Central Florida Foundation Awards Grants to Nonprofits Affected by Hurricane Irma

Fund Invests in Nonprofit Relief from Storm Damages

December 21 2017 • CFF Team


ORLANDO, Fla. (December 21, 2017) Central Florida Foundation activated its Hurricane Irma Relief Fund after the storm to help nonprofits get back to business as usual – allowing these organizations to continue their programs and serve local residents in need.

Today, the Foundation announces the first round of grants to local nonprofits:

  • $3,340 to Central Care Mission of Orlando to replace a damaged roof on one of its transitional housing units.
  • $7,000 to Center for Contemporary Dance to replace the damaged dance floor.
  • $1,500 to Christian HELP to replace generator fuel used during the hurricane.
  • $6,725 to Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida to repair the privacy fence and remove damaged trees.
  • Up to $8,000 to Friends of Casa Feliz to replace a leaded-glass window damaged during the storm.
  • Up to $2,500 to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Central Florida to replace ceiling tiles and repair water damage.
  • $5,460 to Harbor House of Central Florida for removal of damaged trees.
  • $3,000 to Hope Helps to replace food lost during the hurricane or to purchase a generator to use in the event of a future storm.
  • $5,600 to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando for removal of damaged trees.
  • $10,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to cover the increase in fuel and transportation costs due to the storm.
  • $4,750 to Help Now of Osceola to repair the safety/privacy fence.
  • $2,000 to Explorations V Children’s Museum to fix the air conditioner and roof flashing.

The Foundation assessed over 200 nonprofits across Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Volusia, Brevard and Polk counties and found that some organizations had challenges in returning to normal operations due to difficulties in meeting their insurance deductibles. The assessment also showed that despite these challenges, the majority of respondents reported being well prepared for the hurricane.

“Every day, local nonprofits serve our community in countless ways,” said Mark Brewer, president and CEO of Central Florida Foundation. “It has been our privilege to provide assistance to nonprofits that experienced unpredictable damages to their facilities, ultimately disrupting daily operations.”

Notable contributions to the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund include a $100,000 investment from Florida Blue.

“The Hurricane Irma Relief Fund at Central Florida Foundation has greatly enhanced the Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum recovery efforts,” said executive director Susan Omoto. “Sweeping up shattered leaded-glass windows was the easy part, but replacing and restoring the damaged windows requires expertise we could not afford without this assistance.”

To see the full list of contributors and for updates on grants from the Fund, visit www.cffound.org/irma.


About Central Florida Foundation

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