Nine Nonprofits Awarded a Total of $60,000 in Grants for Health, Environment and Recreation Initiatives

Legal Services of Greater Miami receives a CFFK grant check. From left, Attorney Don Yates, President/CEO Dianna Sutton, Chair Roger Heinen, Vice Chair Ann Reynolds, and Attorney Jose Fons.

Legal Services of Greater Miami receives a CFFK grant check. From left, Attorney Don Yates, President/CEO Dianna Sutton, Chair Roger Heinen, Vice Chair Ann Reynolds, and Attorney Jose Fons.

Nine Florida Keys nonprofit organizations have been awarded a total of $60,000 in grants, ranging from $2,650 to $10,000. The grants are part of CFFK’s 2017 Grants Program funding initiatives in the areas of Health and Human Services, Environment and Recreation and will positively affect more than 5,000 residents from Key West to Key Largo.

Projects will promote youth fitness programs, provide nutritious meals, protect the coral reef ecosystem, offer primary care medical services and dental care for low-income students and families, support free civil legal services, provide recreational education including sailing for youth, among other activities (descriptions of the grants below).

This year, CFFK’s Grant Program is providing up to $120,000 total in two rounds to Monroe County 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofits. The second round, which has an application deadline of May 15th, will award grants for Arts and Culture projects. Click here for more information.

Priority is given to new projects, and grants are awarded based on innovation, community impact, and collaboration. In this round, the Community Foundation’s Grants Committee reviewed 21 applications and selected 9 for funding.

President/CEO Dianna Sutton (far left) and Grant Committee Chair Rita Linder (far right) present a grant check to Florida Keys Outreach Coalition’s COO Stephanie Kaple and Board Chair Sam Kaufman.

President/CEO Dianna Sutton (far left) and Grant Committee Chair Rita Linder (far right) present a grant check to Florida Keys Outreach Coalition’s COO Stephanie Kaple and Board Chair Sam Kaufman.

The Grant Program is funded through generous donations made to the Future Fund at CFFK, which supports grants to local nonprofits throughout the Keys.

The 2017 Grant Program First Round recipients and their funded programs are:

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Keys Area — $3,800 for the “National Fitness Competition,” which will feature two fitness “field days” throughout the school year for participating local youth clubs to promote motivation, confidence and physical competence in 150 children and families.
  • Florida Keys Area Health Education Center — $7,000 for “Monroe County Children’s Health Centers” which will provide comprehensive integrated direct primary care medical services for students in the school setting and will target students at Gerald Adams Elementary School and Key West High School.
  • Florida Keys Outreach Coalition — $7,500 for “Quick Assist,” a program to provide one-time aide to at least 60 needy individuals and families throughout Monroe County to assist with utility payments, childcare, transportation to work, medical needs, and other financial assistance to help prevent homelessness and unemployment.
  • Key West Rotary Foundation — $10,000 for the “Dental Sealant Program,” which provides dental sealant services to over 1,000 elementary school students to promote good oral hygiene and prevent cavities and decay.
  • Legal Services of Greater Miami $4,000 for the “Florida Keys Access to Justice Program,” which will enhance free civil legal services by purchasing kiosks at three Monroe County Public Library branches to be used by low-income Keys’ residents to apply for legal services.
  • Mark Sorenson Youth Sailing Program — $2,650 to support the “Key Largo Summer Sailing Camp,” which introduces 70 to 90 Florida Keys children to sailing. The grant will also help support full scholarships for 10 to 15 students from low-income families to participate.
  • Reef Relief — $8,000 to support the “Coral Reef Youth Education Program” to educate and engage over 3,750 students in actively helping to preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems throughout Monroe County.
  • Star of the Sea Outreach Mission — $10,000 to support “Increasing Access to Healthy Meals for Children in Monroe County.” The grant will provide funds to underwrite nutritious meals for 200 to 300 children throughout the Keys to ensure all Monroe County children have access to healthy food.
  • Grant recipient Wesley House Family Services: Jeremy Wilkerson (back row, left) and CFFK Grant Committee Chair Rita Linder (front, right) with kids from the Inez Martin Childcare Center.

    Jeremy Wilkerson of Wesley House Family Services (back row, left) and CFFK Grant Committee Chair Rita Linder (front, right) with kids from the Inez Martin Child Care Center.

    Wesley House Family Services — $7,000 for the “Inez Martin Child Care Center Music Together Program,” which uses music as a universal language to support language development, literacy, and social, emotional and physical development in about 90 children served daily by the Center.