Sarasota's wealth of cultural and educational experiences should be available to students from all walks of life.

Our Community Foundation is proud to be a partner in EdExploreSRQ, a web-based search platform that is transforming the way Sarasota County teachers, principals and parents identify and learn about experiential learning opportunities available in our area.

Featuring hundreds of offerings by local nonprofits and individual teaching artists, each EdExploreSRQ "exploration" is reviewed and approved by school district staff to ensure connections to educational standards.


In this unique partnership, the Sarasota County School District, Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Education Foundation of Sarasota County and The Patterson Foundation commit to sustain and grow EdExploreSRQ for the benefit of all Sarasota County students.

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Our Commitment

The Community Foundation has committed $1,000,000 over ten years for 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 $1,000,000 investment as well as providing a 2:1 match for all donations for existing and future explorations.

How Teachers Connect

The Community Foundation has set up a rolling online 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. Each Sarasota County school is eligible to receive up to $5,000 to help fund explorations per semester. 

HOW TO APPLY: The Community Foundation is pleased to announce an improved online application. Even if you have applied to us in the past, you will need to create a new account and apply in the new system. Apply now.

If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Light, Education Officer, at nlight@cfsarasota.org.

Track Record of Success

To date, 69 organizations (with participation by many teaching artists) posted more than 250 explorations that have been vetted by the District curriculum leaders and linked to standards.

Contact Us

To make a donation and support explorations for Sarasota County students, please call the Community Foundation at (941) 955-3000 or email DonorServices@cfsarasota.org.


Community Foundation of Sarasota County

2635 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota FL 34237
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