The 2018 Grant Committee has begun the important work of vetting, evaulating and funding PCF grant proposals. This year there are 50 applicants. It is expected that $120,000 from fundraising efforts will be awarded to those social service, health, education, environmental and cultural organizations throughout South County that are deemed worthy of funding. Recipients will be announced publicly at the Annual Awards Luncheon on April 11, 2018. Click on the Grant Recipients tab to see a listing of 2017 recipients.
Our Grant Committee is always looking for members. Please use the Contact Us option below if you are interested in joining the committee in 2019.
The 2018 Impact Grant was awarded to Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County. President Bob Hayden and the Impact Grant Committee presented the grant check to Joe Pokorney, LVSSC President, and Claudia Daniels, grant writer and Board Member.
The award of $19,271, will be used to fund a Study-Lab Program located in the Family Services Center, North Port, FL. This location brings together a variety of social service agencies that provide assistance to those who need it.
A dedicated study-lab will provide a safe and welcoming space for students to meet with tutors, utilize computer equipment, and attend classes. The number of students has increased 73% from 2010 to 2017. LVSSC has helped 343 students from 48 different countries in 2016/2017.
The 2017 Impact Grant awarded to Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County is presented to Aimee Holmes, Chief Develpment Officer.
The Foundation has generously partnered with Habitat to lauch a new home revitalization program, A Brush with Kindness. The award of $16,000, along with paint donated by Sherwin Williams, will be used to paint one home per month for a qualified homeowner. This is a one-year program that will benefit income-qualified homewoners in need. It is Habitat's intent to help South Sarasota's most vulnerable population revitalize their homes with pride and dignity.
The Englewood Community Care Clinic, Inc. dedicated the beginning of its compact new laboratory to the Plantation Community Foundation. Members of the Foundation's Impact Grant Committee, Foundation Board Members, Clinic volunteers and the Executive Director attended a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Clinic plans to add equipment to its lab with the remaining $12,000 in funds from the grant.