The Clay Electric Foundation approved 8 applications for July 2020 in the amount of $70,500.
LIFT Putnam - $10,000
Lift Putnam is an independent local education foundation that helps students and schools in Putnam County. Grant funds will be used to provide needy Pre-K children with transportation to and from school, as well as two meals per day, for a full school year.
Child Advocacy Center, Inc. - $10,000
The Child Advocacy Center works with child victims to break the cycle of abuse by offering therapy and case management. Grant funds will help replace and upgrade all existing interior lighting at the Center.
Friends of Micanopy Library - $8,000
(Alachua, Marion counties)
The Friends of the Micanopy Library is a volunteer organization that supports the library and literacy programs. Funds will go toward the Micanopy Tutoring program, which provides free, after-school, one-on-one tutoring and mentoring so that at-risk, poorly performing K-12 students can reach their educational potential and increase their self-esteem.
Evangel Temple Southwest - $7,500
(Clay, Bradford counties)
Evangel Temple Southwest, located in Middleburg, is a satellite campus of Evangel Temple Assembly of God. It seeks to serve the community by providing a hand up for people through its food and clothing programs. Grant funds will continue to support building improvements for the new food pantry and clothes closet.
Concerned Citizens of Bradford County, Inc. - $10,000
Concerned Citizens of Bradford County, Inc. is an outreach organization dedicated to the needy, deprived, seniors, and especially to the proper rearing of children to become model citizens. The group specializes in educating, teaching character, building confidence and modeling positive behavior through its after-school club, summer day camp, senior club and youth sports. The money will be used to provide personnel for the 8-week summer day camp program.
Operation Barnabas, Inc. - $5,000
Operation Barnabas, located in Middleburg, seeks to Ignite a positive transformation in the lives of veterans and first responders who are trying to find purpose in life or are struggling with PTSD. Grant funds will support the hardship fund, which assists with expenses such as gas cards, mortgage/rent/electric bills, etc.
Putnam Habitat for Humanity - $15,000
Founded in 1991, Putnam Habitat for Humanity serves residents of Putnam County based on need. Funds from the grant will be used to support the Putnam Service Project and the Veterans Village of Palatka.
Lake Region Kiwanis Keystone Heights/Melrose - $5,000
Kiwanis empowers communities to improve the world by making lasting differences in the lives of children. Grant funds will be applied to the Service Leadership Program, a leadership and character-building program for students.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 12 applications for June 2020 in the amount of $97,300.
Putnam County Fair Authority - $5,000
The Putnam County Fair Authority is a board appointed by the Putnam County Commission to oversee the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the fairgrounds and facilities. Also, the annual Putnam County Fair is organized and produced by this board. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase and install outdoor lighting at the fairgrounds.
Rodeheaver Foundation - $15,000
Founded in 1950, the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch is a 790-acre sanctuary for boys who need a home, a family, and roots for a brighter future. Grant funds will be used to provide tutoring and vocational services.
Baker County Education Foundation - $10,000
The Baker County Education Foundation promotes educational partnerships among the home, the school and the community. Funds from the grant will support the Career and Adult Education Center, which helps adult students to obtain high school diplomas and transition into career paths.
Community Church of Keystone Heights - $7,500
(Clay, Bradford, Putnam counties)
The Community Church of Keystone Heights sponsors an annual Back-to-School Outreach event, providing nearly 300 children with clothing, shoes, hygiene products and haircuts before the school year begins. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase items for the event.
Kristi Overton Johnson Ministries - $10,000
Kristi Overton Johnson Ministries’ mission is to encourage, equip and empower people to live victorious lives, especially within the prison system. Grant funds will be used to support the Victorious Living Prison Outreach program.
Unity Family Community Center, Inc. - $6,300
Unity Family Community Center, located in Williston, seeks to improve the quality of life of families and individuals by providing services and opportunities designed to create change, such as health initiatives, social services and economic development programs. Grant funding will be used to support the center’s afterschool program.
Centerpoint Baptist Food Pantry - $10,000
Centerpoint Food Pantry is a ministry of Centerpoint Baptist Church in Middleburg that provides high quality food and vegetables to Clay County residents free of charge on a weekly basis. Funds from the grant will assist in the purchase of a new walk-in cooler and freezer unit.
Frank DeLuca YMCA - $2,500
The purpose of the Frank DeLuca YMCA is to improve lives of all in Central Florida by connecting individuals, families and communities with opportunities based on Christian values that strengthen spirit, mind, and body. Funds from the grant will support the YMCA Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance for those who cannot afford memberships and programs.
Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. St Augustine Regional Office - $10,000
Catholic Charities is a nonprofit organization that provides services to the most vulnerable in our community, advocating for justice, human dignity and quality of life. Funds from the grant will support the Emergency Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance to clients for essential utilities, housing, transportation or medication.
Veterans Helping Veterans - $7,500
Veterans Helping Veterans is a not-for-profit organization serving veterans and their families. Grant funds will be used to provide direct social services for veterans in financial difficulty.
God’s Kitchen - $3,500
God’s Kitchen is a volunteer organization in Palatka that provides and delivers one hot meal per day to adults who are permanently or temporarily homebound due to a mental or physical disability. Grant funding will be used for food distribution and supplies for the soup kitchen.
