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Zonta seeking grant applications from Southwest Florida non-profits

May 16, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida, the non-profit arm of the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva, is seeking preliminary applications from non-profits in Southwest Florida for a 2019 grant.

The cycle begins now, with distribution of grants in January.

"Zonta's mission is to empower women and girls through service, advocacy and funding," Grants Committee Co-chair Diane Chesley said. "To this end, Zonta's work focuses on education, economic self-sufficiency, safety, and health for women and girls."

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Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build has received a Zonta grant for the past three years; Zonta members recently turned out to help with the final stages of a home in South Fort Myers.

She noted that successful applications will be applicable to one or more of the aspects of empowering women. They will also be specific, with stated measureable outcomes.

Previous grant recipients are encouraged to submit innovative programs that expand upon the results of prior projects or introduce new initiatives. Collaborative projects between two or more non-profit organizations are also welcome.

Applicants are asked to note the following:

- Since Zonta is non-sectarian, applications with a faith-based or religious connection cannot be considered

- Submitting a preliminary grant application does not ensure that the organization will be invited to participate further in the process

- Reaching the final grant application stage does not ensure that the organization will receive funding during the 2019 grant cycle

- Applicants invited to submit a final grant application can expect to work collaboratively with a Zonta member as liaison

For preliminary applications that meet the identified criteria, a final detailed application will be distributed at the beginning of October, with a submission deadline of Oct. 26.

Preliminary applications are due by July 29.

To download an application, visit

Email completed applications to, as well as to Grants Committee Co-chairs Janine Boardman at and Diane Chesley at



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