Grants will help agencies address needs of area youth
For Hometown News
FORT PIERCE -- Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson has announced that 11 local nonprofit agencies will receive $70,000 in funding from the City's federal Community Development Block Grant program. The grants will be used to help address the needs of low- to moderate-income youth.
"Our local nonprofits play a critical role in Fort Pierce," said Mayor Hudson. "They work with many of our youth and provide much needed resources. These Public Service grants support that vital work, so that we can all live in a stronger and more viable community."
Each year, the city receives CDBG dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to fund activities that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income residents. The city uses a competitive application process to make a portion of its CDBG funds available to nonprofit groups in the form of public service grants. CDBG regulations cap the amount available for non-profits.
Following is a list of the public service agencies and a brief description of the projects that were selected to receive funding this year:
-Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County - "Triple Play Game Plan for Mind, Body and Soul" - Award for $7,000 to provide a program that will educate approximately 50 youth about good nutrition, making physical fitness a daily practice and develop individual strengths and good character.
-Children's Home Society of Florida, Treasure Coast Division - "Life Skills Enhancement" - Award for $8,500 to insulate and rehabilitate the Wave C.R.E.S.T. Shelter, the only emergency/homeless shelter for youth between the ages of 11-17 where 135 youth and their families will participate in life skills activities and physical exercise, obstacle course, education relating to managing personal affairs and handling problems encountered in daily living, including conflict resolution, bullying prevention family violence.
-Empowering Special Treasures 1 - "Empowering Special Treasures" - Award for $7,000 to provide after-school tutoring, academic support, socialization and career development for 20 special needs individuals. The program will promote cultural diversity, outdoor activities and a healthy lifestyle, spur interest and creativity and improve or enhance educational activities, and assist students with behavior modification and career development.
-Fort Pierce Police Athletic League - "PAL Programs" - Award for $6,000 to support PAL's numerous programs for approximately 60 youth.
-Future Generations of St. Lucie County - "Music Drumline Program" - Award for $3,500 to provide quality music lessons, musical software, musical instruments and various field trips for approximately 50 youth.
-In the Image of Christ, - "Jack's Food Pantry" - Award for $4,500 to support Jack's Food Pantry efforts to provide food for over 400 local individuals on a weekly basis.
-Kingdom Harvest d/b/a Harvest Food and Outreach Center - "Family Food for Thought" - Award of $9,500 to promote outdoor activities and a healthy lifestyle and increase educational enrichment opportunities for 225 underserved youth.
-Lamplighter's Youth Group - "College Tour / Black History Educational Excursion" - Award of $2,500 to help cover the costs to take between 20-30 youth on a trip to visit universities and Black historical sites in Tallahassee, Tuskegee, Montgomery, Birmingham and Atlanta.
-Mount Bethel Human Services Corporation, Inc. - "Cutting EDGE Youth - 'Doing the Right Thing 2014 Community Outreach Campaign - Award for $6,500 to provide youth and family activities including 'Youth Blanket Sock Hop, outreach to feed homeless and give away blankets, college/historical tour, and county-wide Baccalaureate program and breakfast, FCAT Prep Camp, Community Father's Day Bowl, Back 2 School Workshop/Parent Jam which all together will serve approximately 500 youth, 100 homeless individuals and 150 families.
-Treasure Coast Youth Sailing Foundation, Inc. "TCYSF Program Expansion" - Award of $5,500 to assist with the renovation and enclosure of the pavilion at Jaycee Park which will expand their capabilities to house six additional sailboats and provide 12 sailing scholarships to underprivileged youth every year.
-Zion's Daughters of Distinction Ministries - "J-E-W-E-L-S Program' - Award of $9,500 to conduct Juveniles Entering Wellness, Education, Leadership and Success program - Continuous six-week intervention, prevention and diversion programs with graduation and completion certificates at the completion of the program. Continuous mentoring and parental follow-up that will serve more than 100 youth.
Applications for funding were scored by the Communitywide Council, a committee comprised of local volunteers. The CWC scored the applications and staff presented their recommendations to the City Commission.