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Grants History (2002 - Present)

Women’s Giving Alliance has invested more than $4.9 million to more than 45 different nonprofit organizations in Northeast Florida since making our first grant in 2002.

Please note: Grants are designated by the year in which they are awarded; evaluation takes place during the year(s) in which a program is operating with WGA support. Thus, a 2014 two-year grant refers to activities conducted and evaluated 2014 - 2016. Agencies work with the WGA evaluation team throughout the length of their grant. Interim Reports as well as a Final Report are submitted.

Past Grants in Alphabetical Order

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Barnabas Center, Inc., Fernandina Beach

  • 2002: $10,000 for Literacy Program for Women in Nassau County
    This 38-week program helped increase the literacy skills of women who used the Center’s emergency assistance program for food, clothing and shelter. Developed in collaboration with the University of North Florida Extension Service, Nassau County School District and several human service agencies, the life skills curriculum improved skills using home and family life tasks (e.g. completing job applications, preparing nutritious meals, managing household finances).
  • 2011: $22,500
    State budget cuts significantly reduced women health services provided by the Nassau County Health Department. WGA's grant increased women’s health services at the Samaritan Medical Clinic from one evening to two each month. Funding also expanded breast and cervical cancer screenings for at-risk women. In 2009, WGA granted $2,985 to staff a Clinic Coordinator and also cover the costs of pap tests and supplies.
  • 2015: $100,000 Women’s Health Initiative in Nassau (WHIN)
    Barnabas Center is Nassau County’s only comprehensive service provider for individuals and families in crisis. The WHIN program will address the mental health needs of women who have experienced trauma from a severe life event. The program’s goal is for these women to move beyond resolving the immediate crisis and to improve their overall health and well-being by focusing on the survivor’s strengths and resilience. WGA’s grant will help fund a project coordinator and trained professionals specializing in journaling and art therapy.

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Beaches Women’s Partnership, Neptune Beach

  • 2008: $5,000: Woman to Woman Mentoring
    This grant supported the design and piloting of a program to assist women with significant life transitions.

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BEAM (Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry), Inc.

  • 2014: $100,000: Single Parent Project
    For 29 years, BEAM has fought hunger and homelessness in Jacksonville’s beaches communities. This two-year grant allows BEAM to provide intensive wraparound services to low-income single mothers to achieve long-term family self-sufficiency. BEAM will collaborate with the Sulzbacher Center to provide mental health counseling, and partner with other agencies to offer financial planning, job training, GED prep and college academic support.

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Betty Griffin House – Safety Shelter of St. Johns County

  • 2004: $35,000, 2005: $30,000 Renewal
    In 2004, WGA funded new technology to network and digitize program and client tracking at three locations. Monies also helped fund a new manager for the transition facility. The 2005 grant supported the salary of the transition housing/program manager.
  • 2007: $20,000 Renewal, 2008: $25,000 Renewal, 2009: $25,000 Renewal, 2010: $25,000 Renewal, 2011: $20,500 Renewal
    WGA provided $92,000 in startup and ongoing funds for the Betty Griffin Rape Crisis Unit in Flagler's Hospital in St. Johns County. The unit, separate from the emergency room, provides for the immediate needs of rape victims. Exams are performed by specially trained nurse examiners (SANE). Betty Griffin House also maintains a 24-hour, 7-day hotline to provide crisis intervention, make referrals and contact SANEs with a Sexual Assault Response Advocate.
  • 2013: $130,000 C.A.R.E. Program - Counseling, Advocacy, Recovery, Empowerment
    This two-year grant for the C.A.R.E. program increases Betty Griffin’s capacity to provide timely counseling to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. It also helps fund outreach to female veterans and their spouses.
  • 2016: $100,000 Hope in Recovery Part II
    Services that combine treatment for substance abuse with services related to domestic and sexual abuse. Despite the high incidence of co-occurrence, almost all treatment programs focus on only one of these problems. Betty Griffin Center will partner with an experienced substance and mental health service provider and will adopt a program that has proven successful in Putnam County. The goal is to provide survivors with a unique safety plan that addresses both domestic/sexual abuse and substance abuse.

