Grant RecipientsIn 2014, the Naples Children & Education Foundation awarded $13.8 million to improve the lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County. Annual grants totaling $7.7 million were given to thirty non-profit agencies and an additional $6.1 million was granted to support four multi-year, multi-faceted strategic initiatives aimed at continuing to fight against children's oral health diseases in remote areas of the county, providing out-of-school programs in Immokalee, improving children’s vision through screenings, eyeglasses and treatment; and the continuation of the children's hunger initiative.
Children’s Mental Health dubbed as Beautiful Minds was the 2014 festival’s Fund-A-Need, a total of $4 million dollars will help the “Beautiful Minds” initiative fundamentally transform and expand mental health care for at-risk children in Collier County through a an innovative and ground-breaking coalition of health-care providers, community mental health professionals, social services and the public school system. This coalition will also help children and their families by increasing the number of licensed mental health professionals and empower families with help, hope and answers.
The grant selection process is lead by a committee of nine trustees who work year round to determine how the funds raised at the Naples Winter Wine Festival can be used to make the greatest impact on the neediest children in our community.
2014-2015 Grant Committee
- Jim Dixon
- Susie McCurry
- Jeannelle Brady
- Terry Edwards
- Valerie Gargiulo
- Pat Gibbons
- Sharon Hallberg
- Paul Hills
- Linda Koehn
- Linda Richards Malone
- Tom Moran
Grant Information & Application
The 2015 Grant ApplicationGrant applications are due on August 22, 2014 by noon. The application has been revised, please use the 2015 NCEF Grant Application form and not applications forms from prior years.
2014 Grant Recipients
ABLE Academy provides intensive applied behavior analysis for children with Autism and related disorders. The 2014 grant will provide an additional 780 at-risk children with learning delays therapy and support services in their child development centers. This program will simultaneously serve the children and allow child care center staff to develop the skills needed to meet the needs of their special needs students.
Angels Undercover promotes education by providing school uniforms, socks and underwear to elementary school-aged children in Collier County who would otherwise come to school inadequately dressed. Providing economically needy children with these basic necessities aids them in arriving at school ready to learn.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Sun Coast *$75,000
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Sun Coast provides community and site-based mentoring for at-risk children. This is a challenge grant to expand the one-to-one mentoring program by an additional 150 children in Golden Gate and East Naples. This project will target economically needy children living in single parent homes as well as those coping with parental incarceration.
Boys & Girls Club of Collier County$1,000,000
Boys & Girls Club of Collier County provides daily after school and summer enrichment programs to inspire and enable children throughout Collier County, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to reach their full potential. Funding will provide academic and youth development programs for 1,100 at-risk children in Golden Gate and Immokalee.
Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation$100,000
Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation helps to build character and teach critical life lessons to disadvantaged young people in distressed communities across the country through sport. NCEF funds “Badges for Baseball,” a mentoring program that pairs at-risk youth with local law enforcement. As a part of this program, 35 youth from the Collier County area receive the opportunity to attend a week-long overnight summer baseball camp in Baltimore, Maryland.
Catholic Charities funds bilingual counseling services for sexually abused, neglected and behaviorally impaired children, ages 3 to 8 years old. The number of children who fall prey to the unimaginable effects of sexual or physical abuse continues to grow. These highly specialized counseling services assist with how victims and their families cope with the trauma.
Collier Child Care Resources *$100,000
Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR) supports the needs of Collier County’s children, families and early learning professionals by providing high-quality education, resources and child care services. This challenge grant for scholarship and staff development at the NCEF Child Care Center will assist CCCR to leverage funds for children’s scholarships and training for early childhood professionals. Funds will also help to meet the demand of affordable child care as these families struggle to “get back on their feet.”
Collier County Children's Advocacy Center, Inc./CPT$484,158
Children’s Advocacy Center/Child Protection Team services the most severely abused and traumatized children in the community. Funds will help pay for medical and social evaluations, case management, trauma-focused therapy and counseling. The demand for services has grown and this project adds more resources to meet the need. Children’s Advocacy Center is the only entity able to provide a medical diagnosis of child abuse, child forensic interviews and safe custody exchanges.
ELLM (Early Learning and Literacy Model) Program closes the school readiness gap for Pre-kindergarten children living in poverty in Collier County. This year’s grant will assist in the continuation of equipping classrooms with literacy materials and will provide a research-based coaching model for teachers in Pre-K classrooms reaching 1,200 children in Collier County.
Friends of Foster Children of Southwest Florida$350,000
Friends of Foster Children of SW Florida provides abused, neglected and abandoned children with the social, educational and financial support the state does not. NCEF funds support educational and after school opportunities to children in foster care and has enabled thousands of foster children to discover hidden talents, boost their self-esteem, sustain good academic grades and most importantly, begin to realize their individual potential.
Fun Time Early Childhood Academy$145,000
Fun Time Early Childhood Academy provides safe, quality, affordable education and care for children of low-income working families in the River Park area. NCEF funds ensure children entering Kindergarten are ready to read and learn. Funds will help 84 toddlers and preschoolers receive quality child development services year round.
Golisano Children's Museum of Naples$317,809
Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples will continue to provide access to at-risk and underprivileged children by offering after school programming for 5th grade students from Golden Gate; increasing access to children with disabilities through adaptive “Sensory Nights” and ensuring the most vulnerable children of Collier County, who are residing in homeless and emergency shelters, access the museum.
