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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The 2018 grant application cycle will be open soon. Click here to submit your Letter of Intent application.
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 well-being and recreation of people living in the Pensacola Bay Area.
Arts, Culture & Education
Initiatives that cultivate, develop, and enhance the cultural and artistic climate of the Pensacola Bay Area; Initiatives that further the educational process or improve access to education for children and/or adults in the Pensacola Bay Area .
LGBT, Diversity & Inclusion
Initiatives that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families in the Pensacola Bay Area; and/or promote inclusion, diversity and acceptance of LGBT citizens and all people in the Pensacola Bay Area.
Economic Development & Preservation
Initiatives that promote community and/or economic development; and/or promote protection, restoration, or enhancement of the historic heritage of the Pensacola Bay Area. Initiatives may improve the economic status of the community by promoting
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)
Current Registration to Solicit Contributions from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)
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
MUST COMPLETE LETTER OF INTENT BY JANUARY DEADLINE TO PREQUALIFY
Sunday's Child does not fund the following:
General operating expenses or overhead
Debt reduction or operational deficits
Grants to individuals
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 five year lease.
Organizations which promote or support violence, racism, sexism or other prejudices, in any form.
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.
Only those charities that have successfully completed a letter of intent by the January 2018 deadline may apply.
2018 Grant Review Application (Coming soon)- Please download and print this document from the link. We will be referring to this at the workshop so bring a copy with you.
(Category Health, Wellness & Recreation: Grant Award: $25,700)
Manna’s winning proposal will fund the development and construction of a climate-controlled dry room within the organization's new headquarters and distribution facility. The room will be large enough to allow space for repackaging bulk items as well as storage for more than 30 pallets of dry food that is distributed weekly to nearly 900 families in the Pensacola Bay Area.
(Category Health, Wellness & Recreation, Grant Award: $25,700)
Independence for the Blind, the only nonprofit entirely devoted to educating the blind and visually impaired in Northwest Florida, will utilize grant dollars to build their SOAR (Safe Outdoor Area for Recreation) project. The project will span a half-acre and will be developed into a safe, appropriate place for blind children, teens, and adults to engage in physical activity. Included within the project is the purchasing of custom sports equipment for blind youth, a new watering system, recreational facilities, and three new raised garden beds.
(Category Animals & Environment, Grant Award: $25,700)
Friends of the Escambia County Animal Shelter will purchase a transport van to allow the support organization to transport animals from over-capacity local animal shelters to areas of the country less burdened with pet overpopulation. The transport will connect to the established Puppy Pipeline in Hoover, Alabama, where pets are professionally transported to no-kill shelters in other locations where there is a high demand for adoptable pets.
(Category Health, Wellness & Recreation, Grant Award: $25,700)
Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries will benefit from the purchase of a new state-of-the-art walk-in refrigeration unit to assist in the charity’s mission to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of people suffering from hunger within Pensacola’s Brownsville community and the Pensacola Bay Area. The new unit will greatly reduce food spoilage and will expand the efficiencies of more than 20,000 hot meals annually at their Brownsville facility.
(Category Family & LGBT, Grant Award: $25,700)
With their grant dollars, the Children’s Home Society of Florida will be able to expand their services to care for the thousands of children in the Pensacola Bay Area who are malnourished and alone. Their project will support securing host homes for runaway and homeless youth, including those who have behavior challenges, identify as LGBT, are pregnant, parenting, or human trafficking victims. The project will support a recruiter to participate in outreach and innovative marketing strategies to recruit, secure, and train host families willing to parent homeless youth. Sunday’s Child funding will also provide direct street outreach to area youth.
(Category Arts, Culture & Education, Grant Award: $35,500)
2000 Degrees: A Portable Glass Arts Education Program will allow FCAC to outreach in every direction and to include the maximum number of people in the glass education programs. This is done through the use of a portable glass studio. A fully equipped, portable glass blowing studio can drive to the doorstep of any school, festival or function. The goal of this program is to teach design charrettes and provide educational demonstrations for students and the general public. An increase of public participation by 100% in the first year will be achieved by visiting at least two schools each month throughout the year and by participating in community festival throughout the area.
(Category Family & LGBT, Grant Award: $35,500)
Rapid Re-Housing Project is a project to calm the homeless crisis. Expedition of the re-housing of homeless families and single women is accomplished by providing rent and utilities assistance. The project also focuses on rebuilding client’s problem-solving and decision making skills to make the program sustainable. The result of this project will increase the capacity to serve an increased number of new clients due to the expedited process of re-housing.
*Due to unforeseen circumstances, The Beacon was unable to open their cold-weather shelter. Sunday's Child worked to help them meet their grant obligations (their project was an extension to their shelter) in a timely fashion. Because a new shelter site has not been established, The Beacon has withdrawn from the Sunday's Child grant award of $35,500. No funds were distributed to The Beacon, and as per Sunday's Child polices for unused or defaulted monies, funds will be rolled over to the following grant cycle, 2017.
(Category of Economic Development, Grant Award: $33,125)
Forklift for Pollack Industries will allow the purchase of a new forklift, which will permit adults with disabilities to work and receive a paycheck while providing a service to our community. Pollack Industries, a project of Arc Gateway that employs disabled adults on production contracts, utilizes a team of twelve individuals with disabilities and one non-disabled person to manufacture cement parking bumpers and cement air-conditioning pads for local contractors, businesses, and builders. These cement items, weighing between 200-225 pounds, must be transported from the production areas, loaded onto trucks and delivered to project sites. This cannot be done without the aid of a forklift.
Currently, their forklift is over 20 years old, breaks often, and must be replaced in order to continue providing services. A new forklift would aid in streamlining and expanding production and distribution.
(Category of Family & LGBT, Grant Award $33,125)
Legal Education and Victim Empowerment project, or The L.E.A.V.E., will allow Legal Services of North Florida to hire a staff attorney for one year to develop enhanced advocacy and education tools to support victims of violence and bullying within our community. This attorney will go into our community to educate other providers of their obligations, including school personnel, law enforcement and the courts, our entire community will be elevated to an improved dialogue. The Legal Education and Advocacy for Victim Empowerment (LEAVE) project will give victims and allies legal tools with which to prevent violence and bullying in our families, schools, and entire community. While LEAVE may serve victims of all different experiences, a focus will be placed on LGBTQ youth, LGBTQ relationships, homeless and dependent youth, and youth with disabilities.