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The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Jacksonville

  • 2002: $50,000 (partner agency) Taking Our Measure and Finding Our Strength, 2003: $70,000 (partner agency) Renewal
    In its first year, this collaboration among six agencies provided a seven-month girl-centric learning experience to girls ages 12-18. The program helped girls to build their self-esteem, recognize their special talents, respect their bodies, value education and develop leadership skills. In 2002, this grant supported a 12-week program for approximately 36 women to develop creative self-expression, assertiveness and self-esteem. In 2003, the collaboration focused entirely on girls, and the program was expanded to include girls ages 9-11. Participating agencies were The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Community Connections of Jacksonville, Girls, Incorporated of Jacksonville, PACE Center for Girls of Jacksonville, Planned Parenthood of Jacksonville and the Women’s Center of Jacksonville (2002 only).
  • 2005: $6,000 from WGA for Girls’ Connection (Additional partnership funding from Remmer Family Foundation)
    This program introduced "Straight Talk", a girl-centric curriculum, to girls in grades 3-5 and middle school. Straight Talk helped participants develop self-image and other skills for academic success.

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Cathedral Arts Project, Inc., Jacksonville

  • 2004: $10,000, 2006: $10,000 Renewal
    The 2004 grant supported a pilot for a free after-school dance program for elementary school girls. The program was designed to help girls increase their self-esteem, creativity, discipline, physical fitness and teamwork. The 2006 grant expanded the program to four under-served elementary schools.
  • 2007: $10,000 Renewal
    This grant funded the after-school dance program at two elementary schools in Arlington Heights and Ruth Upson. The program is the only all-girls arts offering available to 1,200 students at 15 Jacksonville schools. Documented benefits for some 60 participants each year included higher grades, better physical fitness and higher self-esteem.

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Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc., Jacksonville Regional Office, Jacksonville

  • 2009: $2,000 (Discretionary Grant)
    This grant funded the Craft Cooperative Project for Female Refugees. It included the design and pilot of a new program to empower Refugee Resettlement’s female clientele.

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Children’s Campaign, Inc., Tallahassee

  • 2007: $80,000 over two years, 2010 $53,000 Renewal (includes $18,000 partner funding), 2011 $44,500 Renewal
    WGA-funded advocacy and education helped to identify essential services for justice-involved girls, raise community awareness and involve Duval County legislators in policy and appropriations issues. A certification/training program was developed to upgrade the education and skills of practitioners serving girls in law enforcement, juvenile court and provider settings. The work has ushered in a safer and more accountable treatment of girls.

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Community Connections of Jacksonville, Jacksonville

  • 2002: $50,000 (partner agency) Taking Our Measure and Finding Our Strength, 2003: $70,000 (partner agency) Renewal 
    In its first year, this collaboration among six agencies provided a seven-month girl-centric learning experience to girls ages 12-18. The program helped girls to build their self-esteem, recognize their special talents, respect their bodies, value education and develop leadership skills. In 2002, this grant supported a 12-week program for approximately 36 women to develop creative self-expression, assertiveness and self-esteem. In 2003, the collaboration focused entirely on girls, and the program was expanded to include girls ages 9-11. Participating agencies were The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Community Connections of Jacksonville, Girls, Incorporated of Jacksonville, PACE Center for Girls of Jacksonville, Planned Parenthood of Jacksonville and the Women’s Center of Jacksonville (2002 only).

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Communities in Schools of St. Johns County, St. Augustine

  • 2005: $20,000 for Hand Up to High School, 2006: $10,000 Renewal
    This program paired at-risk girls in grades 7-8 with 10th grade mentors for one year to help them prepare for the challenges of high school. Girls were also invited to a summer institute at Flagler College to foster interest in post-secondary education.

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Continental Societies, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Chapter, Jacksonville

  • 2009: $4,000
    This grant funded coaching and counseling for underprivileged girls. Continentals offered tutoring and mentoring outreach programs in youth centers and after-school programs, and served as positive role models.

