In 2017 we were excited to launch a new Grant Program called the Hand-up Grant (HUG). HUG provides funding to Charlotte County nonprofits that have identified families and individuals requiring critical, one-time assistance and who have exhausted all other possibilities for aid. Grants address fundamental needs such as housing, food, medical aid, childcare and transportation.

HUG was initially funded by a $100,000 anonymous donation. It was the donors wish that their gift would provide a hand-up, not a handout, to deserving Charlotte County residents who may be living paycheck to paycheck with little financial cushion. Thanks to the generosity of this donor, and additional donations made to the HUG fund, the Foundation has been able to increase our aid to Charlotte County residents facing uncertain and potentially dire circumstances.

HUG supports the Foundation’s goal of helping local nonprofits respond to Charlotte County residents’ most pressing needs and has had an immediate positive impact on the quality of life in our community. In its first year, HUG provided 29 families with immediate and urgent financial assistance.  Click here for more information on HUG.

To learn how you can become a part of the HUG Circle, please contact CCF’s Executive Director, Ashley Maher, at 941.637.0077.