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List of Grants for Fiscal Year 2017, starting July 2016

North Florida Grants
Ability 1st    
High School High Tech Gadsden $22,000.00
High School High Tech Leon $22,000.00
High School High Tech Wakulla $22,000.00
ARC Jacksonville    
High School High Tech Clay $22,000.00
High School High Tech Duval $22,000.00
High School High Tech St. Johns $22,000.00
Ark Nassau    
Employment Placement Services Nassau $58,140.00
Career Source Florida Crown Workforce Board, Inc.    
High School High Tech Columbia $22,000.00
High School High Tech Dixie $22,000.00
High School High Tech Gilchrist $22,000.00
High School High Tech Union $22,000.00
Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida    
High School High Tech Alachua $22,000.00
High School High Tech Rural Rural Alachua $22,000.00
High School High Tech Bradford $22,000.00
High School High Tech Levy $22,000.00
High School High Tech Marion $22,000.00
High School High Tech Putnam $22,000.00
Dyslexia Research Institute    
High School High Tech Gulf $22,000.00
Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast    
High School High Tech Escambia $22,000.00
High School High Tech Okaloosa $22,000.00
Independence for the Blind of West Florida    
Services for Individuals with Macular Degeneration Escambia $2,500.00
Madison County School Board    
High School High Tech Madison $22,000.00
Nassau County School District    
High School High Tech Nassau $22,000.00
North Florida School    
Barkin' Biscuits Duval $50,000.00
Central Florida Grants
Brevard Schools Foundation    
High School High Tech Bayside Brevard $22,000.00
High School High Tech Heritage Brevard $22,000.00
Tiny House Project Brevard $26,000.00
Center for Independent Living in Central Florida, Inc.    
High School High Tech Polk $22,000.00
Community Initiatives, Inc.    
High School High Tech Orange, Osceola, Seminole $22,000.00
Educational Foundation of Lake County    
High School High Tech Lake $22,000.00
Foundation for Orange County Public Schools    
High School High Tech North Orange $22,000.00
High School High Tech South South Orange $22,000.00
Lighthouse Central Florida    
Services for Individuals with Macular Degeneration Orange $2,500.00
New Vision For Independence    
Services for Individuals with Macular Degeneration Lake $2,500.00
Quest, Inc.    
Project SEARCH at Florida Hospital Osceola $65,000.00
School District of Hillsborough County Technical and Career Education    
High School High Tech Hillsborough $22,000.00
Science Center/WorkNet Pinellas    
Ability Initiative Training Program Pinellas $250,000.00
Service Source/Abilities, Inc.    
High School High Tech Pasco $22,000.00
High School High Tech Pinellas $22,000.00
Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.    
Services for Individuals with Macular Degeneration Hillsborough $2,500.00
South Florida Grants
Arc Broward    
Transportation Reimbursement Program Broward $24,000.00
Center for Independent Living of Broward    
High School High Tech North Broward $22,000.00
High School High Tech South Broward $22,000.00
Community Haven for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Inc.    
High School High Tech Manatee $22,000.00
High School High Tech Sarasota $22,000.00
Dan Marino Foundation    
Transportation Reimbursement Program Broward $24,000.00
Goodwill Industries Manasota, Inc.    
High School High Tech Desoto $30,000.00
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc.    
High School High Tech Charlotte $22,000.00
High School High Tech Collier $22,000.00
High School High Tech Glades, Hendry $22,000.00
High School High Tech Lee $22,000.00
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc.    
High School High Tech Palm Beach $22,000.00
The Key Clubhouse of South Florida    
Employment Initiative Miami-Dade $65,500.00
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired    
High School High Tech N. Miami-Dade $22,000.00
High School High Tech S. Miami-Dade $22,000.00
Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center    
REAP, Readiness, Employment, and Placement Broward $249,365.00
Vincent Academy/Van Gough's Palette    
Founding of Vincent Academy Employment Sarasota $54,000.00
Other Grants
American Cancer Society    
Program Support Ft. Walton Beach $2,500.00
American Diabetes Association    
Program Support Duval $5,000.00
American Red Cross    
Program Support Pensacola $2,500.00
America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend    
Program Support Leon & surrounding counties $5,000.00
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute    
Research on Macular Degeneration Miami-Dade $10,000.00
Big Bend Hospice, Inc.    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Big Brothers/Sisters of the Big Bend    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Brain Injury Association of Florida    
Program Support Statewide $5,000.00
Children’s Advocacy Center    
Program Support Okaloosa $14,000.00
Council on Foundations    
Support Nationwide $2,060.00
Elder Care Services    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy    
Program Support Okaloosa $14,000.00
Florida Chamber Foundation    
Research Statewide $50,000.00
Internship Project Statewide $110,000.00
Staffing Support Statewide $24,292.00
Florida Keys SPCA    
Support Monroe $2,500.00
Florida Philanthropic Network    
Membership Dues Statewide $3,400.00
Florida Public Broadcasting Services, Inc.    
Communications Campaign Statewide $64,532.00
Friends of Arrow Rock    
Preservation of Arrow Rock Missouri $2,000.00
Grant Managers Network    
Membership Dues Nationwide $500.00
Habitat for Humanity    
Program Support Okaloosa $2,500.00
Marines Toys for Tots Foundation    
Program Support Nationwide $2,500.00
Muscular Dystrophy Association    
Program Support Leon $5,000.00
One Blood    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Ronald McDonald House Charities    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
United Cerebral Palsy    
Program Support Ft. Walton Beach $5,000.00
WFSU    
Capital Report & Underwriting Support Statewide $8,960.00

CLICK HERE to learn about The Able Trust Grants Program. In addition, The Able Trust Common Q & A offers grant applicants helpful tips on how to submit effective grant proposals.  For more information and tips about grant writing, visit http://www.abletrust.org/grant-information/grant-notebook/grant-writing-faq.

List of Grants for Fiscal Year 2016, starting July 2015

North Florida Grants
Ability 1st    
High School High Tech Gadsden $22,000.00
High School High Tech Leon $22,000.00
High School High Tech Wakulla $22,000.00
ARC Jacksonville    
High School High Tech Clay $30,000.00
High School High Tech Duval $30,000.00
High School High Tech St. Johns $30,000.00
Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida    
High School High Tech Alachua $22,000.00
High School High Tech Rural Rural Alachua $22,000.00
High School High Tech Bradford $22,000.00
High School High Tech Levy $22,000.00
High School High Tech Marion $22,000.00
High School High Tech Putnam $22,000.00
Dyslexia Research Institute    
High School High Tech Gulf $22,000.00
Career Source Florida Crown Workforce Board, Inc.    
High School High Tech Columbia $22,000.00
High School High Tech Dixie $22,000.00
High School High Tech Gilchrist $22,000.00
High School High Tech Union $22,000.00
Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast    
High School High Tech Escambia $22,000.00
High School High Tech Okaloosa $22,000.00
Hope Haven Children's Clinic & Family Center    
Hope Academy - Project SEARCH Duval $50,000.00
Madison County School Board    
High School High Tech Madison $22,000.00
Nassau County School District    
High School High Tech Nassau $30,000.00
Tallahassee Community College Foundation    
Partnership Enabling Full Employment Gadsden, Leon, & Wakulla $250,000.00
Central Florida Grants
Brevard Schools Foundation    
High School High Tech Bayside Brevard $22,000.00
High School High Tech Heritage Brevard $22,000.00
Center for Independent Living in Central Florida, Inc.    
High School High Tech Polk $22,000.00
Community Initiatives, Inc.    
High School High Tech Orange, Osceola, Seminole $22,000.00
Educational Foundation of Lake County    
High School High Tech Lake $30,000.00
Foundation for Orange County Public Schools    
High School High Tech Orange $22,000.00
Lighthouse Central Florida    
Transportation Reimbursement Pilot Program Orange $24,000.00
Lighthouse Works, Inc.    
Creating Additional Employment Opportunities Orange $50,000.00
PARC    
Culinary Arts Teaching Kitchen Pinellas $50,000.00
School District of Hillsborough County Technical and Career Education    
High School High Tech Hillsborough $22,000.00
Service Source/Abilities, Inc.    
High School High Tech Pasco $22,000.00
High School High Tech Pinellas $22,000.00
South Florida Grants
Achievement Rehabilitation Centers, Inc.    
Center for Financial Stability Broward $250,000.00
Center for Independent Living of Broward    
High School High Tech North Broward $22,000.00
High School High Tech South Broward $22,000.00
Florida International University    
Panther LIFE: Preparing for Employment Miami-Dade $65,000.00
Community Haven for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Inc.    
High School High Tech Manatee $22,000.00
High School High Tech Sarasota $22,000.00
Goodwill Industries Manasota, Inc.    
High School High Tech Desoto $30,000.00
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc.    
High School High Tech Charlotte $22,000.00
High School High Tech Collier $22,000.00
High School High Tech Glades, Hendry $22,000.00
High School High Tech Lee $22,000.00
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc.    
High School High Tech Palm Beach $22,000.00
Lighthouse of Broward County, Inc.    
Services for Individuals with Macular Degeneration Broward $2,500.00
Lighthouse of Collier, Inc.    
Services for Individuals with Macular Degeneration Collier $2,500.00
Lighthouse for the Blind of The Palm Beaches    
Services for Individuals with Macular Degeneration Palm Beach $2,500.00
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired    
High School High Tech N. Miami-Dade $22,000.00
High School High Tech S. Miami-Dade $22,000.00
Services for Individuals with Macular Degeneration Miami-Dade $2,500.00
Transportation Reimbursement Pilot Program Miami-Dade $24,000.00
Other Grants
American Cancer Society    
Program Support Ft. Walton Beach $2,500.00
American Diabetes Association    
Program Support Nationwide $5,000.00
American Red Cross    
Program Support Pensacola $2,500.00
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute    
Research on Macular Degeneration Miami-Dade $10,000.00
Big Bend Hospice, Inc.    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Big Brothers/Sisters of the Big Bend    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Brain Injury Association of Florida    
Program Support Statewide $5,000.00
Children’s Advocacy Center    
Program Support Okaloosa $14,000.00
Council on Foundations    
Support Nationwide $2,060.00
Elder Care Services    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Florida Chamber Foundation    
Research Statewide $50,000.00
Florida Keys SPCA    
Support Monroe $2,500.00
Friends of Arrow Rock    
Preservation of Arrow Rock Missouri $2,000.00
Grant Managers Network    
Membership Dues Nationwide $500.00
Habitat for Humanity    
Program Support Ft. Walton Beach $2,500.00
Marines Toys for Tots Foundation    
Program Support Nationwide $2,500.00
Muscular Dystrophy Association    
Program Support Leon $5,000.00
One Blood    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Ronald McDonald House Charities    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
United Cerebral Palsy    
Program Support Ft. Walton Beach $5,000.00
WFSU    
Capital Report & Underwriting Support Statewide $22,960.00

CLICK HERE to learn about The Able Trust Grants Program. In addition, The Able Trust Common Q & A offers grant applicants helpful tips on how to submit effective grant proposals.  For more information and tips about grant writing, visit http://www.abletrust.org/grant-information/grant-notebook/grant-writing-faq.