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The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra, Ponte Vedra Beach

  • 2006: $5,000
    This grant supported “From The Inside Out", an arts education program for girls enrolled in the alcohol or drug rehabilitation program at TPC Village.

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Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Jacksonville

  • 2013: $100,000 Girl Matters: Giving Girls a Voice
    This two-year grant allows the Center to provide psychoeducational group therapy and family and individual therapy to girls who are in Juvenile Detention in Duval County or at risk of judicial involvement. One hundred girls who have been court-ordered will instead be routed to DBWPC, where they will participate in a tailored version of the five-session SAVVY Sister© and Girl Matters curriculum.
  • 2016: $100,000 Girl-Centered Practice Collaborative
    Co-creation of a continuity of care model to reduce the use of the juvenile justice system as a mental health provider for girls. The program will establish partnerships with direct service providers, girls and families in Duval, Clay and Nassau counties to develop a strategic plan with a shared vision of how to integrate girl-centered practices into programming and funding strategies, and will increase the capacity of direct service providers to effectively provide girl-centered, trauma-informed mental health services through specialized training with national experts.

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Emergency Services Homeless Coalition, Jacksonville

  • 2014: $120,000: ReStorHER
    ReStorHer is a two-year project with two phases: research and analysis to identify the needs of women veterans and barriers to service, and the development of a research-based, gender-specific system of care. ESHC is working in collaboration with the North Florida Women Veteran’s Association (WVA) to address systematic inequalities facing female veterans in Duval County.

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FCCJ Foundation, Jacksonville

  • 2005: $15,000 for Bridging the Digital Divide for Displaced Homemakers, 2006: $15,000 Renewal
    Computer education helps women bridge the “digital divide” that often separates displaced homemakers from the workplace at large. WGA-funded scholarships allowed women who completed FCCJ’s Challenge Program for Displaced Homemakers to learn basic computer skills.

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Gateway Community Services

  • 2015: $29,300 Gender Responsive, Trauma-Informed Professional Development
    Gateway provides treatment and recovery services to help people suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction and related mental health issues. WGA’s grant will allow Gateway to provide its counselors with training on evidence-based protocols that integrate gender-specific trauma treatment with substance abuse treatment. Gateway also hopes to expand this training to interested staff of other addiction service providers. The goal of the professional development program is to change the system of care for women and girls entering treatment.

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Girls, Incorporated of Jacksonville, Jacksonville

  • 2002: $70,000 (partner agency) Taking Our Measure and Finding Our Strength, 2003: $50,000 (partner agency) Renewal
    In its first year, this collaboration among six agencies provided a seven-month girl-centric learning experience to girls ages 12-18. The program helped girls to build their self-esteem, recognize their special talents, respect their bodies, value education and develop leadership skills. In 2002, this grant supported a 12-week program for approximately 36 women to develop creative self-expression, assertiveness and self-esteem. In 2003, the collaboration focused entirely on girls, and the program was expanded to include girls ages 9-11. Participating agencies were The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Community Connections of Jacksonville, Girls, Incorporated of Jacksonville, PACE Center for Girls of Jacksonville, Planned Parenthood of Jacksonville and the Women’s Center of Jacksonville (2002 only).
  • 2004: $10,000 for Photo Voice: The Game Face Project
    Based on an award-winning Girls, Inc. curriculum, this program provided cameras to middle school girls to take photos and explore the importance of health and fitness as well as cultural challenges to body image.
  • 2011: $5,000
    Researched and developed nationally, GirlsTHRIVE is a multi-faceted program to prevent childhood obesity. It exposes girls ages 5-17 to sports, activities, nutrition education and skills development to support healthy minds and bodies. WGA's grant contributed to the cost of staff and supplies for a summer initiative of the program.

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Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida, Fernandina Beach

  • 2005: $4,635
    WGA funded a school program to help girls ages 8-12 to develop healthy lifestyles and positive self-images.
  • 2006: $2,000
    This grant provided partial funding to start the Girls on the Run program in an additional school.

