Grant Report

Bishop-Parker Foundation Awards More Than $1.5 Million in Grants

Plus, grants to All Faiths Food Bank, Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab and more.

By Staff June 24, 2024

On June 20, American House Senior Living Communities in Sarasota hosted a Carnival Fun Fair for Alzheimer's to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association Longest Day initiative.
On June 20, American House Senior Living Communities in Sarasota hosted a Carnival Fun Fair for Alzheimer's to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association Longest Day initiative.

The Bishop-Parker Foundation recently awarded more than $1.5 million in grants during its spring 2024 grant cycle. That total includes $736,164 in capital grants to eight nonprofits working in Manatee County, including the foundation’s first foray into environmental grantmaking with a major grant of $350,000 to Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast.

All Faiths Food Bank recently received $47,000 from four area funders  in support of its work to end hunger. Grants received this spring and programs to which funding is to be designated include the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation ($25,000, BackPack program); Bank of America ($15,000, Mobile Pantry program); Venice Yacht Club Charitable Foundation ($5,000, Campaign Against Summer Hunger); and Florida Winefest & Auction ($2,000, BackPack program).

The Young Professionals Network at the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) hosted a Putt Putt Palooza fundraiser in May, raising $3,358 for two local charities. Fifty percent of the funds raised—$1,679—were donated to SPARCC, Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center. The other 50 percent will support the RASM Realtors Charitable Foundation.

The Commercial Real Estate Alliance at the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee hosted a Sporting Clays tournament in April, raising more than $10,000 for two local charities. Fifty percent of the funds raised were donated to Heroes Welcome Home, a local organization that supports veterans and their search for home ownership. The other 50 percent will benefit the RASM Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Easterseals Southwest Florida recently received a $10,000 economic mobility grant from Bank of America for Easterseals Academy, a K-12 academic program for students with intellectual and/or physical disabilities, including autism. 

The Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation to help enhance its fabrication lab and student-led programming, propelling efforts to ignite curiosity and innovation in the community.

Goodwill Manasota recently received a grant of $65,000 from the Ralph S. French Charitable Foundation in support of its GoodPartner Coach program. This is the 13th year that Goodwill has received funding from the French Foundation for this purpose, with total support totaling $915,684; the funds awarded this year will offset the cost of wages for one GoodPartner Coach.

The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast recently received a $9,000 donation from the Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers (MCFF). 

On Thursday, June 20—the summer solstice and longest day of the year—American House Senior Living Communities in Sarasota hosted a Carnival Fun Fair for Alzheimer's to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association Longest Day initiative. More than 250 attendees raised more than $950. Funds will go to care, support and research through the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

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