List of Grants for Fiscal Year 2015, starting July 2014

North Florida Grants
Ability 1st    
High School High Tech Leon $22,000.00
High School High Tech Wakulla $22,000.00
High School High Tech Gadsden $22,000.00
ARC Gateway, Inc.    
Valuing Employment Coaches Escambia & Santa Rosa $40,071.00
Brooks Health Foundation    
Clubhouse Vocational Integration, Phase 3 Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Nassau $64,841.00
Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida    
High School High Tech Alachua $22,000.00
High School High Tech Rural Alachua $22,000.00
High School High Tech Bradford $22,000.00
High School High Tech Levy $22,000.00
High School High Tech Marion $22,000.00
High School High Tech Putnam $22,000.00
Dyslexia Research Institute    
High School High Tech Gulf $22,000.00
Florida Crown Workforce Board, Inc.    
High School High Tech Gilchrist $22,000.00
High School High Tech Union $22,000.00
High School High Tech Dixie $22,000.00
High School High Tech Columbia $22,000.00
Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast    
High School High Tech Escambia $22,000.00
High School High Tech Okaloosa $30,000.00
Independent Living Resource Center, Inc.    
High School High Tech Baker $22,000.00
High School High Tech Clay $22,000.00
High School High Tech Duval $22,000.00
High School High Tech Nassau $22,000.00
High School High Tech St. Johns $22,000.00
Independence for the Blind West Florida    
Services for Individuals with Macular Degeneration Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton $2,500.00
Madison Cty School Board    
High School High Tech Madison $22,000.00
North Florida School    
Berry Good Farms on the Go Duval $35,000.00
Central Florida Grants
Beacon College    
High School High Tech Lake $22,000.00
Brevard Schools Foundation    
High School High Tech Bayside Brevard $22,000.00
High School High Tech Heritage Brevard $22,000.00
Center for Independent Living in Central Florida, Inc.    
High School High Tech Polk $22,000.00
Center for the Visually Impaired    
Services for Individuals with Macular Degeneration Volusia, Flagler, Putnam, Brevard $2,500.00
Community Based Care of Central Florida    
High School High Tech Orange, Osceola & Seminole $22,000.00
Easter Seals Society of Southwest Florida, Inc.    
Employment Services Program Sarasota & Manatee $30,000.00
Foundation for Orange County Public Schools    
High School High Tech Orange $22,000.00
Quest, Inc.    
Project SEARCH at Florida Hospital East Orange $50,000.00
School District of Hillsborough County Technical and Career Education    
High School High Tech Hillsborough $22,000.00
Service Source/Abilities, Inc.    
High School High Tech Pinellas $22,000.00
High School High Tech Pasco $30,000.00
ABIL House – Acquired Brain Injury Life Pinellas $60,000.00
St. Petersburg College Foundation    
Student Employment Project Pinellas $60,000.00
South Florida Grants
Baptist Health South Florida    
ASPIRE Program Dade $60,000.00
Center for Independent Living of Broward    
High School High Tech Broward $22,000.00
Center for Independent Living of South Florida    
High School High Tech closeout Miami-Dade $3,816.74
The Dan Marino Foundation, Inc.    
Career Launch Program Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach $250,000.00
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired    
High School High Tech N. Miami-Dade $22,000.00
High School High Tech S. Miami-Dade $22,000.00
Rehabilitation & Employment Project Miami-Dade $65,000.00
Community Haven for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Inc.    
High School High Tech Manatee $22,000.00
High School High Tech Sarasota $22,000.00
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc.    
High School High Tech Charlotte $22,000.00
High School High Tech Lee $22,000.00
High School High Tech Glades & Hendry $22,000.00
High School High Tech Collier $22,000.00
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc.    
High School High Tech Palm Beach $22,000.00
Stand Among Friends    
Career Ability Palm Beach, Broward & Dade $60,000.00
Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center    
The REAP Program Broward $46,200.00
Other Grants
American Cancer Society    
Program Support Ft. Walton Beach $2,500.00
American Diabetes Association    
Program Support Nationwide $5,000.00
American Red Cross    
Program Support Ft. Walton Beach $2,500.00
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute    
Research on Macular Degeneration Miami-Dade $5,000.00
Big Bend Hospice, Inc.    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Big Brothers/Sisters of the Big Bend    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Brain Injury Association of Florida    
Program Support Broward $5,000.00
Children’s Advocacy Center    
Program Support Okaloosa $5,000.00
Council on Foundations    
Support Nationwide $1,248.82
Elder Care Services    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center    
Program Support Okaloosa & Walton $1,421.13
Florida Chamber Foundation    
Support Statewide $5,000.00
Florida Keys SPCA    
Support Monroe $2,500.00
Florida Public Broadcasting    
Communications Campaign Statewide $4,350.00
Friends of Arrow Rock    
Preservation of Arrow Rock Kansas $473.71
Grant Managers Network    
Membership Dues Nationwide $250.00
Habitat for Humanity    
Program Support Ft. Walton Beach $2,500.00
Marines Toys for Tots Foundation    
Program Support Virginia $2,500.00
Muscular Dystrophy Association    
Program Support Leon $5,000.00
One Blood    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Ronald McDonald House Charities    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
United Cerebral Palsy    
Program Support Ft. Walton Beach $5,000.00
WFSU    
Capital Report & Underwriting Support Statewide $22,960.00

List of Grants for Fiscal Year 2014, starting July 2013

North Florida Grants
Ability 1st    
High School High Tech Gadsden $21,000.00
High School High Tech Leon $21,000.00
High School High Tech Wakulla $21,000.00
Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida    
High School High Tech Alachua $21,000.00
High School High Tech Rural Alachua $21,000.00
High School High Tech Bradford $21,000.00
High School High Tech Levy $21,000.00
High School High Tech Marion $21,000.00
High School High Tech Putnam $21,000.00
Dyslexia Research Institute    
High School High Tech Gulf $21,000.00
Florida Crown Workforce Board, Inc.    
High School High Tech Columbia $21,000.00
High School High Tech Dixie $21,000.00
High School High Tech Gilchrist $21,000.00
High School High Tech Union $21,000.00
Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast    
High School High Tech Escambia $21,000.00
Independent Living Resource Center, Inc.    
High School High Tech Baker $21,000.00
High School High Tech Clay $21,000.00
High School High Tech Duval $21,000.00
High School High Tech Nassau $21,000.00
High School High Tech St. Johns $21,000.00
Madison County School Board    
High School High Tech Madison $21,000.00
Central Florida Grants
Beacon College    
High School High Tech Lake $21,000.00
Brevard Schools Foundation    
High School High Tech Brevard $21,000.00
High School High Tech Palm Bay Brevard $21,000.00
Center for Independent Living in Central Florida, Inc.    
High School High Tech Polk $30,000.00
Community Based Care of Central Florida    
High School High Tech Orange, Osceola, Seminole $21,000.00
Foundation for Orange County Public Schools    
High School High Tech Orange $21,000.00
Lighthouse Works, Inc.    
Creating Employment Opportunities Orange, Osceola, Seminole $48,000.00
Quest, Inc.    
Project SEARCH at Shingle Creek Orange $50,000.00
School District of Hillsborough County Technical and Career Education    
High School High Tech Hillsborough $21,000.00
Service Source/Abilities, Inc.    
High School High Tech Pinellas $21,000.00
St. Petersburg College Foundation    
Student Employment Project Pinellas $60,000.00
Van Gogh’s Palette, Inc.    
Founder’s Tribute Pinellas $250.00
WestCare Gulf Coast, Florida, Inc.    
Career & Learning Center Pinellas $50,000.00
South Florida Grants
Achievement & Rehabilitation Centers, Inc. ARC Broward, Inc.    
Culinary Institute Broward $45,000.00
Autism Project of Palm Beach County    
Adult Employment Services Palm Beach $50,000.00
Center for Independent Living of Broward    
High School High Tech Broward $21,000.00
Center for Independent Living of South Florida    
High School High Tech Miami-Dade $21,000.00
Expansion of High School High Tech Miami-Dade $30,000.00
Community Haven for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Inc.    
High School High Tech Manatee $21,000.00
High School High Tech Sarasota $21,000.00
Florida Outreach Center for the Blind, Inc.    
Increasing Employment of the Blind through Training Palm Beach $20,262.00
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc.    
High School High Tech Charlotte $21,000.00
High School High Tech Lee $21,000.00
High School High Tech Glades, Hendry $21,000.00
High School High Tech Collier $30,000.00
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc.    
High School High Tech Palm Beach $21,000.00
Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida, Inc. Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee $45,000.00
Lighthouse of Southwest Florida    
Services for Individuals with Macular Degeneration Lee $4,000.00
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind    
Music Under the Stars for Heiken Children Miami-Dade $100.00
Stand Among Friends    
Career Ability Broward, Dade, Palm Beach $60,000.00
Other Grants
American Cancer Society    
Program Support Ft. Walton Beach $2,500.00
American Diabetes Association    
Program Support National $5,000.00
American Red Cross    
Program Support Ft. Walton Beach $2,500.00
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute    
Research on Macular Degeneration Miami-Dade $4,000.00
Big Bend Hospice, Inc.    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Big Brothers/Sisters of the Big Bend    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Brain Injury Association of Florida    
Program Support Broward $5,000.00
Children’s Advocacy Center    
Program Support Okaloosa $5,000.00
Council on Foundations    
Support Nationwide $2,690.00
Elder Care Services    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center    
Program Support Okaloosa, Walton $1,421.13
Florida Chamber Foundation    
Support Statewide $5,000.00
Florida Keys SPCA    
Support Monroe $2,500.00
Florida Public Broadcasting    
Communications Campaign Statewide $4,350.00
Friends of Arrow Rock    
Preservation of Arrow Rock Kansas $473.71
Habitat for Humanity    
Program Support Ft. Walton Beach $2,500.00
Marines Toys for Tots Foundation    
Program Support Virginia $2,500.00
Muscular Dystrophy Association    
Program Support Leon $5,000.00
One Blood    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Ronald McDonald House Charities    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
United Cerebral Palsy    
Program Support Ft. Walton Beach $5,000.00
WFSU    
Capital Report & Underwriting Support Statewide $22,960.00