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Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Inc., Jacksonville

  • 2004: $10,000 for Middle School in Motion
    2004 funding supported an after-school program to serve approximately 100 middle school girls in Baker and Duval Counties. The program offered interactive activities to strengthen girls' character, self-esteem, goal-setting, positive peer influence and financial literacy. Girls participated in field trips designed to broaden their horizons and allow them to explore new opportunities.
  • 2005: $2,412
    This grant supported an expansion of the program funded in 2004.
  • 2009: $4,000
    This grant helped expand the "Get Real!" program which allowed a group of girls to attend legislative days in Tallahassee.
  • 2010: $20,000 for Get Real! Mentoring, 2011 $20,000 Renewal
    This grant supported a non-troop program to connect at-risk middle school girls with mentors to help them make positive life choices. The grant also funded expansion of the successful middle school program into high schools.

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Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, Jacksonville

  • 2008: $5,000
    This grant provided cribs for infants in at-risk families. It also included parent education to improve the safety of babies’ sleep environments.

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Hubbard House (confidential address)

  • 2004: $60,000 (over two years) for WINGS, 2006: $60,000 (over two years) Renewal – Violence & Justice System Involvement
    WGA provided funds for a full-time program manager for WINGS, a program that provides emotional and financial knowledge, skills and support to women who have moved beyond crisis. The 2006 grant continued the support of this program, which was redesigned for the final year of the grant.
  • 2014: $98,000 for RISE
    This two-year grant will fund the RISE program for victims of domestic violence in Baker and Duval Counties. A new manager has been hired to recruit, train, supervise and utilize three to five Master’s level interns and practicum students to provide 1,600 individual and group counseling hours annually to shelter and outreach clients. The program is designed to increase personal empowerment and coping skills, reduce trauma symptoms, enhance knowledge about mental health resources and augment safety strategies.
  • 2016: $100,000 Rise! Program
    Individual and group mental health counseling services to adult female victims of domestic violence who are receiving wrap-around services at its emergency shelter facility and outreach programs in Duval and Baker counties. The counselor will provide direct services and supervise interns and practicum students, will be available after hours to respond to mental health emergencies, will provide at least two workshops annually to mental health service professionals or students and will increase access to substance abuse services and collaborate with substance abuse service providers.

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I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, Jacksonville

  • 2010: $5,000
    This grant expanded the aftercare program to 37 single female clients. It provided move-in kitchen kits to single women moving from the shelter into homes of their own.
  • 2011: $20,000
    This grant funded salary and benefits for the Aftercare Case Manager who helps single women exiting the shelter. Aftercare services are designed to reduce repeat stays at the shelter. They include monthly contact with clients, home visits and progress evaluations (three over 18 months).
  • 2012: $91,656
    This two-year grant expanded mental health services for women and girl residents of Sulzbacher. Funding covered two years of salary for an Intensive Mental Health Case Manager to provide on-site crisis management and mental health services. The Manager assessed the needs of resident mothers using evidenced-based practices and tools and established linkages to community resources and wraparound services for the family.
  • 2015: $97,020 Trauma-Informed Therapy for Homeless Females
    The Sulzbacher Center is Northeast Florida’s largest provider of comprehensive services to the homeless. This program will provide on-site crisis management and mental health services to resident homeless women and girls. The program will allow staff to more quickly identify women with traumatic histories and develop intensive individualized treatment plans. WGA’s grant will provide funding for a Women and Girls Intensive Mental Health Case Manager whose duties will include training for all staff to promote an organization-wide trauma-informed culture.

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Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. (JCCI), Jacksonville

  • 2007: $5,000
    This grant supported JCCI’s study of infant mortality in Duval County.

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Jacksonville Film Festival, Atlantic Beach

  • 2005: $500
    WGA’s grant was used to help encourage female attendance at “The Changing Image of Women in Film".

