The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund has awarded $76,900 in grants to support organizations in COVID19 relief and recovery and $15,000 to support the Brain Health Initiative, bringing the total amount granted in 2020 to $165,000.
The most recent grants, which range in size from $1,200 to $8,150, will assist 18 local nonprofits in adapting operations and in meeting the enhanced needs of the community as a result of the pandemic. The funding addresses a wide range of community issues, including therapy for children with disabilities, healthy food for vulnerable families, tutoring for children in foster care, child care for parents with challenging financial situations, and services for families impacted by epilepsy.
“For the past 20 years, the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund has been proud to invest in organizations that make life better for those who live and work in the east county and Lakewood Ranch area,” said David Fink, chair of the board of advisors.
“This year, we had a special responsibility to improve outcomes related to COVID19 recovery and relief. Knowing the difference our grants will make inspires us to feel good about our community’s ability to help our friends and neighbors during challenging times like these.”
The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund is built by individuals and businesses who care about the health and well-being of the community and who make tax-deducible donations to address the greatest needs of the community.
The $15,000 grant awarded to the Brain Health Initiative is the second year in a three year funding commitment from the Fund. “We are in a unique position to invest in research and education that builds health and wellness, and this directly improves the lives of residents in our region,” said Fink.
To learn more about the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, or to make a donation, visit LWRFund.org. The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund is a component fund of Manatee Community Foundation.