PENSACOLA – Five local charities and nonprofits, ranging from schools to environmental agencies, have received grants from the Gulf Power Foundation totaling more than $ 32,000 to support communities in Northwest Florida.
“The mission of the Gulf Power Foundation is to support our communities where we live and work, and to improve the lives of residents of Northwest Florida,” said Sandy Sims, executive director of the Gulf Power Foundation. “We are honored to be able to provide these grants to help our community and the Gulf Power Foundation is committed to helping build a strong and sustainable region.”
Each quarter, the Gulf Power Foundation accepts grant applications from Northwest Florida charities and nonprofits. The most recent quarterly grant recipients are:
AK Suter Elementary PTA: $ 3,825. AK Suter, a Title 1 public school, will use this grant to purchase Lego Robotics kits. The kits will be used to teach hands-on science lessons that enhance students’ curiosity and science skills.
Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC): $ 8,500. The grant will support Science Saturdays, which is a hands-on science program for grades 3 through 6 students, with events every month during the school year. Each month features a different science topic with an emphasis on engaging science opportunities for local youth, with the aim of contributing to their increased enthusiasm and motivation for science in school.
Alliance of Long Leaves: $ 10,000. The cogongrass is an invasive species that poses a significant threat to swamp pine ecosystems. This grant will help expand control of cogongrass in the landscape of the Gulf Coast Plain Ecosystem Partnership (GCPEP). The Longleaf Alliance is currently focused on the area around Blackwater River State Park, all of Northwest Florida’s river corridors, and opportunities for private landowners in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa counties. Walton and Okaloosa.
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation: $ 5,000. The foundation partners with veteran support groups and local military installations to provide creative therapeutic and resilient opportunities for active-duty military members and veterans with visible and invisible injuries. The Warrior Arts program includes the Zentangle method of drawing which promotes mindfulness and relaxation, improvisational comedy workshops for resilience, communication, team building, and painting classes held in a therapy group.
YMCA of Northwest Florida: $ 5,000. With this grant, the YMCA purchased a BEAM Projector Activity System. A BEAM projection play solution system turns any space into an immersive play experience or an interactive playground for kids. The BEAM mounts to the ceiling and projects images and games onto the floor and walls, encouraging children to be active as they run and jump on the projected images. It also helps in the development of the brain and motor skills.