Grant Priorities

Guidelines for Grant Applications

Grant Criteria:

  1. All applicants must be an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) charity and registered with the Department of Agriculture to solicit funds in Florida.
  2. The applicant must not have received a grant award from Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring (FMCFOC) within a year of their submission or for more than 3 consecutive years.
  3. An agency exhibiting strong management skills and sound leadership qualities that has been conducting substantial business activity for at least 2 years.
  4. Programs must serve individuals in Florida Medical Clinic’s geographic or service areas of Hillsborough and Pasco Counties.
  5. A project that aligns with FMCFOC’s mission, vision and values.
  6. A project that addresses a specific, identified and prioritized need in the community.
  7. A creative project that has a positive impact on individuals in-need and at-risk in the community.
  8. A project which leverages dollars and/or people power.
  9. A project that identifies measurable objectives.
  10. A project in which FMCFOC’s grant plays an important role.
  11. A project that positively impacts FMCFOC’s networking exposure.
  12. A project that requires funding of at least $1,000 and no more than a year commitment.


Purposes generally unsuitable for Foundation Funding:

  1. Start-up costs for new organizations, i.e. seed money.
  2. A capital campaign which raises money to acquire or improve a physical asset.
  3. Sponsorship or tickets for fundraising events or advertising space in programs or other publications, unless received in recognition of awarded grants.
  4. Legislative lobbying or political campaigns, action committees, causes, or candidates.
  5. Experimental medical research, medical trials or medications.
  6. Projects that exclusively serve religious or sectarian purposes or ideologies and do not benefit in-need or at-risk individuals in the community.
  7. Loans, assistance or scholarships to individuals.
  8. Individual schools, except special needs schools.
  9. Recreation, athletic, or sports team programs, or leagues unless geared to those with special needs.
  10. Agencies that provide benefits to FMCFOC officers or employees in exchange for grant funding.
  11. General salaries or operating expenses unless they are program specific and directly benefit the individuals served.
  12. Non-service or non-therapy related animal organizations.


The FMCFOC Board of Directors will accept grant applications from January 1st to March 1st for the spring cycle and from July 1st to September 1st for the fall cycle.  The Board will research and vet each and every grant to guarantee that it meets the established guidelines and aligns with the mission of FMCFOC.  Grants will be awarded twice a year in June and December.