IMPACT 100 Announces 2015 Grant Recipients

2015 Grant Recipients

IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, a local women’s philanthropy group, is pleased to announce the ten (10) grant recipients selected for 2015 at the Annual Meeting held Sunday October 18, 2015.

Visit our Local Impact page for detailed description of each project and its organization.

Arts and Culture

  • Ballet Pensacola Inc. – 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.
  • Pensacola Museum of Art Inc. – Renovate its existing permanent collection storage vault and 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

  • AMIkids Pensacola Inc. – 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.
  • Learn to Read of Northwest Florida Inc. – 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 & Preservation

  • Coast Watch Alliance Inc. – 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.
  • Veterans Memorial Park Foundation of Pensacola Inc. – 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

  • Children’s Home Society of Florida Inc. – Collaborate 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. – 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

  • Bay Area Food Bank Inc. – 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.
  • Re-Entry Alliance Pensacola Inc. – Expand inmate 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.