Grant Recipients

Photos Courtesy of Rob Christy

Our Foundation funded $120,000 in grant requests in 2017 to the following organizations.


American Association of University Women - Venice Branch (Tech Trek) – STEM camp scholarships.

Asolo Theatre, Inc. – Support special performances in high schools.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County – Summer 2017 scholarships.


The Center of Hope of South County – Freezers for the food pantry.

Child Protection Center, Inc. – Forensic medical assessments.

Children First, Inc. – Healthy classroom breakfast, lunch and snack foods.

Community Haven for Adults & Children with Disabilities – Adult community transportation.

Eagle’s Wings Counseling Center – Professional counseling services for those in need.

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

Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida, Inc.  – Funds for uninsured patients,


Face of Hope Foundation, Inc. – Intern training program.

Family Network on Disabilities of Manasota/Sarasota, Inc.  – In-home respite care for families.

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

Fellowship of Christian Athletes - Summer camp scholarships & computer.

Florida Camp for Children & Youth with Diabetes, Inc. – Summer camp aid to Type 1 diabetic children.

Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Florida – Hands-on STEAM workshops,

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

Gulf Coast Heritage Association – Purchase new security system.

Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County – Computer equipment.

Hermitage Artist Retreat – Picture hanging system.

Instride Therapy – Full-year scholarship for hippotherapy.

Laurel Civic Association, Inc. - Teen empowerment summer program.

Lemon Bay Garden Club – Scholarships to Wekiva Youth Camp.

Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County – Large screen laptops & printer/scanner.

Loveland Center, Inc. – Picnic area development.

Manasota SOLVE, Inc. Maternity Homes – Renovations to the Englewood House.

Mental Health Community Centers, Inc. – Personalized wellness services.

Neuro Challenge Foundation, Inc. – Individualized care-advising sessions.

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

North Port Symphony – Sheet music & student scholarships.

Our Mother’s House/Catholic Charities, D.O.V.  – Circle of Securities Project.

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

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

South County Food Pantry – Snacks for children at school & to take home.

Starfish Ministry of the Bridge Church – Financial assistance to the elderly & recently unemployed.

State College of Florida Foundation – IV infusion pumps.

Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc. – Drug screening kits & journaling writing materials.

Trinity Presbyterian Church – Food for the hot lunch program & funds for temporary shelter.

Upside Down Foundation – Summer reading materials for elementary students.

Venice Area Mobile Meals, Inc. – 40 meals monthly for clients.

Venice Area Pregnancy Care Center, Inc. – Car seats, cribs and mattresses for infants & toddlers.

Venice Art Center – Youth scholarships.

Venice Chorale – Music scores & instrumentalists.

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

Venice Nokomis United Methodist Child Care Center – Scholarship funds for childcare.

The Venice Symphony – Purchase/rental of sheet music.

Venice Theatre, Inc. – Sewing machines.

Venice Youth Boating Association – Youth scholarships.

Wildlife Center of Venice – Enclosure to house rescued animals.

In addition, two Special Recognition Memorial Grants were presented:
    To honor Dr. Charles (Bob) Ellis - Loveland Center, Inc.;
    To honor Dr. Henry R. Dallam, Jr. - Venice Senior Center Dental Clinic.

Meet Some of Our Recipients


PCF Awardees and Grant Committee member left to right:

Sharon Keen, Epilepsy Services of SW FL; Claudia Daniels, Literacy Volunteers of SW Sarasota County; Drew Ermelin, PCF Grant Committee Member; Sara Bealor, Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota; Sara Peterson, Venice Area Mobil Meals


Todd Miller (left), Director of Community Assistance Ministries was the Guest Speaker at the Annual Grant Awards Lucheon









Pictured are Todd, Drew Ermelin, Kathy Mason (Grant Chair) and Patsy Scuzzo.

Photo Courtesy of Fran Belcuore

Special Recognition Memorial Grants:


  To Honor Dr. Henry R. Dallam, Jr.

    Venice Senior Center Dental Clinic


  To Honor Dr. Charles (Bob) Ellis

    Loveland Center, Inc.


