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Welcome to the 2021 GCC Application Process

You must read and fill out the entire online form below to be considered an entry of the Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments®

We recommend submitting applications through firefox web browser.

Please download the following Word application to fill in all of your answers first, which can then be copy/pasted into the form below once you have compiled all necessary information: CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

The Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC), was created in 2009 for the purpose of assisting not-for-profit organizations located in and serving Palm Beach County, FL. The GCC receives most of its contributions from the equestrian community in Wellington, Florida, more specifically through individuals, families, and corporations involved in the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF.) The annual distribution of this money occurs at the GCC competition held during the WEF (2021 date: Saturday, February 6, 2021.)

Each year, the GCC transforms the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida into a field of dreams for more than 30 local charities eligible to receive money via the GCC fundraising effort through the application and selection process.

The GCC is an exciting Pro-Amateur show jumping event that features 20+ teams of three riders ranging in age from 11 to 70. Each team is randomly assigned to a charity to compete for the prize money. The GCC, founded in 2009 by Paige Bellissimo and Equestrian Sport Productions, has distributed more than $14.8 million to 256 non-profits in Palm Beach County. One hundred percent of the money raised gets distributed to local non-profits every year, with first-place receiving $100,000 and all participating charities being guaranteed a minimum amount of $15,000. Up to 2 additional wildcards, as well as additional grants, will be randomly drawn leading up to the event on Saturday, February 6, 2021. For reference purposes, a total of 49 non-profit organizations benefited from the event in 2020. Staying true to its roots, up to 20% of randomly selected nonprofits, are Wellington-based.

Each team is generously sponsored by an equestrian family/farm/foundation, with additional funds coming from corporate and individual donors. Equestrian Sport Productions, producers of the event, takes on all of the cost, including staff time and venue. Following CDC recommended guidelines and to limit the spread of COVID-19, public admission will not be allowed on the website and social media outlets. In addition to fund disbursements, our 2020-2030 strategy involves capacity building, enabling and bouldering invaluable partnerships, as well as concentrating on amplifying the event’s impact.

Based on a community needs assessment with the County, in partnership with local agencies and in direct response to the unique settings around COVID-19, the event's 12 edition is committed to shifting the majority of its fundraising priorities toward local non-profits who are directly supporting and assisting the most vulnerable and affected populations in Palm Bach County.

The following non-profit categories will be eligible to be selected for funding in the main event with a chance to receive between $15,000 and up to $100,000: emergency health services; emergency children, family, and senior services; emergency youth development and education support; emergency shelter and homeless services; emergency food support and emergency veterans services. Important: the GCC board and vetting commit will also consider non-profit organizations experiencing a critical expansion (50%+) of service delivery in response to increased demand due to COVID-19. All other categories in the application process will be eligible to be randomly selected as grant recipients, receiving between $1,000 and $10,000.

Drawings for these two pools will be done in a lottery-style, random format and shared in real-time via our social media channels, as has been done in past years.


To qualify for the 2021 GCC, fully completed applications must be received by 5 PM on Sunday, November 15, 2020. **Please note that applications MUST be submitted at once (there is no editing allowed after submission).

Applicants must demonstrate they are:
  • a 501c3 not-for-profit
  • are providing a crucial needs to the most vulnerable populations of Palm Beach County
  • serve residents and visitors of Palm Beach County (PBC)
  • have a presence in Palm Beach County (physical location)
  • commit to spending a minimum of 75% of funding received in PBC
  • have a non-discrimination statement and/or policy (including non-discrimination of services on the basis of race, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, or religion.
**Please note that Equestrian Sport Productions reserves the right to donate excess funds to a charity or charities of its choice, including those with a nationwide presence.

Drawings: Up to four organizations are pre-qualified to participate each year. The remaining additional charities will be randomly selected during the traveling drawing of the charities between December 1, 2020 and January 15, 2021. Charities are NOT required to be physically present during these drawings but will have 48 hours to reply once selected; the information will be shared via social media and an email will be sent to the designated contact given below.

Pending the format of the event and whether the public will be allowed to join us on site on Saturday, February 6, 2021; there are two (2) case scenarios for ALL applicants (whether you are pre-selected or to be eligible to receive additional grants):
  • 1: Scenario A: no public allowed on site during the competition. In that case, ALL applicants will have to tune in LIVE (via Facebook streaming) to indicate they are there. For grant recipients, non-profits will have 20 minutes from the time they are selected comment/post on the GCC page to prove their presence (
  • 2: Scenario B: If the event allows some public, you will be required to have 2 representatives present on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. CDC guidelines will have to be followed and maintained for the safety of all.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during these challenging times. Our objective is to notify you and the public at large by January 20, 2021, whether scenario A or B will apply. Important: funding will ONLY be distributed if you can prove your presence so please be sure to read our communications.

Organizations eligible for ALL drawings will be pre-qualified by a review committee and a thorough vetting process in partnership with Bank of America.

You must read and FULLY fill out the online form below to Enter the Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments® All questions related to the application process are answered in the Word version of the application provided below.

PLEASE CLICK TO DOWNLOAD and SAVE the following Word Application to fill in all your answers prior to your final submission. Doing so will enable you to work on your application while compiling all documents. To guarantee a smooth experience, we recommend you create a separate file on your computer that includes all your information in one location.


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