Each year, the membership of Sunday's Child awards grants to local charities and economic initiatives in amounts ranging from $25,000 to $50,000.

Sunday's Child grants help fund initiatives that address a community need or help develop projects in support of the greatest good for the Pensacola Bay Area. Grant funding comes from membership contributions, and each membership of Sunday's Child will have a vote toward selecting the funded projects.

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Apply for a grant

View the 2019 grant application (Coming soon!) (View the PDF version of grant application).

(Only those applicants who have submitted an approved Letter of Intent may apply)


Grants awarded fall into one of the following categories:


Animals, Environment, & Recreation

Initiatives that promote environmental protection, restoration, or enhancement; promote health and well-being of animals; and/or promote or enhance recreational opportunities in the Pensacola Bay Area.

Health & Wellness

Initiatives that improve the mental and/or physical health and wellness of people living in the Pensacola Bay Area.


Arts, Culture & Education

Initiatives that cultivate, develop, and enhance the cultural and artistic climate or preserve the historic heritage of the Pensacola Bay Area.  Initiatives that promote or enhance the learning process or improve access to education and training for children and/or adults in the Pensacola Bay Area .        

LGBT, Diversity & Inclusion

Initiatives that advocate, support, and/or educate about the LGBT community and/or promote inclusion, diversity and acceptance of all people in the Pensacola Bay Area.

Human Services, Community & Economic Development

Initiatives that develop or enhance direct services to people in need and/or promote community and/or economic development to improve the quality of life and economic status of the community.


Organizations and projects that qualify for Sunday's Child grants, must meet the following criteria:

  • Registered with Florida Division of Corporations as a non-profit

  • Must be registered as a 501c(3) public charity

  • Current Registration to Solicit Contributions from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)

  • Demonstrate inclusion and equality policies and practices within organization and services

  • Serve residents and expend funds fully in Escambia or Santa Rosa counties

  • Grant project must be a new program or expansion of existing program

  • The total project budget is for the full Sunday’s Child grant

  • Expend funds within 18 months of award



Sunday's Child does not fund the following:

  • General operating expenses or overhead

  • Debt reduction or operational deficits

  • Grants to individuals

  • Endowment funding

  • Interim or bridge funding

  • Partisan, legislative or political activity

  • Churches, synagogues or other bodies of worship

  • Faith-based projects/programs which require participation in activities of a particular faith, denomination or religion in order to benefit from the project or program.

  • Capital improvements or renovations to property for the grant project where the organization does not own or have at least a three year lease.

  • Organizations which promote or support violence, racism, sexism or other prejudices, in any form.


Additional information and process

  • Each organization can only apply for one grant per year.

  • Each organization is responsible for deciding which one of the five grant categories to apply.

  • Prior organization grant winners must have completed prior project funding.

  • The Sunday's Child committees that oversee the grant categories will review and evaluate the applicants for quality, contribution significance and inclusivity.  This will include research and review as well as site visits. One or more organizations from each category will be selected as a finalist and will conduct a presentation at the annual membership meeting in June.  After the presentation, a vote from members will determine the award recipients.


2019 grant Applications 

Only those charities that have successfully completed a letter of intent by the February 15, 2019 deadline may apply.