Community Grants

The Mason G. Smoak Foundation

will assist the community to impact lives.

We are proud supporters of the organizations below.

2019 Community Grant Recipients

Ag Angels

 Partners with the schools in Highlands and Hardee counties to provide a “Christmas” for less fortunate children. The teachers and staff agree to select and interview the children, put together a list and do the shopping for the children chosen from their schools.

 

Beauty Fit For a Queen

To teach girls and women that true beauty comes from God and a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We will minister to girls and women in schools, churches, and other non-profits. The project is “bless her heart bags” filled with basic hygiene needs, a gospel tract and a handwritten note of encouragement.

 

Link to Success

 Working to ensure that youth in Desoto County graduate with the education and life skills needed to access post-secondary educational opportunities..

 

Idols Aside Ministries - Sons Without Fathers

We at IAM hope to alleviate the growing fatherless epidemic in our country through our Sons Without Fathers program. SWOF is a faith-based program where we invite at-risk fatherless youth to attend sporting and outdoor events like, fishing/hunting retreats and nights or worship, multiple times a month at the IAM Ranch in Lake Wales, FL and partner properties through out Central Florida (Polk, Highlands and Hardee).

Kidz First, Inc.
Kidz First is committed to helping students in Lake Placid by supplying them new
backpack, school supplies, socks and toothbrush kits at the beginning of each
school year.

2018 Community Grant Recipients

Links2success

 Working to ensure that youth in Desoto County graduate with the education and life skills needed to access post-secondary educational opportunities.


Ag Angels

 Partners with the schools in Highlands and Hardee counties to provide a “Christmas” for less fortunate children. The teachers and staff agree to select and interview the children, put together a list and do the shopping for the children chosen from their schools.

 

 

Toby the Clown Foundation

The gift shop is in need of a facelift and replacing the carpet will help make it

cheerier and safer place.

 

 

Highlands Children’s Museum

 As part of The Children’s Museum of the Highlands educational mission, we are excited to announce our goal of a new STEAM program. The program offers a series of classes for 6-9 year-olds. The lessons will put the laws of physics, dynamics, electricity, coding, math, science, art, and more right into the hands of the curious young learner.

 

Ridge Area ARC

The agency is seeking assistance to install whole house generators in order to
be proactive in the event of a natural disaster by being able to designate several
of their group homes as shelters for all the persons in the community that the
organization serves (both group home consumers and community living
consumers) in order to provide safe shelter when needed.

 

SHS Band Boosters Association

The Association requested help in the repairing & replacement of instruments for the RGB (Red Green Blue) Band season in which students from all three Highlands

County schools are invited to participate in.

 

Avon Elementary School

“Our Family Book” is a project that will use literacy to strengthen our school community.
Project funds will allow us to purchase “Brambleheart” for every child, teacher and 
support staff on our campus to read together.

Highlands County Youth For Christ

YFC requested help purchasing a new program to be used at the New Teen
Center. The Financial Literacy Program is designed to help teach students how
to budget, save and spend money using a virtual token economics system.

2017 Community Grant Recipients

Links2success

 Working to ensure that youth in Desoto County graduate with the education and life skills needed to access post-secondary educational opportunities.


Ag Angels

 Partners with the schools in Highlands and Hardee counties to provide a “Christmas” for less fortunate children. The teachers and staff agree to select and interview the children, put together a list and do the shopping for the children chosen from their schools.

 

Champion for Children Foundation

The project is in conjunction with the Mason G. Smoak Foundation, providing the first middle school leadership training seminar led by MGSF year two Youth Leadership Highlands students. Targeting our local middle school students in line with MGSF’s mission, this training will have an incredible impact on our local young teens. We are honored to serve as the venue for this training and hope this will become an ongoing project.  

 

Highlands IB & Advanced Academics Partnership

HIBAAP is committed to providing college planning resources to students and parents in our rural, limited-income county and work closely with the district to identify needs and focus resources. Peer Leadership Teams at all 3 county HS are coordinating field trips to SFSC and USF costs are covered for 30 students to participate.

 

Highlands Children’s Museum

 As part of The Children’s Museum of the Highlands educational mission, we are excited to announce our goal of a new STEAM program. The program offers a series of classes for 6-9 year-olds. The lessons will put the laws of physics, dynamics, electricity, coding, math, science, art, and more right into the hands of the curious young learner.

 

Beauty Fit For a Queen

 To teach girls and women that true beauty comes from God and a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

We will minister to girls and women in schools, churches, and other non-profits. The project is “bless her heart bags” filled with basic hygiene needs, a gospel tract and a handwritten note of encouragement.

 

Toby the Clown Foundation

Our mission is to promote the art of laughter, fun, and love to all people of the land. The most important of these is our love to make a better world. The desire is to update the museum and gift shop.

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