Central Florida Foundation Announces Grants to Area Nonprofits

January 16 2019 • CFF Team

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ORLANDO — January 16, 2019 — Central Florida Foundation today announces the grants from its annual grant rounds. The Foundation’s board of directors approved the following projects and nonprofits to receive investments:


  • $8,000 to Bach Festival of Winter Park to train staff on CRM, box office software and for interim marketing and box office support
  • $15,400 to Cornell Fine Arts Museum for its after school program and $7,500 for upgrades to the education gallery
  • $18,750 to Grace Medical Home for medical equipment at its new facility
  • $2,900 to Kids Beating Cancer for the Gaming for Kids Program
  • $20,000 to Pace Center for Girls to lease a van and hire a part-time driver to minimize the daily commute for girls, increase their level of safety and reach more girls for enrollment
  • $20,000 to Salvation Army to remodel the kitchen in the men’s shelter
  • $25,000 last-in match grant to Share the Care for Two Hundred Fifty (250) Days of the Arts for Adult Day Care Centers in partnership with Central Florida Community Arts
  • $20,000 as a challenge grant to Second Harvest Food Bank to expand the Culinary Training & Job Placement Program
  • $5,000 to Winter Park Public Library to expand the “Say it with Art” program

The projects total an investment of up to $142,550 to improve the quality of life in the community.

“Our girls here at PACE navigate so much to get to school, with transportation being the number one hurdle they have to get past,” said Rosene Johnson, executive director of PACE Center for Girls. “With this grant, we can provide our girls with safe, reliable transportation so they can come to PACE to be a part of the services they need to flourish.”

On an annual basis, the Foundation awards approximately $6 million in grants with at least 75% of the grants supporting local nonprofits in Central Florida.

Endowed funds at the Foundation make these annual grant rounds possible. Generous individuals established these funds to help maintain and improve the quality of life in Central Florida forever, with some funds established specifically for Winter Park.

“At Central Florida Foundation, we believe in approaching grant-making with the mindset of an investor to further the impact of these investments in the community,” said president/CEO Mark Brewer.

The grant committee this year included community members: Alexis Pugh, Mark Freid, Jean Siegfried, Rick Baldwin, Rob Thomson, Tom Durkee, Lou and Lee Nimkoff, Julie Tindall, David Torre, James Ekbatani and Marc McMurrin. The committee used Nonprofit Search to research nonprofits and present grant recommendations to the Foundation’s board of directors for approval.

“It’s always educational and interesting to participate in the grant rounds. There are so many worthy and worthwhile nonprofits out there and this provides an opportunity to discover them,” said grant committee member Alexis Pugh.

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About Central Florida Foundation

Central Florida Foundation believes in the power of philanthropy and that thoughtful strategies, combined with a generous community, make Central Florida a place where everyone feels at home. The Foundation works with families focused on giving back, nonprofits and across public and private sectors to bring philanthropy to life. It all began in 1994 as a dream around a table of local, passionate people, and has grown to be one of the community’s most trusted resources. Learn more at www.cffound.org.