Released By Osceola County Community Outreach/Public Information Office
District 1 Commissioner Peggy Choudhry awarded nearly $100,000 in Community Betterment Grant dollars to a variety of community partners last month.
Grant recipients included: Blue Iris Acres, CFHLA Foundation, Miles of Help Through Christ-Changing Rooms USA, Agape Food Ministries, Swamp Girl Adventures, St. Vincent de Paul Corpus Christi, Free Clinic of Florida, Caballo Bravo Fino Horse International Association and The Salvation Army.
Grants ranged from $1,020 to $50,000. The largest amount—$50,000—went to The Salvation Army, which will start an Emergency Resource Center that will provide hot meals, showers, job search assistance, shared office space and medical care.
“I’m so proud that these grants will be used to provide such a variety of essential services to the residents of Osceola County,” said Choudhry, who announced the grants on the Courthouse steps. “The Salvation Army is a tremendous partner to establish this Emergency Resource Center, which has been a priority for me. They are going to use these funds to team with other agencies to change the lives of Osceola County’s most vulnerable residents, who so often just need basic, immediate assistance.”
Community Betterment Grants allow local groups to seek funds from Osceola County Commissioners for a variety programs or events. The funding is administered through Osceola County Human Services Department for all five County Commissioners. $50,000 is set aside annually in each commission district and if the funds are not fully expended, the funds carry over. Before last month’s distribution, Commissioner Choudhry had $150,000 in funding available.