With a goal and vision to restore the mangrove bayou, and an endowment fund to ensure its care for years to come, initial funding for the walkway was catalyzed through the generosity of the Barancik Foundation.
The connection to downtown was made possible thanks to a $50,000 grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation. “The decision focused on how the Legacy Trail can do a lot to help our region,” says Mark Pritchett, president of Gulf Coast. “The chance to help economic development, cultural resources, health and the environment all together: it was easy to do that. It was a no brainer for us.” Pritchett says companies desire to relocate or expand in communities where leadership clearly cares about these kind of quality-of-life elements.
The City of Tarpon Springs has received two $5,000 grants from the Florida Humanities Council (FHC). Both projects are set for completion in 2017.
The Children’s Services Council of Broward County has partnered with Broward County’s SWIM Central program provide a coupon to help off-set the cost of swimming instruction for children and their families. The coupon is redeemable for a Free Learn-to-Swim Course at Driftwood Community Pool. Water Smart Broward works to protect children from drowning fatalities and aquatic related disabilities and injuries by promoting safer behaviors and providing premier, strategic community-wide education within Broward County.
At its annual Spring Grant Reception earlier this week, Manatee Community Foundation awarded more than $148,000 to 43 local organizations including Felts Audubon Preserve, Turning Points, Manatee Library Foundation, Anna Maria Island Community Center and United Way of Manatee County.