John Attaway, GWCF President/CEO, presenting grant checks to Early Learning Coalition and Idols Aside Minsitries.

More than $835,000 in grants have been awarded by the George W. Jenkins Fund through Impact Polk 2022.

LAKELAND, FL (May 11, 2022) – GiveWell Community Foundation (GWCF) is pleased to announce that a total of $835,509 has been awarded to 83 nonprofit organizations through the Impact Polk 2022 grant cycle. Impact Polk is GWCF’s annual competitive, donor-directed grant program with the goal of addressing community needs throughout Polk County. Impact Polk grants often support a broad range of needs, such as animal welfare, arts and culture, education, and health and human services. To learn more about this grant cycle, please visit impactpolk.org.

501(c)(3) organizations serving in Polk County were invited to apply for Impact Polk 2022 funding from September 10 – October 4, 2021. The Foundation received 134 applications requesting a total of more than $2 million. The George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation selected the following organizations and programs to receive full or partial funding through Impact Polk 2022:

  • 1st Veterans’ Kids Care’s Youth Eyecare Services program received $5,000.
  • A Woman’s Choice’s Teen Impact Summer Abstinence Education program received $5,000.
  • Aerospace Center for Excellence’s Able Flight Training for Disabled Individuals program received $5,000.
  • Anchor House Ministries’ Transition to Success program received $12,000.
  • Better Tomorrows’ After-School program received $2,000.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay’s Comprehensive One-to-One Mentoring program received $10,000.
  • Bok Tower Gardens’ Bok for All program received $10,000.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk County’s Increasing the Hope Trajectory for Polk Co. Kids program received $20,000.
  • Bruised But Not Destroyed’s Self Sufficiency Housing program received $5,000.
  • Camp Fire U.S.A. Sunshine Council’s Vacation Station Outreach program received $14,037.
  • Center for Independent Living in Central Florida’s Project SEARCH program received $5,000.
  • Central Florida Health Care’s Davenport Center Dental Home received $10,000.
  • Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center’s Hearing Health Screenings for Newborns and Children program received $18,700.
  • Central Florida Youth in Agriculture’s Showcase Educational Displays program received $5,000.
  • Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Parents as Partners Continuation and Enhancement program received $16,916.
  • Cypress Junction Montessori’s Early Education Scholarship Fund program received $10,000.
  • Destiknee Place’s Helping Pre- and Post-Incarcerated Women Regain Their Lives for a Brighter Future program received $5,000.
  • Dream Center of Lakeland’s Roof Repair for Food/Clothing Pantry and Outreach Center program received $14,900.
  • Early Learning Coalition of Polk County’s School Readiness Match program received $10,000.
  • Faith in Action North Lakeland’s Great Opportunity to Serve our Ailing Seniors program received $15,000.
  • FAM Church’s Migrant Children After School program received $20,000.
  • Family Literacy Academy at Lake Wales’s Art for At-Risk Preschoolers and School Age Children program received $5,000.
  • First Friday Kids Support Group’s Weekend Backpack program received $5,000.
  • Florida Baptist Children’s Homes’ Child Welfare Prevention program received $10,000.
  • Florida Children’s Museum’s Museums for All program received $20,000.
  • Florida Dance Theatre’s Passport To The Arts/Chance to Dance program received $20,000.
  • Florida Southern College’s Helping Polk Co. Students with Dyslexia Become Effective Writers program received $5,000.
  • Frostproof Dawgs’ Literacy for Athletes program received $3,000.
  • Girl Scouts of West Central Florida’s Girl Scout Equity Initiative program received $10,000.
  • Greater Tampa Bay Area Council Boy Scouts of America’s School-Based Scouting program received $9,245.
  • Habitat for Humanity of East Polk County’s Sponsorship Build program received $10,000.
  • Healthy Start Coalition of Hardee, Highlands & Polk Counties’ Beds 4 Babies Project received $15,000.
  • Heartland for Children’s Creating Safety and Security for Children in Child Welfare System program received $19,955.
  • HELP of Fort Meade’s Home Security = Our Shelter/Our Nourishment program received $20,000.
