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Community Grants

Junior League of Sarasota Awards Community Grants

2019-2020 Community Grants and Project Applications are being accepted. Deadline to apply is July 1, 2019. Please use a link below to apply.

Community Grant Application:
Grant recipients from 2018-2019 were:

1. Transition Sarasota Grant: $5,000.00

The mission of Transition Sarasota is to create food and economic security by supporting local, sustainable sources. The JLS Community Grant will allow Transition Sarasota to continue to support and expand their successful Suncoast Gleaning Project by purchasing specialized equipment to initiate a new satellite project, “Sharing Low & Higher Hanging Fruit.” It will harvest fruit from residential properties that would otherwise be wasted from households whose trees produce more fruit than the residents can pick, manage, and consume. This project fits perfectly with our community impact focus of addressing hunger and food insecurity in Sarasota County and will also help raise awareness of these issues throughout our community.

2. Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast Grant: $5,000.00

The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast works to protect the environmental character, biodiversity and natural integrity of Florida’s Gulf Coast for future generations. Children living in poverty have limited access to the natural environment, and a growing body of research indicates that contact with nature is important for children’s cognitive, emotional, social, and educational development. The grant will support the addition of 60 at-risk children to the Youth in Nature Program, which engages kids in a wide array of nature-based activities, and will fund program coordination, recruitment and outreach, supplies, transportation, meals, and activity expenses.

3. The Florida Center for Early Childhood Grant: $5,000.00

The mission of The Florida Center for Early Childhood is to help build and foster strong families and expand the potential of young children. Funds from the Junior League of Sarasota grant will outfit the Helping Families Heal Program’s visitation rooms in which parents and children receive counseling and therapy and will cover the costs of evidence-based child-parent therapy that help the family during a critical phase of repair.

4. The Haven Grant: $4,770.00

The Haven creates solutions and changes the lives of children, teens and adults with disabilities. The JLS Community Grant will fund a pediatric treadmill and lift mechanism for physical therapy to be installed in the Haven’s Selby Preschool. The body-weight supported treadmill will be used by children ages 1 to 5 who have developmental delays that result in mobility limitations. This equipment will help to promote gait and gross motor skill development, posture control, and balance and increase the child’s level of activity.

5. TeamUp Volunteer & Partnership Council Grant: $4,365.00

TeamUp Volunteer & Partnership Council was created by the Junior League of Sarasota in partnership with the school district and private sector organizations in 1979. The mission of the Council is to support the Sarasota County School District volunteer school-based programs by providing manpower and resources of volunteers who support academic achievement and leadership. The JLS Community Grant supports their program, Closing “The Word Gap” for At-risk Kindergarten Students While Instilling the Love of Reading, by providing trained tutors to work with targeted kindergarten children one-on-one throughout the school year and giving books for children to take home.

6. Sertoma Kids, Inc. Grant: $3,865.00

Sertoma Kids, Inc. provides speech and language therapy to children with communication disorders regardless of their ability to pay. This grant supports Sertoma’s Small Group Instruction and Activities for Parents of Young Children with Communication Impairments program. The money will fund six parent group meetings led by Sertoma Speech and Language Pathologists. In addition, grant funds will cover 20 home visits that will provide direct support to parents as they practice the activities learned in the group.

7. Embracing Our Differences Grant: $3,500.00

Through the transformative power of the arts, Embracing Our Differences educates and inspires to create a better world that embraces diversity, respects differences, and actively rejects hatred and prejudice. This grant funds the Classroom Docent Art Integration project. Using artwork from past Embracing Our Differences exhibits, high school docents from Riverview High school will go into Sarasota County elementary school classrooms and engage the younger students in conversations about the importance of diversity and inclusion and the messages embedded within the artwork and quotations. This project will reach more than 1,200 elementary school students and will provide an incredible leadership opportunity for 125 high school students.

9. Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County Grant: $2,500.00

The vision of the Healthy Start Coalition is that every baby born in Sarasota County receives the healthiest start in life possible. The JLS Community Grant will fund 50 in-home breastfeeding support sessions for struggling moms who are at-risk for premature breastfeeding cessation. This service will ensure the mother is provided with the education and critical support to continue a breastfeeding relationship initiated at one of our local hospitals or birthing centers and prepare her for her breastfeeding journey with her baby.

10. High Risk Hope Grant: $2,500.00

High Risk Hope’s goal is to prolong high-risk pregnancies and become a catalyst in the global fight to prevent premature births and improve health outcomes for mothers with pregnancy complications and for premature babies by providing practical and emotional support to women and families. Grant funds will make it possible for volunteers to deliver Bed Rest Baskets to newly admitted, long-term, high-risk obstetric hospital patients with over 50 personal items that a mom-to-be needs to survive long-term hospital bedrest. They will also deliver NICU Knapsacks to families of newly admitted premature infants.

11. In the Pink Boutique Grant: $2,500.00

In the Pink is dedicated to helping women heal, cope, and survive the effects of cancer both physically and emotionally. This grant will help provide underinsured, uninsured, and Medicaid-eligible women who have cancer the items they need, such as wigs and post-surgical garments, to make it through their journey with cancer with dignity.

12. Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County Grant: $1,000.00

Take Stock in Children’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty through achievement of higher education for at-risk, low-income students in Sarasota County. This grant will directly impact 77 9th and 10th grade students and their mentors by funding them a college-planning workshop. Take Stock in Children was a JLS grant recipient for a college planning workshop for 8th graders last year, so we are especially excited to offer continued support of these students.

Thank you for your interest. The 2019-2020 applications are now open. If you would like to be added to the communication list please contact us at the email addresses below:

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