IMPACT announces finalists

Pensacola, FL, September 16, 2015 – IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, a local, philanthropy group, is pleased to announce the fifteen (15) grant finalists selected for 2015. Ten (10) of these fifteen (15) finalists will receive a grant of $106,000 at the IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

The fifteen (15) finalists selected by IMPACT 100’s Focus Committees are as follows:

Ballet Pensacola, Inc.
Project: Elevate – 21st Century Productions for Ballet Pensacola

Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society, Inc.
Project: Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Historical Center

Pensacola Museum of Art, Inc.
Project: Expanding and Protecting the Vaults for PMA’s Fine Art Collections

AMIkids Pensacola, Inc.
Project: AMIkids Careers

Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, Inc.
Project: Field Trip Fun at IHMC

Learn to Read of Northwest Florida, Inc.
Project: Public Awareness Campaign – The Most Powerful Organization That Nobody’s Heard Of

Coast Watch Alliance, Inc.
Project: “Research to Restaurant”, Affecting a Sustainable Seafood Resource by Taming Lionfish

University of West Florida Foundation, Inc.
Project: Identity and Dignity: Preserving Pensacola’s Historic African American Cemeteries

Veterans Memorial Park Foundation of Pensacola, Inc.
Project: VMP Venue Enhancements and Infrastructure Improvements

Be Ready Alliance Coordinating For Emergencies (BRACE) & BRACE LLC
Project: Family IMPACT Center

Children’s Home Society of Florida, Inc. collaborating with Escambia Community Clinics, Inc.
Project: Weis Community School Family Playground

Lutheran Services Florida, Inc.
Project: Transportation to Healing, Hope and Help

Bay Area Food Bank
Project: Northwest Florida Healthy Food Distribution and Milton Warehouse Expansion Project

Escambia Search and Rescue, Inc.
Project: Enhancement of Search and Rescue Response for Marine Emergencies in the Florida Panhandle

Re-Entry Alliance Pensacola, Inc.
Project: REAP’s Second Chance Re-Entry Program

Our annual meeting is scheduled for Sunday, October 18, 2015 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, 12 Via de Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach, Florida. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. The three (3) finalists from each Focus Area will make a presentation at the meeting. IMPACT 100 members will vote on two (2) recipients in each Focus Area.

This is the 12th year IMPACT 100 has awarded grants to local non profits. The total amount awarded for 2015 will be $1,060,000. Since inception in 2004, IMPACT 100 will have awarded 67 grants in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and will bring the total awarded in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties to $7,236,000.