The Charlotte Community Foundation held an Awards Celebration on September 18, 2017 to honor 12 nonprofits located throughout Charlotte County. A total of $56,789.64 in grants was awarded.

“The Charlotte Community Foundation is pleased to celebrate the generosity and foresight of donors who contributed to the Community Foundation in support of these deserving local nonprofits,” said Tami Sender, Foundation CEO. “Community investment is a central mission of the Charlotte Community Foundation and we strive each year to enhance the breadth and depth of our nonprofit assistance.”

Grants were awarded to the following nonprofits:
• A&E Autos 4 the Needy – to fund auto repair services, parts, registration and title for four automobiles.
• Animal Welfare League – to purchase a HESKA Hema True Hematology Analyzer.
• Boys & Girls Club – for 2 TAZ 5 3D printers and filament.
• Canine Castaways – to provide new flooring for the Canine Cruiser.
• Charlotte Local Education Foundation – to provide a professional learning STEAM Institute facilitator to teachers and classroom paraprofessionals, integrating Art into STEM.
• Englewood Incubation Center – for 2 TAZ 5 3D printers and filament.
• Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida – for two laptop computers to provide employment assistance to disabled adults and help disabled students explore career opportunities.
• Hope Academy of Music – to purchase musical instruments for elementary school students.
• New Operation Cooper Street – for laptop computers for the literacy components of the after school program and GED classes.
• Suncoast Humane Society ‒ to purchase agility equipment for their dog exercise area.
• The Charlotte Chorale ‒ for one basic shell and one filler panel
• The Gulf Coast Partnership ‒ to offset the cost of HMIS user licenses for nonprofits that are not able to afford the addition costs.