The Clay Electric Foundation approved 4 applications for August 2022 in the amount of $33,200.
The Island Theater - $5,700
The Island Theater in Fleming Island seeks to engage the community through a rigorous theater education program. Grant funds will be used to purchase a portable lighting and audio system to bring programs to various locations.
Goodwill Industries of North Florida - $15,000
Goodwill Industries of North Florida is a local, not-for-profit organization that removes barriers to employment through training, education, and career opportunities for the communities it serves. Funding from the grant will help the Take Stock in Children program provide college scholarships.
God’s Kitchen, Inc. - $5,000
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.
Catholic Charities Bureau - $7,500
Catholic Charities Bureau provides emergency financial assistance, food assistance, immigration legal services, refugee resettlement and caring for persons with intellectual and developmental differences. Funding from the grant will support the food pantry at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Middleburg.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 8 applications for July 2022 in the amount of $89,417.
Southeastern Guide Dogs - $5,000
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.
Unity Family Community Center, Inc. - $10,548
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 expand the center’s afterschool program to include hands-on STEAM activities.
Children’s Home Society of Florida - $3,869
Children’s Home Society of Florida is committed to breaking the tragic cycle of child abuse and neglect. Funds from the grant will provide students at Wilkinson Jr. High School with access to a laundry facility in an effort to reduce school absences.
Open Arms Village - $10,000
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 support the development of an outdoor recreation area for the homeless shelter.
The Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs - $15,000
The Food Pantry is an all-volunteer organization that provides Clay County with emergency food for families and individuals in need. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase nonperishable food items.
Alachua Habitat for Humanity - $15,000
Habitat for Humanity assists low income and very low income families in obtaining decent and affordable housing by building homes using volunteer labor. Grant funds will be applied to the home ownership program.
Haven Hospice Foundation - $15,000
Haven Hospice is a not-for-profit, community hospice organization providing comprehensive services for end-of-life and palliative care. Grant funds will help to supply educational videos and translation services to provide caregivers easily understood instructions for taking care of patients.
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 purchase school uniforms for youth residents.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 9 applications for June 2022 in the amount of $65,925.
Christian Service Center of Columbia County, Inc. - $7,500
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.
St. Phillips Lodge #55 - $1,500
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 back-to-school supply giveaway.
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 four campers to the camp’s summer sessions.
10 Can, Inc. - $10,000
This organization is an outdoor ministry for military families. They rehabilitate Wounded Warriors by strengthening their family foundation. This is done through outdoor recreational therapy, creating outdoorsmen and providing wilderness experiences for urban families. Grant funds will be used to support the Reel Healing program.
Santa Fe College Foundation, Inc. - $15,000
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.
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.
Mt. Carmel Community Resource Center, Inc. - $4,425
Mt. Carmel Community Resource Center is a food pantry that has served Palatka since 2002. Funding from the grant will be applied to the replacement of the facility’s air conditioner.
Altrusa International of Lake City, Inc. - $7,500
(Columbia, Baker, Suwannee counties)
Altrusa is an international nonprofit organization making local communities better through leadership, partnership and service. Grant funds will go toward the Backpack Project, which provides weekend meals for underprivileged children.
Melrose Volunteer Fire Department - $5,000
(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 the purchase of safety equipment.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 4 applications for May 2022 in the amount of $39,730.
Clay County Rescue Mission - $7,230
The Clay County Rescue Mission provides hope to families and individuals who need help with the basic needs of food, shelter and clothing. Grant funds will be applied to the From Hotels to Home Program, which provides hotel stays for those experiencing homelessness.
Northside Champions Club - $7,500
Northside Champions Club was founded to support all activities at North Marion High School not funded by state and local dollars. Funding from the grant will support the College and Career Exploration program, including career days, career fairs and field trips to businesses and colleges.
Putnam First Cancer Fund - $15,000
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.
Lend an Ear Outreach - $10,000
Lend an Ear Outreach seeks to provide the gift of hearing by furnishing quality hearing aids to those with limited or no means in an atmosphere of dignity and compassion. Funding from the grant will be used to purchase, test and fit hearing aids for qualified recipients.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 8 applications for April 2022 in the amount of $65,000.
Marion Senior Services - $15,000
Marion Senior Services, Inc. seeks to support the elderly, disabled and disadvantaged residents of Marion County and their families with dignity, respect and compassion to maintain independent living status. Grant funds will support the Meals on Wheels program.
Clay County Economic Development Corporation - $6,000
Clay County Economic Development Corporation provides concierge service for companies who want to expand in Clay County or relocate their companies to the region. Funding from the grant will help support a new Geographic Information System digital analysis tool.
Community First Support Foundation - $2,500
(Marion, Putnam counties)
The Community First Support Foundation in Fort McCoy is dedicated to community outreach, building relationships, and raising funds for education, vocational advancement, and mental wellness in impoverished rural communities. Grant funds will support the food distribution effort.
His Compassion Food Bank - $4,500
His Compassion Food Bank in Ocala provides food to a 9-county area in North Central Florida. Funding from the grant will be used to purchase equipment for the food distribution system.
St. Johns River State College Foundation - $10,000
(Clay, Putnam counties)
The St. Johns River State College Foundation is a charitable organization that exists to support the growth and development of the college in ways that are beneficial to its students, faculty, staff and campus facilities. Grant funds will be used to support the college’s emergency fund to help students overcome unexpected financial hardships.
