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Manatee Community Foundation Invests $188,000 In Results-Based Grants to 26 Local Nonprofits

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Manatee Community Foundation has announced $188,000 in results-based grant awards to local nonprofits.

Grants that will boost achievement or exposure to arts and culture for Manatee County residents were awarded to Manatee Concert Band, the POPS Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota, Asolo Repertory Theatre, and The Manatee Performing Arts Center.

Investments supporting educational gains for children, teens and families will be made through Manatee Education Foundation, WEDU-Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting, Manatee County Family YMCA, State College of Florida Foundation, United Way Suncoast, Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, UnidosNow, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County, Forty Carrots Family Center, Florida Studio Theatre, and Truly Valued.

Mote Marine Laboratory, Manatee County Audubon Society, Sunshine Community Impact, and the Animal Network will provide conservation, environmental education, or animal welfare results.

Samaritan Counseling Services, Stillpoint Mission, Guardian Angels of SW Florida, Parenting Matters, Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota, and Prospect Riding Center are human service organizations that will boost gains for children and adults in a variety of areas including foster care, therapeutic riding, mental health, and respite care for adults with children diagnosed with disabilities.

Members of the 2019 Competitive Grants Committee are: Sam Seider, Chair; Mike Hamrick, Conrad Szymanski, Bob Turner (MCF board members), and community members Jade Davis, Kristen Ehrlich, and Tom Breiter.

The community is invited to a celebration of nonprofit organizations and results on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Manatee Community Foundation, 2820 Manatee Avenue West. RSVP to

To learn about opportunities to invest in unfunded, but compelling and results-based needs, email Jennifer Abbott at or (941) 747-7765.

Manatee Community Foundation partners with our citizens to strengthen and enhance our community through philanthropy, education, and service—now and forever. Since 1998, the Foundation has awarded more than $27 million in grants and scholarships. For more information, visit or call (941) 747-7765.