FORT WALTON BEACH — After reviewing funding requests from many nonprofit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties, IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida Inc. has introduced the 10 grant finalists for 2021.
Representatives of the organizations had been current on the announcement, in addition to IMPACT 100 officers and members. The finalists had been chosen from the next 5 focus areas: Arts & Tradition; Training; Atmosphere, Recreation & Preservation; Household; and Well being & Wellness.
At its Nov. 7 annual assembly, IMPACT 100 members will hear displays from every of the finalists and can vote for this 12 months’s 4 $104,500 grant recipients. The finalists are:
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Arts & Tradition
Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida: Constructing Group — Preserving and Celebrating Regional Arts
Heritage Museum was based in 1969 because the Historic Society of Okaloosa and Walton Inc. to gather, protect, and examine historic artifacts pertaining to Northwest Florida’s heritage whereas educating the general public.
The venture is to assemble a brand new wing that features ADA compliant restroom amenities and up to date audio/visible functionality. It additionally will double the present capability for lessons, excursions, lectures, conferences, expositions and occasions.
Stage Crafters: The Present Should Go On — Save Our Group Theater’s House
For greater than 49 years, Stage Crafters Group Theatre and its all-volunteer members have introduced the performing artwork of dwell theater to the realm by means of its four-show Most important Stage seasons, “One Act” performances, college packages, and nonprofit fundraising performances.
In 1974, Stage Crafters constructed a rehearsal warehouse on leased metropolis property. With the present lease expiring in two years, the Metropolis of Fort Walton Seashore plans to extend the hire from $100 to $24,000 a 12 months. This may carry an finish to the neighborhood theater, as Stage Crafters can’t afford the rise.
The town has agreed to promote Stage Crafters the property pending receipt of an IMPACT 100 grant. If Stage Crafters can safe its present residence, it should proceed to serve the neighborhood effectively into the long run, in keeping with the group.
FloridaOne DMAT: “Coaching Facility for First Responders
FloridaOne is a bunch of well being care professionals and first responders who’ve offered medical and response coaching to our neighborhood for 35 years. Its particular objective and goal are to extend the area and its capability to supply medical and response coaching to the neighborhood.
It can renovate its present area to accommodate the computer systems and technical tools wanted for coaching, in addition to allow it to extend the variety of trainees it can accommodate per session.
U4aGC: HOPE SQUAD Enlargement — Extra Faculties Extra Communities
In 2019, United for a Good Trigger expanded its HOPE SQUAD peer-to-peer suicide prevention program into the Okaloosa County College District, beginning with all center and excessive faculties in 2020-2021.
In 2021, Hope Squad is increasing to all Okaloosa elementary faculties. Hope Squad is now planning to broaden this system to all of Walton County faculties in 2022.
Suicide is the second-leading explanation for loss of life amongst youth throughout the nation. It’s affecting youthful and youthful kids. The IMPACT 100 grant is requested to help the Hope Squad packages to scale back and stop youth suicides.
Atmosphere, Recreation & Preservation
Coastal Conservation Affiliation: Redfish Restoring Undertaking
CCA is a nonprofit group devoted to the conservation and enhancement of Florida’s marine assets and coastal surroundings. Since 2010, redfish populations within the Panhandle have declined due to overfishing and lack of marine behavior, and because of this has weakened the general ecosystem in Choctawhatchee Bay.
This venture will restore the inventory of considered one of Florida’s most iconic and sought-after species, which in flip may even help a more healthy neighborhood and stimulated financial system.
Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS): Changing the Dinosaurs – New Clinic Medical Machines
PAWS is the most important and most-established animal shelter in Okaloosa County. Annually, PAWS sees 7,000 homeless, sick and/or abused animals. PAWS operates a low-cost veterinary clinic providing spay/neuter surgical procedures, rabies vaccinations, microchips and different important care.
Native low-cost veterinary care is non-existent, contributing to hundreds of sick and unaltered pets, and feral cats, in keeping with the group. To deal with shelter animals and supply inexpensive take care of pets, PAWS opened its present clinic in 1995. Nonetheless, the present tools is outdated, permitting PAWS to solely supply minimal care.
PAWS plans to open a brand new clinic sooner or later. The IMPACT100 grant would allow PAWS to acquire the brand new clinic tools now and to instantly supply extra full and cheap clinic companies. All the brand new tools might be moved to the brand new clinic when opened.
Recent Begin: Promote Extra = Assist Extra Recent Begin takes Goal at Extra Capability
Recent Begin supplies totally furnished and outfitted flats to 22 households with kids who face homelessness. It additionally supplies life expertise training lessons to the residents to assist them obtain self-sufficiency as a part of a nine-month transitional program.
The Repeat Avenue Thrift Retailer supplies greater than half of the income required for the Recent Begin program. It’s effectively supported by donors, condos and furnishings shops, and picks up donations on 4 of the six days it’s open. The shop makes use of a small trailer and outdated pickup truck to get these donations.
The grant request is for a brand new, reliable field truck with a carry, which might save the cash spent for repairs and a number of journeys. Thus, it might considerably improve the Repeat Avenue funding that helps the Recent Begin packages.
The Salvation Military Group Outreach: Canteen Truck
Yearly, pure disasters destroy native economies and devastate lives. The Salvation Military Canteen Truck is on the spot to present aid inside hours to first responders and loss victims.
This car additionally permits the Salvation Military to be on the streets delivering meals to the homeless, much less lucky neighborhoods in addition to being concerned in youth and feeding packages.
The Canteen is 30 years outdated and is about to be retired. The grant would offer funding to assist buy a brand new canteen to fulfill the native Salvation Military’s required portion of the price, and its Territorial Headquarters will assist with the steadiness.
Well being & Wellness
Level Washington Medical Heart (PWMC): Constructing a Heathier Group
Since 2017 PWMC has operated a no-fee, volunteer-driven clinic and delivers high-quality medical care in a secure, non-traditional setting for the neighborhood. The clinic provides a mess of companies for all ages, together with wellness training specializing in the administration of continual situations equivalent to hypertension, diabetes and excessive ldl cholesterol.
PWMC rapidly started experiencing rising pains — a constructive drawback — and plans to construct a 4,750-square-foot facility that can rework the clinic right into a one-stop store for complete care, together with wellness training, in keeping with the group. IMPACT 100’s funding would help outfitting and furnishing the constructing’s foyer training middle and instructing kitchen.
Sharing & Caring of Okaloosa County: Constructing Enlargement
Sharing and Caring is a meals financial institution that supplies a staple of meals for needy people and households. Opened in 1985, it has operated within the 440-square-foot facility since 1990. Providers to purchasers have expanded to incorporate meals given each 15 days, private care gadgets and prescription help vouchers.
Sharing and Caring is all-volunteer. By increasing the constructing, it can accommodate extra purchasers. This enlargement will greater than double pantry meals storage space so it can companion with Shelter Home, Recent Begin and presumably One Hopeful Place to additionally serve their purchasers.
It will improve the amount and variety of meals to the purchasers and be a part of Feeding the Gulf Coast as a brand new meals supply. By enlarging all walkways and doorways, the power might be handicap/wheelchair accessible. The objective is to assist purchasers enhance and keep their capability to dwell wholesome and independently.