HEAL FoundationGrants Awarded in 2018

SPRING GRANTS

Collage Day School
Awarded $
1,000
LEAP (Learning Enrichment Achievement Program)

The grant will be used to help offset the cost of curriculum they need to successfully launch the program with fidelity.

ACCEPTS
Awarded $
2,500
Coaches Communication Intensive Training / Scholarship and Supervision Program

Grant funds will be used to reduce fees for parents and professionals attending an intensive workshop.  

Abess Park Elementary
Awarded $
553.67
CSS PRE K Sensory Room

Using the funds to buy a farm panel wall activity set and Children Factory corner tunnel climber.  

Angelwood
Awarded $
2,500
Angelwood Summer Day Camp

Funds from the HEAL Foundation will go directly to assisting us with the operation costs of Angelwood Summer Day Camp. Angelwood Camp serves 175 campers, all living with intellectual and developmental differences (IDD’s).  The goals of Angelwood Summer Day Camp are the children with IDD’s will experience a typical summer camp experience while their unique needs being met.

BASCA, Inc.
Awarded $
1,000
Community Enrichment

Grant funds will be used to pay for a portion of costs for 45 individuals to attend five field trips.

BridgeHaven Academy
Awarded $
2,500
Summer Camp

This camp spans 4 weeks allowing enrollment opportunities to many families that do not have access to typing as a form of communication during the school year for their children.  We have incorporated meaningful activities, themes, community excursions, and opportunity to network with typers across the community for our campers.

Catholic Charities
Awarded $
2,318
Camp I am Special

Provides persons with physical, emotional and developmental disabilities life enriching experiences that promote health and wellbeing and help the campers gain independence and grow personally. The camp offers seven week-long, overnight summer camps.  Technology has come to play a significant role in the lives of Campers with autism and other disabilities.  Each week, Campers use devices such as the iPad to communicate.  With them, Campers with autism can better communicate with their Buddies and camp staff.

Flip Dog Yoga
Awarded $
2,500
Special Needs Yoga Awareness Program

Flip Dog Yoga will use the grant funds allocated to offset the cost to the participants.  Understanding the expenses parents endure when raising a child or children with disabilities, our main goal is to offer the program at no or little cost so that families are not burdened with the additional cost of yoga.

GIRL SCOUTS OF GATEWAY COUNCIL INC
Awarded $
2,000
Girl Scout Smile Camp

The grant will be specifically used to underwrite the cost of sending five children with autism to Smile Camp, ensuring no cost to their families.

HEAL Surf Camp
Awarded $
3,686
Surf Camp

The HEAL Surf Camp was held in Neptune Beach.  25 local kids on the autism spectrum participated in the camp.  Each participant received individual instruction and the opportunity to surf, paddleboard, and ride in ocean kayaks.  Each participant also received a camp t-shirt.

HUG/Help Us Golf
Awarded $
1,500
Golf Camp at TPC Sawgrass

The goal of the HUG Golf Camp is to focus on teaching the game of golf to the juniors within the Autism Spectrum. The HUG program will be hosted at TPC Sawgrass and include physical fitness, history/rules, environmental stewardship and fundamentals of the golf swing.

Haven Horse Ranch, Inc.
Awarded $
2,500
Equine Therapy

The primary mission of Haven Horse Ranch is to assist each child with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction and therapy with rescued horses. It is a licensed Spirit Horse Therapeutic Riding Center providing Free Equine Assisted Therapy. It's the only facility in NE Florida providing full time, free, therapy, 6 days per week for those with Autism, MS, MD, Cerebral Palsy, Down's Syndrome, Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, Learning disabilities, Developmental Delays, and at risk and abused youth.

Henderson Haven
Awarded $
2,500
Camp Possible 2018

Camp Possible 2018 will provide learning in a fun environment while promoting age-appropriate social skills. Each week Camp Possible will have a different theme, which will relate to an area of living an independent life, such as safety and/or health. Camp Possible will have volunteers and community resources to enhance the experience for each camper.  The funds donated by HEAL will provide Henderson Haven the ability to supply extra equipment and special events for camp activities.

Hope Haven
Awarded $
2,000
Camp HOPE and The Discovery School

Camp HOPE is based on a 1:5 student/teacher ratio and an estimated 50 students/week for eight 1-week sessions.  Camp fees will cover staff salaries, field trip costs, materials and supplies, snacks 2x/day, outside guest presenters, a camp t-shirt, and secure transportation to and from outside activities.  The Discovery School will be purchasing Cozy Cubes, Classroom Weighted Focus Kits, Bucket of Chewies, Time Timer Plus’ and an Assortment of Learning Tools for Students/Teachers/Parents to create a Lending Library.

Hope Therapy
Awarded $
2,500
Scholarship Fund

Grant funds will be used to provide scholarships for our clients with autism who could not participate without financial assistance.

Horseplay Therapy Center
Awarded $
2,000
Hippotherapy

Hippotherapy (PT, OT, ST on horseback)

Indigo Art Therapy
Awarded $
2,500
Vocational Art for Autism

Grant funds will go directly towards two Indigo Vocational scholarship recipients with autism who demonstrate exceptional artistic abilities and the desire to pursue art as a career.  Each scholarship will cover one full cycle of Indigo Vocational program participation, including 10 art-making and website creation sessions. Scholarship recipients will be included in at least one public community art exhibition.

