The Clay Electric Foundation approved 11 applications for October 2021 in the amount of $80,210.
Columbia County Senior Services - $13,000
Columbia County Senior Services provides senior citizens with a wide variety of services, including in-home family support, direct care by certified nursing assistants, transportation, home delivered meals, and enrichment activities. Grant funds will go toward expanding meal delivery and repairing the center’s air conditioning unit.
Orange Park Community Theatre - $3,000
The Orange Park Community Theatre is a volunteer organization that provides cultural and educational opportunities through live theatre. Funds from the grant will support two summer workshops for children and teens.
Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute - $1,650
The goal of the Florida Springs Institute, located in High Springs, is to conserve Florida’s springs through monitoring and public education. Grant funds will support educational exhibits and materials at the North Florida Springs Environmental Center.
POHI dba Renewed Outreach Center - $10,000
The Renewed Outreach Center, located in Lake City, exists to bring hope through restoration and transformation by assisting impoverished communities by connecting with leaders to create a higher standard of living through feeding the homeless, providing clothes, education, training, job placement, medical treatment, counseling, shelter for veterans and transitional housing for unwed mothers and those battling addictions. Funding from the grant will go toward the completion of the commercial kitchen/dining room at the center.
Communities in Schools in Bradford County - $11,500
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.
Ferst Reader, Inc. - $9,000
(Bradford, Baker, Volusia counties)
Ferst Readers is a community-based organization founded to address the problem of children entering kindergarten without basic early literacy skills and school readiness. Grant funds will be used to support the early childhood literacy development program in Bradford, Baker and Volusia counties.
Immanuel Anglican Church - $4,000
Immanuel Anglican Church offers a food distribution program for residents of Keystone Heights. Funding from the grant will be applied to the purchase of a temperature-controlled storage unit.
Frank DeLuca YMCA Family Center - $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.
Girls on the Run Alachua County - $3,060
Girls on the Run of Alachua County inspires girls in grades 3-8 to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Grant funding will be used to cover program participation costs.
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 a Digital Informational Technology course for 8th graders to gain exposure to STEM fields.
George’s Lake Volunteer Fire Department Station 16 - $12,500
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 continue building renovations.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 9 applications for September 2021 in the amount of $86,400.
Operation New Uniform - $5,000
(Alachua, Clay, Baker, Putnam, Flagler, 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 Disabled Veterans program.
Cross Creek Volunteer Fire Department - $15,000
(Alachua, Putnam, Marion counties)
The Cross Creek Volunteer Fire Department operates exclusively for fire and emergency medical services for the communities of Cross Creek, Island Grove and Lochloosa. Funds from the grant will help purchase updated equipment for the safety of the firefighters.
Concerned Citizens of Bradford County - $5,600
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.
Pay It Forward Outreach Corporation - $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 Tidings of Joy program, which will provide gifts and essentials for families during the holiday season.
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.
Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial, Inc. - $7,000
Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to establish a national memorial that will serve as a historic and key destination site for the nation. Grant funds will be used for general operating support to help get the museum open and operational.
Feeding Northeast Florida - $15,000
Feeding Northeast Florida is the region’s largest food bank and hunger-relief network, working to establish food security across eight counties. Grant funds will go toward the Snack Pack Child Feeding Program, which provides food for children over the weekend.
Salt Springs Civic Association - $13,800
The Salt Springs Civic Association exists to promote the welfare and betterment of its community, and to maintain the Community Center and Civic Park. Money from the grant will go toward adding exercise stations to the walking trail.
Oklawaha River Valley Civic Club - $2,500
The Oklawaha River Valley Civic Club provides assistance to 700 residents of Hog Valley by organizing community events and supplying needed items, such as backpacks and shoes for children. Funds from the grant will pay for a new roof for the building.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 12 applications for August 2021 in the amount of $78,950.
New Technology Made Simple Now, Inc. - $4,200
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 kids’ technology summer camps.
Outdoor Valor, Inc. - $4,000
Outdoor Valor, based in Ocala, is a faith-based organization committed to healing veterans with PTSD through fishing experiences. Funds from the grant will help maintain the boat used for excursions.
Rodeheaver Boys Ranch - $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 applied to the cost of a new security gate, power pole and fencing for the ranch.
