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Barancik Foundation Board Approves $8 Million Grant

The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation recently approved $8 million in grants for affordable housing, social services and projects involving environmental sustainability, bringing the foundation’s total investment in the region to more than $105 million since 2014.

Grants include:

• $1 million for Child Safety Coalition to support the construction of a new youth shelter to help keep children out of foster care.

• $1 million for Chicago Zoological Society to support the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program as it engages in work to better understand and benefit the long-time resident dolphins of Sarasota Bay.

• $800,000 for harvest house to support the organization as it expands its facilities and service offerings.

• $610,630 to Girls Inc. of the Sarasota County Family Strengthening Programa program that removes barriers and provides services designed to address girls’ social-emotional health while strengthening family communication through outreach, behavioral interventions and referrals to community resources.

• $600,000 for Resilient retirement to expand mental health programs designed for first responders and helping professionals.

• $500,000 to the Barancik Foundation to establish a Initiative against recidivism to support the work of preventing criminal recidivism in the 12th Judicial Circuit.

• $400,000 for Parenting Matters to enable the organization to build its capacity and expand its services.

• $300,000 for Lutheran Services in Florida support refugees by providing socially integrated services that are holistic, culturally competent, collaborative and responsive.

• $250,000 for Minorities in shark science promote diversity and inclusion efforts in marine science and conservation efforts.

• $320,000 to the Barancik Foundation to continue the TIME Teacher Scholarship Program.

• $262,273 to support exhibits and hands-on activities during Sarasota Museum of Art Free Second Sunday programming.

• $250,000 for Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness create a mitigation fund for landlords by providing financial guarantees and incentives to reduce barriers and house highly vulnerable individuals and families.

• $250,000 to Science and Environmental Council of Southwest Florida to support an environmental summit that promotes action on environmental challenges.

• $225,000 for Women’s Resource Center to support their services and staff.

• $200,000 for The Salvation Army of Sarasota County to provide case management and supportive housing to families.

• $150,000 to Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Foundation to support CareerEdge’s Bridges to Careers training program.

• $150,000 for Friends of Sarasota County Parks to support educational neighborhood gardens at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota. The gardens are focused on educating people on nine principles of Florida-friendly landscaping that protect our ecosystem.

• $150,000 for beyond the spectrum to help individuals and families affected by autism, Down syndrome and related developmental diagnoses.

• $140,000 for Sarasota County Healthy Start Coalition to support prenatal and postpartum support and education for Spanish-speaking women in Sarasota County.

• $100,000 to expand Accept our differences‘ education program to serve more teachers and students in Sarasota and Manatee County schools and hire additional staff.

• $56,622 to Sarasota County Schools to support the growth and sustainability of Sarasota’s Reading Recovery program.

• $30,000 for Turning points to support their navigation program, which assists people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, including walk-in visits and referrals.

Additional grants of $230,500 were awarded for annual operating costs and programs from organizations close to the Baranciks’ hearts.

The Barancik Foundation, founded in 2014, provides grants to Sarasota and beyond in the areas of education, humanitarian causes, arts and culture, environment, and medical research. For information, visit

Submitted by the Barancik Foundation