Escambia County School Readiness Coalition, INC. Escambia County School Readiness Coalition, Inc. dba Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County Grant Year: 2017 | Focus Area: Education | Grant Amount: $107,700 | Grant Status: Completed The Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County’s mission is to identify and meet the needs of children and families in order to lay the foundation for lifetime success by maximizing each child's potential, preparing children to enter school ready to learn, and helping families achieve economic self-sufficiency. In 1999, the Florida Legislature publicly funded early education and childcare programs, and established oversight by the Florida Partnership for School Readiness. Local communities were given the authority to plan for the future by focusing resources where they are most effective: the needs of children birth to five years. In 2000, Escambia County created the local School Readiness Coalition. The Early Learning Coalition’s (ELC) primary function is the oversight of funding for...

Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Centers, INC Capstone Pet Place Grant Year: 2017 | Focus Area: Education | Grant Amount: $107,700 | Grant Status: Completed Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Centers, formerly known as United Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Florida (UCP), has advocated for inclusion and opportunity for individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities for the last 64 years. Their mission is advancing the independence for children and adults with a spectrum of abilities and disabilities. Over the years, they have successfully developed and implemented cutting edge programs and services for children and students who are primarily on Medicaid, low income, and have significant physical, medical, and cognitive disabilities. Capstone’s programs are geared toward serving those with the most complex, significant developmental disabilities, providing services no one else is providing, serving those who fall through the cracks and those that all others are incapable of serving. Capstone’s programs consist of group homes,...

West Florida Historic Preservation, INC. dba UWF Historic Trust History and Storytelling Circle Grant Year: 2017 | Focus Area: Arts & Culture | Grant Amount: $107,700 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of UWF Historic Trust is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Northwest Florida. Created by Florida Statute in 1967 as the Historic Pensacola Preservation and Restoration Commission, then as the Historic Pensacola Preservation Board (HPPB) under the Florida Department of State in 1972, the HPPB was transferred to the University of West Florida in 2001, becoming West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc. (WFHPI), a direct support organization of the University of West Florida. In 2013, WFHPI was renamed the UWF Historic Trust (UWFHT). The Trust manages and operates the T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, Historic Pensacola Village, the Pensacola Historical Society, the Pensacola Children’s Museum, and the Arcadia Archaeology Mill Site. Major projects of UWFHT include “Voices” of...

PACE Center for Girls, Inc. Go Reach Grant Year: 2016 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $108,200 | Grant Status: Completed The PACE Center for Girls (PACE) provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. PACE has 19 Centers throughout Florida that serve over 2,000 girls each year, and has assisted over 23,000 since its beginning. PACE began as a community response to the realization that girls involved with the justice system were either being placed in boys’ programs or placed further into the system for their own protection. There were no effective alternatives. Started by Vicki Burke and guided by the research-based recommendations which called for gender responsive programming, PACE created a new alternative to institutionalization or incarceration. PACE is now recognized, as a national model for reducing recidivism and improving school success, employment and self-sufficiency amongst girls, by the...

Studer Community Institute, Inc. IMPACT Brain Bags Grant Year: 2016 | Focus Area: Family | Grant Amount: $108,200 | Grant Status: Completed Studer Community Institute (SCI) was established in 2016 to improve the quality of life for the people in the Pensacola Metro Community by providing fact-based, thoughtful analysis of issues that need to be addressed to move the community forward. SCI believes objective benchmarks are vital to gauging progress and identifying areas that need improvement. In cooperation with the University of West Florida Office for Economic Development and Engagement, SCI created a dashboard of 16 metrics to provide an at-a-glance look at the area’s growth, educational attainment, economic prospects, safety and civic life. All metrics represent the Pensacola Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes all of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. With the help of the UWF Haas Center and other partners, SCI conducts research and creates tools and data visualizations to...

Manna Food Bank, Inc. dba Manna Food Pantries Fighting Hunger – Better, Faster, Stronger! Grant Year: 2016 | Focus Area: Family | Grant Amount: $108,200 | Grant Status: Completed Manna Food Pantries (MANNA) is a local grassroots organization dedicated to fighting hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties since 1983. MANNA offers emergency food assistance from three food distribution pantries and services the food-related needs of vulnerable populations through programs such as Backpack4Teens, Healthy Seniors, Tummy Bundles, and others, and engages the entire community in the fight against hunger. MANNA has partnership programs with several local organizations including Gulf Coast Kids House, Lutheran Services Florida, Westminster Village, Santa Rosa County School District, the United Way of Escambia County, Boys and Girls Clubs and Ministry Village at Olive. The organization is nonsectarian, community-focused, volunteer supported, receives no government funding and provides all services free of charge. Service is offered a maximum of four times...