IMPACT 100 Announces Grant Finalists (PNJ)

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IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area announced Wednesday the 15 grant finalists vying for 10 $106,000 grants.

Three finalists were chosen in each of five impact areas including arts and culture; education; environment, recreation and preservation; family; and health and wellness. Two winners from each of the five areas will be chosen to receive grants at IMPACT’s annual meeting Oct. 18.

By the October meeting, IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area will have awarded $7.2 million since 2004.

Arts and culture finalists

  • Ballet Pensacola Inc. to purchase a mobile state-of-the-art lighting and control system, along with computers, televisions, software and storage. The new equipment will make the job of the technical crew safer and faster.
  • Gulf Coast Kiln Walker Society Inc. to construct a turn-key metal building on the Kiln Society’s long-term leased property, where it has two wood-fueled kilns. In addition to constructing the building, the project includes land preparation, equipment and building furnishings.
  • Pensacola Museum of Art Inc. to renovate its existing permanent collection storage vault and to build a second secure collections storage area on the second floor. Additionally, the PMA must seal its roof and construct two major downspouts. Finally, HVAC work in the facility will upgrade the humidity controls in the old jail home to PMA.

Education finalists

  • AMIkids Pensacola Inc. to support AMIkids Careers implementation for the Pensacola program in the areas of construction and food services. The grant would fund a separate facility for a construction classroom suitable for hands-on training at the AMIkids day treatment facility and will house materials and equipment to provide practical training and experience to obtain industry certifications.
  • Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) to purchase and install technology walls that incorporate high tech interactive displays and video monitors embedded in the walls in both the lobby and along the second story overlook. The interactive walls will be used to engage youths from local schools with a firsthand interpersonal experience at IHMC.
  • Learn to Read of Northwest Florida Inc. to conduct a public awareness campaign for the purpose of increasing the number of adult student who may receive free one-on-one literacy instruction. This will be be achieved through the recruitment of additional volunteer tutors, enrolling more students, reaching new target markets and encouraging additional donations.

Environment, recreation and preservation finalists

  • Coast Watch Alliance Inc. to purchase a can for gear and passenger transport for ecotourists and lionfish exhibits; equipment and gear to outfit the CWA dive boat safely for transport of local volunteer divers to harvest lionfish; travel expenses to attend lionfish conferences and marketing and promotion events including website design.
  • University of West Florida Foundation Inc. for its Identify and Dignity project to preserve Pensacola’s historic African American cemeteries. Funding would address about 100-125 vernacular and historic marble markers by historic masonry specialists under the supervision of the UWF Archeology Institute. Six benches and a kiosks with interpretive panels will be installed.
  • Veterans Memorial Park Foundation of Pensacola Inc. to improve the stormwater infrastructure through the purchase and installation of a pump and grinder system. The project will also add a low profile grass stage at the center of the Memorial Wall to accommodate public events without detracting from the significance of the wall’s appearance.

Family finalists

  • Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE) to build a Family IMPACT Center by tearing out and repositioning walls and renovating a building at Heritage Oaks. The center will allow BRACE to expand services for impoverished, primarily black children and their families by providing access to computers, educational games and recreation, as well as skill and career building activities. The re-purposed building will also serve as a summer feeding site for children living at Heritage Oaks and the surrounding area.
  • Children’s Home Society of Florida Inc. collaborating with Escambia Community Clinics, Inc. to build the Weis Community School Family Playground. They playground would be a fully functional durable play structure with picnic tables, benches and trash receptacles for the use of children and their families being served by the school and the neighborhood. The playground would be available to children during the school day and during the school’s after-school extended hours and summer activities for children and parents.
  • Lutheran Services Florida Inc. to purchase two new vehicles for Currie House Shelter and a covered parking area. The project would replace unreliable vans in order transport clients from the Currie House to school, medical and court appointments, as well as recreational, volunteer and cultural enrichment activities.

Health and wellness finalists

  • Bay Area Food Bank Inc. to expand and extend the loading dock at the Panhandle Branch in Milton, which will optimize tractor trailer loading and unloading under a covered/enclosed area. The food bank will also add a cement pad, which will support heavy tractor trailer loads.
  • Escambia Search and Rescue Inc. to purchase a 24-foot Whaler, capable of rough weather and suitably equipped for SAR, including dive support night operation, a stable platform for sonar and surface searches and efficient and safe transport of survivors, crew and equipment. The Whaler will also the command vessel to coordinate multi-vessel operation through the Automatic Identification System, to respond to more SAR requests in a
  • Re-Entry Alliance Pensacola Inc. to expand re-entry services to include both federal inmates and about 30 additional men, women and juveniles returning from years of state incarceration back home to Escambia and Santa Rosa counties’ neighborhoods to live, work and play. Funds will be used to provide basic resources of housing, food, medical and mental health care and transportation. The project will also fund tuition, course fees and books for an ongoing Learn to Read program, which is started six months prior to release from prison. A stipend will also be provided the for the first 30 days after release from incarceration.