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Jacksonville Women’s Business Center, Jacksonville

    • 2005: $10,000 for Mentoring Matters, 2006: $15,000 Renewal, 2007: $15,000 Renewal
      WGA's grant leveraged funding from other groups to help the Center launch new mentoring activities, hire additional staff and expand its reach throughout Northeast Florida. The 2007 continuation funding supported the program’s growth, facilitating an increase in the number of participants and expansion into the five-county area.
    • 2010: $5,000
      This grant supported the Center’s efforts to increase the number of participants and volunteers in the Business Women of Color initiative.

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Jewish Family and Community Services, Jacksonville

  • 2005: $20,000 for Get Moving!, 2006: $50,000 (over two years) Renewal, 2008: $30,000 Renewal, 2009: $15,000 Renewal, 2010 $25,000 Renewal
    This grant was awarded to educational/support groups to help prevent families from entering or re-entering the child protection system. The groups address issues including self-confidence, decision-making and interpersonal relationships.
  • 2007: $40,000 Pilot Grant for Building Bridges, 2008: $56,750 Implementation Grant, 2009: $60,000 Renewal, 2010: $53,000 Renewal, 2011: $36,000 renewal
    This grant funded the continuation of a program focused on girls ages 13-17 who age out of foster care. The program offers individual and group counseling, life skills training and practice, guidance from a female caregiver or mentor, transportation, transition planning and ongoing competency assessment. WGA identified the need for such a program in 2007 and has made grants totaling $209,750 to support design and implementation.
  • 2016: $100,000 Sliding Fee Scale Mental Health Counseling
    Individual and family mental health counseling to women and girls. The typical client will be a woman caught in the middle – trying to hold down a job and care for children without the support of family or friends and/or often depending on men in abusive, co-dependent relationships, ineligible for Medicaid but without adequate insurance. The sliding fee scale allows the client to afford counseling and take ownership of her treatment. In-home treatment will be offered to reduce barriers. Clients also will be linked to wrap around services offered by JFCS.

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John E. Ford Elementary School, Jacksonville

      • 2002: $9,964.50 for Great Girls + Great Books = Great Readers, 2004: $7,500 Renewal
        This project aimed to improve reading comprehension and critical thinking skills of girls enrolled in grades 3-5 at John E. Ford Elementary, a C-ranked school in Jacksonville’s Urban Core. Participants and their mothers were involved in reading, discussions and writing through a curriculum developed by the Junior Great Books program of the Great Books Foundation.

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Junior Achievement of North Florida, Jacksonville

      • 2008: $5,000
        This grant helped fund a multi-faceted evaluation of JA Girl$, an initiative of JANF. JA Girl$ partners with local nonprofits to teach girls about finance, careers and entrepreneurship.
      • 2010: $25,000 for JA Girl$ Program (includes $18,000 partner funding)
        This grant helped continue and expand the JA Girl$ program. JA Girl$ provides comprehensive education in financial literacy, job preparation and entrepreneurship, as well as mentoring to more than 1,000 girls per year.

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Kesler Mentoring Connection, Jacksonville

      • 2005: $14,650
        This grant was used to recruit, screen, onboard and train volunteer mentors for approximately 30 area agencies. Funding significantly reduced the amount of time involved in connecting mentors and mentees, and increased retention rates.

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Lutheran Social Services, Jacksonville

      • 2005: $20,000 for Financial Literacy Education for Refugee and Immigrant Women (partial amount reallocated to 2006 Grants Pool)
        WGA's grant helped offer financial literacy training to refugee and immigrant women. The money allowed LSS to hire an additional instructor to teach budgeting, record keeping and savings tips. (Part of this grant was reallocated to the 2006 Grants Pool, due to a significant decrease in the target population.)

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Mental Health America of Northeast Florida

  • 2015: $84,000 Women and Girls Training Institute
    Mental Health America of Northeast Florida leads community efforts to raise awareness of mental health, advocates for resources for those dealing with mental illness and connects community partners to improve mental health services. The Women and Girls Training Institute will educate local Mental Health professionals on mental illnesses that disproportionately affect women and girls. MHA will host three evidence-based training conferences each year and also produce the training in a webinar format.

