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Community Foundation of North Florida Announces 2019 Knight Foundation Grant Awards

Supporting six projects encouraging a vibrant community and promoting economic opportunity

  • Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency – Capital Cascades Trail Social Spaces is created to inform the development of social spaces as a critical component of the Capital Cascades Trail expansion.  This project supports the revitalization of downtown, the attraction and retention of Tallahassee’s large population of neighboring young talent at FSU and FAMU, and the investment of private and nonprofit enterprises supporting the arts and entrepreneurship. This funding is for year two of a two-year project grant.
  • City of Tallahassee – City Farm Tallahassee is an innovative community project that will transform blighted properties in the heart of Tallahassee’s food desert into economically viable and accessible sources of locally grown food.  This project will promote environmental and social health through underutilized, vacant site redevelopment and will provide entrepreneurship training and new economic opportunities through a certification program.  This funding is for year one of a two-year project grant.
  • Goodwood Museum & Gardens builds on community visioning to revitalize underutilized space into a destination featuring fun and interesting programming that engages the mind and body.  This project will pilot programming including activating a historic roller skating rink and expanded hours of operation which will enable Goodwood Museum & Gardens the opportunity to experiment with place and process to develop a sustainable model based upon community engagement, investment and partnerships.
  • KCCI – The Village Square’s Community Visioning Process will create a solid strategic plan to improve community connectivity and placemaking.  The process will build a road map to guide Tallahassee/Leon County in utilizing the most innovative approaches and partnerships, thus enriching our local economy and residents.  Engagement includes a stakeholder workshop, a speaker event and smaller community-energizing and engagement sessions hosted in homes, churches, book clubs, the Longest Table and other community spaces.  This funding is for year one of a two-year project grant.
  • Leon County Government – Library Services is proposing a multi-city/state tour to examine best practices of public library systems and will explore how other communities have strategized to maintain and increase the relevancy of libraries.
  • South City Foundation will help shape the transformation of Tallahassee’s South Side by educating and building a coalition of neighborhood students and providing the opportunity for them to engage in conversations about the decades-long lack of investment in the neighborhood in addition to addressing the current sentiments of fear of gentrification and displacement as well as building trust.  Key activities include creating a Neighborhood Leadership Council, hosting a series of focus group stakeholder meetings for the purpose of gathering information from local residents regarding their hopes and dreams for the community and hold public meetings to share the design vision.  This funding is for year one of a two-year project grants.
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.

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Community Foundation of North Florida Provides $587,060 in Grants for Long Term Recovery from Hurricane Michael

Tallahassee, FL – Oct. 30, 2019 – The Community Foundation of North Florida (CFNF) has selected 15 grant application proposals to receive disaster relief funding totaling $587,060 to aid in the long-term recovery of 5 counties, in its 11 county footprint, that were impacted by Hurricane Michael. CFNF received financial support for this effort from other community foundations throughout Florida and the United States, private foundations, CFNF fundholders, corporate partners, concerned citizens, and One North Florida.

On October 10, 2018, Category 5 Hurricane Michael ripped through North Florida leaving thousands of Panhandle residents devastated. While support poured in the beginning to assist with short-term needs, more than a year later, counties remain far from restored. In response to the storm’s overwhelming impact, last year the Community Foundation of North Florida activated its Disaster Relief Fund and set out to systematically assess the needs in our 11- county footprint in order to identify opportunities that would aid in their long-term recovery and have the greatest impact.

The Foundation’s study revealed five specific areas of need where grants would provide the greatest benefit: long-term recovery organization support; mental health and other medical needs; family stability, including food insecurity and childcare; economic, community and workforce development; and housing repair and rebuilding.

“Recovering from a historic hurricane takes more than just grit – it takes time and targeted resources,” said Sam Rogers, Community Foundation of North Florida’s Board Chair. “By supporting these needs, our donors are making long-term, high impact investments in communities in desperate need for hope.”

“The individuals, families and businesses the Foundation serves have two things in common – they care deeply about our community and want to make a long-term impact with their charitable giving,” said Katrina Rolle, Foundation President and CEO. “Every day, we see how someone’s legacy of generosity impacts the lives of others. The half a million dollars given through the Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund will help our neighbors do just that by giving them the opportunity to continue to make long-term strides toward a brighter future.”

The following organizations received Disaster Relief Fund Grants to assist in their recovery from Hurricane Michael:

Gulf County – $140,000 total amount awarded
  • Citizens of Gulf County Recovery Team – Case Management Coordination to assist with housing and long-term recovery
  • The Christian Community Development Fund, Inc. – Home Repair Program to assist with housing, community revitalization & engagement, and long-termrecovery
  • Port St. Joe Theatre & Art Culture Center, Inc. - Historic Port Theatre Raise the Roof Project to assist with community revitalization and engagement
Gadsden County – $108,580 total awarded
  • City of Gretna – Roof Repair Project to assist withhousing
  • Gadsden County Strong Long-term Recovery Group – Senior Roofing Program to assist with housing
  • Big Bend Community Development Corporation - Gadsden County Long-term Recovery Group operations to assist with their long-termrecovery
Liberty County – $113,480 total awarded
  • Panhandle Area Community Outreach – Liberty Strong Case Management to assist in their long-termrecovery
  • Panhandle Area Community Outreach – Liberty Strong: The Road to Recovery: prioritizing a better way to protect our children before, during and after a storm – to assist with mental healthneeds
  • Panhandle Area Community Outreach – Liberty Strong: – Housing Rehabilitation & Mitigation – to assist withhousing
  • Twin Oaks Juvenile Development - Community use pavilion/recreation area to assist with community revitalization & engagement
  • Veterans Memorial Railroad - Liberty Strong - Christmas in the Park – 2019 After the Hurricane to assist with community revitalization andengagement
Jackson and Calhoun Counties – $225,000 total awarded
  • Chipola Baptist Association – Temporary Housing Project to assist withhousing
  • Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity – Repair Project to assist withhousing
  • Innovative Charities of Northwest Florida – Home Restoration Project – to assist with housing
  • North Florida Inland Long-Term Recovery Group – Capacity Building to assist in their long-termrecovery


About the Community Foundation of North Florida

The Community Foundation of North Florida is a nonprofit public charity serving the 10-County Big Bend area by promoting and supporting charitable giving. The Foundation helps people give to their favorite charities now and beyond their lifetime and helps nonprofit organizations with grants, education and endowment building expertise. For more information, please contact Katrina Rolle, President & CEO, at or (850) 222-2899.