The Southwest Florida Community Foundation (SWFLCF) recently awarded $100,000 during its Initiative Grant Cycle. A grant for $40,000 was awarded to the Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies (C.A.R.E.) of Charlotte County. The grant will assist in the employment of a full-time, salaried Staff Attorney who will specialize in the dynamics of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This person will provide legal assistance for eligible victims for civil proceedings directly related to the client’s experience of violence.
A grant of $60,000 was awarded to the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools to implement a two-year, anti-bullying project in partnership with the Kleist Health Education Center and the Lee County School District. The project partners will develop and execute a strategic anti-bullying campaign to target students in grades K-12.
Each year, the Community Foundation selects a targeted focus area for a grant award of up to $100,000. The focus area for 2011 was Violence Prevention and Intervention. Projects that were reviewed by the Community Foundation included those that addressed domestic and sexual violence and child abuse, including physical and sexual abuse, bullying, and youth violence. SWFLCF accepted proposals from the five counties in their service area: Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades,andHendry.