Golisano's Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida - Naples Specialty Clinic$93,200
Golisano Children’s Hospital of SW FL - Naples Specialty Clinic will establish a Coordinated Care System for children with Autism in Collier County. The program will be located in the Hospital’s Pediatric Clinic in Naples. This program will be a resource for providers and will focus on shepherding newly diagnosed children and families through the complex system of care.
Grace Place for Children & Families$79,000
Grace Place for Children and Families strives break the cycle of poverty by ensuring these students graduate from high school, seek continued higher education and enter the workforce as hard-working, prepared professionals. NCEF funding will expand a service learning and high school leadership program that will serve as a pathway to college for at-risk youth in the Golden Gate area.
Greater Marco Family YMCA$429,000
Greater Marco Family YMCA has established out-of-school programs that build strong mind, body and spirit for the children of their community. The 2014 grant will serve over 200 children in the Manatee and East Naples areas. Providing them with after school and summer programs that have an academic component that help participants maintain their academic skills throughout the summer.
Greater Naples YMCA$395,000
Greater Naples YMCA operates the largest nonprofit early childhood center in Naples with over 230 birth to five year old children enrolled in year round, academically-based programs. This year’s grant will subsidize over 200 pre-school children from low income, working families.
Guadalupe Center of Immokalee$715,000
Guadalupe Center of Immokalee provides educational, social and other support programs and resources to ensure success for disadvantaged children and families of Immokalee. The 2014 grant will assist in serving 225 six week to four year old children and allow hundreds of school-age children the opportunity to attend after school, summer programming and out of school holiday academic camps.
Immokalee Child Care Center$230,000
Immokalee Child Care Center provides subsidized child care for children from poverty level income households who otherwise would not be able to afford care. Without high quality and subsidized child care, households would lose the ability to work and provide for their family, and children would not be ready for success in Kindergarten.
Legal Aid for Collier Kids$264,000
Legal Aid for Collier Kids funds will continue “Children's Legal Services Project Program” to promote stability and well being in the lives of children victimized by exposure to domestic violence, trauma and abuse. Free legal services will be provided for up to 200 clients at Catholic Charities, Children's Advocacy Center, the Shelter for Abused Women & Children and Youth Haven.
Music Scores is a cost-effective program that creates school learners, by providing violin instruction that enhances literacy and focus, as well as social and motor skills, for pre-schoolers. Significant research regularly supports these interventions before age five yields the highest rewards in a child’s future. NCEF support will expand this research-based and data-driven program to three high-risk early childhood programs in East Naples.
Naples Botanical Garden$75,000
Naples Botanical Garden will provide 325 students from Avalon and Shadowlawn elementary schools, a seven week, standards-based summer science program. This program is designed to reduce summer learning loss, as evidenced by extremely positive results from the first two years. Avalon and Shadowlawn Elementary Schools are considered high need and in a particularly impoverished area of East Naples.
Naples Equestrian Challenge$205,065
Naples Equestrian Challenge offers therapeutic riding for disabled children in Collier County. This year’s grant will help to expand therapeutic riding sessions to a wider group of at-risk children in Collier County, particularly non-verbal children and others with communication disorders. Special assistive technology and electronic equipment will be purchased to implement this new modality of therapy.
Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA)$519,237
Redlands Christian Migrant Association provides quality child care and early education for children of migrant farm workers and rural, low-income families throughout Collier County. A 2014 grant will expand services, allowing 320 preschool and school-age children to access quality child development services and after school programming year round.
Safe & Healthy Children's Coalition$58,500
Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County focuses on saving children’s lives through injury prevention and health promotion. The 2014 grant will continue to fund the drowning prevention/water safety programming. This program will provide layers of protection through water safety education for at-risk and underserved families and provide water safety lessons for 1,000 children.
Shelter for Abused Women & Children$326, 000
Shelter for Abused Women & Children provides safety, intervention, education and support to victims and survivors of domestic violence. The 2014 grant provided by NCEF is literally saving the lives of children and improving the quality of children’s lives by funding therapeutic counselors and outreach services for child victims of domestic violence in Immokalee and Naples.
Special Olympics helps people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society, by offering a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through a structured athletic program. With a grant from NCEF, an additional 250 children with physical and intellectual disabilities will participate in after school and summer activities specifically designed to meet their special needs. Additionally, this grant will fund a much needed early intervention program for children with intellectual disabilities ages 2 to 7 in Collier County.
St. Matt's Camps for Kids$40,000
St. Matt’s Kids Camps is a division of St. Matthews House Homeless Shelter. The 2014 grant will provide scholarships for local homeless children to attend summer programs and help to provide supplementary one-on-one tutoring for needy children. Funding will also insure children in the shelter have access to child care.
The Immokalee Foundation$264,000
The Immokalee Foundation will expand the “Immokalee Readers Program.” This one-of-a-kind program provides curriculum targeting early literacy intervention to improve reading among children who are academically at risk. Reading intervention for academically at-risk children in grades 4th through 6th takes place after school in Immokalee elementary schools.
Tutor Corps a program of the Guadalupe Center that provides comprehensive college preparedness for students at Immokalee High School. Tutor Corps helps students achieve their goals of post-secondary education while assisting younger students, contributing to their family’s income, earning scholarships for college and having access to services from a professional academic counselor.
Youth Haven is the only agency in Collier County providing shelter for vulnerable, abused, neglected and homeless children who are unaccompanied by an adult. Funding will help fill the unmet need for an emergency shelter for homeless and runaway youth. The NCEF grant helps to fill a gap in funding until government resources are secured for the new homeless program.
* indicates Challenge grant