Henry & Bob were Foundation Past-Presidents and dedicated supporters of the Foundation's commitment to "Make a Difference".


Pictured are Wynne Dallam and Shirley Ellis



Photo Courtesy of Fran Belcuore

Lemon Bay Garden Club

Lemon Bay Garden Club, Inc. of Englewood has received a grant of $1,000 from the Plantation Community Foundation, Inc. The grant is earmarked for camper scholarships to Wekiva Youth Camp. Camp Wekiva is a residential nature camp for third-through eighth-grade youngsters and Leaders in Training for ninth-graders.


Sponsored by Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., the purpose of the camp is to instill love and respect for the “real” Florida through nature study conservation and protection of our environment for the future of our state and our planet.


The generous support and partnership from the PCF will help Lemon Bay Garden Club send 18 boys and girls from the Englewood Community to the Wekiva Youth Camp this summer.

Photo by Sue Killion

Community Impact Grant

Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County

This year the Plantation Community Foundation has generously partnered with Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc. to launch a new home revitalization program. A Brush with Kindness is an exterior home painting service that offers pressure washing and painting for income-qualified homeowners in need. This one-year program is Habitat’s intent to help South Sarasota’s most vulnerable population revitalize their homes with pride and dignity. Thanks to a $16,000 Impact Grant from The Plantation Community Foundation and paint donated by Sherwin Williams, Habitat South Sarasota will be painting one home for a qualified homeowner per month.


In 2017, the Foundation achieved the milestone of $2.8 million in total giving.

For more information on The Brush with Kindness program, contact Habitat SSC Construction Manager, Michael Sollitto at (941) 493-6606 ex. 231.

Pictured: Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc. Chief Development Officer, Aimee Holmes, joins members of the Plantation Community Foundation Board of Directors to accept the Impact Grant check on behalf of Habitat SSC.

The Englewood Community Care Clinic, Inc.

The PCF announced on Monday, April 25, 2016, a Community "Impact Grant" of $38,000 that was awarded to ECCC for a laboratory at the ECCC.


The Plantation Community Foundation recently established an "Impact Grant" Committee to look for additional needs in our county that weren't part of our regular grant request processes. These are intended to be "big ticket" needs that could truly make a difference. In 2016 we were blessed to not only have very successful fund raising events that generated over $100,000, but we also received an additional $22,000 in legacy gifts. 


The Committee vetted six local agencies with a wide variety of needs.  While vetting the Englewood Community Care Clinic, Inc. we learned that the quality of care they are able to provide was restricted by them not having an in-house lab to get accurate testing results while their patients were at the clinic. We were given detailed information on what was needed and approved a special "impact" grant of $38,000 to provide that equipment. All of the 70 volunteers who include doctors, nurses and administrative staff were very excited to receive our "impact grant" and to know the much needed lab would be fully operational in just a few weeks.


The ECCC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit medical clinic providing no-cost medical services to the under-served residents of Englewood and surrounding communities.  Patients are seen on a walk-in basis.  The clinic relies on financial assistance and volunteer physicians and nurses to provide medical care. Community volunteers provide administrative assistance.

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 laboratory.


Pictured are Marsha Ambrose, PCF Impact Grant Committee; Terry Williamson, PCF President; Jim Harrison, ECCC volunteer; Joni Hyde, ECCC volunteer; Beth Harrison, Executive Director; Dr. David Klein, ECCC volunteer; Brenda Eckard, PCF Membership Chair; Bob Halkyard, PCF Treasurer; Ellen Camp, PCF Board Member; Ron Noble, PCF Board Member; and Bob Hayden, PCF Grant Committee Chair.

In January 2017, members of the Foundation Board and the Impact Grant Committee attended a dedication ceremony of the new laboratory at the Clinic.  Board members Bob Halkyard and Ellen Camp learn how the small computerized blood analyzer is used.  It can provide results within 10 or 15 minutes.


This Grant was accomplished because of Foundation members generosity and volunteerism!!

Impact Grant


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.

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.

STEMsmart Classroom Dedication

Our Foundation Board at the opening of the first Foundation-supported STEMsmart classroom at Venice Middle School.

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