The Clay Electric Foundation approved 12 applications for March 2020 in the amount of $94,325.
St. Vincent de Paul Society St. John Conference - $5,000
The St. Vincent de Paul Society St. John Conference, based in Interlachen, is an international organization of lay persons which allows men and women to join together in offering person-to-person service to the needy. Grant funds will be used to provide assistance with utility bills for West Putnam residents.
Bradford County Education Foundation - $5,000
The Bradford County Education Foundation exists to improve the quality of education by increasing community involvement and support for the eight Bradford County Public Schools. Funds from the grant will be used to support the Positive Behavior System program in three schools.
Union County Livestock Association - $4,500
(Alachua, Clay, Putnam, Baker, Columbia, Suwannee, Bradford, Marion, Union counties)
The Union County Livestock Association is a new organization that serves youth and families through various agricultural programs and events. Grant funds will be used to obtain portable pens to extend the use of the building.
Friends of Dudley Farm, Inc. - $3,000
Friends of Dudley Farm is a volunteer organization that supports the preservation and interpretation of Dudley Farm Historic State Park, located in Gainesville. Grant funding will pay the costs for roundtrip school bus transportation of Alachua County elementary school children to the farm for field trips.
Feed the Need of Putnam County, Inc. - $10,000
Feed the Need of Putnam County exists to end childhood hunger over the weekends in Putnam County by providing nourishing meals to more than 850 children. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase food for the program.
Marion County Literary Council - $11,000
The Marion County Literacy Council is a non-profit organization focused on making sure all adult citizens in Marion County have access to the resources available to help them improve their lives by improving their literacy skills. Grant funds will provide programming to increase literacy among adults in Marion County.
Henderson Haven, Inc. - $4,000
(Clay, Bradford counties)
Soldiers Freedom Outdoors seeks to provide a safe, holistic place where military veterans can heal from post-traumatic stress disorder by engaging in outdoor activities. Grant funds will be used to expand the equine therapy program.
YMCA Take Stock in Children Florida’s First Coast - $15,000
(Clay, Baker counties)
The YMCA is the First Coast’s largest service provider, touching more than 109,000 people in 2016, with programs that emphasize its core values of carling, honesty, respect and responsibility. Funds from the grant will be used to support Take Stock in Children, a mentor and scholarship program.
Florida Conference of SDA- Camp Kulaqua - $15,000
Camp Kulaqua, located in High Springs, is an outreach ministry of the Florida Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists. Grant funds will be used to help purchase a generator for the cafeteria building.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville - $5,000
(Alachua, Clay, Putnam, Bradford counties)
Since 1988, Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville has supported the needs of over 33,000 families seeking medical treatment at Jacksonville’s major pediatric healthcare providers. Funding from the grant will be used to enhance the House Volunteering program for high school students in Orange Park.
Alachua County for the Homeless and Hungry - $10,000
(Alachua, Bradford, Gilchrist, Putnam, Levy counties)
GRACE is a one-stop homeless resource center serving Gainesville and Alachua County. It provides emergency shelter for 10 military veterans every night. Grant funds will be used to furnish the veteran dorm.
Rotary Club of Fleming Island - $6,825
Rotary Club exists as an international service organization focused on addressing the human condition through investments of time, talent, and money. Grant funds will be used to replace the flooring at the Clay County Dental Clinic in Green Cove Springs.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 12 applications for February 2020 in the amount of $99,659.
Altrusa International of Lake City - $6,750
(Columbia, Baker, Suwannee counties)
Altrusa is an international nonprofit organization making local communities better through leadership, partnership and service. Grant funds will go toward Make a Difference Day and the Backpack Project, which provides weekend meals for underprivileged children.
Union County Recreation Board - $14,909
The Union County Recreation Board provides recreational opportunities to the youth in the community. Funding from the grant will be used for facility improvements.
Pay It Forward Outreach Corp - $7,500
(Alachua, Marion counties)
Pay It Forward Outreach Corp is a charitable Christian donation program assisting families facing economic hardships by providing furniture, housewares, clothing and other essentials. Grant funds will be used to support the Hope at Home program, which empowers families through furniture and housewares assistance and financial and healthy living education.
Early Learning Coalition of North Florida - $15,000
(Clay, Bradford, Putnam, Baker counties)
The Early Learning Coalition serves parents, caregivers and educators of children ages birth to pre-kindergarten by managing and evaluating early child care and early education programs through a quality school readiness delivery system in Baker, Bradford, Clay, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns Counties. Funds from the grant will be used to support the themed literacy program.
Baker County 4-H Association - $5,000
The Baker County 4-H Youth Development Program serves youth from all backgrounds and interests by helping them gain knowledge and life skills. Funds from the grant will help install a concrete walkway at the Baker County Arboretum.
