Greater Pensacola Junior Golf Association, Inc. dba The First Tee of Northwest Florida Golf and Life Skills Training Facility Grant Year: 2016 | Focus Area: Environment, Recreation & Preservation | Grant Amount: $108,200 | Grant Status: Completed Originally founded in 1990 as the Greater Pensacola Junior Golf Association (GPJGA) in order to operate a Junior Golf Summer Tour in Northwest Florida, the organization gained its 501(c)(3) status 1995. In December 2003, GPJGA was granted chapter status in The First Tee, a national organization, and began doing business as The First Tee of Northwest Florida (First Tee). As of 2016, First Tee is one of over 175 Chapters operating over 850 Program Sites in all 50 States and 11 countries internationally. The mission of The First Tee of Northwest Florida is to positively impact the lives of young people by promoting character development and life-enhancing values through the First Tee's "Life Skills Learning Experience"...

Northwest Florida Marine Education and Discovery of Gulf Ecosystems, INC. (EDGE) dba Navarre Beach Marine Science Station Coastal Conservation Corp Grant Year: 2016 | Focus Area: Environment, Recreation & Preservation | Grant Amount: $108,200 | Grant Status: Completed NWFL Marine Education and Discovery of Gulf Ecosystems, Inc. (EDGE) was formed in 2014 as a nonprofit organization to support the current activities and visitor programs of Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS). NBMSS works to preserve and protect our beach and marine ecosystems through education and hands-on experience for students and the general public. The common mission of the EDGE and NBMSS is to promote the appreciation, conservation, and understanding of the marine ecosystem of coastal Florida through education, service and hands-on, feet-wet experiences. The programs that EDGE implements are designed to empower individuals to become stewards of their ocean through service, experiential learning, scientific inquiry, and innovative technologies. Current programs include Citizen Science,...

Milk and Honey Outreach Ministries, INC. Building Precious GEMS Grant Year: 2016 | Focus Area: Education | Grant Amount: $108,200 | Grant Status: Completed Milk and Honey Outreach Ministries (Milk and Honey) was established in 1992 as a children’s Bible study program within a low income, inner-city housing project. By 1996, the program was incorporated as a community-based nonprofit organization, with a mission to help children and youth live up to their fullest potential. Services included after-school care, tutoring, mentoring, and nutrition, in addition to Christian education. A delinquency prevention grant from the State of Florida Department of Juvenile Justice in 1997 enabled Milk and Honey to extend its programs and increase the number of children served. The GEMS Program (Girls Embracing a More Excellent Way), is designed for economically disadvantaged African-American preteen and teenage girls. The girls participate in a year-long program that focuses upon the positive aspects of being African-American and...

The Arc Gateway, INC. Jeff’s Corner Garden at The Arc Gateway Grant Year: 2016 | Focus Area: Education | Grant Amount: $108,200 | Grant Status: Completed The Arc Gateway was formed in 1954 by a small group of parents who wanted a better life for their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. From serving thirteen children in a small one-room schoolhouse, The Arc Gateway has evolved and grown and now serves over 600 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a wide array of programs in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, including education, vocational training and employment. The mission of The Arc Gateway is to provide the best possible life experiences for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc Gateway’s clients represent a broad spectrum of intellectual and physical disabilities. Current clients range in age from birth to more than 80 years old. Included among organization’s more than 600 clients...

St. John's Cemetery Historical and Educational Foundation, INC. The OUTDOOR MUSEUM at St. John ’ s Historic Cemetery Grant Year: 2016 | Focus Area: Arts & Culture | Grant Amount: $108,200 | Grant Status: Completed St. John’s Cemetery Historical and Educational Foundation, Inc. (the Foundation) was formed by the St. John’s Cemetery Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(13) not-for-profit cemetery organization responsible for maintaining and providing perpetual care for a 140 year old, 26 acre, Pensacola burial site, known as the St. John’s Cemetery (the Cemetery). The Cemetery organization has long had an interest in making the Cemetery wider-known, and available to anyone with an interest in Pensacola’s culture and history. The Foundation seeks to introduce Pensacola to the “OUTDOOR MUSEUM” that is St. John’s Cemetery, which, having been established in 1876, reflects 140 years of Pensacola’s history and culture presented in its grave markers and funerary assets. The Foundation is newly formed for the...

The Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe, INC. Native American Cultural Center Grant Year: 2016 | Focus Area: Arts & Culture | Grant Amount: $108,200 | Grant Status: Completed The Indian Removal Act of 1830 made it illegal to be an Indian east of the Mississippi River. The federal government sought to remove all Indians via the infamous “Trail of Tears.” Those who were not removed were systematically hunted down, and thus were forced to stifle their language, heritage and culture. The Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe, Inc. (the Tribe) are the descendants of those Creek Indians, purposed with reviving, preserving and teaching the language, heritage, and culture of the Creek People. The mission of the 1,156 Tribe members is to bring knowledge of the culture of Native American Indians to children, the community, and the world, via traditional events, educational programs, and the establishment of a Native American Cultural Center. In...

Escambia Search and Rescue, Inc. Sea, Air and Land Capabilities Improvement Initiative Grant Year: 2016 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $108,200 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of the Escambia Search and Rescue, Inc. (ESAR), while remaining a 100% volunteer, self-sustaining organization, is to respond at any time of day or night and in any weather, to those in need. ESAR was chartered by local citizens in 1961, arising from a community need that was unanswered by local law enforcement and emergency services. They are the oldest search and rescue group in Florida, and the second oldest in the country. ESAR stands ready to respond to search and rescue requests 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The organization primarily serves over 450,000 residents of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, but makes every effort to respond to all aid requests, regardless of location. In the last three years...

Re-Entry Alliance Pensacola, INC. REAP's Second Chance Re-Entry Program Grant Year: 2015 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of Re-Entry Alliance Pensacola, Inc. (REAP) is to improve the safety and quality of life in Northwest Florida by enabling individuals returning from incarceration to be self-sufficient, crime-free, productive citizens and neighbors. At the suggestion of Chief Judge M. Casey Rodgers, Federal District Court for the Northern District of Florida, REAP was formed to assist federal inmates returning to our local community. In 2012, an Inmate Mentoring Program was established primarily using local attorneys acting as mentors to inmates participating in the Federal Re-Entry Court Program. This group of volunteer mentors formally organized in July 2013 as REAP. Current projects include a federal court mentoring program; the REAP Community Garden whereby produce is donated to Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries free food bank and lunch...

Feeding the Gulf Coast, INC. Northwest Florida Healthy Food Distribution and Milton Warehouse Expansion Project Grant Year: 2015 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed Feeding the Gulf Coast (formerly known as Bay Area Food Bank, Inc.) provides nutritious food to meet the challenge of feeding people who are hungry as a result of personal crisis or disaster and educate the public regarding domestic hunger, proper nutrition and other related issues. The Food Bank was founded and incorporated in 1981. In 1988, the Food Bank became a member of Feeding America, the nation’s hunger relief organization. In its disaster relief role, the Food Bank works in partnership with state emergency management agencies and is poised to act as a primary food source should the Gulf Coast be struck by disaster. The Food Bank operates various nutrition programs for low-income families including child nutrition programs: Backpack, Summer...

Lutheran Services Florida, INC. Transportation to Healing, Hope and Help Grant Year: 2015 | Focus Area: Family | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed Lutheran Services Florida is a statewide, nonprofit, human service agency dedicated to helping all people in need, regardless of religious affiliation, age or national origin. Their mission is to bring God’s healing, hope and help to people in need, in the name of Jesus Christ. Since 1990, the Northwest region of the program has served the Florida panhandle. Lutheran Services Florida-Northwest (LSF-NW) operates two shelters as part of the Children/Families in Need of Services Program, a prevention program for runaway, truant, ungovernable and homeless youth, who are not under supervision with the Department of Juvenile Justice or the Department of Children and Families. One of these shelters is the Currie House, a 12-bed shelter which serves Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. The program at the Currie House is...