Center for independent living of northwest florida, inc. MILES Project (Mobile Independent Living Education and Services-Health and Wellness) Grant Year: 2023 | Focus Area: Health and Wellness| Amount: $108,364| Grant Status: In progress The Center for Independent Living of Northwest Florida (CILNWF) is dedicated to supporting and empowering individuals with disabilities. Founded in 1980 in NWFL, the organization operates as a nonresidential, community-based nonprofit organization located in Pensacola. CILNWF follows the principles of the Independent Living approach, established in the 1970s, which emphasizes peer support and self-determination for people with disabilities. CILNWF's primary goal is to help individuals with disabilities achieve independence and actively engage in society. It envisions a world where disabled individuals have full control over their lives and can participate equally in all aspects of society. The organization provides services in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties. Emphasizing consumer control, peer support, and equal access, CILNWF offers a range...

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, INC. Near to Nature: Environmental Education "Wild Pursuits" Nature Clubhouse Grant Year: 2023 | Focus Area: Environment & Recreation| Amount: $108,364| Grant Status: In progress The mission of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) is education, conservation, and rehabilitation for the welfare of Florida's natural fauna and marine mammals. Founded in 1994, ECWR has grown from a single volunteer responding to a stranded dolphin, to a nationally recognized state and federally permitted rehabilitation center. The organization accomplishes this mission by creating an environment focused on educating the public about conservation and coexistence with wildlife while utilizing state-of-the-art digital x-ray equipment and a marine mammal necropsy suite. The Refuge's natural setting is surrounded by animal ambassadors and rehabilitation patients cradled under majestic oaks. ECWR hosts field trips for 3,000 children each year and a Community Outreach Lecture Series that works with various local organizations. Additional programs include Take a Kid...

Ocean hour, inc. Improving Sustainability in Our Pensacola Parks Grant Year: 2023 | Focus Area: Environment & Recreation| Amount: $108,364| Grant Status: In progress Ocean Hour was founded in 2012, inspired by Justin Riney who thought that if everyone gave just one hour each week to cleaning up shores and waterways, we could make a significant impact on the marine debris issue. Ocean Hour offers weekly Saturday morning beach cleanups at multiple locations throughout Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa Counties and continues to expand its service offerings and volunteer base. Now, Ocean Hour performs 2-3 regular cleanups every Saturday and partners with other organizations to do cleanups on other days of the week, totaling approximately 130 cleanups a year across 16 sites. The amount of trash collected has increased each year from 5,000 pounds in 2016 to over 41,000 pounds in 2022. In addition, Ocean Hour attends numerous events to raise awareness of...

Children in Crisis, INC. Wheels of Impact Grant Year: 2023 | Focus Area: Family| Amount: $108,364| Grant Status: In progress Children in Crisis (CIC) is a local, nonprofit charity designed to assist children who have been removed from an unsafe environment on short notice and need emergency shelter. CIC’s mission is to provide homes while keeping brothers and sisters together. From a small grass-roots group of individuals, CIC has grown tremendously. CIC’s facility is known as the Children’s Neighborhood (the Neighborhood) and is located in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Children come to the organization through the Emergency Shelter, which provides a safe environment for young children ages 6-14 years. Some children stay longer at one of the Family Foster Homes for Children serving ages 6-17 years. An eight-unit apartment complex is used to teach independent/transitional living skills to teens 18-22 years old who are aging out of the foster care system. The Neighborhood includes Kay’s Cupboard, the King Whitmire Therapy Center,...

Valerie's House, Inc. Build for Valerie's House Pensacola Permanent Location: The Kitchen is the Heart of a Home Grant Year: 2023 | Focus Area: Family| Amount: $108,364| Grant Status: In progress The mission of Valerie’s House is to help children and families work through the loss of a loved one together and go on to live fulfilling lives. Founded in 2016, Valerie’s House is an established organization headquartered in southwest Florida. Valerie’s House first opened its doors in Fort Meyers, Florida and has followed with permanent expansion chapters in Naples (2017), Port Charlotte (2019), and now Pensacola in late 2020, launching the first peer-to-peer support group in April 2021. Valerie’s House is the only nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in the community whose sole mission is helping children and families work through the loss of a loved one together. Valerie’s House Pensacola (VHP) serves children ages 5-18 who have had a parent or sibling die...