  • Hero Revolution’s If I Believe, I Can Achieve My Dreams program received $10,000.
  • Idols Aside Ministries’ Sons without Fathers program received $19,800.
  • Junior League of Greater Lakeland’s Clothe Our Community program received $5,000.
  • Lake Aurora Christian Camp & Retreat Center’s Summer Camp Scholarships for East Polk Co. Youth program received $6,000.
  • Lake Wales Arts Council’s 2022 Summer Arts Camp program received $5,000.
  • Lakeland Community Theatre’s Out of the Box Theatre Troupe received $10,000.
  • Lakeland Habitat for Humanity’s Neighbor Helping Neighbor program received $15,000.
  • Lakeland Kiwanis Charitable Foundation’s Stuff the Bus 2022 program received $2,500.
  • Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine’s Steps to Good Health program received $19,996.
  • Lakes Education Action Drive’s 2022 Getting Kids Outside program received $4,200.
  • Learning Resource Center of Polk County’s Camp READY! program received $18,394.
  • LifeChoice Pregnancy Resource Center’s Earn While You Learn Parenting program received $5,000.
  • Lighthouse Ministries’ Adult Learning Center Upgrade Project program received $19,000.
  • Magnolia Montessori Academy’s School Lunch program received $5,000.
  • Meals on Wheels of Polk County’s Angel Meal & Reduced Cost Program/Kitchen Expansion received $15,000.
  • Mulberry Community Service’s Meeting Community Needs One Family at a Time program received $5,000.
  • Museum of Science & Industry’s MOSI in Motion program received $7,500.
  • Narrow Path Outreach’s After School and Summer Learning program received $10,000.
  • Options for Women Pregnancy Help Clinic’s Community Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing program received $5,000.
  • Parker Street Ministries’ Dreamers Who Do program received $5,000.
  • Parkview Medical Clinic’s Patient Referral Navigator program received $5,000.
  • Platform Art’s PlatformKids 2022/2023 program received $10,000.
  • Police Athletic League of Lakeland’s 30-Days of STEM-ulation & Mentoring program received $10,000.
  • Polk County Toys for Tots’ U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign received $2,500.
  • Polk Education Foundation’s AmeriCorps program received $15,000.
  • Polk State College Foundation’s Mindful Path Project program received $7,500.
  • Polk Vision’s Know and Grow program received $10,000.
  • Public Education Partnership of Winter Haven’s Advanced Curriculum and Academies program received $4,000.
  • READ Lakeland’s Transportable Literacy Connection program received $2,000.
  • Removing the Barriers Initiative’s Heroes & Friends Buddy Adventures program received $4,200.
  • Ritz Theatre 100’s Bringing the Ritz into the Future program received $19,866.
  • Robin Nable Wagman Against All Odds Scholarship Foundation’s Against All Odds Scholarships program received $5,000.
  • Salvation Army of West Polk County’s Tutoring for Homeless Children program received $10,000.
  • Self Excel’s Personal & Professional Development program received $10,000.
  • Solar and Energy Loan Fund’s Rebuilding and Empowering Underserved Communities program received $5,000.
  • Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Guide and Service Dog Alumni Support program received $10,000.
  • SPCA Florida’s Spay/Neuter for Polk County’s Pets program received $20,000.
  • Step It Up Ministries’ Operation Homefront program received $10,000.
  • The Haley Center’s Electronic Medical Record Implementation program received $18,000.
  • The Mission of Winter Haven’s Feed the Need 2022 program received $20,000.
  • The Toby Center for Family Transitions’ Preserving Family Ties program received $10,000.
  • The Veterans Ranch’s Equine Therapy program received $5,000.
  • TLC PetSnip’s Spay Polk program received $7,000.
  • Top Buttons’ Wearing Confidence program received $3,000.
  • Tri-County Human Services’ Reward the Heroes program received $10,000.
  • Warner University’s Scholarships for Low-Income Students program received $10,000.
  • Watson Clinic Foundation’s Project Phoenix program received $4,500.
  • Women’s Resource Center of Florida’s Financial Resilience After COVID program received $5,000.
  • YMCA of West Central Florida’s Kindergarten Learn to Swim program received $19,800.

Impact Polk 2022 Overview

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Animal Welfare

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