Grant Recipients

Photographs provided by Rob Christy Photography

Our Foundation funded $124,600 in grant requests in 2019 to the following 49 organizations.


Asolo Theatre, Inc. – 2019 Shakespeare On Tour in schools.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast - Purchase computer equipment.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County – Summer 2019 scholarships.


Center of Hope of South County - Funding for playground update.


Child Protection Center, Inc. – Medical assessments for identified children.


Children First, Inc. – Implement new program that addresses diversity in classrooms.


Coastal Behavioral Healthcare – Drug & Alcohol Education Prevention materials.


Eagle's Wings Counseling Center - Professional counseling services for select clients.

Englewood Community Care Clinic, Inc. – Supplies for the Piccolo Lab.


Epilepsy Services of Southwest FL - Fund uninsured patients.

Epiphany Cathedral School - 2019 STREAM Camp scholarships.


The Family Network on DIsabilities of Manatee/Sarasota - In-home respite care.


Family Promise of South Sarasota County – Emergency funds for transportation, day care. 

Florida Camp for Children & Youth with Diabetes, Inc. – Scholarship funds for children with Type 1 Diabetes.


Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Health Services, Inc. – Prescription medications for chronic/acute care.


Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County – Purchase landscaping materials.


Laurel Civic Association, Inc. - Teen Empowerment Summer Youth Program.

Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County – Purchase electronic Smartboard.

Loveland Center - Build native turtle aquarium.


Manasota SOLVE, Inc. Maternity Homes – Funding for case management.

Mana-Sota Lighthouse for the Blind/dba Lighthouse of Manasota - Program for seniors with vision loss.


Mental Health Community Centers, Inc. – Renovation of the kitchen.

Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson's – Support existing Parkinson's programs and Resource Guide.

North Port Coalition for Homeless/Needy Children – Purchase personal hygiene products for homeless/needy children.

North Port Meals on Wheels, Inc. - Meal delivery funds.


Our Mother’s House/Catholic Charities, D.O.V.  – Provide art therapy for resident mothers.


Pregnancy Solutions - Support students with mentorship through the Thrive Program.

Rotary Futures College Resource Center – SAT Prep classes for identified students.

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center – Gift cards for financial assistance.


South County Food Pantry – Provide eggs monthly to 450 families.


State College of Florida Foundation – Equipment for Nursing Program.

Student Leadership Academy of Venice - Purchase student computer equipment.


The Friends of Jacaranda Public Library – Multi-generational Programs.

The Haven – Adult transportation to and from day training program.

The Hermitage Artist Retreat, Inc. - Purchase chairs for performance venue.


The North Port Chorale, Inc. - Music, sound equipment, microphones.


The Twig - Shoes for children in Foster Care.


The Venice Chorale, Inc. – Apprentice and Youth Program.


The Venice Symphony – 3rd Grade music program.


The Warehouse of Venice, Inc. - Drug screening kits.


Venice Area Beautification, Inc. – Planters for downtown area.


Venice Area Pregnancy Care Center, Inc. – Car seats, cribs, bassinets, matresses.


Venice High School Project Graduation – Funds to support a safe, drug-free after-prom event.


Venice Institute for Performing Arts Center - Camera to support the Apprentice Program.


Venice MainStreet, Inc. - Projector, tent, furnishings.


Venice Musicale - Purchase new music for public concerts.


Venice Nokomis Community PreSchool – Scholarship funds for childcare.


Venice Theatre, Inc. – Purchase headset mics

The Wildlife Center of Venice – New enclosure for "educational" animals.


Community Impact Grant


The Community Impact Grant (CIG) total for 2019 is $74,747 and is a new record for us. Through the efforts of our fund raisers combined with a generous bequest of $46,000 we are able to provide a significant return to our community that will definitely make an impact. 


InStride Therapy, located in Nokomis, will receive a grant of $26,080. The grant will support the development of a new therapy program using horses as support to veterans with PTSD and similar afflictions.  


Mission:  Partnering with our horses, we challenge individuals of all abilities to reach their fullest potential.


Vision:  We envision a time when everyone who could benefit will receive our equine assisted activities and therapy services”


Pictured below (l to r) are CIG Committee Member Judy Thuer, Grant Chair Kathy Mason, Harley the Horse, Daila Lybarger - Program Director InStride,  PCF President Pete Petrie, Tom Waters - CEO InStride, and CIG Committee Member Bob Hayden.


Senior Friendship Center, here in Venice, will receive a grant for $48,667 to fully upgrade two of their client lavatories that are in heavy use and in dire need of complete renovation. 


Mission: To promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging.

Vision: To lead the way in delivery of comprehensive services that enrich the lives of older adults and their families.


Pictured (l to r) Meg Ann Clark, ADS Manager (Adult Day Services) - Senior Friendship Center, Kathy Mason - PCF Grant Committee Chair, Erin McLeod, President & CEO, Senior Friendship Center, Judy Thuer - PCF Community Impact Grant Committee Member, and Terry McGannon, Sr., Director of Programs at Senior Friendship Center.


Everyone who has supported our Foundation through volunteering, attending events, membership or outright donations can be very proud of the work you have done for our community.


Many thanks to this year’s committee members for their time and efforts to review candidates and perform site visits. Members this year are Kathy Mason, Judy Thuer and Bob Hayden, Committee Chair. 


Impact Grant


      The PCF was able to award 2 Community Impact Grants in 2019.

      $26,000 was awarded to InStride Therapy to start a new therapeutic program for veterans suffering from PTSD and related conditions.     

     $48,000 was awarded to the Senior Friendship Center in Venice to fully upgrade two of their client lavatories.   


     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.  


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 launch 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. 


Members of Plantation Community Foundation celebrate, with volunteers and the Executive Director of the Englewood Community Care Clinic, Inc., the Community "Impact Grant" which is funding a complete new laboratory.



Plantation Community Foundation's partnership with Gulf Coast Community Foundation provided funding for two new STEMsmart (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classrooms in Venice Middle School.

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