Fall 2017

The following grants were approved during the Spring and Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 grant cycles.  

Spring 2018

Grants Awarded

Organization NameProject DescriptionAmount Awarded
All Star Children's Foundation To provide partial funding for the construction of a 12,000 sf treatment center to serve children in the foster care system.
$275,000
Centerstone of Florida, Inc.To purchase/install anti-ligature door handles, showers, toilets and sinks.$47,000
Easter Seals Southwest Florida, Inc.To replace 7 a/c units, upgrade physical therapy room, renovate bathrooms and install new flooring.$75,000
Library Foundation for Sarasota County                                        To purchase new online ebooks, audiobooks and databases for children and adults.
$50,000
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Inc.To assist with the refurbishing of the Selby's home and adjoining restrooms.
$250,000
Resurrection House Inc.To purchase 3 washers, 5 dryers, and repair original wood flooring.
$41,446
Save Our SeabirdsTo replace a large wooden ramp and decks.
$45,275
Smith Brown Community Foundation
To furnish a classroom with 21st Century materials for after-school, summer enrichment programs in a vastly underserved community.
$23,400
Suncoast Communities Blood BankTo purchase a Bloodmobile.$60,838
United Way Suncoast
To construct and furnish reading rooms with ipads, computers, tvs, tables, chairs in the La Mirada Gardens subsidized housing neighborhood in Bradenton.
$52,501


Total Spring 2018


$920,460


Spring 2017

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

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