The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is extremely privileged to partner with The Patterson Foundation on this funding opportunity to ensure these marvelous experiential learning opportunities based on the assets we have here in culture, arts, the environment.

Roxie Jerde,
President & CEO
Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Ways to Fund

How to fund explorations is always a topic of interest, especially for teachers and principals. That is why EdExploreSRQ offers the opportunity to search by price from $0 on up. These searches and financial information help schools and teachers develop an Exploration budget.

Explorations on the EdExploreSRQ website include costs and information specific to each provider. Some Explorations are free, and often providers offer financial assistance. Student fees, school discretionary funds and PTO support are also frequently used to pay for participation costs. In some cases, providers even use their donor support to fund explorations, especially for lower income students and schools.

Link to the Sarasota County Schools eGAF which must be submitted for each grant application submitted: 

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County Exploration Grants

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, a proud partner in EdExploreSRQ, has set up a rolling application process that enables teachers to apply for exploration funding throughout the year. This “just in time” feature allows teachers to maximize the learning connections between an exploration and student lessons. Click HERE to access the application – the application can only be completed ONLINE.  No paper applications will be accepted.

The Community Foundation has committed $100,000 per year for five years for current explorations – particularly for students in lower-income communities. Additionally, the Community Foundation and The Patterson Foundation created an EdExploreSRQ Endowment Fund to increase awareness and funding. The Patterson Foundation has designated up to $3 million in matching funds to go into the Explorations endowment fund, matching dollar for dollar the Community Foundation’s $500,000 investment, as well as providing a 2:1 match for all donations for existing and future explorations.

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County

The classroom grants you know and love… Step outside of the box and do something creative with your students! Apply for up to $1,000 to kick your lesson up a notch.

For more information, click HERE.

For application, click HERE:


  • Will take place in the 2019-20 school year
  • Directly impacts grades Pre-K to 12th
  • Are stand-alone projects, not part of a larger project
  • Innovative hands-on or project-based learning experiences encouraged
  • Awards for technology, software, or hardware require approval of school-based IT personnel
  • Will have defined goals and outcomes that can be measured or observed
  • Allowable expenses described in budget guidelines.
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