Community Foundation of Collier County Grants $57,870 from Changing Needs Fund to Four Local Nonprofits during the Healthcare Grant Cycle

Posted on May 1, 2018

The Community Foundation of Collier County has distributed $57,870 in grants in April 2018 to nonprofit agencies from its Changing Needs Fund which is designed to be a safety net to help meet the changing needs of the community during the recent Healthcare

Claire loves her riding program with Snickers, made possible by a CFCC grant

Grant Cycle.

David Lawrence Center, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Collier County (NAMI), Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, and Help a Diabetic Child received grants based on 2018 Vital Signs indicators in Collier County including lack of access to healthcare, particularly mental health programs and lack of services for children and adults with special needs. In Collier County, the percentage of nonprofits listed as health or mental health is only 5.2%, which is lower than the rate for the State of Florida.

Included in the grant awards is $20,000 to David Lawrence Center for their holistic approach to stabilizing children in crisis who are admitted to the DLC Crisis Unit to help pay for certified professionals in the areas of personal training, nutrition and music therapy. In addition, $18,770 has been granted to NAMI to supplement the cost to add one PT HUGS (Help Under Guidance Systems) Navigator to their staff to serve the growing needs of the clients diagnosed mental illness and their families.

Eileen Connolly-Keesler, Community Foundation President & CEO said, “We understand the growing need for healthcare services, particularly mental healthcare, in our community. It is our hope that continued support to these important programs will help lessen stigma and provide awareness to mental health nonprofits that provide life changing help. Our unrestricted dollars help to ensure our community has the resources to meet its needs.”

Vital Signs is an on-line tool provided by the Community Foundation which is utilized by staff, its grantmaking committees, civic leaders, and the broader public to assess need in our community. Indicators of community needs or Vital Signs are updated each year through a partnership with Hodges University, Johnson School of Business.

Applications are now being accepted for the Naples Alliance for Children Early Childhood Education Fund Grant until June 4, 2018.  For more information, please visit

Changing Needs Grants, for unrestricted use, are determined by volunteer grant committees.

Nonprofit Grant Distribution
David Lawrence Center $20,000
NAMI $18,770
Naples Therapeutic Riding Center $15,000
Help a Diabetic Child $4,100
Total $57,870