SCI among IMPACT 100's grant finalists

  • September 14, 2016
  • /   Shannon Nickinson
  • /   education

The finalists for the 2016 IMPACT 100 Pensacola bay Area grants.

IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay area announced the 15 finalists for their annual grants, which will total $1,082,000.

Studer Community Institute is among the finalists, which draw from five focus areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, Recreation and Preservation; Family; and Health.

The Institute’s project — IMPACT Brain Bags — will be given to the parents of every newborn in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The bags will include print and multimedia tools to help parents nurture their children’s language development by using the guidelines of the University of Chicago’s Thirty Million Words Initiative and other programs at work in the state.

The bags will contain a “baby book” with developmental milestones for parents to look at at 12, 18, 24 months, etc., a picture book to read to their children, a lullaby CD, a letter from the superintendent of schools, small toy and other educational information.

The bags are just the first step of the project, which will include a curriculum and salary for a social worker to do home visits to families with newborns in the neighborhoods surrounding low-graded elementary schools. It also includes a research provision with University of West Florida Sam Mathews to track the impact that the home visits have on the children and families who receive them.

Finalists will present their projects at the IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area Annual Meeting on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, where final voting will take place.

With 1,082 members this year, IMPACT 100 will be awarding $108,200 each to 10 winning nonprofits.

Since the inception of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area in 2004, the organization has awarded 67 grants to 56 different nonprofit agencies totaling $7.236 million.

This year’s awards will bring the total awarded in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties to 77 grants totaling $8.318 million.

All of the finalists are:


— Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society, Inc.

Project: Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society Historical Center

— The Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe, Inc.

Project: Native American Cultural Center

— St. John's Cemetery Historical and Educational Foundation, Inc.

Project: The OUTDOOR MUSEUM at St. John's Historic Cemetery


— The ARC Gateway, Inc.

Project:  Jeff's Corner Garden at The Arc Gateway

— Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Inc. (IHMC)

Project:  IHMC Interactive High IMPACT Displays

— Milk and Honey Outreach Ministries, Inc.

Project: Building Precious GEMS


— Greater Pensacola Junior Golf Association, Inc. (The First Tee of Northwest Florida)

Project: Golf and Life Skills Training Facility

— Northwest Florida Marine Education and Discovery of Gulf Ecosystems, Inc. (Navarre Beach Marine Science Station)

Project: Coastal Conservation Corp

— The Pensacola Rowing Club, Inc.

Project:  Youth Rowing Program


— Goodwill Industries-Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast, Inc. (Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast)

Project:  YES: Youth Excelling for Success

— Manna Food Bank, Inc. (Manna Food Pantries/MANNA)

Project:  Fighting Hunger - Better, Faster, Stronger!

— Studer Community Institute, Inc.

Project:  IMPACT Brain Bags


— Escambia Search and Rescue, Inc.

Project:  Sea, Air and Land Capabilities Improvement Initiative

— EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless, Inc.

Project:  Street Outreach Housing First Accessibility Project

— PACE Center for Girls, Inc.

Project: Go Reach  

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