CDS Family & Behavorial Health Sciences, Inc. - $10,000
CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services, Inc. is a nonprofit social services agency that targets familial strength through prevention, counseling, and youth shelters. Funds from the grant will help install fencing and provide tree trimming and removal services for the property.
Fellowship Baptist Food Pantry - $5,000
Fellowship Baptist Church of Raiford offers a food pantry for those in need in surrounding counties. Grant funds will be applied to the cost of new freezer equipment.
Derek Hatcher Foundation, Inc. - $6,000
The Derek Hatcher Foundation, located in Middleburg, raises awareness of substance abuse and addiction in memory of a local athlete. Grant funds will be used to endow two college scholarships for Clay County students.
Putnam County 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.
Forest United Methodist Church Quilting Ladies - $4,000
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.
K9s for Warriors - $1,000
K9s for Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to veterans suffering from trauma as a result of military service post-9/11. Grant funds will support costs in pairing a trained service dog with a deserving warrior.
Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County - $2,750
The Community Foundation of Ocala/Marion County strives to connect the charitable interest of the donor to build a strong community by serving as a conduit among donors, charitable organizations and community leaders. Funds from the grant will support the Youth Philanthropy in Action program.
Florahome Park & Heritage Association, Inc. - $7,500
The Florahome Park & Heritage Association exists to serve the Florahome community through the care and enhancement of its historic neighborhood park. Grant funds will be applied to the restoration of the clubhouse.
St. Madeline Community Outreach - $4,500
St. Madeline Community Outreach is a ministry of St. Madeline Catholic Church in High Springs. The ministry provides food, financial assistance and referrals to community services to those in need. Funds from the grant will be used to expand the financial assistance and supplemental food and supplies programs.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 7 applications for July 2021 in the amount of $68,000.
Operation Barnabas - $7,500
Operation Barnabas, located in Keystone Heights, is a nonprofit that strives to provide hope, encouragement, and mentorship to at-risk Clay County veterans and first responders through outreach and resources in a swift and timely manner. Grant funds will support the hardship fund, which provides financial assistance for veterans and first responders.
YMCA of Florida’s First Coast Take Stock in Children - $15,000
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.
Girl Scouts of Gateway Council - $7,000
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 help fund the building of a new unit house at Camp Kateri in Hawthorne.
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.
PACE Center for Girls Clay - $15,000
PACE Center for Girls Clay opened in January 2015 and focuses on the power and potential of girls in Clay County. The program features a balanced emphasis on academics and social services with a focus on the future for middle- and high school-aged girls and young women. Funds will be used in the construction of a new building for the center.
Hope Therapy Inc. - $7,500
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.
Florida Center for the Blind - $15,000
The Florida Center for the Blind, Inc. is a nonprofit serving Marion and surrounding counties. The organization provides services to any individual who is blind or visually impaired. Funds will be used to support the intervention program to provide rehabilitative training and intervention services to any individual who has a severe visual impairment or progressive disease to enable them to have the skills to maintain their confidence and independence as their vision is deteriorating.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 11 applications for June 2021 in the amount of $82,000.
St. Phillips Lodge - $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.
Sanderson Christian Revival Center - $1,000
The Sanderson Christian Revival Center, located in Baker County, operates a Giveaway Program that offers free clothing, furniture and miscellaneous items at no cost to families in need. The program helps 1,500 local residents annually. Funds from the grant will be used for a storage shed.
Southeastern Guide Dogs - $10,000
Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs, throughout the United States. The nonprofit trains dogs of the highest pedigree for people who are blind, veterans, and children, providing premier dogs and lifetime services at no cost. Grant funds will be applied to the Enhanced Alumni Support program to relieve individuals of the cost of having a working dog.
Melrose Volunteer Fire Department - $7,500
(Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Putnam counties)
The Melrose Volunteer Fire Department serves surrounding counties for fire protection and medical responders in emergencies. Grant funds will be applied to building renovations.
Camp Boggy Creek - $10,000
Camp Boggy Creek, located in Eustis, was founded in 1996 by Paul Newman and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf to make it possible for children with serious illnesses to enjoy a camp experience in a safe, medically-sound environment. Funds from the grant will be used to send five families to the camp’s Family Weekend Getaways.
