This year, Empower Polk grants once again focus on capacity-building. This means funding aimed at bringing nonprofits to the next level of operational and organizational maturity and helping them more effectively advance their mission into the future.
Impact Polk is an annual competitive, donor-directed grant program of the GiveWell Community Foundation with the goal of addressing community needs throughout Polk County.
$600,000 in pandemic relief funding has been granted from the GiveWell Community Foundation and United Way of Central Florida’s relief fund since March.
GiveWell Community Foundation and United Way of Central Florida are pleased to offer a second round of Request for Proposals (RFP) from the United Community Relief Fund (UCRF). Applications are due by midnight on Monday, August 3, 2020
An investment from the Yardley, England, Trimmer, and Orlich Charities Fund at Central Florida Foundation provides medical care for Winter Haven residents.
Twenty-nine local nonprofits received capacity-building funding from GiveWell Community Foundation's Empower Polk 2020 grant cycle.
Announcing the initial round of United Community Relief Fund grant recipients. In total, more than $300,000 was awarded to 34 nonprofit organizations.
GiveWell Community Foundation and United Way of Central Florida are pleased to offer a Request for Proposals (RFP) from the United Community Relief Fund (UCRF). Applications are due by midnight on Monday April 13, 2020.
Funding from an Empower Polk 2019 grant allows Parker Street Ministries to make important organizational improvements and provide staff training.
With funding from an Empower Polk grant, Cornerstone Hospice Foundation purchased medical devices for patients care and staff training
Learn how an Empower Polk grant is helping Lakeland Community Theatre offer more services, improve production quality, and create a safer, more inclusive environment for staff and performers.
A grant from the Yardley, England, Trimmer, and Orlich Charities Fund at the Central Florida Foundation will help Angels Care Center of Eloise care for sick and injured residents in Winter Haven.
The Community Foundation is pleased to announce that $499,647 has been awarded to 69 nonprofit organizations through Impact Polk 2019.
Victory Ridge Academy's “Summer Camp for Children with Special Needs” program provides daily educational and therapeutic activities designed to help prepare students for the upcoming school year.
Central Florida Health Care and Angels Care Center of Eloise were awarded grants through the Yardley, England, Trimmer, and Orlich Charities Fund at the Central Florida Foundation for the care of sick and injured residents in the greater Winter Haven area who are unable to financially obtain medical care.
In July, GiveWell Community Foundation had the joy of presenting Bright Threads Ministries with an Impact Polk grant to fund their training video project: “Casting Out Fear: Volunteers & Kids with Special Needs.”
There are more 3,793 homeless students enrolled in the Polk County School Systems. These children have access to free breakfast and lunch at school, but to a homeless child, the weekend is often two days of worry and insufficient food. Proper nutrition is vital to the growth and educational development of children.
Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation The Job Training Internship is a six-month opportunity made available to four at-risk women living in the Parker Street Neighborhood who are pursing economic stability and...
Thanks to generous, caring donors in our community and beyond, GiveWell Community Foundation was able to assist with medium- to long-term disaster recovery efforts through the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund.
The YMCA of West Central Florida's "Kindergarten Learn to Swim" program is a two-week, interactive water safety and education program, incorporating personal water safety, awareness in and around water, and swimming skills.
In the difficult adolescent years, Young Life comes alongside teens offering hope, encouragement, and for many, light in a dark place. Young Life introduces kids to a faith-based community of adults who will mentor them and be a steady force in their lives. Young Life is for EVERY kid regardless of their background.
Impact Polk 2017: Child Care Executive Partnership Program by Early Learning Coalition of Polk County
Impact Polk grant through the Community Foundation’s Grants Committee Child Care Executive Partnership (CCEP) is a program that partners with local child care providers and area businesses and donors to raise funds matched by the state to provide early education...
STARLAB is a portable planetarium appropriate for all ages and is a great resource for teaching astronomy, meteorology, mythology, weather, plate tectonics, navigation, moon phases, ocean currents, and so much more.
Impact Polk grant through the Community Foundation’s Grants Committee The Adaptive Program: Golf and Unique Actions is an inclusive program for youth and adults with special needs. This program allows children and adults to participate in activities at the YMCA...
WINTER HAVEN - The students of Elbert Elementary School in Winter Haven were visited by 14 special guests from Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) on September 13th. Those guests included two friendly outreach instructors and 12 exciting robots. MOSI's...
Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation
The Free Teacher Market serves Polk public and charter school teachers by giving them a place to “shop” free of charge, for student and classroom supplies.
Polk Education Foundation received an Impact Polk Grant for "Building Better Readers," a program of Our AmeriCorps Polk Reads, to provide a tutor team that will serve approximately 400 low performing K-3 students on their reading level to build on their reading skills and reach performance measures for their appropriate grade.
Stuff the Bus is a back to school campaign coordinated by The Lakeland Kiwanis Charitable Foundation, Inc. This project is in its 15th year and has been replicated by many other community organizations throughout Polk County and beyond.
This is a high-poverty community and many of the residents live from paycheck to paycheck. This project provides short term assistance with rent/mortgage, utility, food, and personal items such as adult pull-ups or diapers for low income families experiencing a temporary financial crisis.
Throughout each school day, students at Our Children's Academy receive both academic instruction and therapeutic interventions in the classroom.
SPCA Florida’s Guardian Angel Program provides uncompensated medical care for pet-related illnesses and support of adoption preparation. The Guardian Angel Program goal is to ensure every animal requiring medical attention has access to necessary treatments.
The Lakeland Police Athletic / Activities League, Inc. (Lakeland PAL) Youth Teen Summer Program offers three distinct components focusing on at-risk youth from Lakeland's most impoverished, crime-ridden neighborhoods who are at risk of delinquency, crime, and gang recruiting during the summer months when school is not in.
The Imagination Library provides children who might not otherwise have any books, the opportunity to explore brand new books with their parents, building school readiness skills.
Impact Polk 2017: “Bridge the Gap to School Readiness – My Own Library” by United Way of Central Florida’s Family Fundamentals
Bridge the Gap to School Readiness - My Own Library receives Impact Polk 2017 grant through Grants Committee Bridge the Gap to School Readiness is a five-day a week program specifically designed to teach and model outcome based activities preparing children to...
Explorations V Children’s Museum received an Impact Polk 2017 grant for their “ACE” Achievers Camp at Explorations.
CareerSource Polk Board of Directors received an Impact Polk Grant for their “Gentleman’s Institute Program.”
Funded by an Impact Polk grant by the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation Jaylen, of Jaylen’s Challenge Foundation, stopped by our office with his sister Nina to receive an Impact Polk grant for his new program "Polk's Bully-Free Schools...
Funded by an Impact Polk grant by the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation Parenting with PRIDE is an exciting program within Peace River Center using the evidence-based practice known as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) in a “play...
Impact Polk Grant Makes Safety and Comfort Improvements Possible for Alliance for Independence Alliance for Independence (AFI)'s Carleton Group Home's residents can now move a little more freely and safely thanks to a $13,895 grant from the George W. Jenkins Fund...
Tips for submitting an Impact Polk application These tips from our Grants Manager, Johnna Martinez, are personal suggestions for consideration and are, by no means, a guarantee for receiving funding. Brief Project Description: This is the first thing that the...
Nonprofit organizations who do work in Polk County and are in good standing as described in Section §170(b)(1)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code are invited to apply for a grant from the GiveWell Community Foundation's Impact Polk Grant Program. The Impact Polk...