The Hernando County Board of County Commissioners is proud to announce that it has selected 10 local organizations to receive $5,000 each through its Community Outreach Grant Program. A total of 31 applications were received.

Next year’s application process will begin April 1, 2016 and the deadline to apply will be June 1, 2016.

The following organizations were selected:

Hernando County Community Anti-Drug Coalition:  Through public education and community outreach The Hernando County Community Anti-Drug Coalition in partnership with Fox Chapel Middle School and the YMCA will utilize the Be ABOVE Bullying program. The program aims to decrease the amount of middle school students who report being bullied and increase the amount of students who speak up about bullying behaviors of which they are the target or bystander.

Dawn Center of Hernando County:  As Hernando County’s domestic and sexual violence victim service provider, this project will focus on creating awareness about the signs of domestic and sexual violence and where to get help. Materials regarding domestic and sexual violence and information about free resources will be available at various community events.

People Helping People in Hernando, Inc.:  People Helping People (PHP) plans to construct a community vegetable garden on newly purchased property located at 1396 Kass Circle in Spring Hill.  The garden project will be used to teach impoverished citizens how to garden and understand good nutrition.  The vegetables raised will supplement the food PHP normally purchases for the meals prepared for these citizens. The garden will be available to all Hernando County citizens who demonstrate a need and a desire to learn about gardening and nutrition.

Friends of the Library of Hernando County, FL, Inc.:  The Friends of the Library (Friends) plan to host the Saturday, February 27, 2016, annual Brooksville Library 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run to encourage and assist area residents to start and maintain healthy exercise habits. The Couch to 5K program will also be part of the program beginning in December 2015.

Crescent Community Clinic The Crescent Community will host its 2nd Annual Healthy Lifestyles Conference on November 15, 2015, to help educate residents on how to live a healthier lifestyle and improve overall well-being.  During the conference, certified healthcare providers will hold multiple workshops to teach attendees how to manage diabetes, obesity, hypertension and how to quit tobacco use.

Hernando County Fine Arts Council In an effort to promote both local Hernando County artists and tourism in Hernando County, the Hernando County Fine Arts Council will sponsor its 32nd Annual Art in the Park event scheduled for Saturday, March 12 and 13, 2016. The event will feature art and craft exhibitors, student artists, children’s art activities and food vendors.

Hernando Beach Property Owners Association The Hernando Beach Property Owners Association will enhance and beautify the Triangle Park located at the highly travelled junction of Osowaw and Shoal Line Boulevards. Using Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ methods, the one-acre area surrounding the black bear statue will be a more beautiful landmark showcasing Florida’s natural environment. Native plants will be installed that attract pollinators and birds. The Triangle Park is accessible to the public to take pictures or walk on the garden paths.

Spring Hill Art League:  The Spring Hill Art League, in partnership with the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department, will hold its arts and craft festival scheduled for November 21 and 22, 2015 at the Lake House in Spring Hill.  The goal of this endeavor is to increase public awareness, promote the visual arts and encourage and support artists in Hernando County and surrounding areas.

The Life Center of Hernando, Inc. The Life Center of Hernando (TLC) is a residential program for single moms.  TLC focuses on parenting and independent living skills and plans to incorporate the “Clear Path” program to address personal, financial and transportation roadblocks.  The three-pronged approach includes performance incentives, roadblock elimination and transportation provisions.

NAMI Hernando, Inc.:  NAMI plans to offer a series of three classes for the mentally ill and their family members. Additionally, a veterans support group will be created expanding services to include classes on finances, hygiene, diet, yoga and meditation.

The Community Outreach Grant Program was established to promote the strategic initiatives adopted by the Board of County Commissioners to engage residents in enhancing their community’s character, value, safety, health, environment and recreational opportunities.

Non-profit organizations, civic organizations, churches and schools in Hernando County are eligible to apply. This grant is designed to fund short-term projects that take place in Hernando County and have a public benefit. Funding is awarded on a reimbursement basis.

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Hernando County’s Community Outreach Grant Program recipients selected