Community Foundation Awards $172,250 to Strengthen Brevard County Communities

The Foundation awarded grants to 37 community organizations in 2020 competitive grant process.

MELBOURNE, Fla., (June 10, 2020)On behalf of its donors, the Community Foundation for Brevard awarded 30 local agencies competitive grants in the amount of $127,833 that will contribute to numerous programs and services benefiting Brevard County residents. The annual competitive grant program supports a range of causes including, education, food and shelter, the arts, underserved children and adults, health and wellness, animal welfare, and conservation.

“This year has been especially challenging for our nonprofit community,” said Community Foundation for Brevard’s President & CEO Theresa Grimison. “We knew priorities had shifted, programs had to be canceled or postponed and that we needed to be flexible. As a result, we surveyed each of the organizations that would be awarded grants to ensure they could still use the funds as intended or allowed for flexibility. Our challenges in Brevard County are complex but we’re inspired by organizations and people coming together in this time of crisis to lift up and strengthen communities through relief and recovery efforts.”

2020 competitive grant funds were awarded to:

  • Aging Matters in Brevard for equipment to support the Meals on Wheels and Seniors at Lunch programs.
  • Brevard Achievement Center to provide fuel for six accessible vehicles for BAC’s transportation program.
  • Brevard County Legal Aid to secure permanent protective orders from the court for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.
  • Brevard Cultural Alliance to support artist residencies at 12-15 different schools during the 2020-21 school year, providing 30-50 instructional hours per residency, and serving an average of 150 students per school.
  • Brevard Humane Society for the development of Heavenly Paws Memorial Sanctuary.
  • Brevard Schools Foundation to purchase laptops and a donation collection bin for the Supply Zone.
  • Brevard Symphony Orchestra to broaden the horizon of every 5th grade student in Brevard County by attending a special Brevard Symphony Orchestra concert.
  • Candlelighters of Brevard to support the Treatment Center Allotment Fund to assist children diagnosed with cancer and their families who must travel for medical treatment.
  • Children’s Home Society of Florida for counseling and intervention for 150 at-risk children attending the Endeavour STEaM summer camp. If summer camps are cancelled due to social distancing, will provide crisis counseling to at-risk Endeavor students via telehealth.
  • Children’s Hunger Project to provide healthy packages of food to kids that are hungry or malnourished and who might otherwise go hungry on weekends during the school year.
  • Club Esteem to expand services to 20 additional students providing the tools, resources, and direct program support needed to achieve academic and personal success at the middle-school and high school level
  • Daily Bread to assist clients with needed prescriptions as part of the total Medical Care Coordination Program
  • Brevard Zoo as a result of COVID-19, funds will go toward operations to include the care and maintenance of over 90 animals and the staff that are responsible for their care.
  • Eastern Florida State College Foundation to support new dental equipment for student education and patient treatment for the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs.
  • Family Promise of Brevard to provide short-term emergency shelter and meals to homeless families with children, while they are transitioning back into stable housing.
  • Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary to purchase four incubators for the busy baby wildlife season.
  • Friends of Children of Brevard County to provide COVID-19 related assistance to the caregivers of the nearly 900 children in their program; including, food, diapers, clothing, toiletries, and electronics to participate in e-learning.
  • LEAD Brevard for scholarship funding for the 2021 Board Governance ‘best practices’ education program for Brevard’s nonprofits.
  • Links of Hope to fund 7 Parenting, 9 Anger Management, 2 DIGNITY (batterer’s Intervention) and 6 GED classes at the Brevard County Jail Complex.
  • Love INC of Brevard for 142 hours of mental health counseling for clients in need.
  • Marine Resources Council of East Florida to launch a teacher training program for high school teachers tied to the LagoonWatch citizen-scientist water quality program.
  • Melbourne Center for Personal Growth to purchase a commercial, reach in refrigerator.
  • Melbourne Municipal Band Association to purchase band and jazz music composed by women to be used for two concerts commemorating International Women’s Month.
  • Neighbor Up Brevard for 45 weeks of cooking instructions and supplies for the Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds program.
  • New Life Mission (formerly Brevard Rescue Mission) to support the immediate living needs of 13 families with housing and other program support as they transition to self-sufficiency.
  • Rolling Readers Space Coast to purchase quality hardcover books for the annual give-away.
  • Sea Turtle Conservancy to support the annual “Tour de Turtles” educational event.
  • Sea Turtle Preservation Society for educational trucks to be used by Brevard teachers to educate students about sea turtles and the effects of beach lighting on their environment.
  • SPCA of Brevard to assist low income families and their pets with free basic core vaccinations, spay/neuter surgeries, microchipping and pet food for both dogs and cats.
  • Walk on Water Ministries of Central Florida to offset the cost of vetting, dental, feeding and supply services for rescued animals used in animal-assisted therapy.

The Community Foundation has also granted an additional $44,420 through Donor Advised Funds to organizations who scored highly and were included in our 2020 Giving Together Catalog of grant opportunities for our fund holders.

The Foundation greatly appreciates the 50 volunteer review committee members, including our board of directors, for their careful scoring and thoughtful deliberations that guided these grant award decisions.

These grants would not be possible without the many individuals and families who have established charitable funds in support of making our region a better place for all. There are many tax and other advantages in establishing a fund with the Community Foundation. In addition to its competitive grants program, the Foundation has awarded more than $20.7M in grants and scholarships to advance the vitality of Brevard and beyond. We invite you to join us.

About Community Foundation for Brevard

Since 1981 the Community Foundation for Brevard has served as a resource and leader for philanthropic individuals and organizations to enhance and sustain Brevard County’s quality of life. An independent, 501(c)(3) organization, the foundation manages funds for the philanthropic community with the goal of providing a perpetual source of income for charitable causes while protecting the investment. For more information, call 321-752-5505 or visit