Grant Report

Gulf Coast Community Foundation Provides Nearly $1 Million in Hurricane Relief

Plus, Ringling College receives a strategic partnership grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

By Staff October 31, 2022


Gulf Coast Community Foundation has provided nearly $1 million in immediate relief to area nonprofits devastated by Hurricane Ian. In the days following the storm, the grants have provided support to affected families and community members in the region. More than 20 grants directly from Gulf Coast’s initiative were primarily awarded to organizations to assist with post-storm health and human service’s needs.

Ringling College of Art and Design has announced the receipt of a strategic partnership grant totaling $36,000 from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County sponsoring 2022/2023 season arts programming. This comprehensive grant will support Ringling College’s Lois and David Stulberg Gallery; the Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery and Campus Art Walks; Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College's Sara Berman's Closet exhibition; and SAM's December 10 Art Bash.  

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund has awarded Financial Access Federal Credit Union received a $125,000 Technical Assistance grant. The funding will support the launching of an Employee Empowerment Platform providing credit-challenged employees access to low cost loans along with credit building and financial improvement resources.

Embracing Our Differences recently received a $100,000 grant from the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, allowing it to serve more teachers and students in Sarasota and Manatee County schools and to hire additional staff to support its projects.

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County has announced the recipients of its John Ringling Tower Fund and State of the Arts Opportunity Grants. The Arts Opportunity Grants recipients are Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota, Modern Marimba, Musica Sacra Sarasota, National League of American Pen Women, North Port Art Center, North Port Chorale, Sarasota Choral Society, Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative and Venice Chorale. The John Ringling Tower Fund recipients are John Sims, Visual Arts; Larry Parr, Literary Arts; Melanie Lavender, Performing Arts; and Venice Heritage, Inc., Historic Preservation.

The St. Armands Key Lutheran Church Foundation (SAKLCF) recently granted Second Heart Homes $15,000 to help refresh the appearance and landscaping of six houses that keep formerly homeless individuals off the streets and on a path toward recovery from mental illness.

The Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College has received a grant from the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation to support the continuation of its “Free Second Sundays @ SAM” in 2023, a program designed to offer access and programming for an intergenerational audience who may not typically visit the Museum. Barancik Foundation funding will support the museum’s efforts to deepen its relationships with diverse communities and expand its outreach efforts beginning with Scrollathon. The amount of the grant was undisclosed.

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