List of Grants for Fiscal Year 2013, starting July 2012

North Florida Grants
Ability 1st    
High School High Tech Leon $21,000.00
High School High Tech Wakulla $21,000.00
High School High Tech Gadsden $21,000.00
Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida    
High School High Tech Alachua $21,000.00
High School High Tech Rural Alachua $21,000.00
High School High Tech Bradford $21,000.00
High School High Tech Levy $21,000.00
High School High Tech Marion $21,000.00
High School High Tech Putnam $21,000.00
Dyslexia Research Institute    
High School High Tech Gulf $21,000.00
Florida Crown Workforce Board, Inc.
High School High Tech Gilchrist $21,000.00
High School High Tech Union $21,000.00
High School High Tech Dixie $21,000.00
High School High Tech Columbia $21,000.00
Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast
High School High Tech Escambia $21,000.00
Independent Living Resource Center, Inc.
High School High Tech Baker $21,000.00
High School High Tech Clay $21,000.00
High School High Tech Duval $21,000.00
High School High Tech Nassau $21,000.00
High School High Tech St. Johns $21,000.00
Madison County School Board
High School High Tech Madison $21,000.00
Central Florida Grants
Beacon College    
High School High Tech Lake $21,000.00
Brevard Schools Foundation    
High School High Tech Brevard $21,000.00
High School High Tech Palm Bay Brevard $21,000.00
Center for Independent Living in Central Florida, Inc.    
High School High Tech Polk $30,000.00
Community Based Care of Central Florida    
High School High Tech Orange, Osceola & Seminole $21,000.00
Foundation for Orange County Public Schools    
High School High Tech Orange $21,000.00
Lighthouse Works, Inc.    
Creating Employment Opportunities Osceola, Orange & Seminole $48,000.00
Quest, Inc.    
Project SEARCH at Shingle Creek Orange $50,000.00
School District of Hillsborough County Technical and Career Education    
High School High Tech Hillsborough $21,000.00
Service Source/Abilities, Inc.    
High School High Tech Pinellas $21,000.00
St. Petersburg College Foundation    
Student Employment Project Pinellas $60,000.00
Van Gogh’s Palette, Inc.    
Founder’s Tribute Pinellas $250.00
WestCare Gulf Coast, Florida, Inc.    
Career & Learning Center Pinellas $50,000.00
South Florida Grants
Achievement & Rehabilitation Centers, Inc. ARC Broward, Inc.    
Culinary Institute Broward $45,000.00
Autism Project of Palm Beach County    
Adult Employment Services Palm Beach $50,000.00
Center for Independent Living of Broward    
High School High Tech Broward $21,000.00
Center for Independent Living of South Florida    
High School High Tech Miami-Dade $21,000.00
Expansion of High School High Tech Miami-Dade $30,000.00
Community Haven for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Inc.    
High School High Tech Manatee $21,000.00
High School High Tech Sarasota $21,000.00
Florida Outreach Center for the Blind, Inc.    
Increasing Employment of the Blind through Training Palm Beach $20,262.00
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc.    
High School High Tech Charlotte $21,000.00
High School High Tech Lee $21,000.00
High School High Tech Glades & Hendry $21,000.00
High School High Tech Collier $30,000.00
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc.    
High School High Tech Palm Beach $21,000.00
Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida, Inc. Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Hendry, Glades $45,000.00
Lighthouse of Southwest Florida    
Services for Individuals with Macular Degeneration Lee $4,000.00
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind    
Music Under the Stars for Heiken Children Miami-Dade $100.00
Stand Among Friends    
Career Ability Palm Beach, Broward & Dade $60,000.00
Other Grants
American Cancer Society    
Program Support Ft. Walton Beach $2,500.00
American Diabetes Association    
Program Support National $5,000.00
American Red Cross    
Program Support Ft. Walton Beach $2,500.00
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute    
Research on Macular Degeneration Miami-Dade $4,000.00
Big Bend Hospice, Inc.    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Big Brothers/Sisters of the Big Bend    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Brain Injury Association of Florida    
Program Support Broward $5,000.00
Children’s Advocacy Center    
Program Support Okaloosa $5,000.00
Council on Foundations    
Support Nationwide $2,690.00
Elder Care Services    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center    
Program Support Okaloosa & Walton $1,421.13
Florida Chamber Foundation    
Support Statewide $5,000.00
Florida Keys SPCA    
Support Monroe $2,500.00
Florida Public Broadcasting    
Communications Campaign Statewide $4,350.00
Friends of Arrow Rock    
Preservation of Arrow Rock Kansas $473.71
Habitat for Humanity    
Program Support Ft. Walton Beach $2,500.00
Marines Toys for Tots Foundation    
Program Support Virginia $2,500.00
Muscular Dystrophy Association    
Program Support Leon $5,000.00
One Blood    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
Ronald McDonald House Charities    
Program Support Leon $2,500.00
United Cerebral Palsy    
Program Support Ft. Walton Beach $5,000.00
WFSU    
Capital Report & Underwriting Support Statewide $22,960.00

List of Grants for Fiscal Year 2012, starting July 2011

North Florida Grants
Ability 1st
High School High Tech
Leon $20,000
High School High Tech Wakulla $20,000
High School High Tech Gadsden $20,000
Brooks Health Foundation
Brooks Clubhouse Vocational Integration
Duval $54,500
Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida
High School High Tech
Alachua $20,000
High School High Tech Rural Alachua $20,000
High School High Tech Bradford $20,000
High School High Tech Levy $20,000
High School High Tech Marion $20,000
High School High Tech Putnam $20,000
Dyslexia Research Institute
High School High Tech
Gulf $20,000
Florida Crown Workforce Board, Inc.
High School High Tech
Gilchrist $20,000
High School High Tech Union $20,000
High School High Tech Dixie $20,000
High School High Tech Columbia $20,000
Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast
High School High Tech
Escambia $40,000
Independent Living Resource Center, Inc.
High School High Tech
Baker $20,000
High School High Tech Clay $20,000
High School High Tech Duval $20,000
High School High Tech Nassau $20,000
High School High Tech St. Johns $20,000
Madison City School Board
High School High Tech
Madison $20,000
Central Florida Grants
Beacon College
More Than a Paycheck Program
Lake $50,000
Brevard Schools Foundation
High School High Tech
Brevard $20,000
High School High Tech Palm Bay Brevard $20,000
Center for Independent Living in Central Florida, Inc.
Business Development for Successful Employment
Orange, Osceola & Seminole $48,547
Community Based Care of Central Florida
High School High Tech
Orange, Osceola & Seminole $41,000
Creative Clay, Inc.
ARTLINK Corp
Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco & Manatee $50,000
Florida Lions Conklin Centers for the Blind
Supported Services for Independent Living
Volusia $50,000
Foundation for Orange County Public Schools
High School High Tech
Orange $20,000
New Vision for Independence Lake-Sumter
Services for Individuals with Macular Degeneration
Lake & Sumter $2,836.98
The Pepin Academies, Inc.
Downtown Tampa Vocational Training Partnership
Hillsborough $50,000
School District of Hillsborough County Technical and Career Education
High School High Tech
Hillsborough $20,000
Service Source/Abilities, Inc.
High School High Tech
Pinellas $20,000
St. Petersburg College Foundation
Student Employment Project
Pinellas $80,000
Van Gogh's Palette, Inc.
Career & Learning Center
Pinellas $36,000
South Florida Grants
Achievement & Rehabilitation Centers, Inc. ARC Broward, Inc.
Culinary Institute
Broward $40,000
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Research on Macular Degeneration
Miami-Dade $5,326.04
Center for Independent Living of Broward
High School High Tech
Broward $20,000
Center for Independent Living of South Florida
INVEST (Innovate & Navigate Veterans Employment via Support & Training)
Miami-Dade $60,000
High School High Tech Miami-Dade $20,000
Community Haven for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Inc.
High School High Tech
Manatee $20,000
High School High Tech Sarasota $20,000
Dan Marino Foundation
Career Launch Employment Program
Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach $50,000
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc.
High School High Tech
Charlotte $20,000
High School High Tech Lee $20,000
High School High Tech Glades & Hendry $20,000
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc.
High School High Tech
Palm Beach $21,000
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
Services for Individuals with Macular Degeneration
Miami-Dade $2,836.98
Rehabilitation & Employment Project for Blind & Visually Impaired Young Adults   $30,000
The Key Clubhouse of South Florida
The Key Clubhouse of South Florida
Miami-Dade $32,000
Stand Among Friends
Career Ability
Palm Beach, Broward & Dade $80,000
Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center
The REAP Program (Readiness for Employment & Placement
Broward $40,000
Other Grants
American Cancer Society
Program Support
Ft. Walton Beach $2,500.00
American Diabetes Association
Program Support
National $4,166.66
American Red Cross
Program Support
Ft. Walton Beach $2,500.00
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Research on Macular Degeneration
Miami-Dade $5,326.04
Big Bend Hospice, Inc.
Program Support
Leon $2,500.00
Big Brothers/Sisters of the Big Bend
Program Support
Leon $2,500.00
Brain Injury Association of Florida
Program Support
Broward $4.166.67
Children’s Advocacy Center
Program Support
Okaloosa $4,166.67
Council on Foundations
Support
Nationwide $2,690
Elder Care Services
Program Support
Leon $2,500.00
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center
Program Support
Okaloosa & Walton $3,584.09
Florida Chamber Foundation
Support
Statewide $5,000
Florida Keys SPCA
Program Support
Monroe $2,500.00
Friends of Arrow Rock
Preservation of Arrow Rock
Kansas $1,194.70
Habitat for Humanity
Program Support
Ft. Walton Beach $2,500.00
Marines Toys for Tots Foundation
Program Support
Virginia $2,500.00
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Program Support
Leon $4,166.67
Okaloosa Special Olympics
Program Support
Ft. Walton Beach $4,166.67
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Program Support
Leon $2,500.00
Sertoma Camp Endeavor, Inc.
Camp Participant Assistance
Polk $250
Southeastern Community Blood Center
Program Support
Leon $2,500.00
United Cerebral Palsy
Program Support
Ft. Walton Beach $4,166.66
VSA Arts of Florida, Inc.
Modern Skills for Success - VSA Florida My Art My Way Residency
Statewide $14,000

List of Grants for Fiscal Year 2011, starting July 2010

NORTH FLORIDA GRANTS
Ability 1st
High School/High Tech Leon $20,000
High School/High Tech Wakulla $20,000
Beacon College
Life Transition Coach Lake $40,000
Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida
High School/High Tech Alachua $20,000
High School/High Tech Rural Alachua $20,000
High School/High Tech Bradford $20,000
High School/High Tech Levy $20,000
High School/High Tech Marion $20,000
High School/High Tech Putnam $20,000
Dyslexia Research Institute
High School/High Tech Gulf $20,000
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center
Program Support Okaloosa & Walton $1,592.60
Florida Crown Workforce Board, Inc.
High School/High Tech Gilchrist $20,000
High School/High Tech Union $20,000
High School/High Tech Dixie $20,000
High School/High Tech Columbia $20,000
Independent Living Resource Center, Inc.
High School/High Tech Baker $20,000
High School/High Tech Clay $20,000
High School/High Tech Duval $20,000
High School/High Tech Nassau $20,000
High School/High Tech St. Johns $20,000
Lighthouse of the Big Bend
Services for Individuals with Macular Degeneration Leon Franklin Gadsden Hamilton Jefferson Lafayette Liberty Madison Suwanee, Wakulla & Taylor $2,115.27
Madison Cty School Board
High School/High Tech Madison $20,000
Taylor County School District
High School/High Tech Taylor $20,000
Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton Counties
High School/High Tech Okaloosa $20,000
CENTRAL FLORIDA GRANTS
Brevard Schools Foundation
High School/High Tech Brevard $20,000
High School/High Tech Palm Bay Brevard $20,000
Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida
Second Year funding of Promoting Inclusion and Partnerships between Rural Employers and Qualified Job Seekers with Disabilities Citrus $34,540
Center for Independent Living in Central Florida, Inc.
Be a Hero - Hire a Hero Orange, Osceola & Seminole $30,000
Foundation for Orange County Public Schools
High School/High Tech Orange $20,000
School District of Hillsborough County Technical and Career Education
High School/High Tech Hillsborough $20,000
Service Source/Abilities, Inc.
Warrior Bridge – Florida Hillsborough & Pinellas $30,000
High School/High Tech Pinellas $20,000
SOUTH FLORIDA GRANTS
Achievement & Rehabilitation Centers, Inc. ARC Broward, Inc.
Culinary Institute Broward $40,000
Center for Independent Living of Broward
High School/High Tech Broward $20,000
Center for Independent Living of South Florida
INVEST (Innovate & Navigate Veterans Employment via Support & Training) Dade $40,000
Community Haven for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Inc.
High School/High Tech Manatee $20,000
High School/High Tech Sarasota $20,000
Goodwill Foundation
Good Partner Coach Program Manatee Sarasota Hardee & DeSoto $32,500
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc.
High School/High Tech Charlotte $20,000
High School/High Tech Lee $20,000
High School/High Tech Glades & Hendry $20,000
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc.
High School/High Tech Palm Beach $20,000
Lighthouse of Broward County, Inc.
Job Readiness and Entrepreneurship Program Broward $34,035
Lighthouse of Collier, Inc.
Services for Individuals with Macular Degeneration Collier $2,000
The Key Clubhouse of South Florida
The Key Clubhouse of South Florida Dade $32,500
OTHER GRANTS
Friends of Arrow Rock
Preservation of Arrow Rock Kansas $530.86
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Research on Macular Degeneration Miami-Dade $4,115.27
Council on Foundations
Support Nationwide $1,731
Florida Chamber Foundation
Support Statewide $5,000

List of Grants for Fiscal Year 2010, starting July 2009

Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation

Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation will receive $28,498 for the Employer Sensitivity and Awareness Training, to provide disability sensitivity to employers located in Pasco and Hernando counties to facilitate the placement and job retention rate for individuals with disabilities.

