Keys Nonprofits Receive $160,000 for New Community Initiatives

Charitable gifts can be made through a variety of ways and support causes throughout the Keys.

Twenty-six Florida Keys nonprofit organizations have been awarded a total of $159,765 in grants from CFFK. The grants, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 each, are through the 2019 Community Grant Program supporting initiatives in the arts, environment, health and human services, and more. The funding will benefit over 10,000 residents and visitors from Key West to Key Largo.

Projects will supply nutritious meals for low-income, disabled and homeless youth and seniors throughout the

Keys, protect the coral reef ecosystem, offer primary care medical services for uninsured families, underwrite youth fitness programs and services for athletes with intellectual disabilities, provide arts education opportunities in music, theater and visual arts, offer literacy tutoring, support free pet care for low-income pet owners, help build affordable housing, and much more.

“Through the generosity of our donors and partners, we’re pleased to be able to support these projects that will impact the entire Keys community, provide critical and accessible programs, and support unique collaboration opportunities,” said Dianna Sutton, President and CEO of CFFK. “The breadth of these projects shows how many wonderful nonprofits we have in the Keys providing incredible programs and services.”

The Community Grant Program is funded through generous donations to the Future Fund at CFFK, as well as Field of Interest Funds, including the Jack Baron Visual Grant Fund, the Florence Fox-Loeb Key West Music and Arts Fund, the Jones-DelMonte Endowment, and the William C. Euler, Jr. and Andrew F. Oates, Jr. Fund. Several grants for long-term recovery initiatives following Hurricane Irma were also supported with funds from the Landau Family Hurricane Relief Fund for the Upper Keys at CFFK and the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund.

The 2019 Community Grant Program recipients and their funded programs are:

  • A Positive Step of Monroe County— $7,500 for “Idle Hands Summer Youth Employment Program” to provide 30 high school students with job readiness training and summer employment.
  • A. H. of Monroe County— $3,500 for “The Healthy Food Program,” which will combine food literacy with a registered dietitian and a food voucher program for over 100 medical patients.
  • Bahama Village Music Program— $10,000 for “Keys Kids Jr.,” a project to bring musical theatre to over 50 low and middle-income youth in grades 3-8 at Horace O’Bryant School through their involvement in all aspects of a complete theatrical production.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Keys Area— $5,000 for “2019 Summer Camp” to provide scholarships for 10 at-risk members from low-income families to participate in the annual summer program.
  • Burton Memorial United Methodist Church— $10,000 for “Food Pantry and God’s Kitchen” to supply hot meals and groceries to needy families in the Upper Keys.
  • Florida Keys Children’s Shelter— $2,000 for “Recreational Outings for High Point Summer Camp” to provide recreational outings for 25 at-risk youth ages 12-17.
  • Florida Keys SPCA— $7,500 for “Wellness Services for Low-Income Pet Owners,” which will provide free wellness clinics to provide routine preventative care for pets of low-income families.
  • Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center— $5,000 for “New Hospital Equipment for Wild Bird Center” to support the purchase of necessary X-ray and anesthesia equipment to aid in the care and rehabilitation of rescued wildlife in the Upper Keys.
  • Florida Keys Wildlife Society— $3,675 for “Inspiring Stewardship with Pollinators” to create a butterfly garden at the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Nature Center on Big Pine Key, which will provide a sanctuary and educational resource.
  • Fringe Theater Key West— $5,000 for “Investing in Our Future: Production Team Development” to support the purchase of new light board hardware and software to use in theatrical productions.
  • Good Health Clinic— $5,000 for “Supporting Access to Care through Funding of Medical Providers,” which will provide medical care services to over 700 low-income, uninsured Keys residents through the Marathon and Tavernier clinics.
  • Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys— $10,000 for “Habitat Homes for Hope,” which will help provide affordable home ownership for 17 families in homes currently under construction or planned construction for this summer.
  • History of Diving Museum— $7,590 for “Dive Into Art: The Beauty of Recycling,” a project combining arts and environmental education for more than 900 students in Keys schools who will participate in marine and beach clean-ups and create sketches and sculptures from recycled debris.
  • Key West Botanical Garden Society— $6,000 for “’Living Lab’ Outdoor STEM Experience,” an environmental education project for over 2,000 pre-K through high school Monroe County students.
  • Key West Community Sailing Center— $10,000 for “Save Our Slips!” to replace boat docks damaged by Hurricane Irma and needed for youth summer camp and after-school programs.
  • Key West Impromptu Classical Concerts— $3,000 for “Workshop for KWHS Music Students by the Rascher Saxophone Quartet” to provide music education to over 200 high school music students by the renowned German quartet.
  • Keys to Be the Change— $3,000 for “MORE Literacy Program,” which provides one-on-one literacy tutoring for 100 students K-12 reading behind their current grade level in Monroe County schools.
  • Marathon Community Theatre— $3,000 for “Children’s Summer Theatre Program,” which provides classroom and hand-on training for approximately 50 youth ages 6 to 18 in all aspects of community theatre, including directing, producing, lighting, costuming, set construction, and performing.
  • Old Island Restoration Foundation— $4,000 for “Digitization and Transcription of Selected Historic Documents,” which will preserve recently-discovered log books, diaries, and journals of historic value about Key West daily life and Maritime history.
  • Reef Relief— $5,000 for “Coral Reef Youth Education Program” to support marine education to over 500 students, including scholarships for 10 students whose families are still impacted by Hurricane Irma, and actively engage them in preserving and protecting coral reef ecosystems.
  • Samuel’s House— $5,000 for “Art Masters!” an art therapy program to help communication, recovery and other mental health skills for adults and children who are clients of Samuel’s House shelters.
  • Special Olympics Florida – Monroe County— $4,000 for “Special Olympics Healthy Atheltes Support,” which will provide training, transportation and other services for Monroe County athletes with intellectual disabilities.
  • Mary’s Soup Kitchen— $5,000 for “Soup Kitchen” to provide nutritious meals to over 100 homeless individuals per day in Key West.
  • Star of the Sea Outreach Mission— $10,000 for “SOS Child & Senior Nutrition Program” to underwrite nutritious meals for hundreds of low-income children and income-constrained seniors in the Lower and Middle Keys to ensure access to healthy meals.
  • The Studios of Key West— $10,000 for “Education Programs at The Studios of Key West,” which will help expand existing arts education programs including summer art classes, drama clubs, field trips, mentoring programs, and more.
  • Waterfront Playhouse/Key West Players— $10,000 for “The Waterfront Youth Theatre,” a summer program for 25 youth ages 7 and up, including scholarships for low-income youth, which will culminate in a complete production of “Shrek, Jr.”

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