Community Foundation Awards Over $3 Million in Grants to Nonprofits in Palm Beach and Martin Counties

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (July 31, 2014) – “Building a sense of community” is one of the guiding principles of the grantmaking at the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The Foundation’s board of directors recently approved $3.1 million in grants to 38 nonprofit organizations in the two-county region. The funding priorities for this year’s competitive grants included affordable housing, arts and culture, the environment and hunger. Collectively, the Foundation will provide more than $7 million in grants and scholarship in its 2013-2014 fiscal year.

“This was a particularly exciting year for our grantmaking,” said Brad Hurlburt, president and CEO of the Foundation. “Market improvements provided a greater return on our endowment, which is what we use for our competitive and responsive grant funding. This increase allowed us to focus on several areas of need in our community, instead of just one or two. We were also able to take some chances on a few unique, creative projects that have the potential to really impact the community in a positive way.”

Grants were awarded through several charitable funds at the Foundation, including the MacArthur Foundation Housing Initiative; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund; The Environmental Fund; and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund. The grant cycle opened last fall and the process includes letters of inquiry; invitations for full proposals; site visits; committee evaluations and scoring; and final recommendations to the Community Foundation board in May.

“One of the strengths of any community foundation is its local knowledge. We look for gaps in nonprofit funding and try to fill those needs through our grantmaking,” said Debbie Pucillo, outgoing board chair. “For example, our housing initiative focuses on building, providing or preserving affordable rental housing in the community. Research shows that renting property is a critical step for homeless residents to get back on their feet, and to ultimately becoming a home owner. We have invested in several projects this year that will address this issue with tangible results.”

Competitive and responsive grants are only one part of the Foundation’s annual grantmaking. Most grants are directed by donors to the causes they care about. The Foundation also has nearly 100 scholarship funds, making it one of the largest providers of scholarships in the two counties. This year, the organization awarded more than $730,000 to 83 local high school students.

“We’re looking forward to supporting our grantees through all phases of their projects,” added Hurlburt. “From a new youth choir in The Glades and an environmental conservation project, to the rehabilitation of a 32-bed emergency shelter and transitional housing for victims of domestic abuse and their children – we all share a common mission to build a sense of community.”

For more information on the grants program, or about establishing a charitable fund at the Community Foundation, please call 561-659-6800 or visit

Here are the 2013-2014 grantees by category:

                                  2013-2014 Community Impact Grants                           $2,793,669.00


AFFORDABLE HOUSING                                                                                                     $1,680,753.00 

Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Inc.                          $205,000.00 
Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse                                         $105,771.00 
Community Land Trust of Palm Beach County, Inc.          $50,000.00 
Community Partners Group                                                   $217,000.00 
H.A.C.E.R Ministry Group                                                        $55,000.00 
Habitat for Humanity of Martin County Inc.                           $35,500.00 
Indiantown Non-Profit Housing, Inc.                                     $122,914.00 
Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.                    $119,100.00 
Neighborhood Renaissance                                                 $119,100.00 
Pathways to Prosperity, Inc.                                                   $10,000.00 
Place of Hope                                                                           $216,368.00 
The ARC of Martin County                                                      $125,000.00 
The Lord's Place, Inc.                                                             $255,000.00 
The Salvation Army of Martin County                                   $45,000.00
Funded by MacArthur Foundation Housing Initiative

ARTS & CULTURE                                                                                                           $642,216

Boys & Girls Club of Martin County                                       $60,216.00 
Education Foundation of Martin County                               $55,000.00 
Flamingo Clay Studio, Inc.                                                      $51,000.00 
Glades Historical Society, Inc.                                               $45,000.00 
Palm Beach Opera, Inc.                                                          $134,400.00 
Street Beat, Inc.                                                                         $119,100.00 
The Arts Council, Inc.                                                               $12,500.00 
Young Singers of the Palm Beaches                                   $165,000.00
Funded by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund

ENVIRONMENT                                                                                                     $370,700.00 

Florida Atlantic University Foundation, Inc.                        $25,000.00 
Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park, Inc.                     $55,700.00 
Palm Beach Atlantic University                                            $50,000.00 
South Florida Science Museum                                          $75,000.00 
Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches                           $165,000.00
Funded by the Environmental Fund and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund

ALLEVIATE HUNGER                                                                                                           $100,000.00

Palm Beach County Food Bank                                        $100,000.00
Funded by the Community Impact Fund; Sheldon B. Ackerman Fund; Robert A. Butler Estate and Dr. Richard H. Butler Fund; Julian and Eunice S. Cohen Fund; Mary D. Fisher Fund; Marcelle Hull Littelle Fund; Alfred and Elizabeth Kay Memorial Fund; Daniel J. Mahoney, Jr. Fund; C. Charles Marran Charitable Fund; and the Allan E. and Carol T. Shore Fund 

                                                  2013/2014                                                                               KNIGHT FOUNDATION GRANTS                          $265,000

Club 100 Charities                                                             $50,000.00   
El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center                         $105,000.00   
The Paragon Foundation, Inc.                                          $110,000.00                           
Funded by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund

                                                  2013/2014                                                                                 FIELD OF INTEREST GRANT AWARDS                          $62,865

Bethesda Hospital Foundation                                                                        $20,000.00                                
(Richard and Helen Grant Fund)
EcoArt South Florida                                                                                           $8,500.00    
(Thomas Ladue McGinty Memorial Environmental Fund)
Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast                 $1,265.00       
(John Giba Youth Leadership Fund)
Sickle Cell Foundation of Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast, Inc. $1,600.00
(Cliff Williams Youth Recreation Fund)
The Children’s Healing Institute                                                                     $10,000.00
(Hendry and Mildred Baldwin Endowment Fund and Jack Taylor Fund for Abused and Neglected Children)
The Milagro Center                                                                                          $18,000.00           
(Mosaic Fund)
The Institute for Regional Conservation                                                      $3,500.00
(Thomas Ladue McGinty Memorial Environmental Fund)


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