Partnership for Strong Families, Inc. - $2,000
Partnership for Strong Families is contracted by DCF to provide comprehensive child welfare services to children who have experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment. Grant funds will support the Community Employability Program, which seeks to provide community members with the skills and tools to re-enter the workforce, improve their current status or explore starting a small business.
College of Central Florida Foundation - $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.
Wheelchairs 4 Kids - $15,000
Wheelchairs 4 Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with physical disabilities by providing wheelchairs, home and vehicle modifications, and other assistive equipment at no charge. Grant funds will support the Let’s Roll program.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 6 applications for March 2022 in the amount of $54,500.
Friends of Cuscowilla, Inc. - $2,500
Friends of Cuscowilla, Inc. is a volunteer organization that assists with improvements, programming, special events, tours, and fundraising for Cuscowilla Nature and Retreat Center in Micanopy. Funds from the grant will be applied to the development of an educational Interpretive Center.
The Way Free Medical Clinic - $15,000
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 support the Expanding Capacity to Care Initiative by purchasing medications, supplies and equipment.
ACE Mentor Program of NE 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.
Kiwanis Club of Lake Area Region Keystone/Melrose - $2,500
(Clay, Bradford counties)
Kiwanis Club of Lake Area Region Keystone/Melrose is a non-profit service organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Grant funds will support scholarships for high school seniors.
Clay County Club, Inc. - $12,000
The Clay County Club, Inc., located in Orange Park, is a nonprofit corporation that provides services for alcohol abuse recovery, serving about 3,000 people each month. Funding from the grant will be applied to the installation of a covering for the outdoor grill area.
Union County Livestock Association - $15,000
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 new swine pens.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 6 applications for February 2022 in the amount of $67,900.
Church Women’s Christian Ministries - $10,000
The Clothes Closet and Food Pantry, located in Orange Park, helps Clay County residents through times of crisis by helping them meet basic needs. Grant funds will support the Food for Hope food pantry program.
Arnette House, Inc. - $10,000
Arnette House provides a 24/7 residential adolescent emergency shelter for youth ages 10-17 in Ocala. Funding from the grant will be applied to the construction of a play area on campus.
Art League of North Florida, Inc. - $5,400
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.
Bradford County 4-H Association - $12,500
The Bradford County 4-H Association is a nonprofit organization that provides kids learning opportunities to create skills needed to make a positive change in their lives. Grant funds will support improvements to the event area for the annual Beef Bash.
Early Learning Coalition of North Florida - $15,000
(Clay, Baker, Bradford 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.
Lake Area Ministries - $15,000
Lake Area Ministries (LAM), an all-volunteer organization, is primarily a food pantry focusing on feeding needy families. As funds allow, the organization assists with other basic needs. The funds will be used for the food assistance program.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 11 applications for January 2022 in the amount of $91,849.
Episcopal Children’s Services - $13,380
Episcopal Children’s Services incorporates the latest research and proven best practices to help Florida families raise children who are ready to learn when they enter school. Grant funds will be used for labor and materials to replace the fence at the Head Start/Early Head Start center in Eustis.
Hawthorne FFA Alumni - $15,000
Hawthorne FFA Alumni seeks to expand and build the Hawthorne FFA Chapter, which now consists of 60 student members. Funding from the grant will be used to construct a new barn for the program.
BASCA Inc. - $10,000
BASCA, Inc. focuses on helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve a higher quality of life and sense of belonging. Funds will be used to renovate classrooms used in the Day Program.
Archer Historical Society - $5,000
The Archer Historical Society is a non-profit volunteer historical society group of area citizens who seek to identify, protect, preserve and promote Archer’s past well into the future. Grant funds will be used to make repairs to the Train Depot building.
Rotary Club of Palatka Sunrise - $5,000
The Rotary Club of Palatka Sunrise is a service organization supporting various charities and projects throughout Putnam County, as well as around the world. Grant funds will be used to obtain a storage unit for the annual Wild Game Feast, the organization’s largest fundraising event.
Hawthorne Area Resource Center, Inc. - $9,500
Hawthorne Area Resource Center is a collaborative effort between the First United Methodist Hawthorne and the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion to serve the most vulnerable population as a food pantry and resource center within Hawthorne and surrounding areas. Funds will be used for food pantry provisions and supplies as well as Social Services support to families in crisis.
US Naval Sea Cadets - $3,600
The US Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a patriotic youth program that provides training to future leaders and/or public servants in the military and community. Grant funds will be used to purchase new uniforms and components for its Color Guard.
St. Catherine’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul - $10,000
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Orange Park 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 assist the needy with basic needs such as electric bills, water bills and rent costs.
Mercy Auto - $10,000
The Mercy Auto Charitable Foundation in Orange Park seeks to impact the transportation needs of Clay County by providing access to affordable, reliable transportation to anyone pursuing self-sustainability. Funding from the grant will be used to make improvements to the garage and increase safety measures.
Clay County Habitat for Humanity - $10,000
Clay County Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in Clay County area. As an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, it works in partnership with local families and volunteers to build and rehabilitate simple, decent homes for qualified families in need. Grant funds will be applied to mortgage assistance and bill relief.
Lee Conlee House - $369
The Lee Conlee House is the certified domestic violence center serving Putnam County. Its mission is to stop the campaign of violence by providing crisis intervention, emergency shelter, advocacy, treatment, prevention, and education through the establishment of community partnerships. Grant funds will be used to purchase materials for the Children of Hope program, a youth-targeted domestic violence program.