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Micah’s Place, Fernandina Beach

  • 2004: $25,000 for Community Services Project
    This project provided outreach advocacy, crisis counseling, court advocacy and outreach support groups for adults and children who were victims of domestic violence. The grant allowed for a Counselor Advocate to expand these activities.

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National Council of Negro Women (Reed Educational Campus), Jacksonville

      • 2002: $50,000 for Collaboration Grant: Taking Our Measure and Finding Our Strength, 2003: $70,000
        In its first year, this collaboration among six agencies provided a seven-month girl-centric learning experience to girls ages 12-18. The program helped girls to build their self-esteem, recognize their special talents, respect their bodies, value education and develop leadership skills. In 2002, this grant supported a 12-week program for approximately 36 women to develop creative self-expression, assertiveness and self-esteem. In 2003, the collaboration focused entirely on girls, and the program was expanded to include girls ages 9-11. Participating agencies were The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Community Connections of Jacksonville, Girls, Incorporated of Jacksonville, PACE Center for Girls of Jacksonville, Planned Parenthood of Jacksonville and the Women’s Center of Jacksonville (2002 only).
      • 2004: $10,000 for Reed Educational Campus program, 2005: $10,960 Renewal, 2006: $20,000 Renewal, 2007: $23,300 Renewal, 2008: $25,000 Renewal, 2009: $20,000 Renewal, 2010: $15,000 Renewal
        Funding supported the after-school and summer programs for disadvantaged girls ages 9-12. Located in the heart of Northwest Jacksonville, the program provides customized, structured learning experiences in reading, computer skills, health, nutrition and physical fitness.

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NCCD Center for Girls and Young Women, Jacksonville

  • 2011: $29,500 Girl Matters: It's Elementary!
    WGA-funded research found that more than 800 elementary-age girls were given out-of-school suspensions each year. This grant provided a portion of the local match required for a four-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project was designed to provide culturally competent and gender-responsive interventions for girls at risk of out-of-school suspension and/or expulsion. The program aimed to provide positive alternatives in order to keep girls in school and increase school connectedness and academic and social success. Partnering with Duval County Schools, NCCD implemented the program at North Shores K-8 and at George Washington Carver Elementary School.

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Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, Jacksonville

  • 2016: $10,000 Impact Grant
    Pilot project to support grantees and extend the impact of the grants that WGA has made during its five-year focus on mental health. Baptist Health is matching WGA funding at $10,000 for this work. This grant will fund research regarding the status of evaluation and the tools available to WGA Mental Health grantees. The grant will conclude with a proposal for a two-year project which will assist grantees in evaluating the effectiveness and communicating the success of their mental health counseling services. WGA will leave open the possibility that WGA could fund, in whole or in part, a continuation of this project in subsequent years.

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Northeast Florida AIDS Network (NFAN), Jacksonville

      • 2011: $5,000 (Discretionary Grant)
        Established in 1989 as a regional community-based organization, NFAN plans and coordinates HIV/AIDS services and provides compassionate leadership, services and advocacy to meet prevention, health, spiritual and social needs of individuals, families and communities. WGA's grant supported The Princess Club, a program designed to educate and empower HIV negative girls ages 5-15.

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Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, Jacksonville

      • 2010: $5,000
        WGA funding was used to train adult women in New Town to take pictures with donated cameras to document conditions in their community. The goal was to develop “photo voices” and help women acquire confidence and skills to become effective community advocates.