The Southwest Florida Job Squad, Inc.

The Southwest Florida Job Squad, Inc. will receive $45,000 for Employment Services, to provide for Employment Specialists to assist individuals with disabilities in a five county (Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry) area of southwest Florida.

Visual Innovations & Solutions

Visual Innovations & Solutions will receive $11,000 for Empowering People with Disabilities Through Adaptive Technology for Employment, to provide assistance in gaining access and training in adaptive technology to assist individuals with disabilities in being successful in employment in Volusia county.

Personnel Development Services

Personnel Development Services will receive $36,585 for Workforce Introduction Training - WIT, to provide for intensive employment skills training for students with disabilities in Taylor, Madison and Jefferson counties of rural north Florida.

Epilepsy Services of West Central Florida

Epilepsy Services of West Central Florida will receive $40,800 for Epilepsy Employment Opportunity Program, to provide employment placement services to individuals with epilepsy in Polk, Hardee, Hillsborough and Highland counties in south central Florida.

Florida Outreach Center for the Blind, Inc.

Florida Outreach Center for the Blind, Inc. will receive $34,994 for Teaching the Skills to Place the Blind on a Career Path, to provide employment skills training encompassing adaptive equipment, mobility instruction and computer training for individuals with visual impairment in Palm Beach county.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida, Inc

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida, Inc. will receive $28,000 for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Employment Success, for a program providing a communication class for individuals and their co-workers to assist the deaf and hard of hearing individuals in being successful in employment in Pasco and Hernando counties.

The following organizations each received a $20,000 grant to implement the continuation of the High School/High Tech program which is designed to provide high school students with all types of disabilities the opportunity to explore jobs or postsecondary education leading to technology- related careers. HS/HT links youth to a broad range of academic, career development and experiential resources and experiences that will enable them to meet the demands of the 21st century workforce. HS/HT is a community-based partnership made up of students, parents and caregivers, businesses, educators and rehabilitation professionals. It has been shown to reduce the high school dropout rate and increase the overall self-esteem of participating students.

Gainesville Area HS/HT Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida
Alachua County HS/HT Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida
Baker County HS/HT Independent Living Resource Center of Northeast FL
Bradford County HS/HT Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida
Bevard County HS/HT Brevard Schools Foundation
Palm Bay HS/HT Brevard Schools Foundation
Broward County HS/HT Center for Independent Living of Broward
Clay County HS/HT Independent Living Resource Center of Northeast FL
Columbia County HS/HT Florida Crown Workforce Development Board
Dixie County HS/HT Florida Crown Workforce Development Board
Duval County HS/HT Independent Living Resource Center of Northeast FL
Escambia County HS/HT Pensacola Penwheels
Gilchrist County HS/HT Florida Crown Workforce Development Board
Gulf County HS/HT Dyslexia Research Institute
Hendry/Glades Cty HS/HT Goodwill Industries of SW FL
Hillsborough County HS/HT Hillsborough Cty Technical & Career Education
Lake County HS/HT United Cerebral Palsy of East Central Florida
Lee County HS/HT Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida
Leon County HS/HT Ability 1st
Levy County HS/HT Center for Independent Living of North Central FL
Madison County HS/HT Madison County School Board
Manatee County HS/HT Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities
Marion County HS/HT Center for Independent Living of North Central FL
Nassau County HS/HT Independent Living Resource Center of Northeast FL
Okaloosa County HS/HT Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa & Walton
Orange County HS/HT Orange County Public Schools
Palm Beach County HS/HT Gulfstream Goodwill Industries
Pinellas County HS/HT Abilities of Florida, Inc.
Putnam County HS/HT Center for Independent Living of North Central FL
Santa Rosa County HS/HT Pensacola Penwheels
Sarasota County HS/HT Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities
St. Johns County HS/HT Independent Living Resource Center of Northeast FL
Taylor County HS/HT Taylor County School Board
Union County HS/HT Florida Crown Workforce Development Board
Wakulla County HS/HT Ability 1st

List of Grants for Fiscal Year 2009, starting July 2008

North Florida Grants
Ability 1st High School/High Tech $20,000
  High School/High Tech $20,000
ARC Alachua County, Inc Supported Employment Program $42,200
ARC Bradford Job Development Specialist $46,513
ARC Gateway, Inc Supported Employment Enhancement $42,200
ARC Nassau The Teacher Resource Store, Employment Initiative $50,000
Brooks Health Foundation Brooks Clubhouse Vocational Integration Program $51,175
Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida High School/High Tech $20,000
  High School/High Tech $20,000
  High School/High Tech $20,000
  High School/High Tech $20,000
  High School/High Tech $20,000
  High School/High Tech $20,000
Dyslexia Research Institute High School/High Tech $20,000
First Coast Business Leadership Network Paid Internship Program for Students and Adults with Disabilities $78,000
Florida Crown Workforce Board, Inc High School/High Tech $20,000
  High School/High Tech $20,000
  High School/High Tech $20,000
  High School/High Tech $20,000
  ENABLE Program $40,000
Independent Living Resource Center of Northeast Florida High School/High Tech $20,000
  High School/High Tech $20,000
  High School/High Tech $20,000
  High School/High Tech $20,000
  High School/High Tech $20,000
Life Management Center of Northwest FL Supported Employment Services for Veterans with Disabilities $40,000
Madison County School Board High School/High Tech $20,000
New Heights of Northeast Florida, Inc Expanded Employment Services $73,590
North Florida School Retail Job Training Program $18,000
Pensacola Pen Wheels High School/High Tech $20,000
  High School/High Tech $20,000
St. Andrew Bay Center Destination Employment $32,000
Taylor County School District High School/High Tech $20,000
United Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Florida Sugarland Tech, Inc. – Employment Initiative $45,633
Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton counties Veterans with Disabilities Program $40,000
  High School/High Tech $17,965.21
Central Florida
Abilities, Inc. of Florida High School/High Tech, new site $25,920.27
ARC of Martin County, Inc. Treasure Coast Works $30,000
Brevard Schools Foundation High School/High Tech 20,000
  High School/High Tech $20,000
Center for Independent Living in Central Florida, Inc Veterans with Disabilities Employment $40,000
Community Haven for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Inc High School/High Tech $20,000
  Access to Employment $35,000
  High School/High Tech $20,000
Creative Clay, Inc Artlink Employment $54,580
Foundation for Orange County Public Schools High School/High Tech $20,000
HPS, Helping People Succeed, Inc Follow Along Phase II Plus $35,432
Lighthouse Central Florida Services for Individuals with Macular Degeneration $3,736.23
Peace River Center Club Success $36,840
School District of Hillsborough County Technical and Career Education High School/High Tech $20,000
The Center for Independence, Inc Pasco County Search Model Project $34,779
United Cerebral Palsy of East Central Florida High School/High Tech $20,000
WestCare Gulf Coast Florida, Inc EmployAble Program for Veterans with Disabilities $40,000
Van Gogh’s Palette, Inc. Food Service Employment Program $54,000
South Florida
Bay Point Schools, Inc High School/High Tech $20,000
Best Buddies International, Inc. Project Search at Metro Zoo $20,000
Center for Independent Living of Broward High School/High Tech $20,000
Center for Independent Living of South Florida INVEST-Innovate & Navigate Veterans Employment via Support & Training $40,000
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc High School/High Tech $20,000
  High School/High Tech $20,000
Gratitude House, Inc Job Coach/Vocational Counseling Program $45,000
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc High School/High Tech $20,000
Lee Mental Health Center, Inc Supported Employment Services for Veterans with Disabilities $40,000
MARC Inc The Rainbow Cafe $29,375
Renaissance Learning Academy Academy’s Transition Program $25,000
Samuel’s House, Inc WIT Works-Women in Transition $26,000
Stand Among Friends Pre-Employment Preparedness: Employment Support Specialist and Job Developer $40,000
Sunrise Community, Inc Old Dixie Training Nursery Renovation Project $40,000
Statewide
Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities Transitioning to Community Employment:
A Perspective that Works
$12,500
Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc Transportation Feasibility Study Partnership $20,000
New Horizons Service Dogs, Inc Service Dogs Employability Initiative $40,000
The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Ophthalmology AMD Project, Research for Age-Related Macular Degeneration Project $3,735

Over $280,000 Awarded in Grants During the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2008

The Able Trust recently awarded $284,756 in grant funds during the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2008 to eight nonprofit agencies across the state of Florida. Grants will assist these organizations with implementing programs to employ individuals with disabilities. The awarded agencies are as follows:

  • Association for Retarded Citizens of Florida, Inc., (Leon County) in the amount of $28,550 for The Real World: Real Life, Real Work, Real Issues project. The program provides individuals in Florida with developmental disabilities with the training and awareness to learn about competitive employment in their communities.
  • Bishop Grady Villas, (Osceola County) in the amount of $40,000 to help fund the Employment Specialist position. The employment specialist will develop an employment program to assist individuals with developmental disabilities with securing meaningful employment in their community.
  • Brevard Business Leadership Network, (Brevard County) in the amount of $39,000 to aid in the establishment of Project SEARCH. This program will help to provide career development for individuals with disabilities through a school-based curriculum and job placement assistance within the community.
  • Epilepsy Services of West Central Florida, (Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough and Polk counties) in the amount of $33,206 to implement the Epilepsy Employment Program, which will assist in the expansion and enhancement of the job training and placement ability of the Epilepsy Services of West Central Florida. The program will assist individuals with epilepsy in Hillsborough, Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties with gaining meaningful employment.
  • Gainesville Opportunity Center, Inc. (Alachua County) in the amount of $35,000 to aid in the establishment of the Clubhouse without Walls. The Clubhouse will help to deliver services to individuals in Alachua County with a severe mental illness who wish to gain employment.
  • Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast, (Okaloosa County) in the amount of $39,000 to aid in the implementation of the Job Readiness Program for Youth that will help to provide job skills development and job placement to the youth of Okaloosa County who have disabilities and are at risk of dropping out of school.
  • Lakeside Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., (Orange County) in the amount of $40,000 to assist in the establishment of the Transitional Employment Program, which will aid individuals in Orange County who have mental illnesses in obtaining employment. The program will also offer structured work experiences for program participants.
  • Lakeview Center, Inc., (Escambia County) in the amount of $30,000 to help establish a job coach for the Special Populations Network Supported Employment program. The job coach will act as an advocate for the participants of the program who have developmental disabilities and help them obtain employment.

