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Community Foundation grants $4.3M to 115 nonprofits

Children learning at the Delray Beach Library, one of the grant recipients from the Community Foundation. [Photo by the Community Foundation]

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has approved 115 Community Impact Grants totaling $4,347,253 to nonprofit agencies in the two counties for 2023.

The total represents a 50% increase from 2022 and is the highest amount the foundation has ever distributed through the Community Impact Grants process. The increase is possible because of a gift late last year from the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation that essentially doubles the money available over the next three years.

“Annual impact grants have always been at the core of the Community Foundation’s mission to make a tangible difference in the communities we serve,” says Jeffrey A. Stoops, the vice chair of the foundation and chair of its Community Impact Committee. “By partnering with community members in our competitive grant-making process, we ensure that funds are allocated precisely where they can do the greatest good.”

This year’s grant recipients were chosen from 318 applicants for making a difference in three categories:

Economic opportunity Programs that focus on job training and workforce development that lead to greater economic success and an improved quality of life.

Education and youth — Programs that lead young people to achieve their potential.

Thriving communities — Programs that address a broad range of issues aligned with community needs, such as arts and culture, environment, housing, mental health, and community revitalization.

The following are the 2023 grant recipients:

Economic opportunity — Dress for Success Palm Beaches; El Sol, Jupiter’s Neighborhood Resource Center; Florida Atlantic University Foundation; Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park; Habilitation Center for the Handicapped; Mission Clinic of Palm Springs; Muck City United; Second Chance Initiative; 1909 Foundation; The Arc of The Glades; The Women’s Circle; Victory Nursing; Vita Nova; and Jeff Industries.

Education and youth — Academic Restoration Plan; Bi-Wi “Because I’m Worth It” International; Bound for College; Education Foundation of Martin County; Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization; Hands Together for Haitians; Inner City Innovators; Love Serving Autism; Police Athletic League of West Palm Beach; PRISM FL; Rico’s Scholarship Foundation; Roots and Wings; Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services; StreetWaves; Sunflower Creative Arts; Boys & Girls Club of Martin County; Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County; Caridad Center; Center for Creative Education; Compass LGBT Community Center; Connect to Greatness; Emanuel Jackson Sr. Project; Florida State University Foundation; Hobe Sound Early Learning Center; HomeSafe; National Autism Registry; North Palm Youth Symphony; Northend Rise; Path to College; Scholar Career Coaching; Spirit of Giving Network; Student ACES; The Banner Lake Club; The Nature Conservancy; Tykes & Teens; WiseTribe; West Palm Beach Library Foundation; YES Institute; Young Singers of the Palm Beaches; Youth Empowered to Prosper; Boldin Community Impact; City of Greenacres; Delray Beach Public Library; Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties; Love Hope and Healing; Glades Youth Connection; Martin County PAL; Memory Trees; Synergy Camp; Talented Teen Club; and West Jupiter Community Group.

Thriving communities — Adopt-A-Family; Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse; Arts4All; BeWellPBC; Boca Helping Hands; Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope; Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach; Center for Child Counseling; Center for Family Services; Families First of Palm Beach County; Church of the Harvest; Community Greening; Community Partners of South Florida; CROS Ministries; Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County; Faulk Center for Counseling; Empower Healthcare; E-Roadmap; Expanding and Preserving Our Cultural Heritage; Faith Hope Love Charity; Family Promise of North Central Palm Beach County; Florence Fuller Child Development Centers; Florida Outreach Center for the Blind; Florida Rural Legal Services; Friends of Foster Children; Glades Initiative; Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County; Hanley Foundation; Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County; House of Hope Martin County; Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County; Light House Café; Mind & Melody; Nonprofits First; Our Community Table; Palm Beach County Food Bank; Palm Beach Harvest; Pleasant City Family Reunion; Restoration Bridge International; Riviera Beach Integrated Care; Safe Space; T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society; Tabernacle UB Kinsey Center; The ARC of PBC; The Guatemalan Maya Center; Monarch Health Services; Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; The Pink Queen Foundation; and United Way of Palm Beach County.

“Grants have the ability to power our nonprofit partners on the front lines, who both understand and are equipped to handle our community’s most pressing issues,” says Danita R. DeHaney, the president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We are thankful to our donors for recognizing the power that unrestricted philanthropy has on our area’s change-making nonprofits and making the commitment to support them.”

The Community Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that creates partnerships with donors, nonprofits and community members to address the region’s chronic and emerging issues. The organization has given grants to more than 3,400 nonprofits in its 50-year history.

The grant dollars come from charitable funds created by individuals, families, businesses and organizations. Nonprofits can apply for year-round or summer grants. The foundation offers minigrants of $500 to $15,000 and Community Impact Grants of $15,001 to $75,000.


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