Frances Langford’s Fund at the Martin County Community Foundation awards $303,620 in grants
The Martin County Community Foundation announced The Frances Langford Fund for Martin County will award grants totaling $303,620 to seven local non-profits to fund programs in 2018 and 2019. The grants will support work in five categories: literacy, research, social services, training, and vocational education.
“Frances Langford’s generous philanthropy continues to improve the lives of people here in the community she loved so much. Her legacy lives on in Martin County,” said Elizabeth Barbella, President and CEO of the Martin County Community Foundation.
The largest grant, $100,000, will go to Martin County HUGS, a new joint project of Alzheimer’s Community Care and Council on Aging of Martin County, Inc. that will seek to make Martin County a dementia friendly community through a broad based public awareness and education campaign that will involve varied sectors, from law enforcement to retail. The goal is to provide community support for families coping with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
The Ocean Research & Conservation Association will receive a $48,620 grant to fund research to assess the risk of toxin transfer impact from algae blooms on fishing communities, specifically to learn the impact on human health.
Helping People Succeed will receive a $50,000 grant for the second year of its Early Language and Literacy Initiative that aims to increase school readiness in young children and increase critical 3rd grade reading proficiency.
The Banner Lake Club’s BLAST Program, an after-school / out-of-school program, will receive a $35,000 grant to support its teen center and community building initiative.
House of Hope will receive a $35,000 grant to purchase materials for vocational training for unemployed, low wage-earning individuals and struggling families.
Tykes & Teens’ Infant Mental Health program will receive a $25,000 grant for a second year to continue funding the Child Parent Psychotherapy Program that works with parents of children 0 to 5 who have experienced at least one traumatic event.
In its second year, the Martin County Community Foundation Non-Profit Leadership Institute will receive $10,000 to conduct workshops, seminars, lectures and training for non-profit professionals and board members.
The grants were formally awarded at a ceremony May 15 at the Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House in Jensen Beach.
The Martin County Community Foundation was established in 1988 to inspire philanthropists to establish funds to improve lives and enrich communities in Martin County, throughout Florida, and across the United states. The Foundation is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization that increases charitable giving through named funds established by individuals, families, or businesses to support the causes and charitable organizations they care deeply about.