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PACE Center for Girls, Jacksonville, Jacksonville

      • 2002: $50,000 (partner agency) Taking Our Measure and Finding Our Strength, 2003: $70,000 (partner agency) Renewal
        In its first year, this collaboration among six agencies provided a seven-month girl-centric learning experience to girls ages 12-18. The program helped girls to build their self-esteem, recognize their special talents, respect their bodies, value education and develop leadership skills. In 2002, this grant supported a 12-week program for approximately 36 women to develop creative self-expression, assertiveness and self-esteem. In 2003, the collaboration focused entirely on girls, and the program was expanded to include girls ages 9-11. Participating agencies were The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Community Connections of Jacksonville, Girls, Incorporated of Jacksonville, PACE Center for Girls of Jacksonville, Planned Parenthood of Jacksonville and the Women’s Center of Jacksonville (2002 only).
      • 2005: $20,000 for Inspiring the Spirit of Beauty
        This grant allowed the expansion of PACE Center’s Cooperative Educational and Spirited Girls programs, with activities aimed specifically to develop girls’ self-image, wellness and positive attitude.
      • 2008: $30,000 (PACEWorks), 2009: $45,000 Renewal, 2010: $38,000 Renewal, 2011 $37,000 Renewal
        In 2008, WGA identified the need to locate and engage PACE alumnae ages 16-25 who had been in foster care. This intensive program of life skills, individual therapy and career exploration and preparation helped young women to develop credentials and on-the-job experience. Key to the program’s success were transition counselors who built relationships of trust with each girl.
      • 2012: $115,000
        Funding integrated mental health access at the Center with a pilot to expand the depth of psychological services offered, increase services documentation and develop a model to be implemented in other centers. The two-year grant increased on-site treatment from an additional Licensed Counselor for 25 more girls. The service was supervised by a consultant to serve as a pilot for 17 other PACE Centers throughout the state. Prior WGA program grants in 2008, 2009 and 2010 total $113,000.

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Planned Parenthood of Northeast Florida, Jacksonville

      • 2002: $50,000 (partner agency) Taking Our Measure and Finding Our Strength, 2003: $70,000 (partner agency) Renewal
        In its first year, this collaboration among six agencies provided a seven-month girl-centric learning experience to girls ages 12-18. The program helped girls to build their self-esteem, recognize their special talents, respect their bodies, value education and develop leadership skills. In 2002, this grant supported a 12-week program for approximately 36 women to develop creative self-expression, assertiveness and self-esteem. In 2003, the collaboration focused entirely on girls, and the program was expanded to include girls ages 9-11. Participating agencies were The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Community Connections of Jacksonville, Girls, Incorporated of Jacksonville, PACE Center for Girls of Jacksonville, Planned Parenthood of Jacksonville and the Women’s Center of Jacksonville (2002 only).

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Quigley House (confidential address)

      • 2004: $60,000 (over two years) Transition House (Partial amount reallocated to the 2005 Grants Pool)
        WGA’s two-year grant supported an additional case manager for Transition House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. WGA provided funding to allow residents to extend their stay from 12 to 18 months. Monies also covered the cost of a job coach and computer skills training for new residents. (A portion of the grant was reallocated to the 2006 Grants Pool, as the program could not be completed as planned.)

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Rethreaded

  • 2015: $74,680 Survivor Advocate Program
    Rethreaded is a social entrepreneurship that breaks the cycle of the sex trade by offering viable, creative, safe and supportive work to those affected by the sex trade. The Survivor Advocate Program will provide a trauma-informed work environment, psychoeducational groups and advocacy and support in accessing and navigating the system of care in Jacksonville for mental health and other health related issues. The program will include daily therapy group sessions so that employees can experience continued healing through community while learning a new skill.

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Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare, Yulee

      • 2013: $110,000 Needs of Women-Today (NOW-Today)
        NOW-Today is a collaboration between Starting Point, Barnabas Center and Micah’s Place. This two-year grant allows 170 women who seek crisis assistance to receive ongoing behavioral health prevention and intervention services. NOW-Today will also address parenting education by providing ongoing parenting classes for 60 women.

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Volunteers in Medicine, Jacksonville

      • 2012: $10,000
        Through its volunteer medical professionals, VIM provides free primary healthcare for qualified low-income, working, uninsured people in the Jacksonville area. The center offers pap smears, mammograms, mental health screening and counseling one day each week. The two-year grant supported the cost of a complete patient clinical appointment with a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a Psychiatrist at the center for 133 women over two years. In 2011, VIM provided 211 women with these appointments at a cost of $75 each.
      • 2016: $22,000 Healing the Mind, Body, Heart and Soul
        Mental health screening, counseling, medication and psychiatric services to working, uninsured women who live or work in Duval County. All direct services will be provided by volunteers at the VIM facility in downtown Jacksonville; WGA funds will be used to offset indirect costs and the cost of medications. Mental health services will be integrated with other health services offered by VIM.

