GIVING BACK TO PENSACOLA
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
TBA for 2020 grant season
Only those applicants who have submitted an approved Letter of Intent may apply.
They will receive a fillable 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 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)
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
MUST COMPLETE LETTER OF INTENT BY FEBRUARY 15th 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 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 2020.
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 2020.
All finalists will make a presentation at the annual membership meeting in June 2020
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.
2020 grant Applications
Only those charities that have successfully completed a letter of intent by the February, 2019 deadline may apply.