COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS OF 2016

The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc. provided over $1 Million in grants to 87 nonprofits in 2016. This was accomplished by continuing efforts to provide area nonprofits with funding to help in the areas of education, healthcare, the environment and cultural arts. Some grants were small and other grants were larger, but each grant provided help, healing and hope to someone in the community that needed it.

Some of the Foundation's grants in 2016 were for transportation needs. Nonprofits such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bay County, Girls, Inc., and New Horizons Learning Center received grants to help area children attend afterschool programs andparticipate in field trips. These caring nonprofits all have the same goal; to help children grow to be responsible individuals in the community while providing a safe place to do homework, have fun and make friends.

Education is a key area that the Foundation promotes and funds. The Foundation provided funding to the Haney Education Foundation, Taylor Haugen Foundation, Gulf Coast State College Foundation, Seaside School Foundation, Air Force Association Education Foundation, Florida State University – Panama City, Walton Education Foundation and Bay Education Foundation for student college scholarships in 2016.

The Foundation also funded computers, physical education and sports equipment, and robotic equipment for several schools in Bay and Walton, including Maude Saunders Elementary, Emerald Coast Middle School, Breakfast Point Academy, University Academy, Freeport Area Youth Sports Association, Paxton School, Freeport High School, Walton Middle School, South Walton High School, CC Washington Academy, and the Bay District School System for their annual math, science, engineering and history fair.

Cultural Arts is another area the Foundation provides grants for and Bay and Walton Counties have plenty of events for all types of sports, entertainment, music and food! In 2016 the Foundation funded the Walton Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Pyramid, Inc., Emerald Coast Business Women's Association, Women's Civic Club of Panama City Beach,