Over $370,000 Awarded in Grants During the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2007

The Able Trust recently awarded $374,832 in grants during the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2007 to nine nonprofit agencies across the state of Florida. Grants will assist these organizations with the employment of people with disabilities. The awarded agencies are as follows:

  • ARC Gateway, Inc., (Escambia County) in the amount of $42,002 to provide salary and staff support for an Employment Specialist who will assist individuals with disabilities who are interested in gaining and retaining employment in the community.
  • Center for Independent Living of South Florida, (Miami-Dade County) in the amount of $51,000 to provide additional peer Job Coaching that will aid individuals with disabilities in securing employment in the community.
  • Creative Clay, Inc., (Pinellas County) in the amount of $34,100 to provide a Supported Employment Program designed to assist individuals with developmental disabilities in gaining employment skills in art related fields.
  • Easter Seals Florida, Inc., (Indian River County) in the amount of $41,280 to provide specific employment training and education to aid individuals with disabilities with securing job placement.
  • Gratitude House, Inc., (Palm Beach County) in the amount of $51,000 to hire a Job Coach/ Vocational Counselor who will assist women with disabilities in gaining employment skills and job placement during the recovery of their treatment.
  • Jewish Community Services of South Florida, (Miami-Dade County) in the amount of $40,000 to expand the Supported Employment Program, which will assist individuals with disabilities in seeking competitive employment.
  • La Amistad Foundation, Inc., (Seminole County) in the amount of $39,750 to create a job skills program, providing individuals with disabilities with resources to gain and develop a spectrum of skills needed to obtain and retain competitive employment.
  • Perdido Bay Tribe; SE Lower Muscogee Creek, (Escambia/Santa Rosa Counties) in the amount of $40,700 to establish the Paths to Creative Living and Quality of Life for Native Americans program, which will provide employment and cultural awareness for Native Americans with disabilities and individuals with disabilities residing in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.
  • The Christian Sharing Center, (Seminole County) in the amount of $35,000 to hire a Case Worker for individuals with disabilities who will assist in employment placement.

Over $520,000 Awarded in Grants During the First and Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2007

During the first and second quarter of Fiscal Year 2007, The Able Trust awarded more than $520,000 to non-profit agencies across the state of Florida. These awarded grants will assist more than 15 nonprofit organizations with the employment of people with disabilities. During the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2007, The Able Trust awarded $257,092 in grants to eight nonprofit agencies. During the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2007, The Able Trust awarded $263,487 to seven nonprofit agencies. In turn, The Able Trust has awarded more than $2 million in grants for the 2006 calendar year.

The Able Trust awarded grant funding to the following agencies during the first quarter of the 2007 Fiscal Year:

  • Florida Institute of Rehabilitation Education (FIRE) for People Who Are Visually Impaired or Blind, (Leon County) in the amount of $46,768 to enhance the organization's computer lab designed to provide employability resources, career training and job search resources for individuals with visual impairments.
  • Independent Living Foundation, Inc., (Duval County) in the amount of $5,000 to provide financial support for the 2nd Annual First Coast Youth Disability Conference, a one-day event designed to bring information and presentations to increase disability awareness and provide youth with disabilities and their parents informational sessions focused on employment readiness and independent living.
  • Miami-Dade Business Leadership Network, (Dade County) in the amount of $35,000 to create an internship program dedicated to providing employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities and change employer's attitudes about hiring persons with disabilities.
  • Osceola ARC, Inc., (Osceola County) in the amount of $31,990 to hire an Employment Trainer who will specialize in securing jobs for individuals with developmental disabilities and stabilizing them in their workplace.
  • PARC, (Pinellas County) in the amount of $35,000 to hire an Employment Specialist who will provide employment assistance for persons with disabilities who need long-term aid after state funding has been discontinued.
  • Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind, (Hillsborough County) in the amount of $34,844 to support a Placement Specialist who will help individuals with vision impairments gain job readiness skills and employment in Hillsborough County.
  • Epilepsy Services of West Central Florida, (Hillsborough County) in the amount of $33,190 to create and support an Employment Services program, which will provide persons with seizure disorders individualized employment placement and career development assistance.
  • Jackson County Association for Retarded Citizens, Inc., (Jackson County) in the amount of $35,300 to provide people with disabilities in Jackson County, the opportunity to participate in pre-employment training and job exploration to better assist them in gaining employment in the community.

The Able Trust awarded grant funding to the following agencies during the second quarter of the 2007 Fiscal Year:

  • Ability 1st, (Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla- Rural Counties) in the amount of $21,082 to provide a Disability Sensitivity Awareness program to area businesses in order to gain more employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the three county areas of Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla counties.
  • Academics of Educational Excellence, Inc., (Hillsborough County) in the amount of $35,052 to provide vocational on-site job training to individuals with disabilities who are interested in gaining employment.
  • ARC Bradford, (Bradford County) in the amount of $45,498 to provide a full-time Job Developer who will develop new job sites and opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
  • ARC Ridge Area, (Highlands County) in the amount of $39,588 to establish an Employment Skills program to provide effective vocational training in the necessary skills to successfully gain competitive employment.
  • Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center, (Broward County) in the amount of $80,318 to provide a two year comprehensive employment skills training and placement services program to individuals with disabilities.
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Northeast Florida, Inc., (Duval County) in the amount of $31,949 to provide for a Business Developer and Employability Coach who will complete outreach to the business community and assist individuals with disabilities in gaining employment.
  • Victory Living Programs, (Broward County) in the amount of $10,000 to provide emergency operational funds due to an unforeseen shortage. For more information about The Able Trust Grants Program, visit www.abletrust.org.

The Able Trust Awards $245,647 In Grants During The Fourth Quarter Of Fiscal Year 2006

The Able Trust recently awarded $245,647 in grants during the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2006 to seven nonprofit agencies across the state of Florida. Grants will assist in the employment of people with disabilities. The following agencies received funding for their programs:

  • ACT Corporation (Volusia County), in the amount of $34,437 to hire a Project Coordinator to secure competitive employment contracts for program participants with disabilities;

     

  • Epilepsy Association of Central Florida (Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties), in the amount of $34,780 to expand an Employment Services Program to include financial and transportation training to help secure future employment for individuals with disabilities;
  • Horizons of Okaloosa County, Inc. (Okaloosa County), in the amount of $42,086 to hire a Career Specialist to implement employability curriculum and career development program for people with disabilities;
  • Palm Beach Habilitation Center (Palm Beach County), in the amount of $34,984, to employ a Mobile Work Crew Supervisor who will prepare individuals with disabilities to enter the competitive workplace;
  • Pathways to Independence, Inc (Palm Beach County), in the amount of $30,320, to maintain and expand the Ebay based thrift shop, Pathwayís Virtual Thrift Shop which provides employment training to people with disabilities;
  • PSI Family Services of Florida, Inc. (Duval County), in the amount of $34, 040, to hire an Inclusion Specialist to secure volunteer and internship positions to increase social competence and help participants with disabilities transition to community-based employment; and
  • Victory Living Programs (Broward County), in the amount of $35,000, to provide comprehensive vocational assessment for individuals with disabilities interested in gaining and retaining competitive employment.

Second and Third Quarter Grant Awards Total Over $640,000

The Able Trust awarded grants to six agencies totaling $306,651 during the third quarter for Fiscal Year 2006. These grants will be used to develop or expand programs geared toward employing people with disabilities.

  • ARC Palm Beach County, (Palm Beach County), $39, 875 to expand to vocational assessment, training and job preparation program that prepares people with disabilities to secure competitive employment;
  • Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida, (Alachua County), $37,374 to start a Supported Employment Program that will provide opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to gain competitive employment within the community;
  • Central Florida Deaf Services, Inc., (Polk County), $33,057 to provide a specialized career and education program for employment-age students who are deaf or hard of hearing;
  • Hillsborough Association for Retarded Citizens, (Hillsborough County), $75,000 to allow for additional employment assistance for individuals in supported employment who need long-term aid after state funding has stopped;
  • MACTown, Inc., (Miami-Dade County), $70,000 over a two year period, to start a franchise fast food restaurant that will provide employment skills training and placement for individuals with disabilities in the Little Haiti area; and
  • WORC/ United Cerebral Palsy of East Central Florida, (Volusia County), $51,345 to begin a Transitional Employment Services program to improve the level of education and training of individuals with developmental disabilities, provide work experience in a real-world setting and result in community-based job placements.

The Able Trust Awards Over $330,000 In Grants For Second Quarter OF Fiscal Year 2006

The Able Trust recently awarded ten agencies around the state of Florida with grant funding totaling $337,166 for the second quarter of fiscal year 2006. These grants will be used to develop programs geared toward employing people with disabilities. The awarded agencies are as follow:

  • Florida Development Disabilities Council, Inc., (Statewide), $27,206 to support the 2006 Partners in Transition Summit which will facilitate teams in planning transition activities and goals for students with disabilities so that they may gain their desired post-school outcome;
  • Grove House Supportive Services, (Duval County), $40,450 to provide individuals with brain and spinal cord injuries the support necessary to obtain and retain employment;
  • I Can Grow, Inc., (Jackson, Holmes and Washington Counties), $35,000 to allow for the expansion and continuation of the I Can Grow program that provides individuals with disabilities experience and workplace skills in an agricultural setting and profession;
  • Lighthouse Central Florida, (Orange County), $35,000 to develop a job club and provide job readiness and job placement services for individuals with disabilities;
  • Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, Inc., (Palm Beach County), $25,000 to assist in providing mentorship positions for consumers with mental health disabilities to learn workplace skills and behavior and gain confidence in rejoining the community workforce;
  • Northwest Behavioral Health Services, (Duval County), $36,000 to hire an Employment Specialist to provide job placement services for individuals with mental health and/or substance abuse disabilities;
  • Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation, (Pasco County), $25,600 to provide young adults with hearing impairments with information and skills to overcome workplace barriers and gain employment;
  • St. Lucie County School District, (St. Lucie County), $32,707 to provide employment and advocacy training and experience to students with disabilities ages 18-22 in the St. Lucie School District;
  • Tallahassee Community College Foundation, (Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla Counties), $42,813 to create a Multisensorial Study Strategies Tool Kit for tutors who will work with students with Dyslexia/Learning Disabilities to enhance their educational and future employment experiences; and
  • The Center for Independence, Inc., (Pasco County), $31,940 to hire a follow-along Job Coach to help stabilize existing employment positions of individuals with disabilities in Eastern Pasco County.

