Community Foundation of Collier County Awards $2.2 million in grants between October 1 and December 31, 2014

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The Community Foundation of Collier County announced nearly $2.2 million in grants in the second quarter of FY 2014-2015. $1.8 million were from donor advised funds and were granted to nearly 400 nonprofits in Collier County and beyond.

Second quarter grants during fiscal year 2015 from the Community Foundation of Collier County increased from the previous quarter. The Foundation announced nearly $2.2 million in grants distributed between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2014. The majority of those grants, $1,800,000, were from donor advised funds and were granted to nearly 400 nonprofits in Collier County and beyond. The largest grant of $227,239 went to Quest Educational Foundation from a donor advised fund.

Capital Grants support the purchase of equipment, building repairs, land acquisition and new construction. Five agencies were awarded a total of $50,000 from a pool of 23 applications. They include:

Marco Island Veterans Memorial Fund for the design and construction of the Fountain at Veteran's Community Park on Marco Island;

Dental Outreach of Collier, Inc. to replace the current autoclave sterilizer used to in their program offering free dental care for residents at St. Matthew’s House;

Jewish Family & Community Services of Southwest Florida for the expansion of the JFCS Senior Center to serve lunch to an additional 100 seniors

New Horizons of Southwest Florida to purchase computerized learning labs for their new afterschool program in Pebblebrook Plaza serving 40 at-risk children;

Providence House, Inc. for repairs to their parking lot to significantly help their residents have a more pleasant and safe
commute from their units to the end of the property.

Grants for Community, Arts, and the Environment support new and existing programs that encourage volunteerism and for education about the arts and environment. The Committee received 15 applications and awarded $50,000 to three organizations. They include:

South Florida National Parks Trust - $20,000 to continue successful program with all Collier County 6th grade classrooms for more than 2,750 Collier County science students to participate in a field trip to Big Cypress National Preserve. SWAMP is a curriculum-based environmental education program for sixth-grade students and teachers, led by National Park Service rangers and offered free of charge to all public and private schools in Collier County.

The Everglades Foundation, Inc. - $15,000 to start a first-of-its-kind comprehensive Everglades education curriculum for K-12 students in Collier County.This unique Everglades Education Program is based on seven guiding principles linked to specific learning objectives and related lesson plans at each grade level. Each grade level features three lessons built around a common theme and a teacher’s summer institute.

United Way of Collier County - $15,000 to start a new Volunteer Center and hire a full-time volunteer position to serve volunteer needs of all Collier County, maintain a robust website, raise awareness of its volunteer matching capabilities, recruit more volunteers and encourage non-profits to post volunteer opportunities and avail themselves of this resource.

Approximately $300,000 was granted to local organizations and scholarships from the Unrestricted pool.
The Community Foundation offers nonprofits serving Collier County several grant funding opportunities from its pool of unrestricted funds. Close to 50 nonprofits applied for funding in the 2nd quarter in two funding categories: Capital Improvements and Community, Arts & Environment.

To set up a Donor Advised Fund or to learn about other funding options, contact the Community Foundation of Collier County at 239.649.500 or visit

About the Community Foundation of Collier County - The Community Foundation of Collier County is a tax-exempt, public charitable organization established in 1985 with a $300,000 endowment. Today, the Community Foundation oversees more than 500 funds, collaborates with over 400 local non-profits, manages $86 million in assets and has distributed more than $77 million in grants.

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Craig Jones - Marketing Director
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