The Central Florida Foundation has awarded nearly $40,000 in grants from its fall Winter Park Community Foundation grant round. Students from Rollins College participated in the process, for a second time, as mentees of the Winter Park Community Foundation Advisory Committee. The students are undergraduates enrolled in a one-of-a-kind course called “Impact Investing”. The Advisory Committee worked with the students to design capacity-building grant recommendations to organizations in Winter Park. The students presented the recommendations to the Foundation’s board of directors.
The grants awarded are focused on the capacity needs of each organization and include: $12,000 to Conductive Education Center of Orlando for technology equipment for classrooms and to support parent workshops; $5,202 to the Winter Park Public Library for technology and equipment for older adult education and as an enhancement to its circulation material; $12,500 to Foundation for Foster Children to support a new mentoring program; $7,000 to Welbourne Ave Nursery & Kindergarten for APPLE Accreditation and technology and equipment to increase efficiencies in operations; $3,000 to Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida as a 2 to 1 challenge grant for marketing, with a focus on minority populations.
To qualify for the Winter Park Community Foundation grant round, organizations have to be located in the City of Winter Park, or its vicinity, and have a Reviewed portrait in the Foundation’s Nonprofit Search. The Winter Park Community Foundation grants are supported by some of the more than 400 funds that the Central Florida Foundation manages.