GFWC High Springs New Century Woman’s Club - $2,500
The GFWC High Springs New Century Woman’s Club is the largest civic club in the area with 98 members. The historic building is used often for a variety of community events. Grant funds will help with facility repair and improvement.
Henderson Haven, Inc. - $7,500
Henderson Haven in Orange Park serves students with developmental, intellectual and learning differences, as well as those who are nonverbal or have behavior challenges. Funds from the grant will be applied to facility repairs and improvements.
New Technology Made Simple Now, Inc. - $10,000
New Tech Now in Alachua provides new technology equipment and training to veterans, seniors, disabled citizens, and underserved youth. Grant funds will provide equipment for a new maker space project at M.K. Rawlings Elementary Center for the Fine Arts in Gainesville.
Pilot Club of Palatka - $7,500
The Pilot Club’s mission is to influence positive change in communities throughout the world, with a main focus on brain health and awareness. Grant funds will be used to improve the playground at E.H. Miller School, including the addition of ADA-approved equipment.
Friends of Lake Swan Camp, Inc. - $5,000
Lake Swan Camp, located in Melrose, provides facilities for meetings, camps and retreats for people of all ages. Funds from the grant will help purchase a new walk-in refrigerator/freezer.
George’s Lake VFD Station - $15,000
George’s Lake Area Volunteer Fire Department is a nonprofit volunteer community organization that responds to local emergencies. Its volunteers respond to medical and wildfire emergencies, assist with repairing storm damage, and monitor the well-being of senior citizens during major storms, as well as host a variety of community events. Grant funds will be used to renovate the restrooms for handicap accessibility.
Stirrups ‘n Strides Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. - $3,000
(Marion, Alachua, Lake, Levy counties)
Stirrups ‘n Strides’ mission is to provide therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving to anyone with physical, mental or emotional challenges, and to improve the quality of life for these individuals with the opportunity for emotional, educational and physical growth through horsemanship and competition. Funds will be used to provide ADA-approved accessible parking spaces.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 12 applications for January 2020 in the amount of $89,900.
Education Foundation of Lake County - $5,000
The Education Foundation is a non-for-profit organization that is the direct support organization for Lake County Public Schools. Grant funds will be used to support the ACT Reading Prep program, a remedial reading program for high school students.
Florahome-Grandin Volunteer Fire Department - $12,300
The Florahome-Grandin Volunteer Fire Department is a volunteer organization that strives to provide excellent, innovative and professional fire protection, life safety and public education to meet the needs of its diverse community. Funding from the grant will be used to repair the building’s roof.
College of Central Florida Foundation, Inc. - $10,000
(Marion, Levy counties)
The CF Foundation seeks to change lives through education by providing community awareness, advocacy and funding to the college. Funds from the grant will support the CF Patriot Fund, which assists students when unexpected financial emergencies occur.
St. Phillips Lodge #55 - $7,500
St. Phillips Lodge #55 is part of the Masonic organization and offers such community service projects as Adopt a Family, Unity in the Community, back-to-school supply giveaways and youth football sponsorships. Funds will be used to support the annual Christmas toy drive.
Doctors Lake Estates Civic Club - $4,900
The Doctors Lake Estates Civic Club is a volunteer organization in Clay County. Funds from the grant will be used to help complete the neighborhood’s entrance park project.
Clay Rebels Athletics LLC - $9,700
Clay Rebels Athletics is a Pop Warner-affiliated cheer squad in Clay County. Grant funds will be used to offer scholarships to children from low-income families.
1 Putnam - $10,000
1 Putnam is a community organization that was formed to help build a vibrant community and make Putnam County a better place to live, work and play. Funding from the grant will be used to engage public speaker Chris Herren, a former professional basketball player who speaks about substance use prevention.
ACE Mentor Program of Northeast Florida - $10,000
The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. helps mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. Grant funds will be used to fund scholarships and/or technical training for Clay County students.
Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches - $15,000
The mission of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches is to prevent delinquency and develop lawful, resilient and productive citizens. Funding from the grant will be used to replace the emergency radio system.
Keystone Heights Rotary Club - $3,500
(Clay, Bradford, Alachua, Putnam counties)
Rotary Club exists as an international service organization focused on addressing the human condition through investments of time, talent, and money. Grant funds will be used to replace the HVAC unit for Lake Area Ministries, an organization that addresses community hunger needs.
Riders with Caring Hearts - $1,500
Riders with Caring Hearts is a small group of motorcycle enthusiasts banding together to conduct periodic charity rides to benefit deserving local charities. Grant funds will be used to support the Columbia County School District Homeless Education Program.
University of Florida Foundation, Inc. - $500
The University of Florida Foundation is the fundraising and gift fund management arm of the University of Florida. Funding from this grant will be used to support the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities’ efforts to provide translation services for Hispanic/Latino families.