Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Board Approves $4.9 Million in Grant Funding

Recent funding from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation continues its focus on mental health, education, and creating intergenerational cycles of opportunity for families.

“Margie once told us, ‘We can’t change the world, but we can change little pieces of it and hope for a ripple effect.’ In every way, Chuck and Margie were that ripple effect,” says Teri A Hansen, President | CEO of Barancik Foundation. “We will continue to honor their legacy and support the places, people, and causes they loved. Now our work becomes that much more important.”

Transforming Mental Health Care for Sarasota County Youth
A $500,000 grant to support the Here4Youth Mental Health Initiative to create a system of accessible, integrated and trauma-informed services for Sarasota children and families.

Strengthening Foster Care Services in Sarasota County
A three-year, $503,294 grant to Safe Children Coalition to support the organization’s capacity building and development needs.

Retaining Sarasota’s Best and Brightest Students
A two-year, $500,000 grant to New College Foundation for the Barancik Foundation Leadership Scholars program to attract and retain high-achieving, low-income students from Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Energy Efficiency as a Means to Financial Stability
A two-year grant of $455,000 to support a partnership between the Sarasota Housing Authority and Sarasota County’s Sustainability Department to decrease electricity bills and increase air quality, health and economic self-sufficiency for low-income residents.

Housing and Rehabilitating Chronically Homeless Adults
A three-year, $350,000 grant to support the Suncoast Rapid Rehousing Program with St. Vincent de Paul at Gulf Coast Community Foundation, which quickly connects chronically homeless adults to permanent housing, case management and financial assistance.

Changing Lives Forever through Mental Health and Human Services
A $300,000 grant to JFCS of the Suncoast to support mental health and human services programming.

Enhancing Mental Health Services
A $285,000 grant to First Step of Sarasota to support the professional integration of electronic medical records.

Bringing World-class STEM Education to Sarasota
A grant of $100,000 to the Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago to support their after-school science education program and fund museum staff to travel to Sarasota to conduct train-the-trainer sessions with local youth science educators.

Responding to Victims of Sexual Trafficking
A grant of $91,862 to Voices for Florida to support the More Too Life Human Trafficking Outreach and Crisis Response Teams in Sarasota County.

Innovating Music Education in Sarasota County Schools
A $75,315 grant to the Sarasota County School District to expand music programming and pilot the Kids Rock modern band program in Sarasota County schools.

Helping Visually Impaired Teenagers Gain Their Independence
A $50,000 grant to Southeastern Guide Dogs to hire an Outreach Coordinator to promote the organization’s Children and Teens Program.

Building Self-esteem and Confidence for Young Women
A $25,000 grant to Truly Valued to support its mentorship program for young ladies living in high-risk neighborhoods or foster care.

Additional Grants
An additional $1.6 million in funding was awarded to provide annual support and sponsorships for partner organizations.