Health and hope clinic Building Health and Wellness for our Community Grant Year: 2023 | Focus Area: Health and Wellness| Amount: $108,364| Grant Status: In progress Health and Hope Clinic (the Clinic) is a longstanding free health facility serving the uninsured and underserved population in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. The Clinic's mission is to provide health care to the uninsured poor by meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients. The organization strives to tackle various social determinants of health that affect this population, such as lack of accessible healthcare, affordable medications, food insecurity, and language barriers. The Clinic caters to a target population of individuals who earn 200% of the Federal Poverty Level or less. The Clinic provides a wide range of medical services through the dedication of volunteer healthcare professionals and staff. Medical services offered include family practice, dental, surgery, spiritual care, laboratory services, and an on-site licensed pharmacy....

Santa rosa kid's house, Inc. Healing: The Experience Grant Year: 2023 | Focus Area: Health and Wellness| Amount: $108,364| Grant Status: In progress The Santa Rosa Kids' House (SRKH) is a Child Advocacy Center established in June 2008 to support abused and neglected children in Santa Rosa County. SRKH's core mission is to provide a well-coordinated multi-disciplined response to child abuse in an environment that puts the needs of the child first. Functioning as a child-friendly facility, SRKH provides safety, security, and a wide array of victim services to children and families who have experienced violence and abuse. The organization's origins date back to 2003 when child advocates and a Multidisciplinary Team in Santa Rosa County came together to enhance the collective response to child abuse. In 2004, Santa Rosa Kids' House was incorporated as a nonprofit entity with 501(c)3 status. The organization's role involves investigating abuse, holding offenders accountable, and most crucially,...

Pensacola children's chorus, Inc. STEP BOLDLY: Building Confidence with a Reliable Performance Stage Grant Year: 2023 | Focus Area: Arts, Culture & History| Amount: $108,364| Grant Status: In progress The Pensacola Children's Chorus started in 1990 and was operated by the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. In 1994, Pensacola Children's Chorus obtained their own nonprofit status. Over the years, interest to participate grew quickly, and one choir has now expanded to 14 choirs, reaching Downtown Pensacola, Northwest Florida and Southern Alabama. The mission of the Pensacola Children's Chorus is to foster the personal and social growth of its members and engage the community through inspirational musical experiences. Their annual scheduled events are supplemented by 25+ community performances at assisted living facilities, churches, and other community spaces. A robust tuition assistance initiative provides access to all programs for singers with significant financial need. Last season, Pensacola Children's Chorus awarded over $60K in financial aid directly benefitting...

The Santa Rosa Band of the lower muscogee, inc. Traditional Council Roundhouse Grant Year: 2023 | Focus Area: Arts, Culture & History| Amount: $108,364| Grant Status: In progress The Santa Rosa Creek Band is descended from Creek Indians who managed to escape genocide by hiding in the river swamps and forests of Northwest Florida evaded removal from Florida by concealing their Native American identities. The Creek Band ancestors persevered in cultural survival while on the run, preserving what they could but much has been lost and is irretrievable. The Santa Rosa Creek Band is dedicated to reviving, preserving, and teaching its language, heritage, and culture to prevent its loss forever. The Band’s mission is to establish community awareness of the Santa Rosa Creek Band through education, outreach programs, and traditional events promoting the growth of and support for the Creek culture. Santa Rosa Creek Band membership is 2,000 individuals and continues to grow each...

Umbrella Learning Academy Corporation, inc.  ULA Gives Kids a Lift Grant Year: 2023 | Focus Area: Education| Grant Amount: $108,364| Grant Status: In progress The Umbrella Learning Academy (ULA) is an inclusive private school that serves students from PreK through 12th grade. Its mission is to empower students to discover, develop, and manage their unique gifts and talents through individualized learning plans focusing on where a student is now and where their future goals are. ULA has completed 2 full school years since it was founded. During the 2021-2022 school year, it started with 13 full-time students and as of June, 64 students are enrolled for Fall 2023 with expectations that will increase. Each full-time student who attends ULA is the recipient of a Florida Step Up for Students scholarship, which provides educational options for students whose needs are not being met in their zoned public school. Teachers plan lessons in ways that will engage their classes...