Friends of KHHS, Inc. - $7,500
(Clay, Putnam counties)
Friends of Keystone Heights High School was formed in 2020 to support and assist programs of KHHS. Grant funds will be used to purchase instruments and accessories for the school’s music department.
American Red Cross of Northeast Florida - $5,000
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Funds from the grant will be applied to the Home Fire Campaign to provide critical services to people impacted by home fires, and tools and information to support home fire efforts.
United Way of Suwannee Valley, Inc. - $4,100
(Columbia, Suwannee counties)
The United Way of Suwannee Valley is committed to advancing the common good in its community by building strong relationships with community partner impact agencies that share the goals of improving people’s lives and strengthening communities. Grant funds will support the COVID-19 relief fund in assisting with utility payments.
Sacred Heart Outreach Ministry Program - $10,000
(Clay County) The Sacred Heart Outreach Ministry Program is a volunteer organization of parishioners from Sacred Heart Church in Fleming Island. Its mission is to help families in crisis situations who cannot provide for their basic needs when an emergency impacts them. Funds from the grant will be applied to utility bill assistance.
Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs (ACORN) - $15,000
Founded in 1974, the ACORN Clinic uses volunteers to provide high-quality, low-cost health and dental care to low-income patients with and without insurance and with little financial resources to pay for their medical needs. The funds will support the Rural Sponsorship Program, which will provide funding for dental care to rural patients.
HOPE – Horses Helping People, Inc. - $9,400
(Alachua, Columbia, Suwannee counties)
HOPE – Horses Helping People, Inc. is based in Archer and provides equine assisted therapies and learning to children and adults with special needs. Grant funds will be used to fund scholarships to allow clients of all ages to participate.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 9 applications for May 2021 in the amount of $78,200.
James Boys - $7,500
The James Boys provide four main services each year exclusively to residents of Clay County in need of assistance, including many aging veterans. These services include building handicap ramps, refurbishing/repairing bicycles, making home repairs and working with Clay County Habitat for Humanity, Inc. Funds from the grant will be applied to the building of workshop/storage sheds for the bicycle program.
Christian Service Center of Columbia County, Inc. - $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.
North Point Youth, Inc. - $10,000
North Point Youth is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to mentoring middle school students in Putnam County. Grant funds will contribute to the in-school mentoring program this summer.
Waste Not Want Not - $15,000
Waste Not Want Not is a volunteer-based group whose mission is to prevent the discarding of food and other items that can be used to fight hunger and poverty. The group does this by rescuing food daily from numerous sources for distribution to local charitable organizations, and through other cost-effective initiatives. Grant funds will be used to support the food rescue and distribution program.
CARC Lake City - $15,000
CARC-Advocates for Citizens with Disabilities, Inc. is a nonprofit agency in Lake City. Established in 1974, it supports Columbia County citizens with disabilities by providing choices, opportunities, and training for more independent functioning. Funds from the grant will assist in funding the Behrenwalds Farms Enhancement Project.
Putnam County Bread of Life, Inc. - $5,300
The Bread of Life of Palatka is a nonprofit organization that works to address hunger and food insecurity in Putnam County, and currently serves meals to 60-75 people each day. Grant funds will be used to purchase a commercial stove and icemaker for the program.
Kristi Overton Johnson Ministries - $5,000
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.
Food Bridge of Middleburg United Methodist Church - $10,000
The Food Bridge of Middleburg United Methodist Church is an all-volunteer ministry that helps to provide food for almost 1,100 needy families in 13 counties on a bi-weekly basis. Grant funds will assist in purchasing a new refrigerated truck and in supplying pantry stable items for the program.
Soliders Freedom Outdoors - $3,900
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 make improvements to the ranch house for the equine therapy program.
The Clay Electric Foundation Board did not meet this month.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 5 applications for March 2021 in the amount of $37,000.
Vietnam Veterans of America - $1,000
Vietnam Vets of America exists to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans. Grant funds will be used for two scholarship awards for Clay County high school seniors.
ACE Mentor Program of Northeast Florida - $7,500
The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. helps mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. Funding from the grant will be used to fund scholarships and/or technical training for Clay County students.