The Able Trust Begins First Quarter Of FY 06 With $305,048 In Grant Awards

The Able Trust recently awarded ten agencies around the state of Florida with grant funding totaling more than $305,000 for the first quarter of fiscal year 2006. These grants will be used to develop programs geared toward employing people with disabilities. The awarded agencies are as follow:

  • American Alliance for People with Disabilities, Inc., (Broward & Palm Beach Counties), $35,000 to open an employment office in Broward County and expand an office in Palm Beach County that will provide employment and job retention services to individuals with disabilities;
  • ARC Jacksonville, (Duval County), $39,753 to create a program to provide individuals with disabilities attending Adult Day Training (ADT) with job skills and support;
  • ARC of Martin County, Inc., (Martin County), $25,000 to provide for a Community Resource Specialist who will help to coordinate the transition of individuals in the ADT program to community employment;
  • Childrenís Haven and Adult Community Services, Inc., (Manatee County), $30,000 to provide for a Work Trek Transition Specialist to provide job development/placement, job coaching, job retention and career planning for individuals with disabilities;
  • Creative Clay, (Pinellas County), $33,144 to help fund the start-up of ART Biz 2, which will take licensed designs of members with disabilities onto retail merchandise for sale via multiple outlets;
  • Florida Lions Conklin Center for the blind, (Volusia County), $35,000 to assist in the expansion of the employment program for individuals who are multihandicapped blind;
  • Independent Living Foundation, Inc., (Duval County), $10,000 to support the 1st annual youth program assisting students with disabilities navigate the education and beginning the workplace careers;
  • North Florida Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, (Duval, Alachua, Leon and Escambia Counties), $25,700 to provide employment planning and stabilization assistance to individuals with MS in the workplace in Jacksonville, Gainesville, Tallahassee and Pensacola;
  • Tri-County Community Council, (Jackson, Walton, Washington and Holmes Counties), $36,401 to support employment services for people with disabilities in rural county areas; and
  • Van Goghís Palette, Inc., (Pinellas County), $35,050 to establish a group Transitional Employment program for people with disabilities that would build business relationships, develop employment agreements with an area business and work side by side in a coaching/mentoring relationship with the members.

The Able Trust Makes Grant Awards to Help Floridians with Disabilities Enter the Workforce

Seven Nonprofit Agencies Receive over $300,000 to Provide Employment Services

The Able Trust recently awarded $307,436 in grants during the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2005. These grants were made to seven nonprofit agencies and one individual to assist with the employment of Floridians with disabilities. The following agencies received grant awards for these purposes:

  • Abilities of Florida (Pinellas County), in the amount of $44, 805 to provide expanded job placement services for individuals with disabilities who are homeless;
  • Achievement and Rehabilitation Centers -ARC Broward (Broward County), in the amount of $45, 820 to expand its commercial kitchen and add a certified culinary instructor to provide clients with disabilities with real culinary work experience to prepare them for job placement in the restaurant industry;
  • Brevard Achievement Center (Brevard County), in the amount of $38,871 to hire an internship coordinator who will work with students with learning disabilities by establishing a continuum of employment experiences for the studentsí vocational needs;
  • Deaf Service Bureau of West Central Florida (Hillsborough, Pasco and Orange Counties), in the amount of $45,278 to hire a Spanish-speaking employment placement staff to assist individuals with disabilities in the three-county area with gaining employment;
  • Epilepsy Association of Central Florida (Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Brevard Counties), in the amount of $33,295 to provide a community-based work placement and skills training program for individuals with epilepsy;
  • Sickle Cell Disease Association of Broward County (Broward County), in the amount of $64,417 to provide job readiness training and employability opportunities for individuals with sickle cell anemia; and
  • Working Innovations, Inc. (Palm Beach County), in the amount of $34,500 to assist individuals with disabilities with setting up micro-enterprises.

The Able Trust Announces Third Quarter Grant Awards

During the third quarter of the 2005 fiscal year, The Able Trust awarded $330,669 to ten nonprofit agencies across Florida. The money awarded will help fund these organizations who have implemented programs and positions geared toward employing people with disabilities.

The following agencies received funding from The Able Trust:

  • ARC Manasota (Manatee County), received $32,549 to support the position of a Job Coach who will work with individuals to explore different available jobs in the community and teach a variety of pre-employment skills;
  • ARC Pinellas (Pinellas County), awarded $33,093 to create a Peer Mentoring Program to facilitate the success of individuals placed into community jobs by its employment program;
  • ARC Sunrise of Lake County, Inc. (Lake County), was granted $33,000 to provide an Employment Trainer who will offer immediate training and skills direction to individuals in the employment program;
  • Center for Independent Living in Central Florida, Inc. (Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties), received $40,532 to expand its employment program by hiring a Business Development Specialist who will focus on strengthening local business relationships to increase the number of individuals gaining employment;
  • Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast (Okaloosa County), awarded $49,995 to assist in the transition process for graduating students with disabilities into the work world;
  • Lakeside Alternatives (Orange County), received $40,000 to expand its Supported Employment services by offering pre-vocational skills and vocational training to individuals with disabilities to enhance their ability to gain employment;
  • Office for Farmwork Ministry (Orange County), awarded $35,000 to create a Career Lab/Resource Room and hire a Transition Specialist to recruit and identify students with disabilities and to work one-on-one with the students on selecting appropriate career goals and plans;
  • Pathways to Independence, Inc. (Palm Beach County), received $32,500 in start-up funds to create an online thrift shop for program participants to learn business and employment skills utilizing EBay;
  • Rotary Youth Camp (Gadsden and Leon counties), awarded $5,000 to pay wages for previous campers to come back and be a part of the camp workforce in leadership positions as counselors for enhanced work experience; and
  • Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center (Broward County), awarded $29,000 to provide an expansion of the vocational program curriculum to successfully assist individuals in gaining employment.

The Able Trust Awards Over $465,000 In Grants To Begin 2005 Fiscal Year

During the first quarter of fiscal year 2005, The Able Trust granted $465,396 to thirteen non-profit agencies across the state of Florida. The money awarded will assist these organizations with the employment of people with disabilities. These agencies received funding from The Able Trust:

  • Ability 1st (Tallahassee- Leon County), in the amount of $48,957 to create an individualized employment program for people with mental health disabilities;
  • The ARC of Nassau County (Yulee- Nassau County), in the amount of $30,700 to create a job readiness skills training program which will lead to job placement for individuals with disabilities;
  • The ARC of Nature Coast (Brooksville- Hernando County), in the amount of $29,050 to expand its employment program for individuals with disabilities into eastern Pasco and eastern Hernando Counties;
  • The Center for Independence (New Port Richey- Pasco County), in the amount of $31,252 to create a supported employment program for individuals with developmental disabilities;
  • Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida (North Fort Myers- Charlotte County), in the amount of $43,000 to create an employment specialist position to serve individuals with disabilities in Charlotte County;
  • Hillsborough ARC (Tampa- Hillsborough County), in the amount of $50,000 to provide funding for its Maintaining Long-Term Employment Program for Hillsborough County residents with developmental disabilities;
  • I Can Grow, Inc. (Cottondale- Jackson County), in the amount of $35,000 to provide a vocational training program in agriculture and animal husbandry for Jackson County residents with disabilities;
  • Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County (West Palm Beach- Palm Beach County), in the amount of $24,000 to create a Wellness Recovery Action Planning Program for Palm Beach County residents with mental health disabilities and substance abuse issues;
  • Palm Beach Habilitation Center (Lake Worth- Palm Beach County), in the amount of $44, 428 to create a Computer Training Employment program that will provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to gain computer skills;
  • Sickle Cell Disease Association of Broward County (Ft. Lauderdale- Broward County), in the amount of $32,000 provide supportive services to high school students ages 15-18 with sickle cell disease;
  • Sunrise Opportunities (Miami- Miami-Dade County), in the amount of $12,009 to replace outdated equipment that is used for their Adult Day Training Program for Miami-Dade County residents with disabilities;
  • Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind (Tampa- Hillsborough County), in the amount of $35,000 to hire a computer teacher to instruct residents of Polk, Highlands and Hardee Counties with visual impairments; and
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay (Tampa- Hillsborough County), in the amount of $50,000 to provide supported employment services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

The Able Trust Awards Over $375,000 In Grants To End Its Fiscal Year 2004

The Able Trust recently awarded $376,165 in grants during the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2004 to eight nonprofit agencies across the state of Florida. Grants will assist these organizations with the employment of people with disabilities. These agencies received funding for the following programs:

  • The ARC of Palm Beach County (Riviera Beach - Palm Beach County), in the amount of $32,750 to employ a job coach to provide full follow along services to individuals with disabilities desiring employment;
  • The ARC of Putnam County (Palatka - Putnam County), in the amount of $53,207 to employ eight job developers to provide transitioning services for individuals with disabilities entering into their first jobs;
  • CARD- Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (Tampa ñ Hillsborough), in the amount of $29,487 to provide technical assistance, training, resources and networking for community rehabilitation providers;
  • Community Rehabilitation Center, Inc. (Jacksonville - Duval County), in the amount of $57,098 to provide career placement support, job coaching and on-the-job training to individuals with mental illness, HIV/AIDS or drug and alcohol addiction;
  • Quest, Inc. (Orlando - Orange County), in the amount of $44,525 to employ a job developer who will act as a liaison between community businesses and individuals with disabilities seeking employment;
  • Southwest Florida Addiction Services, Inc. (Fort Myers - Lee County), in the amount of $39,098 to provide job training and placement for individuals with mental disabilities who are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction;
  • The Spina Bifida Association of Jacksonville, Inc. (Jacksonville ñ Union, Liberty, Lafayette and Hamilton counties), in the amount of $45,000 to provide employment services to individuals with Spina Bifida in the underserved counties of Union, Liberty, Lafayette and Hamilton; and
  • United Ceberal Palsy of Northwest Florida, Inc. (Pensacola - Escambia County), in the amount of $65,000 to employ a Job Developer to assist in creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities and to help fund the existing transition program.

The Able Trust Announces Third Quarter Grant Awards for Fiscal Year 2004

The Able Trust recently awarded $312,653in grants to nine nonprofit agencies in Florida for employment-related purposes. These agencies received funding for the following programs:

  • CARC- Advocates for Citizens with Disabilities (Lake City ñ Columbia County), in the amount of $32,128, funds to establish a Job Club with a Job Coach as its director to assist individuals with disabilities in Columbia county get better quality jobs in the community.
  • Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida (Gainesville ñ Alachua County), in the amount of $45,387 Funds to create a competitive employment placement program for individuals with disabilities in Alachua County.
  • Center for the Visually Impaired (Daytona Beach - Volusia County), in the amount of $36,128 Funds to provide a Job Readiness and Social Skills program for transitioning young adults to the workplace while being mentored by Seniors with similar vision impairments.
  • CITE- Center for Independence, Tech & Education (Orlando ñ Orange County) in the amount of $35,000 to expand an employment program for individuals with significant vision disabilities enabling them to live full and independent lives in the community.
  • Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (Tallahassee ñ Statewide), in the amount of $27,475 to support Partners In Transition conference with ADA Accommodations and Content Experts for the training of 19 local leadership teams that will implement the Statewide strategic plan for improved transition services for individuals with disabilities.
  • Horizons of Okaloosa County, Inc. (Ft. Walton Beach ñ Okaloosa County), in the amount of $27,765 to provide follow along services to individuals with disabilities needing such services in their supported employment.
  • Jp Expressions Ministries, Inc. (Jacksonville ñ Duval County), in the amount of $35,240, to train and place at least 30 individuals with disabilities from downtown and North Jacksonville in competitive employment in the community.
  • Pine Castle, Inc. (Jacksonville ñ Duval County), in the amount of $30,530, to create a position of a Job Development Specialist who will work with employers to create more positions for individuals with disabilities in a two county area.
  • Return to Work (R2W) (Port Charlotte ñ Charlotte County), in the amount of $43,000, Funds to support a job placement program for persons who are ìhomeboundî with national companies.

