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SWFLCF's Select List of 2013 Grants

SWFLCF's Select List of 2013 Grants

During its 2013 fiscal year, the SWFLCF granted more than $4 million to more than 100 different organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts, healthcare and human services. Founded in 1976, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation supports the communities of Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties and also acts as the regional convener and leader with firsthand knowledge of community needs. With assets of more than $70 million, the SWFLCF has provided more than $56 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves.



  • To repair the dilapidated chain-link fences and rehab local no-kill shelter’s Canine Clubhouse area, which will allow the agency to take in more homeless animals: $15,000 to Gulf Coast Humane Society (Fort Myers, Fla.)


  • To provide iPad minis for students to used for individualized instruction, learning, and assessment in math and science and to also be used to involve parents in their children’s education: $25,237 to Immokalee Community School (Immokalee, Fla.)
  • To launch the Decisions to Win Dropout Prevention Mentoring Program in Lee County high schools and to expand the program in Charlotte County high schools: $30,500 to Charlotte High School (Punta Gorda, Fla.)

Employment & Training

  • To implement the IHELP (Impact Hendry Employability Program) in collaboration with community partners to provide classes to unemployed, underemployed and small business entrepreneurs and provide access to additional technology resources: $50,000 to Clewiston Library (Clewiston, Fla.)
  • To expand Grace Creative Solutions for Exceptional Entrepreneurs, which provides job training to special needs students by teaching all aspects of worm farming from production to marketing and sales: $30,000 to Grace Community Center (North Fort Myers, Fla.)
  • To support the continued implementation of the Institute for Culinary Awareness, Research, and Education (ICARE), which includes a commercial culinary training kitchen and community garden to provide training in the culinary arts and create job opportunities for residents: $41,258 to Pine Manor Improvement Association (Fort Myers, Fla.)


  • To fund Dress for Success’ new Entrepreneurial Spirit Project, a series of free workshops offering the basics of crafting a business plan, marketing and other aspects of starting a business: $10,000 to Dress for Success SW Florida (Fort Myers, Fla.)

Human Services

  • To expand the Family First prevention and early-intervention program to two additional childcare centers in collaboration with Child Care of Southwest Florida: $50,731 to Children’s Advocacy Center (Fort Myers, Fla.)
  • To create training materials to use to help educate and train workers at malls, medical facilities and restaurants to recognize signs of human trafficking and report suspicious activities: $15,000 to Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships (Sanibel Island, Fla.)
Southwest Florida Community Foundation
Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Our ambition is a more vibrant community that will continually address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties in Southwest Florida. We invite you to join our family and invest in the community with us!