 100 Men Palm Beach County group that is newer and awards grants from local men in a similar but unique way. The foundation also manages quite a few nonprofit endowment funds for regional groups, including the Florida Council on Economic Education and the Palm Beach Symphony.  

The first step in pursuing a grant with this funder is to complete a Philanthropy Online profile, which will be viewable by the foundation, its donors, and the general public. Grantmaking opportunities vary from year to year. The foundation staff evaluates the budget each year and assesses where the greatest local needs are. It recommends that new grantees call the community investment department to discuss an idea before submitting any type of inquiry or application. This department is made up of a VP for community investment, Renee Constantino, and a community investment officer, Daryl Houston.  

Grant seekers can keep in touch with this funder and its grantees via its news page. The newsletter is a good place to learn about upcoming grant opportunities. Direct general questions to the staff at 561-659-6800 or via online form. Staff members' email address are also listed on the funder’s website.


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