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Grant Information





Grant Information




Letter of Intent - due February 15, 2019

Charity Workshop - on February 4, 2019



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 for, 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 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 defined as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

  • 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 grant funds fully in Escambia and/or Santa Rosa counties

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

  • The total project budget must use 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.

  • Prior grant winners must have completed prior project funding.

  • Each organization will rank their top three choices of grant categories.

  • The Sunday's Child focus area committees will review and evaluate the applicants for quality, contribution significance and inclusivity. This will include research and review as well as a site visit. The designated Contact Person will need to be available to host a site visit to explain the project to the Sunday’s Child Focus Committee on a mutually-agreed upon date in March or April 2019.

  • Up to two applicants(s) from each focus committee are will be selected as a finalist. Organizations will be notified of the results of the focus committee in May 2019.

  • All finalists will make a presentation at the annual membership meeting on June 23, 2019.

  • Sunday’s Child members will vote to determine the award recipients. For this final vote, the winning projects will be selected without regard to grant category.


2019 grant Applications 

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



Letter of Intent to Apply

Letter of Intent to Apply


Letter of Intent To Apply

Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a Sunday’s Child 2019 grant must submit a Letter of Intent to Apply (LOI) online by February 15, 2019. LOIs are reviewed to verify each organization’s eligibility to apply for a grant.

In order to complete the LOI:

1. Tax-exempt Public Charity under IRS Code 501(c)(3): Current listing on IRS Tax Charity Search and copy of Department of Treasury Letter of Determination granting the organization's status as a tax-exempt public charity under IRS Code 501(c)(3).

2. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS): Registered to solicit contributions and annual report is current.

3. Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations: Registered to do business in Florida and 2019 annual report filed.

For links and more information listed see below.

See Letter of Intent to Apply Example


Tax-exempt Public Charity under IRS Code 501(c)(3)

1. Tax-exempt Public Charity under IRS Code 501(c)(3): Current listing on IRS Tax Charity Search and copy of Department of Treasury Letter of Determination granting the organization's status as a tax-exempt public charity under IRS Code 501(c)(3).

Example of a Treasury Letter of Determination


Current registration to solicit contributions.

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS): Registered to solicit contributions and annual report is current.


Current registration to do business in Florida

Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations: Registered to do business in Florida and 2019 annual report filed.

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Grant Cycle Schedule 2019-2020



Grant Cycle Schedule 2019-2020



Important Dates

  • Grant Workshop for Charities- February 4, 2019

  • Letter of Intent-  February 15, 2019

  • Grant Applications- March 22, 2019

  • Finalists Notified- May 31, 2019

  • Recipients Announced- June 23, 2019



Grant Winners

Grant Winners

 grant winners

Since the start of Sunday's Child, more than $330,000 has been awarded to local charities in the Pensacola Bay Area.  See their many successful outcomes and heartfelt testimonials here.

The following are the grant recipient charities and their projects.



OASIS of FLorida

(Category: Health & Wellness, Grant Award: $25,000.00)

OASIS’s Mobile Outreach Unit, which operates out of a discreetly identified RV, is designed to reach people who otherwise might not be tested either in their neighborhoods or at community events. The unit is staffed with trained HIV counselors that can do on-the-spot rapid testing, provide prevention education, and direct people to case management when needed; in short, virtually all of the services provided by OASIS’s main office. Grant funds will be used to expand hours of operation of the mobile unit. It is anticipated that the increased testing numbers will provide the basis for additional state funding which will sustain the Mobile Outreach Program. 


Feeding the Gulfcoast

(Category: Health & Wellness, Grant Award: $25,000.00)

Feeding the Gulf Coast will install a 12’ x 40’ outdoor cooler at its warehouse in Milton, Florida. The cooler will expand their produce storage capacity, allowing it to store an additional 20 pallets of fresh produce each week, with each pallet weighing between 450-750 pounds. The cooler will be located adjacent to its existing facility and will provide for donated produce to be stored in proper temperatures while the staff inspects and sorts the donations for safety.


Capstone Adaptive Learning and therapy

(Category: Arts, Culture, & Education, Grant Award: $25,000.00)

Capstone “Pet Barkery” Program will augment the existing employment/education training program at the Pet Place retail store in Milton. Students who work there will learn skills such as ordering supplies, baking, packaging, selling and marketing items, increasing their chances of later becoming gainfully employed. The “Pet Barkery” will bake home-made pet treats for sale at local farmers’ markets, festivals, businesses, and the new Pet Place pet supply store. Sunday’s Child funds would be used to purchase equipment to outfit the bakery including oven, hood, dishwasher, appliances, curriculum, and training materials.


Pensacola Little Theatre and STAMPED LGBTQ Film Festival

(Category: LGBT, Diversity, & Inclusion, Grant Award: $25,000.00)

The goals of Project Projecting Humanity are to acquire the equipment necessary to present HD-quality films at PLT at a level a patron would expect at a modern movie theater.  It will also provide an opportunity for Pensacola’s LGBT film festival, Stamped, to grow and impact the community with their message as the PLT has committed to providing a venue and use of the new equipment to the Stamped Film Festival at no cost for five (5) years.  The funds will be used for the purchase and installation of a theater-quality projector and screen. 


Manna Food Pantries

(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.


Independence for the Blind

(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.

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Friends of Escambia County Animal Shelter

(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.


Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries

(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.


Children’s Home Society of Florida

(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.


First City Arts Center

(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. 

Read Testimonial from Executive Director of Legal Services of North Florida

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For prospective charities wishing to learn more about Sunday's Child's grant opportunities for 2019.  

  • The Grant Process

  • Grant Requirements

  • Past Recipients

  • Sunday's Child Focus Groups (members of Sunday's Child who review & assess charities/applications during this process)

2019 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.

WHEN: February 4, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Pensacola Library 239 N Spring Street, Meeting Room B

Name *
Numerical Response