Community Foundation for Brevard Awards $164,578 to Strengthen Brevard Communities

The Foundation awarded grants to 35 community organizations in 2021 competitive grant process.

MELBOURNE, Fla., (May 13, 2021)On behalf of its donors, the Community Foundation for Brevard awarded 35 local agencies competitive grants in the amount of $164,578 that will contribute to numerous programs and services benefiting Brevard County. 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.

“Through generous contributions from our community and fund holders, we are thrilled to provide increased critical financial support through our competitive grants program to nonprofits serving Brevard,” said Community Foundation for Brevard’s President & CEO Theresa Grimison. “We know this support will help our community thrive, now and in the future.”

2021 competitive grant funds were awarded to:

  • Aging Matters in Brevard to support technology upgrades.
  • AMIKids (Melbourne Center for Personal Growth) to provide clothes to at-risk youth undergoing residential treatment for substance abuse and offender rehabilitation.
  • Brevard Achievement Center to provide Brevard’s Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students and adults with disabilities from BAC’s Day Program accessibility to creative experiences that include art, music and physical activities in a virtual setting.
  • Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation to provide non-emergency medical transportation for Brevard County seniors.
  • Brevard County Legal Aid to provide legal services for active-duty military, veterans, and their families through the Mission United Legal Program.
  • Brevard Cultural Alliance to support artist residencies at 12-15 different schools during the 2021-22 school year, providing 30-50 instructional hours per residency, and serving an average of 150 students per school.
  • Brevard Humane Society for improvements to low cost spay/neuter and wellness clinic including lighting in the surgery suite, a new microscope for analysis, and a bathing system to prepare animals for surgery.
  • Brevard Schools Foundation to purchase supplies to aid in the packing, storage, and delivery of school supplies, hygiene and PPE kits 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.
  • Brevard Zoo for the expansion of the Family Nature Club program focusing on special needs audiences and underserved populations.
  • 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 crisis counseling and intervention for 150 at-risk children attending Endeavour’s STREaM summer camp designed to prevent summer slide and obstacles inhibiting academic success.
  • Club Esteem to provide resources and direct program support for on-site and virtual programming helping middle and high school students achieve academic and personal success.
  • Daily Bread to support the Housing Assistance Project which assists and empowers those unsheltered to transition into stable housing.
  • Eastern Florida State College Foundation for purchase of a new x-ray machine and disposable supplies to use with digital radiographs for student education and patient treatment in the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs.
  • Evans Center to support the “Eat The Rainbow Action Lab” program which uses food coupons to incentivize participants to attend nutrition and education action labs where they learn how to cook healthy and on a budget.
  • Family Promise of Brevard to deliver ‘Keys to Good Tenancy’ curriculum designed to help stabilize 360 Brevard residents experiencing a housing crisis by teaching skills necessary to be good tenants.
  • Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary to build additional pre-release enclosures to accommodate the increased number of patients.
  • Groundswell Startups for scholarship funds for the Idea Stage Accelerator Program.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Brevard to support new homeownership classes that teach home maintenance, simple repair, and documentation crucial to first-time Habitat homeowners.
  • Junior Achievement of the Space Coast to support the JA Company Program Pop Up at Palm Bay Magnet High School and Astronaut High School and the possible expansion to other Title 1 high schools.
  • LEAD Brevard for scholarship funding for the 2022 Board Governance ‘best practices’ board governance workshop for Brevard’s nonprofits.
  • Links of Hope to fund eight parenting, nine anger management, four DIGNITY, and six GED classes at the Brevard County Jail Complex and to purchase a computer used for the program’s database.
  • Love INC of Brevard to provide mental health counseling for low-income clients participating in the Comprehensive Transformation Program.
  • Native Heritage Gathering to support the presentation of the 13th Annual Native Rhythms Festival in November 2021.
  • Neighbor Up Brevard to provide physical fitness instructors for The DOCK’s 8-week “Healthy Bodies & Healthy Minds” program and bi-weekly dance/martial arts classes for low-to-moderate income youth.
  • Promise in Brevard to purchase commercial exercise equipment for the Promise Fitness Center, where 125 adults with special needs will have the opportunity to exercise and improve their long-term health.
  • Sea Turtle Conservancy to launch Sea Turtle TECH and STEM Mentorship Programs to train underrepresented students in skills to protect sea turtles, the Carr Refuge and important coastal habitats statewide.
  • Serene Harbor to provide laptops to domestic violence victims with a demonstrated financial need and to provide scholarships for computer skills courses through Eastern Florida State Ed2Go curriculum.
  • South Brevard Sharing Center to support families exiting homelessness achieve stability by providing support such as traveler’s aid, medical assistance, rent and utilities, security deposits, and other move-in costs.
  • South Brevard Women’s Center to provide counseling services through a telehealth platform to individuals in crisis.
  • SPCA of Brevard to assist low income families and their pets with free basic core vaccinations, spay/neuter surgeries, and microchipping for both dogs and cats.
  • St, Francis Reflections to expand COVID-safe, outdoor group activities designed to support children suffering from grief.
  • 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.
  • Wheelchairs 4 Kids to provide wheelchairs and/or home and vehicle modifications and other assistive and therapeutic equipment for children in Brevard who have been denied services by Medicaid.

The Community Foundation greatly appreciates the 53 volunteer review members, our grant committee, and 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 Brevard 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 $21 million in grants and scholarships to advance the vitality of Brevard and beyond. We invite you to join us.

View the 2021 Giving Together Catalog

You can help grow grantmaking resources for our community in several ways:

  • Starting your own fund is quick and easy,
  • Give to our Better Together Fund which allows the Community Foundation to respond to innovative projects and changing community needs and helps fund proposals through our Competitive Grant Program, or
  • Donate to one of our other Specialty Funds.