2023 Grant Finalists
Arts, Culture & History
Art Center Sarasota - Grant Awarded
Initiative Name: Youth Digital Art Lab & Classroom Upgrade: Building a Digital Arts Program + Expanding Classroom Capabilities
Description: The proposed Youth Digital Art Lab & Classroom Upgrade: Building a Digital Arts Program + Expanding Classroom Capabilities initiative will create opportunities for students to explore digital art such as photography, animation, graphics, and visual effects by expanding the youth program to include digital technology, and will upgrade classroom space to allow for increased enrollment.
Initiative Name: Curtains Up! A Grand Restoration!
Description: The proposed Curtains Up! A Grand Restoration! initiative will enhance and frame future performances at the Jervey Theatre by funding the construction and installation of stage curtains, including a Grand Drape, auxiliary curtains and hardware, replacing those destroyed by Hurricane Ian.
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. - Grant Awarded
Initiative Name: Girl Scouts Amphitheater on the River
Description: The proposed Girl Scouts Amphitheater on the River initiative will provide a gathering space for educational, recreational, environmental, and social activities at Camp Honi Hanta with the construction of a new outdoor amphitheater.
Manatee School For the Arts
Initiative Name: Technical Theatre Advancement Project
Description: The proposed Technical Theatre Advancement Project initiative will enhance students’ experience of the theatre arts curriculum and the quality of their productions by replacing broken and outdated sound and lighting equipment with state of the art versions.
Environment & Recreation
Master Gardener Volunteers, a Chapter of Friends of Sarasota County Parks
Initiative Name: Learning Florida Friendly Landscape Principles through an Americans With Disability Act Compliant Sensory Garden
Description: The proposed Learning Florida Friendly Landscape Principles through an Americans With Disability Act Compliant Sensory Garden initiative will help transform the Educational Outreach Garden into a demonstration destination for residents to learn sustainable landscaping principles and land and water protection with the installation of a new Sensory Garden.
The Paul A. and Veronica H. Gross Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida - Grant Awarded
Initiative Name: Help Florida's Raptors Soar – Construction of a 100 ft. Flyway for Raptor Rehabilitation
Description: The proposed Help Florida’s Raptors Soar – Construction of a 100 ft. Flyway for Raptor Rehabilitation initiative will strengthen the healthy raptor population and therefore the local ecosystem with the construction of a critical rehabilitation flyway for birds of prey.
Legal Aid of Manasota, Inc. - Grant Awarded
Initiative Name: Legal Lifeline For Youth
Description: The proposed Legal Lifeline For Youth initiative will increase their ability to assist children in foster care at every stage of their proceedings by expanding the Lifeline Project with the funding of a second children’s attorney.
Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc. - Grant Awarded
Initiative Name: Empowering Families through a Second Chance
Description: The proposed Empowering Families through a Second Chance initiative will provide more support for first-time misdemeanor youth offenders and their families by funding an additional client coordinator and support staff.
Health & Wellness
Easterseals Southwest Florida - Grant Awarded
Initiative Name: Bringing the Magic of Gardening to Children, Teens, and Adults with Disabilities
Description: The proposed Bringing the Magic of Gardening to Children, Teens, and Adults with Disabilities initiative will construct a new, wheelchair accessible Grow and Learn Garden, where clients will have experiences in nature that will enhance learning, support motor skill development, decrease anxiety and improve self-esteem from learning new skills.
Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the Suncoast - Grant Awarded
Initiative Name: School and Family Wellness Support Services
Description: The proposed School and Family Wellness Support Services initiative will improve the emotional, social, and physical well-being of more youth/teen clients and their families by funding a mental health professional with a focus on family and a part-time case manager to coordinate wrap-around services.
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