Vision 20/20 Round One Grants: Congratulations to Eleven Nonprofits Receiving $60,000 for Health Initiatives

Congratulations to the eleven Florida Keys nonprofit organizations that are receiving a total of $60,000 in grants from the Community Foundation through the 2016 “Vision 20/20” Grant Program as part of our 20th anniversary year celebration. Funding for the grants is made possible by gifts from generous donors who made a legacy gift to the Foundation from their estate plan.

The eleven grants, which were announced March 20th (click here to see photos), are funding initiatives that positively impact residents from Key West to the Upper Keys in the area of Health and Human Services. Projects being funded will benefit boys and girls, women, the homeless, economically disadvantaged families, seniors, children with disabilities, and residents suffering from chronic or life-altering illnesses (descriptions of the grants and recipients below).

2016 “Vision 20/20” Health and Human Services Grant Recipients

In 2016, the “Vision 20/20” Grant Program is offering $180,000 in total through three grant rounds ($60,000 per round) covering fields of interest currently served by the Community Foundation. Round One supports the Health and Human Services area.

The next round, which has an application deadline of June 1st, will support Arts and Culture initiatives. The final round, with applications due September 1st, will award grants in the areas of Recreation, Environment, Education, and Animal Welfare.

The “Vision 20/20” Grant Program is open to Monroe County 501 (c)(3) charitable nonprofits for collaborative projects that benefit Monroe County residents. For Round One, CFFK’s Grant Committee reviewed applications from 27 organizations and selected 11 for funding. Priority is given to new programs or projects, and grants are awarded based on innovation, community impact, and collaboration. Projects must be completed within 12 months of the grant awards.

Click here for grant application forms and more information.

Kim Youngblood receives Zonta Club of Marathon's 2016 Health and Human Services grant from Community Foundation Board Member Bill Porter.

Kim Youngblood receives Zonta Club of Marathon’s 2016 Health and Human Services grant from Community Foundation Board Member Bill Porter.

The “Vision 20/20” Health and Human Services grant recipients and their funded programs are:

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Keys Area, Inc. – $8,000 to support “Smart Girls,” a health, fitness, teen pregnancy prevention, education, and self-esteem enhancement program for 55 girls ages 6 to 17 to reduce the risk of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition — $8,000 for the “Keys to Postpartum Success” initiative, a program to meet the needs of local women with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder following childbirth. Services will include training programs, resources, support groups, and collaborative opportunities.
  • Keys Area Interdenominational Resources (KAIR) — $4,000 for “Establishing Primary Care Relationships and Preventive Care in the Middle Keys.” The project will serve homeless and very low income residents in the Middle Keys to help them obtain adequate medical or dental care by connecting them with local clinics, and medical and insurance providers.
  • Key West Community Sailing Center — $5,000 to support the “Come About Boating Adventures,” a therapeutic program providing accessible boating and fishing opportunities for seniors, adults, and children with physical and developmental challenges. The free program will take place three to four times per month.
  • Key West Rotary Club Foundation — $2,500 to provide funding for the “Children’s Dental Program,” a 13-year Rotary-sponsored program which partners with certified dental professionals to provide dental care to students of low-income families who lack the financial ability for dental care.
  • Southernmost Homeless Assistance League (SHAL) — $4,000 to support “Breakfast at KOTS,” enabling the homeless shelter to buy equipment and initial supplies to serve a simple breakfast to 150 homeless men and women who stay nightly at the shelter.
  • Star of the Sea Outreach Mission — $10,000 for the “SOS Community Kitchen,” a new, share-use, commercial Community Kitchen being constructed to better serve the 48 percent of residents identified as struggling economically. The kitchen will serve as an additional food distribution channel, provide bulk food processing, and offer nutrition education and job-training opportunities.
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church — $3,000 to support the “Men to Boyz” program for economically disadvantaged youth ages five to high school in Bahama Village and throughout Key West. The program provides youth violence prevention, drug and alcohol intervention services, mental and physical health support, and community collaboration activities.
  • Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys (VNA/Hospice) — $6,500 for the “Upper Keys Palliative Care Program Initiative” which will provide specialized health care services and treatments in the Middle and Upper Keys for residents suffering from chronic or life-altering illnesses.
  • Zonta Club of Key West — $4,000 to fund the “Journey to Success” service initiative, a hands on training seminar for women to learn valuable business skills, gain confidence and prepare for a successful career. The program focuses on young women, women returning to the workforce, and women seeking employment.
  • Zonta Club of Marathon — $5,000 to support the “Mammograms for Uninsured/Underinsured Women” program that will fund needed mammogram cancer screenings for up to 200 women with life-changing and life-saving mammograms.
Thomas Callahan receives Star of the Sea Outreach Mission's 2016 Health and Human Services grant from Community Foundation Special Advisor Holly Merrill.

Thomas Callahan receives Star of the Sea Outreach Mission’s 2016 Health and Human Services grant from Community Foundation Special Advisor Holly Merrill.