The Libertore Fund for Children is providing 501(c)(3) organizations in Central and Suncoast Florida, an opportunity to apply for funding. The Libertore Fund uses an electronic grant application process. 

Program Details:

The Libertore Fund for Children’s evaluation of proposed projects includes the following:

  • The strength of the local support by the organization for the project.
  • The strength of the applicant organization to offer and complete the project.

The Libertore Fund for Children considers how well the project fits the mission and vision of the Fund. The project must encompass one or more of the areas listed below:

  • Improve mental/behavioral health of children
  • Address basic human needs, such as food, housing, and related services for families
  • Promote health and nutrition education for young children and families
  • Promote social, emotional, and cognitive development of children, including programs that support and educate parents
  • Expand academic support, mentoring and recreational programs for children and youth, particularly to close the achievement gap
  • Promote support for the lives of unborn children and pregnant mothers offering prenatal education, parenting and child development
  • Provide shelters for homeless, abused, neglected or orphaned children

Criteria used to review applications:

  • Demonstration of efficient and effective organizations and operations
  • An organization exhibiting strong management skills and sound leadership
  • A project that leverages dollars and/or people power
  • A creative project that has a positive impact on children 


  • Provide a list of current Board Members or officers
  • Demonstrate strong board support and governance
  • Provide a list of key staff and a brief description of their professional background
  • Provide organizational Operating Budget for your current fiscal year
  • Provide a budget specific to the grant request
  • If applicable, provide letters form collaborators and/or affiliate
  • Prepare and submit a preliminary budget for the project
  • If your organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, you must submit previous year’s IRS Form 990 or most recent audited financial statement
  • Provide Final Report no later than 60 days of completion of project or expenditure of funds

Funding is not guaranteed. You will be informed by email whether the grant has been approved or not approved within the month following the close of the quarter.

 Funding will not be provided for:

  • Private foundations
  • Capital campaigns or purchase for capital items
  • fundraising costs
  • Political campaigns or direct lobbying efforts
  • Membership dues, fees, conference registration, training events or affiliation campaigns
  • Conferences, symposia or related travel
  • Services commonly regarded as the responsibility of the government, such as street repair or fire protection
  • Consultant/Professional fees may be considered on a case by case basis for therapeutic positions, summer camp counselors, etc.

 Expenditure of Funds Policies:

  • Grantee must maintain adequate records. The grantee is responsible for the expenditure of funds and for maintaining adequate supporting records that are consistent with accepted accounting principles.
  • Grantee is required to notify the Fund of unused funds. If upon completion of the project, your organization did not use the total amount of dollars granted for the project, please contact LibFund.
  • Grantee must obtain pre-approval from the Fund if there are modifications to the project. Since all funding awarded by Fund is to be used solely for the purposes described in the grantee’s application, modification is to be made only with approval of the Fund’s grant committee or by the granting fund advisor(s). All modifications must be submitted to the Fund in writing, prior to implementation.

Loss of Funding Privileges:

  • If at any time The Libertore Fund for Children determines that a grantee has not performed in accordance with this agreement or has deviated from the intended purpose of the approved project or the project’s budget, the organization or company will lose the privilege of applying for any additional grants from the Fund. All unexpended grant dollars must be returned to The Libertore Fund for Children.
  • If a non-profit grantee loses its federal tax exemption status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or is no longer an organization described in 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code before the completion date of the approved project, they must notify the Fund immediately and all unexpended grant dollars must be returned to the Fund.
  • Failure to comply with reporting requirements.

Grant Reporting:

The Libertore Fund for Children utilizes grant reports to assess the effectiveness of its grants. A final report form is posted on the website and you will receive a reminder that it is due, close to the completion date. It is also recommended that you mark your calendar to submit report. It is due one year from receiving funds or when the funds or 60 days after the funds have been expended. This report provides the necessary information needed to determine that the grant is being used for the purpose intended and to fulfill the Fund’s public reporting responsibilities. Staff is available for any questions regarding the completion of the report forms.

  • Final Reports are due sixty (60) days after completion of the project for which funds were received. Reporting dates can be modified for good reasons with approval from the Fund advisor(s).
  • The Final Report, including Budget vs. Actual must be submitted sixty (60) days after the completion of the project.
  • Reports must be complete and thorough. Members of the Board, advisor, or grant committee will review all reports of grantee forms. Failure to provide necessary information will result in the loss of future funding privileges.
  • Provide photographs and supporting data. Photographs help assess the success of a project and the supporting data provides the outcomes in an accountable format. Make sure all information about supporting data is included in the report.
  • If any of the report form is not submitted by the due date, the organization may lose the privilege of applying for any additional grants through The Libertore Fund for Children. If the report deadline is not able to be met, you can apply for an extension by contacting the Fund, before the deadline date.
  • All modifications must be submitted to the Fund in writing (email is acceptable) before implementing.
  • If there are remaining grant dollars after the completion of the project, contact the Fund in writing before submitting the Final Report.

When you are ready to begin the application process, click on Grant Application, complete the application and submit online. Grant requests are reviewed at the end of each quarter in March, June, September, and December.

Thank you for participating in The Libertore Fund for Children grant process. If you require further information, please contact Lana Swartzwelder, CEO, by phone at 844-329-4434 or or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Libertore Fund For Children
P.O. Box 5415
Lakeland, FL 33807

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