WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (December 14, 2022) — Thanks to a grant from the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation, the Community Foundation will roughly double the resources available to grant to nonprofit grant-seekers in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The gift — earmarked for organizations with small- and medium-sized operating budgets, as well as organizations dedicated to supporting the Glades region of Palm Beach County — will be spread over three years of competitive Community Impact grantmaking cycles.
In Fiscal Year 2022, the Community foundation awarded 63 grants through its Community Impact competitive process to organizations doing work directly in — or supporting — Palm Beach and Martin counties. In FY23, the number of grantees could top 100.
“The DeLuca Foundation’s grant is a strong show of support to the nonprofit organizations on the frontlines of our area’s chronic and current issues,” said Danita R. DeHaney, President and CEO. “The support will help the Community Foundation address critical needs in every corner of the counties we serve. We hope this act of generosity inspires more donors to join the DeLuca Foundation in funding our community’s needs on a broad scale.”
The Community Foundation will maximize grantmaking across the Community Foundation’s priority areas, which expanded ahead of this year’s competitive cycle thanks to the new “Leading for Good” Strategic Plan that was adopted by the Board of Directors in June.
The refreshed priority areas include:
- Education and Youth: programs that will lead young people to their fullest potential.
- Economic Opportunity: programs that focus on job training and workforce development that lead to greater economic success and an improved quality of life.
- Thriving Communities: programs that address a broad range of issues aligned with current community needs (e.g., arts and culture, environment, housing, mental health, community revitalization, etc.)
The Community Foundation will also expand the types of projects funded, which will now include general operating and capacity-building initiatives, in addition to programmatic grants. The maximum amount of funding available will also increase from $55,000 to $75,000; “mini grant” maximum funds will increase from $10,000 to $15,000.
“Expanding our grantmaking universe better positions the Foundation to make an immediate positive impact on our area’s current challenges,” said Jeffrey A. Stoops, chair of the Community Impact Committee. “With the addition of this transformative gift from the DeLuca Foundation, we are ready to help close the opportunity gaps for those in need alongside our grantee partners.”