The Community Foundation of East Central Florida has announced four grants to nonprofit organizations in Flagler County, according to a news release.
The foundation provides grants to nonprofits serving Flagler County each year from the Flagler Community Fund, an area-of-interest fund established by local residents to sustain local nonprofits.
This year the foundation’s board of directors established funding guidelines that prioritized the agencies applying for the grants to those working to provide food for residents who need it.
“Since the unemployment rate has been so high and the number of families seeking help for food has increased greatly in the last couple years, we felt the best use of the funds was to address this need,”Nita Schmellick, president and CEO of the community foundation, said in the release.
“Every agency, church or food pantry has been overwhelmed with request for help and many have restricted hours of operation and reduced the number of people served because of lack of funding.”
The following agencies were recipients of $1,000 grants:
– Family Promise of Flagler;
– Grace Community Food Pantry;
– Flagler Youth Center — community garden;
– Coalition for Homeless of Volusia/Flagler — identity program received $395 .
Schmellick said the grants are possible only because people in Flagler County made donations into the Flagler Community Fund during 2010. Each year at the end of the year, the fund is assessed and 75 percent of the year’s donations are placed into the endowment fund and 25 percent is made available for grants the coming year to agencies serving Flagler County.
So far there is more than $35,000 in the endowment and more than $14,000 in grants have gone out to local nonprofits since the fund’s inception in 2008. As the endowment grows, some of the earnings will add to the grant pool each year.