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The Way Free Medical Clinic, Green Cove Springs

      • 2011: $5,000 (Discretionary Grant)
        Grant funding supported “My Baby and Me", a pilot program to provide education, support and direct services to teen mothers in Clay County. The funds contributed to the cost of curriculum material, instructor salary, bus vouchers and infant supplies.

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Women’s Center of Jacksonville, Jacksonville

      • 2002: $50,000 (partner agency) Taking Our Measure and Finding Our Strength, 2003: $70,000 (partner agency) Renewal 
        In its first year, this collaboration among six agencies provided a seven-month girl-centric learning experience to girls ages 12-18. The program helped girls to build their self-esteem, recognize their special talents, respect their bodies, value education and develop leadership skills. In 2002, this grant supported a 12-week program for approximately 36 women to develop creative self-expression, assertiveness and self-esteem. In 2003, the collaboration focused entirely on girls, and the program was expanded to include girls ages 9-11. Participating agencies were The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Community Connections of Jacksonville, Girls, Incorporated of Jacksonville, PACE Center for Girls of Jacksonville, Planned Parenthood of Jacksonville and the Women’s Center of Jacksonville (2002 only).
      • 2002: $9,520 for Literacy Curriculum Development
        This grant helped the Women’s Center to develop a gender-specific model of literacy education to meet the unique needs of HIV-positive clients. The curriculum combined best practices from national models of literacy training with counseling to address self-esteem and self-efficacy issues prevalent among women living in a constant state of crisis.
      • 2003: $35,000 for Learning for Leadership, 2004: $ 8,000 Renewal (to package and market curriculum)
        WGA's grant helped launch a 12-week program to help women to be positive role models and advocate for themselves and their families. During each session, 8-10 participants would reframe negative thoughts, obtain practical life skills and improve and advocate for their families’ health. This project involved participants from Community Connections, PACE Center for Girls of Jacksonville, Hubbard House, Magnolia Project and Sable Palms Apartments.
      • 2003: $40,000 Expanded Horizons, 2004: $20,000 Renewal, 2005: $20,000 Renewal, 2006: $25,000 Renewal (2006), 2007: $20,000 Renewal
        Expanded Horizons is a gender-specific literacy program based on 2002 WGA-funded research. The program offers small classes, flexibility, transportation, child care and life skills development to meet the unique needs of women. The 2007 grant funded the salary of a part-time classroom instructor, allowing the program to develop a literacy component and reach more students at the Women’s Center and through partnerships with Head Start and Hubbard House.
      • 2006: $5,000 (Discretionary Grant) Bosom Buddies
        This grant supported the Women’s Center’s program for breast cancer victims and survivors.
      • 2012: $100,000
        This two-year grant allowed the Center to hire two more counselors, add an unpaid counseling intern, utilize a contract counselor and support additional staff and clients. Funding expanded “no cost" counseling services to an additional 130 women, doubling the number of low-income women receiving no-cost therapy in Duval, Clay and St. Johns Counties. The number of requests has increased over the years from an average of 30 per month in 2008 to a high of 75 in July 2011.
      • 2014: $135,000 
        This two-year grant will fund a full-time Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) to see clients and provide required clinical supervision for up to three Master’s-level or Registered Interns who will collectively provide gender-responsive, trauma-informed mental health services to approximately 360 additional low income and other clients.

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Youth Crisis Center, Jacksonville

      • 2009: $2,000 (Discretionary Grant)
        This grant was used to develop a gender-specific curriculum for “Touchstone Village”, a new residential center to serve approximately 30 young women. The program included life coaches and therapists to provide skills for transition to adulthood and independent living.

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