2014 Application-Based Disney Grants Recipients

Boys & Girls Club of Lake and Sumter Counties

$55,000

The Summer of Illumination program targets summer learning loss by offering learning opportunities in academics, arts, character development, sports, and health/life skills.

Covenant House Florida

$25,000

The Bright Beginnings Program provides a stimulating curriculum for homeless children that will foster stronger family dynamics, help children attain developmental milestones, build their social skills, and reach their full potential.

Florida Citrus Sports Foundation

$75,700

The organization offers a dynamic summer program targeting middle school students.  The focus is on athletics, academics, attitude, and achievement.

Florida Opera Theatre

$11,000

Build an Opera, Build a Community engages children in learning more about classical music and the opera genre by studying singing, acting, and creative improvisation.  Students will produce an original opera that is then performed for the community.

Girls, Inc. of Lakeland

$42,000

Through the Strong, Smart and Bold Program, emphasis is placed on academic achievement, character development, health and nutrition, fitness, technology, cultural arts, and literacy.

Grove Counseling Center, Inc. 

$25,000

The Arts in Action camp promotes positive youth development through expressive arts.  Children participate in theater, dance, and visual arts, culminating in an artistic showcase for the community to enjoy.

Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County

$50,000

Twelve families will participate in the planning and construction of their own homes.  The program breaks the cycle of poverty for qualified families, and provides an education component that leads them on the path to self-sufficiency.

Learning Resource Center of Polk County

$25,000

The Camp READY! summer program ensures that kindergarteners develop the literacy skills necessary to thrive as they enter school. Hands-on activities in art, movement, cooking, and literacy motivate children to learn.

Lighthouse Central Florida

$20,000

In this early learning program, the focus is on working with vision impaired children to prepare them to enter the school setting by age five.   The program gives children the foundation they need to take full advantage of life-long learning opportunities.

Orange County Library System

$30,000

In the Summer Reading Program, youth are reading and learning when school is out.   Rewards for outstanding participation encourage youth to engage in activities such as digital technology and interactive art/science programs.

Orange County Regional History Center

$25,000

Adventures in History Summer Camp encourages children to expand their imaginations, discover their creativity, and learn about the world around them.  Themes include Weather Forecast, Food Science, Going Green, All Around Town and Superheroes.

Orlando Museum of Art

$25,000

Families who may not have access to arts programs participate in the Family ArtReach program, where they can experience a variety of diverse art forms together. Included are family art nights, Sunday workshops, and family field trips.

Osceola County Historical Society 

$25,000

The Osceola Explorations Summer Camp educates children about their own county, instilling a sense of pride in their community.  Included are hands-on activities, field trips, crafts, and nature study.

Page 15 – Urban Think Foundation

$40,000

Students in this program benefit from year-round tutoring and creative enrichment programs.  In the school-break literacy camps, students write and publish an anthology of their own works, enhancing their reading and writing competence.

Steinway Society of Central Florida

$15,000

The Piano Lesson Program is offered to children and parents who might not otherwise be exposed to piano.  Youth develop an interest in music, participate in recitals, and can receive a refurbished piano upon course completion.

UCP of Central Florida

$27,500

Arts for All uses a variety of art forms to teach a broad range of subjects to children with and without special needs, fostering creative problem solving, literacy and math skills, compassion, and character development.

Young Fathers of Central Florida

$10,000

The Teen Fatherhood Academy provides learning modules for young single fathers in order to encourage personal responsibility and character development.   Teens acquire the skills necessary to be an asset within their communities.