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Sunday’s Child announced today that $128,500 in competitive grants is available for award to five eligible non-profits in the Pensacola Bay Area in 2017.

“In 2016, Sunday’s Child raised a record amount by more than 150 members that will go to organizations and programs that are doing invaluable work to address the critical needs in the Pensacola Bay Area,” said Dr. Chuck Presti, president of Sunday’s Child. “The mission of Sunday’s Child is to award grants for significant charitable and economic initiatives that promote diversity, inclusion and equality in our area. One hundred percent of available grant dollars raised goes directly to organizations that invest in the inclusivity and diversity of our region.”

Five competitive grants of $25,700 each will be awarded to support Sunday’s Child’s five impact areas: Arts, Culture & Education; Economic Development & Preservation; Health, Wellness & Recreation; Family & LGBT; and Animals & Environment. Charities who wish to apply must submit a letter of intent by January 13, 2017.

Competitive grants are awarded following an application and review process that includes site visits with nonprofits during the decision-making process. The organization’s due diligence ensures that those nonprofits receiving grants conform to best practices and strong operating procedures. Grant reviewers delve into full operations, from financial statements to strategic plans and programmatic impact to board member engagement. Grantees are located throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Since 2013, more than $137,000 has been awarded to not-for-profits located in the Greater Pensacola Bay Area. Grant awards range from $25,000 to $50,000 and are funded entirely by membership dollars. Sunday’s Child offers individual $1,000 memberships as well as the opportunity for two or three individuals to join together, entitling them collectively to one vote. Members will cast their votes on grant finalists to determine awardees at the annual meeting on June 25, 2017.

To learn more about Sunday’s Child, to join or make a donation, or to apply for a grant, visit www.sundayschild.org.

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