The Arc of Alachua County - $15,000
The Arc of Alachua County is a community-based organization committed to providing a continuum of exemplary services, supports, and advocacy to assure that people with developmental disabilities can enjoy respect and dignity and be full participants in the community. Grant funds will support the Tommy Turnage Consumer Support Fund for day program clients, which helps to meet emergent needs such as dental care, medication and clothing costs.
College of Central Florida Foundation, Inc. - $10,000
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.
Burn Foundation of America, Inc. - $10,000
The Burn Foundation of America provides assistance to families of burn patients being treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga., including lodging, daily meals and transportation. In addition, the Burn Foundation assists patients upon their discharge with services related to their return to independent living. Grant funds will help uninsured/underinsured young families receive the services or support needed for successful recovery and healing.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 7 applications for February 2021 in the amount of $76,850.
Hospice of Marion County - $14,500
Hospice of Marion County seeks to provide exceptional compassionate end-of-life care to the community. Grant funds will be used to purchase educational and outreach materials for the bereavement program for children and teens.
North Florida Christian Service Camp, Inc. - $7,500
North Florida Christian Service Camp, Inc., located in Keystone Heights, offers growth programs and facilities for both youth and adults. Funds from the grant will help to provide a new utility building for hospitality amenities and laundry.
Putnam First Cancer Fund - $7,500
The Putnam First Cancer Fund uses contributions to provide financial assistance to patients with cancer for basic living and timely access to diagnosis and treatment, and to facilitate education, awareness and cancer screening programs and activities. Grant funds will be used to assist county residents in obtaining an official diagnosis of cancer in order to qualify for other types of assistance.
Another Way, Inc. - $7,500
Another Way, Inc. provides hotline, safe shelter, individual and group counseling, court accompaniment, food, clothing, hygiene items and many other supportive services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase supplies for the emergency shelter.
Florida Sheriff 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 help purchase a used utility bucket truck for maintenance tasks.
Florahome-Grandin Volunteer Fire Department - $14,850
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 continue the building’s renovation.
Pregnancy Care Center of Lake City, Inc. - $10,000
The Pregnancy Care Center of Lake City, Inc. offers counseling, parenting classes, mentoring and other support services for parents. Grant funds will be used to purchase a new ultrasound machine for the Mobile Pregnancy Care Center.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 5 applications for January 2021 in the amount of $48,500.
The Way Free Medical Clinic, Inc. - $9,500
The Way Free Medical Clinic, Inc. is committed to improving access to health care by providing free medical services for the uninsured residents of Clay County. Funds will be used to support the Diabetes Patient Care Program by purchasing diabetes supplies and equipment and delivering self-care and lifestyle education.
Santa Fe College Foundation, Inc. - $15,000
(Alachua, Bradford counties)
The Santa Fe College Foundation inspires, cultivates and assists private donors to enrich Santa Fe College students and the community through scholarships, program enhancements, and facilities support. Grant funds will support the Veterans Bridge Scholarship to help veterans transition from the military to school.
Art League of North Florida/Gateway Art Gallery - $5,000
The Art League of North Florida develops programs and services that serve the needs of artists through advocacy, networking, fundraising and grant development, and promotes the visual arts as an integral part of education. It offers several community art programs, such as the Girls’ Summit for at-risk preteen and teenage girls (with Altrusa), the Veterans’ Art Program, Art for Hospice, and the Life Style Enrichment Center. Funds from the grant will support youth programs.
Open Arms Village - $4,000
Open Arms Village exists to create a safe community that treats homeless individuals with dignity and provides for their basic needs. The program provides a full array of programs and services that clients can use to move themselves toward independence. Grant funds will be used to purchase materials and supplies for the Financial Literacy for Homeless Men Initiative.
Seamark Ranch - $15,000
Seamark Ranch, Inc. (a nonprofit corporation) was organized in Northeast Florida in 2001 to provide a solid Christian home for abused, neglected, abandoned, orphaned, and homeless children in need of a chance. The Ranch is dedicated to an environment filled with grace, love and service which fosters emotional healing in reclaiming the lives of such children. The Ranch's major source of revenue is private contributions. Funds will be used for its 2020-21 Student Jobs program.