How to Apply: Carnival Foundation Application Guidelines
Please note that due to the high number of requests we are receiving, effective May 1, 2016, applications that do not meet our guidelines will no longer receive a written response. We understand our application process requires time and substantial information. Therefore, we ask you to carefully read our guidelines to see if your organization qualifies for consideration for a grant, sponsorship or in-kind donation from Carnival Foundation.
Grants or Sponsorships
To apply for a grant or sponsorship from Carnival Foundation, prospective applicants must submit a letter of request (emails and fax will not be accepted) with the following information:
A brief description of the organization, including its legal name, history, activities, purpose and governing board
Purpose for which the grant is requested
Grant amount requested
Listing of other sources of financial support
Operating budget of the project for which the funds are requested
Organization’s annual budget
Copy of the organization’s most recent audited financial statement
Copy of organization’s most recent 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
Requests for sponsorships and/or in-kind donations must be received four to six months prior to the event.
All requests must be mailed. Requests sent via email or fax will not be accepted.
Carnival Foundation supports a broad range of causes and organizations with primary funding interests in:
Arts and Culture
Community Affairs (human/social needs, children, social welfare)
Health and Human Services
Special emphasis is given to requests focusing on youth education and welfare.
Carnival Foundation only makes contributions to organizations that have been granted an exemption from federal income tax under Section 501 c (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Carnival Foundation will not consider requests from/for:
Individuals, including participation in events or fundraisers
Religious, fraternal, political or athletic organizations
Animal welfare organizations or causes
Elementary or secondary schools
Film production, including documentary
Preference is given to South Florida and other homeport communities throughout the United States.
Funding proposals are received and reviewed on a continuous basis throughout the year. Requests are screened for thoroughness and compliance with Carnival Foundation’s requirements. If applicable, a meeting with a representative from the organization and/or a site visit may be conducted.
Qualified applicants should allow up to two months before receiving a written response. Due to the overwhelming number of applications we receive, effective May 1, 2016, submissions that do not meet our guidelines will no longer receive a response.
All requests must be submitted, in writing, to:
Executive Director, Carnival Foundation
Carnival Corporation & plc
3655 N.W. 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178