Community Foundation awards 12 grants supporting health care, education, human services


A pupil and instructor dive right into a spelling lesson at SOAR Learning Center, considered one of a number of nonprofits that acquired an Equity and Access Grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has awarded 12 grants to nonprofit organizations totaling greater than $320,000 in its third Equity and Access grant cycle.

The assist will strengthen native service packages in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties that face systemic boundaries to health care, schooling, and human services. Each nonprofit shared a dedication to strengthen their variety, fairness, and inclusion framework and construct a area the place all who name it residence can thrive.

“Together we can create a community where everyone has the ability, support, and opportunity to live a better life,” mentioned Kirsten Russell, vp of Community Impact on the Community Foundation. “The promise behind each one of these causes is inspiring and gives hope and voice to so many who have historically been left out of the conversation.”

Receiving grants had been ALSO Youth; the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties; CenterPlace Health; Children First; Easterseals Southwest Florida; Just for Girls; Mote Marine Laboratory; Mothers Helping Mothers; Multicultural Health Initiative; SOAR Learning Center; The Literacy Council of Sarasota; and We Care Manatee.

Since its inception in 2020, the Equity and Access Grant cycles have awarded $775,000 to 33 native nonprofit organizations, every serving one or a number of populations: geographically underserved neighborhoods, communities of coloration, immigrants, refugees, and English language learners, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ+ communities, and single moms, amongst others.

The Equity and Access grant cycle is obtainable twice a yr. (*12*) for the second cycle will open Dec. 7. Eligible nonprofit organizations are inspired to use at The deadline is Jan. 28.

To be taught extra concerning the Community Foundation’s dedication to variety, fairness, and inclusion, go to Since its founding, the Community Foundation has been in a position to grant greater than $323 million to nonprofit organizations because of the generosity of people, households, and companies.

Submitted by Hunter Carpenter

This article initially appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Community Foundation awards 12 grants totaling greater than $320,000