The Able Trust Announces Second Quarter Grant Awards for Fiscal Year 2004

The Able Trust recently awarded $363,745 in grants to eight agencies and one individual for the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2004. Grants were awarded to these agencies for the following purposes:

  • 20/200 Fellowship, Inc. (Martin County), $40,000 to support the expanding of agency services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired;
  • ARC Gateway, Inc. (Escambia County), $37,674 to provide follow along services for those individuals utilizing the Supported Employment Program;
  • Dyslexia Research Institute (Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden & Jefferson Counties), $53,000 to provide for literacy and life-skills training to assist individuals with learning disabilities to to gain employment;
  • Goodwill Foundation (Sarasota & Manatee Counties), $100,000 to support a two-year program providing intensive coaching to assist individuals with disabilities with eliminating employment barriers;
  • Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center (Broward County), $35,600 to provide for GED, vocational skills training and job placement for individuals dually diagnosed recovering from substance abuse;
  • Tri-County Community Council (Holmes, Jackson, Walton & Washington Counties), $35,245 to provide for a Project Coordinator to assist individuals with disabilities with gaining employment in four rural counties;
  • Muscogee Nation of Florida (Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties), $30,000 to support several job fairs to bring employers and Native Americans with disabilities who are seeking jobs together; and
  • Perdido Bay Tribe (Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties), $30,000 to support the Cultural Heritage and Resource Center, which will provide Native Americans with disabilities with job training, education and placement in the Pensacola community.

THE ABLE TRUST ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER AWARDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2004

The Able Trust recently awarded $396,914 in grants to eleven nonprofit agencies across the State of Florida to assist with the employment of people with disabilities. These agencies received funding for the following programs:

  • Arc Jacksonville (Duval County), $43,312 to hire a Job Development Specialist who will facilitate the placement of individuals with disabilities into a Supported Employment position;
  • ARC Ridge Area (Avon Park, Highlands County), $35,000 to develop a Community Employment Office that will provide job placement for individuals in Highlands County;
  • Central Florida Deaf Services, Inc., (Lakeland, Polk County), $32,500 to develop coordinated interpreting services to support employment activities for clients, such as job interviews, staff relation issues, and situational needs dealing with communication;
  • Children's Haven and Adult Community Services, (Sarasota, Sarasota County), $40,000 to develop a system for mobile vocational guidance that will provide clients the opportunity to participate in the best employment opportunity;
  • Creative Clay Inc., (St. Petersburg, Pinellas County), $25,000 to provide for the marketing and commercial sale of client artwork, and teaching clients business skills to facilitate the process;
  • Deaf and Hearing Connection for Tampa Bay, Inc., (Seminole, Pinellas County), $35,000 to provide a Life Skills and Employment Success Training program to individuals with deafness and hearing loss;
  • Easter Seals of Broward County (Plantation, Fl), $35,000 to provide for a Job Placement Specialist to serve those individuals seeking employment with assessment and placement;
  • Easter Seals Miami-Dade (Dade County), $34,252 to provide for vocational evaluation equipment and supplies to serve those with disabilities seeking employment;
  • Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida (Naples, Sarasota County), $39,630 to provide computer training to individuals with epilepsy to aide in employment;
  • Grove House of Jacksonville, Inc., (Duval County), $42,220 to create an Employer Liaison who will increase the employment opportunities and establish quality positions with new companies; and
  • Van Gogh's Palette, Inc., (Pinellas Park, Pinellas County), $35,000 to provide transitional employment opportunities for persons with severe and persistent mental illness.

THE ABLE TRUST ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER AWARDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2003

The Able Trust recently awarded $405,300 in grants to ten organizations to help with the employment of people with disabilities. These organizations received funding for the following projects:

  • Abilities Inc. of Florida (Statewide), $48,228 to provide assistance and guidance to individuals with disabilities interested in small business ventures;
  • ARC St. Lucie (St. Lucie County), $34,101 to provide for the startup of a thrift and bead retail store that will provide ARC clients with retail experience that can be utilized during community employment;
  • Beacon College (Lake County), $47,200 to offer continuing education and training to students in need of further development for career planning, skill development, social skill development, personal finance and etiquette;
  • Deaf Service Bureau of West Central Florida (Pasco County), $45,000 to employ employment placement staff for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in a nine county area of central and southeast Florida;
  • Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (Statewide), $16,700 to provide support in a multi-agency effort at creating a strategic statewide plan and conference addressing the needs of a comprehensive transition curriculum and plan for students with disabilities;
  • Hillsborough County Association for Retarded Citizens (Hillsborough County), $45,000 to provide for employment counselors to conduct follow-along services to individuals with developmental disabilities in community employment;
  • Learning Experience School (Dade County), $45,000 to support the Job Services Project for students and young adults with disabilities to increase their employment in the community;
  • Sickle Cell Disease Association of Broward County (Broward County), $46,066 to provide transition for youth and young adults with sickle cell disease so they may acquire employment skills and placement;
  • Spina Bifida Association of Jacksonville (Statewide), $43,005 to support a statewide employment campaign to increase the employment opportunities for the association’s members; and
  • Webb Center for Independent Living (Duval County), $35,000 to support the STEPS program, which provides job training and vocational skills development for young adults with disabilities in transition.

THE ABLE TRUST ANNOUNCES SECOND QUARTER AWARDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2003

The Able Trust recently awarded $191,640 in grants to five nonprofit agencies in Florida for employment-related purposes. These agencies received funding for the following programs:

  • ARC Nature Coast (Brooksville, Hernando County) $32,887 in funds to hire additional support and to expand the employment program to better support the needs of individuals with disabilities placed on the job;
  • ARC of Putnam (Palatka, Putnam County) $44,144 in funds to hire a Job Development Specialist who will work with individuals with severe physical disabilities to facilitate employment in the community;
  • Community Rehabilitation Center, Inc. (Jacksonville, Duval County) $46,969 to provide individuals living with co-occurring disorders, career planning and placement services yielding independence for the individuals served;
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Northwest Florida (Bay, Escambia, Holmes, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton County) $32,400 in funds to hire a fulltime interpreter that will allow the newly hired executive director to more efficiently administer his duties; and
  • Jp Expression Ministries, Inc. (Jacksonville, Duval county) $35,240 to provide employment training and placement to thirty individuals with disabilities in the Jacksonville area.

THE ABLE TRUST ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER GRANT AWARDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2003

The Able Trust recently awarded $357,655 in grants to nine nonprofit agencies and two individuals in Florida for employment-related purposes. These agencies received funding for the following programs:

  • Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD), University of South Florida (Tampa, Hillsborough County) $50,000 for a program that will offer technical assistance, training expertise and outreach to all community providers who provide services to those with autism;
  • Center for Visually Impaired (Daytona Beach, Volusia County) $26,950 for a five-phase employment program to provide persons with blindness and other disabilities in the Volusia County area;
  • Community Committee for Developmental Handicaps (Miami, Dade County) $22,008 to provide Opening Doors training to one-stop center employees and new consumers in the Miami area;
  • Florida Lions Conklin Centers for the Blind (Orange and Volusia County) $45,000 to provide community-based supported employment and supported living that will result in long term employment for multi-handicapped blind Floridians in the Daytona Beach and Orlando area;
  • La Amistad Foundation, Inc. (Orlando, Orange county) $41,867 to employ a Consumer Work Program Coordinator who will secure meaningful work for residents of the program;
  • Lighthouse of Broward County, Inc. (Lighthouse Point, Broward County) $35,000 to employ a vocational counselor who will provide job readiness assessment, job developing and placement into the community;
  • Manasota ARC (Bradenton, Manatee County) $45,000 to provide employment and follow-along services to individuals in the Manatee area;
  • Miami Lighthouse for the Blind (Miami, Dade County) $28,830 for equipment purchases towards a continuing education program for the Access/Assistive Technology computer lab; and
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay, Inc. (Tampa, Hillsborough County) $40,000 to provide follow-along services for qualified individuals with developmental disabilities.

THE ABLE TRUST ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER GRANT AWARDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2002

The Able Trust recently awarded $336,870 in grants to eight nonprofit agencies in Florida for employment-related purposes. These agencies received funding for the following programs:

  • ARC of St. Johns (St. Augustine/St, Johns County) $56,652 to finance a program where Career Assessment Specialists will aid middle and high school students in developing career choices and help them choose the corresponding class work to obtain their goals;
  • Grove House of Jacksonville, Inc. (Jacksonville/Duval County) $36,050 to assist individuals with developmental and acquired disabilities in gaining competitive employment skills through a vocational training project- the Coffee Cart Employment Initiative;
  • Guidance Clinic of the Middle Keys, Inc. (Marathon/Monroe County) $50,000 to develop a program that will provide employment placement for clients with mental illnesses;
  • Leon ARC (Tallahassee/Leon County) $31,869 to develop a summer employment program for persons with developmental disabilities. The program will provide educational and practical curriculum for participants to successfully integrate into their community via employment;
  • Literacy Council of Sarasota, Inc. (Sarasota/Sarasota County) $11,749 to provide screening and instruction for their clients with learning disabilities;
  • Palm Beach Habilitation Center (Lake Worth/Palm Beach County) $61,250 to support the salaries of the coordinator and work supervisor for a new center that will provide employment services to people with disabilities;
  • Samuel’s House (Key West/Monroe County) $50,000 to develop a program that will provide individuals with disabilities on-the-job training in a retail setting; and
  • Sunrise Community of Collier County (Naples/Collier County) $39,300 to provide computer-assisted video and other multi-media instruction to individuals with developmental disabilities multi-media instruction to individuals with developmental disabilities who are interested in obtaining employment.

THE ABLE TRUST ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER GRANT AWARDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2002

The Able Trust recently awarded $235,071 in grants to five nonprofit agencies and five individuals with disabilities in Florida for employment-related purposes. These agencies received funding for the following programs:

  • ARC Gateway, Inc. (Escambia County) $24,000 to provide follow along services in supported employment situations;
  • Jewish Community Services of South Florida, Inc. (Dade County) $73,987 for a two year project to expand Project Job Link;
  • North Florida Chapter National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Duval County) $20,000 to assist students with multiple sclerosis with job skills training, placement and advocacy;
  • PMM Rehabilitation, Inc. (Hillsborough County) $25,000 to provide specialized job placements services for individuals with brain injuries; and
  • Suncoast Health Council, Inc. (Pinellas County) $50,689 to partially fund an employment program that will target adults with Cystic Fibrosis in need of employment placement.