Hunger Fight - $10,000
(Clay, Alachua, Putnam, Marion, Volusia counties)
Hunger Fight is a nonprofit agency that works to end hunger and illiteracy through the provision of nutritious meals and books to children, seniors and families in need by informing, engaging and mobilizing communities and partners. Funds from the grant will support the Food for Their Bellies program, which combines the student weekend backpack program with the additional meals being distributed in response to COVID-19 community needs.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 9 applications for May 2020 in the amount of $47,200. In addition, the following food pantries were funded at $5,000 each to help during the Coronavirus pandemic: Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs; Marion Senior Services; Food Bridge of Middleburg United Methodist Church; Catholic Charities Lake City Regional Office; Waste Not Want Not; Hawthorne Area Resource Center, Inc.; Interfaith Emergency Services; Lake Area Ministries; Feed the Need of Putnam County, Inc.; and Bread of the Mighty Food Bank.
Fleming Island Lacrosse - $4,500
Fleming Island Lacrosse is a developmental youth lacrosse program for girls and boys ages 6-18. Funding from the grant will be used to install lights at Thunderbolt Park.
Clay County Police Athletic League - $5,000
The Clay County Police Athletic League works with the community to prevent juvenile crime and violence by building the bond between law enforcement officers and kids. Grant funds will help build batting cages.
Christian Service Center of Columbia County - $6,500
The Christian Service Center of Columbia County is a nonprofit serving the residents of Columbia County since 1984. The scope of assistance provided includes food, clothing, utility bills, gas assistance, bus tickets, emergency lodging and prescription assistance to about 10,000 clients per year. The grant funds will be used for the Christian Service Center’s Client Assistance Program to help residents with their utility bills.
Communities in Schools of Bradford County - $5,000
Communities in Schools of Bradford County surrounds students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Funds will be used for programming to increase the graduation rate of Bradford County students.
Orange Park Athletic Association - $7,500
The Orange Park Athletic Association fosters and promotes recreational athletic activities within the Orange Park area. Grant funds will be used to address repairs and improvements to its facilities.
Northeast Florida Stem2 Hub - $7,500
Stem2 works to assure that all students have access to experiences in computer science, coding, high-quality mathematics instruction, and experiences that are problem-based and interdisciplinary in nature. Funding from the grant will support Closing the Digital Divide, a program that seeks to distribute computers to students.
Melrose Volunteer Fire Department - $3,000
(Alachua, Clay, Putnam, Bradford counties)
The Melrose Volunteer Fire Department serves surrounding counties for fire protection and medical responders in emergencies. Grant funds will be used to replace airbags in the brush truck.
Forest United Methodist Church - $2,000
The Quilting Mission group of Forest United Methodist Church in Silver Springs makes quilts for several different patient facilities in Marion County. Funding from the grant will be used to purchase supplies.
The Pearl Project - $6,200
(Marion, Alachua counties)
The Pearl Project offers hope and practical help to foster and adoptive families through trauma-informed educational opportunities and support groups. Grant funds will support the Better Together program, which will provide education and support to people caring for children with a history of trauma.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 10 applications for April 2020 in the amount of $84,700.
Orange Park Community Theatre - $2,500
The Orange Park Community Theatre is a volunteer organization that provides cultural and educational opportunities through live theatre. Funds from the grant will support a six-week teen workshop.
James Boys (Orange Park United Methodist Church) - $8,500
The James Boys are a ministry of the Orange Park United Methodist Church that provides services to Clay County residents in need of assistance, including many aging veterans. Grant funding will be applied to the building of handicap ramps throughout the county.
Boy Scouts of America North Florida Council - $5,000
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices in their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scouts Oath and Law. Funds from the grant will benefit the Champions Program for Special Needs, which gives students with special needs a curriculum that makes learning fun and relevant to real-life situations.
Bread of the Mighty Food Bank - $15,000
The Bread of the Mighty Food Bank acquires, sorts, stores and distributes food both directly to the community and through other nonprofit agencies that provide to the needy. BMFB is the only food bank operation in a five-county area and provides mobile pantry services throughout North Florida. Funds from the grant will be used to support the Food on the Move program, which acquires and distributes donated food.
Florida Gateway Fairgrounds Youth Livestock Show - $15,000
The Florida Gateway Fairgrounds Youth Livestock Show is held in late fall as a learning experience for the youth of Columbia County in raising and training livestock. Grant funds will be used to add goat pens to the livestock barn.
Girl Scouts of Gateway Council - $7,700
The Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, headquartered in Jacksonville, is the largest provider of girl-specific programs, serving nearly 10,000 girls in 16 counties in Northeast and North Central Florida. Funds from the grant will provide three tents for the Experiencing the Great Outdoors program.
Operation New Uniform - $5,000
(Alachua,Clay, Putnam, Baker, Volusia counties)
Operation New Uniform helps veterans network and transition to fulfilling careers after their military service. Grant funds will support the Project Operation Train Veteran program.
Seeds of Grace - $6,000
Seeds of Grace was founded in 2012 as a small organization focused on making a difference in the Lake Region by providing educational opportunities and life-enriching skills to at-risk children and impoverished families. Grant funds will be used to offer a mobile story time program and book bus.
HOPE Therapy - $5,000
Hope Therapy, Inc. is a nonprofit equine-assisted activities and therapy program in Middleburg. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of children and adults with various diagnoses with the help of horses. Grant funding will be used to support the scholarship fund to allow clients of all ages to participate.
Challenge Enterprises of North Florida - $15,000
Challenge Enterprises, based in Green Cove Springs, promotes the power of people and possibilities for individuals living with disabilities. Funds from the grant will be applied to the purchase of a new bus with a lift for its transit service.
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.