Gulf Coast Community Foundation recently awarded nine Leveraged Grants totaling $462,000 for a range of major nonprofit programs and services. The funding will support regional efforts to fight hunger, provide safe housing for struggling single mothers, expand trauma-focused services for children, and more. The nonprofits that received funding are:

All Faiths Food Bank – $25,000 to support the 2020 Campaign Against Summer Hunger.

All Star Children’s Foundation – $100,000 to provide trauma-focused services for children in the foster-care system who have suffered child abuse and neglect.

The Bay Park Conservancy – $150,000 to support the design, implementation, and activation of Phase One of The Bay Park on Sarasota Bay.

Centerstone Florida – $40,000 to support the Twelfth Judicial Circuit’s Comprehensive Treatment Court, a jail-diversion opportunity for adults with mental-health or co-occurring mental-health and substance-abuse disorders.

Easterseals Southwest Florida – $40,000 to integrate back-office systems as part of its collaborative partnership with InStride Therapy, which will enable the organizations to increase their therapy services and revenue.

Education Foundation of Sarasota County – $40,000 to support the Local College Access Network, a collaboration to increase college access, attainment, and success for Sarasota County youth.

Gulf Coast Partnership – $22,000 to create a landlord-engagement program to help provide safe housing to women suffering from homelessness, particularly women who have been victims of violence.

United Way of Charlotte County – $25,000 to support a collective-impact consultant to assist low-income, female-headed households in accessing a variety of services from United Way-funded agencies.

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic – $20,000 to support a clinic services director to increase access to healthcare for uninsured senior women in Charlotte County.

The Gulf Coast Board also approved $266,000 in Community Grants, which are smaller grants of $10,000 or less that benefit local nonprofit programs, events, and fundraising activities. A full list of grant recipients is available on the Gulf Coast Community Foundation website at

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