The members of IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida voted and announced the 2017 grant winners for 2017, awarding four $102,000 grants.
Representatives of each nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in Okaloosa and Walton counties named as a finalist were present as well as IMPACT 100 officers and members. The finalists were selected from the following five categories: Arts and Culture, Education, Environment, Health and Recreation and Family.
The following grant winners will be awarded $102,000 each to be used toward betterment of their cause:
Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) provides child friendly facilities in Okaloosa and Walton counties to help children overcome the trauma of abuse. Child Safety Matters is a child abuse prevention curriculum used statewide except in three counties, two of which are Okaloosa and Walton. ECCAC’s proposed Child Abuse Prevention Program would bring this curriculum to Okaloosa and Walton counties as part of a comprehensive child abuse education program targeting adults and children of all ages.
Emerald Coast Science Center’s (ECSC) mission is to inspire and grow a scientifically engaged community. ECSC’s proposal would renovate two classrooms into an immersive, interactive learning environment to run SMALLab Learning technologies utilizing motion-capture to track students’ 3D movements as they learn concepts like physics, chemistry, and even language. Renovations would include new flooring, furniture, plumbing, HVAC, ceiling, lighting, and electrical improvements as well as asbestos abatement.
Fresh Start for Children & Families provides a comprehensive educational, vocational, and economic housing program to help homeless families achieve self-sufficiency. The proposed Fresh Start Family Activity Center would provide a supervised place for children to socialize and play while parents pursue training and education goals. The grant would fund a multipurpose building, ADA-compliant playground, recreational play pad, walking path, garden boxes, fencing, lighting, and utilities.
OTHERS of Destin serves individuals and families faced with a wide range of challenges including poverty, homelessness and job loss. Services are tailored to meet client needs using a holistic approach focused toward self-sufficiency. OTHERS operates out of a church and needs dedicated office space. The grant would fund a modular office building with four offices, two restrooms, and waiting area/classroom space and would cover associated expenses for permitting, placement, and utility hookup.