Organization NameProject DescriptionAmount Awarded
Art League of Manatee County
​To help fund conceptual drawings for a new, expanded facility for visual arts programming.$17,191
Charlotte County Homeless Coalition
To help purchase a vehicle that will be used on a daily basis for client transportation and donation pick-ups.
$20,000
Child Protection Center, Inc.
To help purchase equipment to enhance forensic investigations and on-site security.$54,490
Florida Center for Early Childhood
​To help purchase laptops, desktops and a server to integrate systems across 4 locations.$45,453
Florida West Coast Symphony, Inc. 
To help purchase a new Steinway concert grand piano for the Sarasota Orchestra.
$75,000
Hermitage Artist Retreat, Inc.
To help transform the Palm House from a private residence to an artist studio and Black Box theater.
$45,000
Historical Society of Sarasota County
To remove and replace the Cedar Shake Shingle Roof on the Bidwell-Wood House (1882), the oldest extant private residence in the City of Sarasota.
$15,000
Manatee County Youth Rowing, Inc.
To help purchase 3 new boats.
$28,181
Meals on Wheels of Sarasota. Inc.
To purchase a variety of new industrial-grade appliances as part of the kitchen remodel project.
$52,768
New Operation Cooper Street, Inc.
For renovations to Cooper St Rec Center, including flooring, restrooms, security doors, and ADA compliant fixtures.
$103,080
Project Light of Manatee, Inc
To replace air conditioning systems.
$10,580
Sarasota Bradenton Kappa Alpha Psi Project Guide Right Inc.
For various renovations to the building and property, including remodeling, parking lot, HVAC and security.
$39,973
Sarasota Crew, Inc.
To help with removal of an existing dock and construction of two new docks.
$40,000
Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, Inc.
To help purchase a 15-passenger transit van.
$15,000
Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc.
To purchase 5 computer work stations, server, installation and enhancements to defendant database.
$11,943
Venice Youth Boating Association, Inc.
For renovations to boat yard including new racks and wall/gate.
$15,000
WEDU Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting, Inc.
To purchase additional broadcasting equipment used to add two new channels.
$75,000
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe
To help construct a new Education and Outreach building.
$250,000


Total Spring 2017


$913,659

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

Fall 2017

Grants Awarded

The following grants were approved during the Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and Fall 2017 grant cycles.  

Organization NameProject DescriptionAmount Awarded
Animal Welfare League of Charlotte Co Fl Inc.
​To help fund the installation of a state-of-the-art sprinkler system in the intake building and adoption center.$30,000
Arcadia All-Florida Championship RodeoTo assist in the construction of a 16,000 square foot equine stable (72 stalls).
$85,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast
To purchase a fingerprint scanner, service contract, computers, and a printer.$14,466
Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County​To assist with the rebuilding and the furnishing of the DeSoto Club in Bradenton.$250,000
Children First, Inc.
To help with improvements and enhancements to the Children First's North Port playground site.
$50,557
Community Foundation of Sarasota County
To help support the Season of Sharing 2017-18 and Spring Giving Challenge.
$75,000
Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc.To renovate two Career Centers, and purchase furniture, computers, and I-pads.
$82,800
Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc.
To help with the construction of a restroom/shower facility.
$10,000
Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County, Inc.
To purchase four HVAC units and the cleaning of 11 HVAC systems.
$38,500
Goodwill Industries Manasota, Inc.
To assist with repairs to existing building in Sarasota used to serve veterans.$50,000
InStride Therapy, Inc.
To replace the current shell parking lot with concrete.
$19,500
Lemon Bay Historical Society, Inc.To assist with the moving of Englewood's first church from leased property to a permanent location.$25,000
Meals on Wheels of Charlotte CountyTo help with the purchase and installation of a new range hood.
$13,478
Myakka City Historical Society, Inc.
To help fund the final restoration of the Myakka City Historic Schoolhouse.
$100,000
Sarasota Garden ClubTo help fund various improvements to the outside of the Sarasota Garden Club's building.
$10,000
Turning Points To assist with the replacement of the vinyl flooring and carpeting in the Bill Galvano One Stop Center.$66,268


Total Fall 2017


$920,569

Organization NameProject DescriptionAmount Awarded
 All Faiths Food BankTo help expand the main facility.$250,000
American Red Cross of Southwest FloridaTo purchase a new fleet vehicle with 4x4 and two package.$31,500
Anna Maria Island Community CenterTo help upgrade technology and security at the main center.$30,000
Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, Inc.
To create a new interactive website complete with Customer Relation Management (CRM) software.
$21,900
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc.
To help renovate  supportive housing for homeless mothers and their infant or pre-school children.
$80,000
Community Foundation of Sarasota County
To help support the Season of Sharing for 2016-17.
$50,000
First Step of Sarasota
To purchase a van to transport clients to medical and legal appointments, 12-Step meetings and recovery-based group outings.
$30,000
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.
To remove an old decrepit dock and install a new one at Camp Honi Hanta.
$13,926
Habitat for Humanity Manatee County
To purchase a new truck to be used by the ReStore operation.
$40,000
Manasota Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
To purchase a passenger van to transport clients for multiple programs.
$26,098
Manasota SOLVE Maternity Homes
To purchase 22 new twin bed systems.
$15,000
Mental Health Community Centers, Inc.
To purchase software and hardware upgrades required by a statewide mandate to provide results-based information.
$40,000
Mote Marine Laboratory
To help purchase new instrumentation and equipment to outfit new research labs.
$80,000
Pines of Sarasota Foundation, Inc
To renovate a 4,000 square foot building, currently usable only for storage, into a center for Pines' entrepreneurial programs.
$150,000
Punta Gorda History Center
To help with the remodeling of the current building.
$20,000
Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, Inc.
To purchase a new vehicle to be used for client transport.
$28,000
Salvation Army of Bradenton
To help upgrade various kitchen equipment.
$34,759
Sarasota Housing Authority
To purchase new hardware and a 3-year license for new case management software.
$40,000
State College of Florida Foundation, Inc.
To help purchase new technology for the Knowledge Commons (KC) Learning Center to be housed in the library.
$125,000


Total Fall 2016


$1,106,183