Splash Cats, Inc. Just Keep Swimming Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Environment, Recreation & Preservation | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed Splash Cats, Inc. was formed in 2004 as a nonprofit 501(c)3 to support Washington High School (WHS) Swim and Dive team, to promote the sport and lessen the financial burden on the swim and dive families and the already limited budget of the Aquatic Center. The organization’s mission is to increase the health, water safety, and the aquatic education of Escambia County students, employees, and community members. Programs supported by Splash Cats, Inc. include making the Washington Aquatic Center open to 1,800 WHS students during the school day; offering a free elementary swim and dive program to over 19,000 elementary school students in 33 local elementary schools; a middle school swim and dive program open to over 9,000 middle school students in 11 local middle schools; a high school...

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity, Inc. Building Homes, Communities, and Hope, One Family at a Time: Tools for Construction Site Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Family | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of Pensacola Habitat for Humanity, Inc. (Habitat) is to seek to put God's love into action, by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Since its inception in 1982, more than 1,300 families have purchased a home through their program. Habitat builds high-quality, energy-efficient homes and sells them to eligible families at cost with a 0% APR mortgage. All of the organization’s resources are devoted to ensuring each accepted family will live in a home; there is no waiting list. Over 2,500 volunteers come together to assist in building these homes. New technology that brought their application online was initiated. That has increased access for individuals who may not have the means to be transported...

Children's Home Society of Florida, Inc. Keeping Families on the Right Track Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Environment, Recreation & Preservation | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) is one of Florida’s oldest private not-for-profit organizations providing services to children and families. Since CHS was established in 1902 to find families for orphans, the needs of children and families have grown and evolved. Since 1972, services have expanded to meet the new challenges faced by children and families every day. CHS delivers a unique spectrum of social services designed to protect children at risk of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and/or abandonment; to strengthen and stabilize families; to help families break the cycle of abuse and neglect; and to find safe, loving homes for children. The array of services offered by CHS locally includes family and individual counseling, child abuse prevention and intervention services, home-based services, Community...

The Secret Place Home, Inc. The Secret Place Home, Inc. Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Education | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed Founded in 2018, The Secret Place Home is the first Safe House north of Orlando and is a Safe House-Safe Harbor home for female child survivors of human trafficking, licensed through the Department of Children and Families. Its mission is to provide a home for girls ages 12-17 who are survivors of human sex trafficking, giving them a place to heal, regain dignity and obtain necessary services. Florida ranks third in the nation for the number of human trafficking reports, and many victims are children between 12 and 14 years of age. Their level of abuse and trauma is frequently so severe that it requires specialized care provided by a residential Safe House program. The Secret Place Home, located at an undisclosed location situated on ten acres of...

First City Art Center Creating Space for Educating and Inspiring Youth Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Arts & Culture | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of First City Art Center (FCAC) is to engage the imagination, inspire creative exploration, and cultivate economic and cultural growth in Pensacola and the Gulf Coast region through its hands-on community art center. FCAC is actively involved in bringing art, culture, and entertainment to the local community through a broad range of workshops, classes, art exhibits, community events, outreach, and field trip programs. FCAC cultivates a creative culture that encourages people of all backgrounds, ages, and skill levels to explore, participate and experiment with art. FCAC’s programming and projects primarily serve the local community ages 5 to 95 in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Current programs include but are not limited to ceramics, glassblowing, flame-working and glass bead making, stained glass, drawing, painting,...

Re-Entry Alliance Pensacola, INC. REAP's Women's Re-Entry Portal - Pathways for Success Grant Year: 2018 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $100,300 | Grant Status: Completed In 2013, United States Federal District Court Judge Casey Rodgers was concerned with the high rate of recidivism reflected by the probationers appearing before her court and formed the Re-Entry Alliance Program, (REAP), as a mentoring program for the recently released federal probationers. Local attorneys volunteered to act as the program's mentors. During the ensuing years local business leaders volunteered to assist more ex-felons with their many post-incarceration needs. In 2017 and 2018, the Florida Legislature appropriated $200,000 to partially fund the Pensacola Re-Entry Portal, with the balance of funding coming from local sources. To date, REAP has provided comprehensive transitional services including housing to more than 400 returning citizens, while maintaining a recidivist rate of less than 15%, far below other re-entry programs....

KlaasKIDS Foundation Missing Child Response & Child Exploitation Prevention Grant Year: 2018 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $100,300 | Grant Status: Completed Created in 2003, the mission of KlaasKIDS Foundation is to stop crimes against children through the deployment of a professional response team and by offering preventative education and child safety events within our community. The local organization provides professionally trained search managers to assist organizing a comprehensive community response to a missing child case as well as provides professionally certified search and rescue technicians and specially trained canines to search for the lost, missing and abducted. As a protection initiative, the organization deploys intelligence analysts to assist federal, state and local law enforcement agencies during child trafficking sting operations. Immediate counseling, transportation, and services are provided to rescued victims. Free digital fingerprinting, DNA kits and child safety information is given to families in Escambia and Santa Rosa...

Opening Doors Northwest Florida, INC. Opening Doors on a Mission to Reach, Respond, Restore Grant Year: 2018 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $100,300 | Grant Status: Completed In 1987, the Escambia Coalition on the Homeless was formed to promote and coordinate community efforts to reduce homelessness as well as to establish an alliance of organizations and individuals interested in assuring the availability of shelter, healthcare, and related services for the homeless in Escambia County. In March 2000, the organization expanded its outreach and services to include Santa Rosa County and changed its name to the EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless (ECOH). In April 2018, ECOH launched a major rebrand initiative to reintroduce the agency as Opening Doors Northwest Florida, Inc (Opening Doors). The new name represents the organization's new, centralized multi-organization system called "Coordinated Entry" that is changing the way homelessness is addressed in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties....

Sacred Heart Foundation, INC. "Paw"erful Medicine - Using Animal-Assisted Therapy to Make "Ruff" Days a Little Brighter Grant Year: 2018 | Focus Area: Family | Grant Amount: $100,300 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of the Sacred Heart Foundation (the Foundation) is to be a philanthropic advocate in support of Sacred Heart Health System actively encouraging contributions and volunteer participation to support the work of Sacred Heart hospitals to improve health care and social services for the sick and poor of all ages in our region. In 1984, Sacred Heart Foundation was formed as a nonprofit, philanthropic organization committed to enhancing the current and future healthcare needs of the Gulf Coast by supporting Sacred Heart Health System’s programs, capital building and equipment needs. The original Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital facilities, built in 1959 to better serve the very distinct needs of a growing community, no longer accommodate the technologies and level of expertise...

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, INC. There's No Place Like Home Grant Year: 2018 | Focus Area: Family | Grant Amount: $100,300 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of the Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor-supported and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles). Big Brothers Big Sisters partners with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community and holds themselves accountable for each child in the program achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors, and educational success. Current programs include Community Based Mentoring,...