THE ABLE TRUST ANNOUNCES SECOND QUARTER GRANT AWARDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2002

The Able Trust recently awarded $389,514 in grants to eleven nonprofit agencies and two individuals with disabilities in Florida for employment-related purposes. These agencies received funding for the following programs:

  • Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida (Gainesville/Serving Marion County) $40,000 to begin the Rural Partnerships project which will fund employment placement and provide transition services for students with disabilities living in rural areas;
  • Florida International University (Miami/Dade County) $37,590 to begin Reading to Learn: A Study on Critical Reading Strategies for Learning Disabled Students, which will teach participants reading strategies and include follow-up of GPA's to track the students' progress;
  • Independent Living Resource Center of Northeast Florida (Jacksonville/Duval County) $52,555 to establish a full-time Director of Development and Career Placement to ensure continued funding for future programs;
  • Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce (Jacksonville/Duval County) $35,222 to expand a job information bank that connects Chamber-member employers to people with disabilities in search of employment;
  • Mental Health Community Centers, Inc. (Sarasota/Sarasota County) $24,000 to hire a program specialist who will begin a program to provide jobs for adults with mental illness;
  • Muscogee Nation of Florida (Bruce/Escambia County) $15,000 to assess the Native American population in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and compile a central database of Native Americans with disabilities;
  • New Life Outreach Center, Inc. (Tallahassee/Leon County) $33,850 to begin a program designed to provide vocational rehabilitation services, social rehabilitation and other aspects of life management for adults with disabilities;
  • Sunrise ARC of Lake County, Inc. (Eustis/Lake County) $42,672 to hire a Transition Specialist who will work with individuals with disabilities to provide extensive on-the-job support to help clients maintain current jobs;
  • The Watson Center (Largo/Pinellas County) $25,181 to establish a training lab that will provide a realistic office setting where participants can gain job readiness and job maintenance training, learn computer skills and foster independence;
  • Tri-County Community Council, Inc. (Bonifay/Holmes County) $32,444 to hire a program coordinator for the Tri-County ABLE Connections project, which provides employment placement for persons with disabilities living in the rural areas and
  • VSA Arts of Florida, Inc. (Statewide) $35,000 to support a statewide registry for artists and aspiring-artists with disabilities to assist these individuals in gaining meaningful employment.

THE ABLE TRUST ANNOUNCES GRANT AWARDS FOR FIRST QUARTER/FISCAL YEAR 2002

The Able Trust recently awarded $533,659 in grants to thirteen nonprofit agencies and three individuals with disabilities in Florida for employment-related purposes. These agencies received funding for the following programs:

  • Bethune-Cookman College (Daytona Beach/Volusia County) $100,000 to research 2000 Census data with relation to African Americans with disabilities and their employment status;
  • The Center for Independent Living of Northwest Florida, Inc. (Pensacola/Escambia County) $24,000 to help coordinate and plan the Disability Summit Council which will provide a forum for businesses and agencies serving people with disabilities to share resources and develop relationships that will help qualified people with disabilities to enter the workforce;
  • Central Florida Deaf Services (Lakeland, Polk County) $50,000 to hire a Client Specialist, Interpreter and Employment Placement Educator who will recruit, train and help place individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing;
  • Creative Clay (St. Petersburg/Pinellas County) $10,000 to develop a program entitled Artlink, which will pair professional artists and students with disabilities;
  • The Deaf Service Center of Pasco/Hernando County, Inc. (Port Richey/Pasco/Hernando County) $44,585 to hire a Client Services Manager and Case Manager, who will help develop the Independent Skills and Employability for Deaf Adults project. These new employees will work with individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or late deafened to provide employment, advocacy and independent living skills for its clients and also assist employers in gaining awareness and providing accommodations for people with disabilities;
  • Dyslexia Research Institute (Tallahassee/Big Bend) $40,423 to provide a training program for dyslexic adults with literacy and life skills, as well as offer job counseling and placement;
  • The Florida State Rural Development Council (Tallahassee/Big Bend) $10,665 to purchase modems for donated equipment to develop the Rural Florida School-to-Work Transition Project. The updated computers and Internet service will be donated to rural high school students with disabilities who will be paired with college mentors to help the students develop relationships, pursue academic goals and develop plans for future employment;
  • Goodwill Foundation (Sarasota/Sarasota County) $30,000 to hire a Job Literacy Program Coordinator to begin the Job Literacy Program, which will use one-on-one tutoring methods to help eliminate employment barriers and increase on-the-job performance for adults with learning disabilities;
  • Independence for the Blind of West Florida, Inc. (Panama City/Bay County) $39,343 to hire a computer technology specialist, vocational rehabilitation specialist and an orientation and mobility instructor to help develop the Vocational Rehabilitation and Computer Training Center for blind/visually impaired individuals;
  • Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. (West Palm Beach/Palm Beach County) $47,613 to hire a full-time attorney to coordinate and develop the Disabilities Law Project, which focuses on helping people with disabilities achieve or retain meaningful employment and gain access to adequate health care;
  • Southwest Florida Addiction Services, Inc. (Ft. Myers/Lee County) $44,000 to hire a Registered Occupational Therapist who will work with individuals in their treatment programs and develop the Transitional Living Occupational Therapy Program; and
  • The Webb Center, Inc. (Jacksonville/Duval County) $39,350 to develop the STEPS project (Successful Transition Evolves from Positive Steps) which provides career and vocational development training for young adults with disabilities.

THE ABLE TRUST ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER GRANT AWARDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001

The Able Trust recently awarded $299,237 in grants to seven nonprofit agencies and five individuals with disabilities in Florida for employment-related purposes. These agencies received funding for the following programs:

  • ARC of Alachua County, Inc. (Gainesville/Alachua County) 28,875 to hire an Employment Specialist who will be responsible for overseeing the placement and training of five new individuals with developmental disabilities;
  • Bayview Center for Mental Health, Inc. (Miami/Dade County) $51,973 to help create a computer-training lab for clients with psychiatric disabilities. The lab will include a Computer Specialist and equipment that will allow the Center to train thirty participants for employment in a computer-related field;
  • Community Rehabilitation Center, Inc. (Jacksonville/Duval County) $50,553 to help support a job training and placement program entitled A.B.E.T. C.H.A.N.C.E.S. (Applied Business Education and Training for Consumers to Handle Appropriate New Changes Environments and Systems) for individuals with HIV/AIDS and Vocational Rehabilitation clients;
  • The Epilepsy Services of North Central Florida (ESNCF) (Gainesville/Alachua County) $54,463 to create a Job Club for participants with epilepsy to pursue meaningful and sustained employment. The program will include placement, support and follow-up with an Employment Specialist for participants;
  • Possibilities Foundation, Inc. (Miami/Dade County) $25,000 to hire an Employment Specialist to assist participants in a printing program entitled Project Ink. The program educates students with disabilities age sixteen and older in bindery, finishing, shipping, prepress, preparation, and advanced print areas to prepare them for future employment;
  • The Rainbow Connection for the Deaf, Inc. (Hudson/Pasco County) $34,320 to hire four hearing impaired individuals in the areas of web design, grants research and intake. The goal of the program is supply employment for these individuals while educating the deaf community and helping to stimulate growth of The Rainbow Connection; and
  • The Spina Bifida Association of Jacksonville, Inc. (Jacksonville/Duval County) $33,153 to support a Program Coordinator and purchase technical equipment to educate participants in the Working for Independence program. The program will teach participants basic office and computer skills while providing placement, support and follow-up for residents with Spina Bifida.

THE ABLE TRUST ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER GRANT AWARDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001

The Able Trust recently awarded $173, 706 in grants to five nonprofit agencies and two individuals with disabilities in Florida for employment-related purposes. These agencies received funding for the following programs:

  • Adaptive Health and Wellness Center, Inc., (Port St. Lucie/St. Lucie County), $50,000 to employ a job developer and community liaison to start an employment component of this new organization;
  • ARC Nature Coast (Brooksville/Hernando County), $42,950 to employ a job developer and assist with marketing initiatives that will promote supported employment with area businesses;
  • Pyramid, Inc. Tallahassee (Tallahassee/Leon County), $26,300 to purchase custom computers and computer programs for persons with severe disabilities, so that supported and independent employment can occur;
  • Kenny's Place of Marion County, Inc. (Ocala/Marion County), $15,000 to help support a program that will assist adults with developmental disabilities learn vocational skills while training for a job in the field of horticulture.
  • Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (Tallahassee/Leon County), $29,456 to conduct regional workshops in Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and Tallahassee to inform agencies and individuals about Ticket to Work, a program initiated by the Social Security Administration.

THE ABLE TRUST ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER GRANT AWARDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001

The Able Trust recently awarded $428,299 in grants to ten nonprofit agencies and five individuals with disabilities in Florida for employment-related purposes. These agencies received funding for the following purposes:

  • ARC of St. Johns (St. Augustine, St. Johns County), $26,913 to establish a Work Mentorship Program in St. Johns county that will maintain a roster of employers interested in participating in an on-going mentorship program and provide for job placement for high school seniors.
  • Brevard Achievement Center (Rockledge, Brevard County),$5,000 to provide additional print materials for a program providing students with disabilities an introduction to local area business to give the students an earlier introduction to the working world.
  • Children's Haven and Adult Community Services, Inc. (Sarasota, Sarasota County), $24,100 for the equipment and tools necessary to carry out a contract that will provide jobs for 18 individuals with disabilities.
  • Conklin Center for Multihandicapped Blind (Daytona Beach, Volusia County), $39,000 to offer a vocational/independent living support services program in the greater Daytona Beach area.
  • Friends of the Deaf Service Center, Inc. (Pinellas, Pinellas County), $66,675 to provide rehabilitation and peer counseling on dealing with hearing loss for late deafened adults.
  • Guardian Angels for Special Populations, Inc. (Cape Coral, Lee County), $25,967 to purchase cafeteria equipment to provide a new supported employment venue for clients.
  • Learning Experience School, Inc. (Miami, Dade County), $35,000 to provide pre-vocational services to 37 students with three part-time job coaches and one full-time job coach.
  • Leon County Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc. (Tallahassee, Leon County), $30,000 to provide supportive services such as counseling, information, training followed by job readiness, vocational assessments and employment opportunities for individuals with sickle cell anemia.
  • Manatee Association for Retarded Citizens (Bradenton, Manatee County), $51,567 to create a Community Service Program that will enhance employability skills of individuals transitioning from sheltered workshops and graduating from high school.
  • VSA Arts of Florida, Inc. (Tampa, Hillsborough County), $50,000 to establish a resource to assist artists with disabilities. Online and hard copy publications, regional career days and technical assistance will enable participants to keep their careers on track and link them to employment opportunities.

The Able Trust Makes Awards for Third Quarter of Fiscal Year '99

The Able Trust awarded $87,057 in grants to agencies and individuals during the first quarter of the 1999 fiscal year.

These Florida-based agencies received grants in the following amounts and for the following purposes: Brain Injury Association, Broward and Manatee Counties, in the amount of $30,951 for an employment support program for persons with traumatic brain injury; CARC, Advocates for Persons with Disabilities, Columbia County, in the amount of $35,000 for funds to support a job placement program for persons with disabilities; Florida Center for the Blind, North Central Counties, in the amount of $3,275 for support of a Technology Fair incorporating employers, job-ready individuals and different technologies available for job accommodations; and Pine Castle, Inc., Duval County, in the amount of $7,500 for marketing funds to increase employer's awareness of Pine Castle's supported employment program.