Jacksonville Miracle League
Awarded $
2,000
Uniforms and Equipment

Jacksonville Miracle League provides opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to play baseball, regardless of their abilities. A “buddy” system is used pairing players with an able-bodied peer. The buddy helps the players with batting, rounding the bases, and fielding. Monies will be used for the purchase of new uniforms and equipment.

Jacksonville School for Autism
Awarded $
2,500
Summer Enrichment

The grant will be used to help support the school’s summer enrichment program, which includes piano/music, karate and yoga. Remarkably, many children with autism have been found to have extraordinary musical and artistic talents. Other experiences include trips to the zoo, surfing lessons, dolphin experience and other community field trips.

Jericho School
Awarded $
1,280
Rock the Spectrum Summer

The grant will be used to cover transportation expenses for the summer camp field trips to an all-inclusive gym, Rock the Spectrum. The camp will provide the opportunity for children with autism a fun and motivational environment to help them in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, and communication.

Kids Connect Today
Awarded $
1,000
Social skills classes and summer camp

Scholarship program to help families who would not otherwise be able to afford our classes.

Landrum Middle School
Awarded $
500
Best Buddies

Grant will be used to allow all of our amazing Buddies to have a wonderful time together, build friendships, grow and learn together, intellectually and socially.

Little Star Center
Awarded $
2,500
Summer Camp

Little Star Center serves as both a school and Behavioral Therapy Center.  The school is offering a Summer School Program which incorporates an intense ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) but with some fun. The grant will be used to help fund some of the summer outings. These include Riverboat Cruise, Trolley Tour, Hands on Museum and more.

May Institute
Awarded $
1,500
May in your Community

Summer programming to benefit individuals served in our Adult Day Treatment (ADT) program and residences including dance classes, art classes, and field trips to recreational and cultural sites in the community.

North Florida School of Special Education
Awarded $
1,000
Berry Good Farms Micro-Enterprise Day Camps

Grant funding will be used to support Berry Good Farms Micro-Enterprise Day Camps.

Putnam Project Lighthouse
Awarded $
1,250
Project Lighthouse Tracking Bracelets

Purchase 5 client transmitter bands.

Special Nation
Awarded $
2,500
Special Nation Summer VBS/Summer Camp

Grant funds will be used for to offer accessibility to both a week-long Bible camp and a weekly friends group.  Grant funds allow all interested families to participate in the bible camp at an affordable rate, and for the friends group to meet weekly with necessary materials and accommodations for success.

Swimming Safari Swim School
Awarded $
1,000
Swimming Lessons for children with Special Abilities & Autism

SpecialNeeds swim classes.

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
Awarded $
1,000
Camp Cummer Scholarships

Camp Cummer is a week-long summer camp taught by full-time Museum Educators whose work is supported by the time and talent of dozens of volunteers. Camp Cummer is a fun summer camp that offers adventurous ways for children to grow by discovering art and person expression.

FALL GRANTS

ACCEPTS
Awarded $
2,500
Coaches Scholarship and Supervision Program

Grant funds will be used to reduce fees for parents and professionals attending a coaches intensive workshop.

Abess Park Elementary
Awarded $
1,012
Color Printer for CSS

New color printer for CSS program to print visuals on a daily bases to help students with schedules, communications, directions and learning.

Alden Road ESC
Awarded $
1,932
CSS Program Design Enterprise

Grant will be used to fund the start-up of the enterprise, which will include purchasing all of the items necessary for design and production of t-shirts and other personalized products.

BridgeHaven Academy
Awarded $
2,500
Yoga/Body Awareness

The funds from the grant will be used to provide no less than 72 sessions of special needs yoga for our students by a certified instructor.  We will also purchase equipment (yoga mats, body rollers, body brushes, exercise balls, weighted blankets, vibrating/massage blankets) for this program that will not only be used during Yoga class, but also, throughout each school day as our teachers incorporate body awareness exercises into each students personalized service plans.

Fleming Island Elementary
Awarded $
2,000
Sensory Room Technology

Sensory Room equipment and technology

Flip Dog Yoga
Awarded $
2,500
Special Needs Awareness Yoga Program

The goal is to spread the word that yoga can be enjoyed and should be part of the therapy equation for every person with disabilities. The grant funds will be used to offset the cost to participants. These are six-week classes.

Greenwood School
Awarded $
1,000
Specialized Faculty Professional Development

Grant will help in Greenwood's ongoing commitment to provide the very best environment for middle and high school students with learning differences to continue to grow and excel with confidence and purpose, and would also enable Greenwood to allocate additional funds for faculty to attend follow-on conferences and training to take their enhanced knowledge to the next level of effective practice in the classrooms.

Growing Together Behavioral Center
Awarded $
1,000
Sensory Room

Sensory room equipment

Haven Horse Ranch, Inc.
Awarded $
500
Equine Therapy

A licensed Spirit Horse Therapeutic Riding Center providing Free Equine Assisted Therapy. It's the only facility in NE Florida providing full time, free, therapy, 6 days per week for those with Autism, MS, MD, Cerebral Palsy, Down's Syndrome, Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, Learning disabilities, Developmental Delays, and at risk and abused youth. The grant will provide 100 sessions of Equine Therapy along with camp and various "horse shows" for local children diagnosed specifically with an ASD.

Henderson Haven
Awarded $
1,500
Free 2 Be Me

Grant to buy sensory and therapeutic equipment Free 2 Be Me school.  Programming is individualized for each student; materials to enhance the learning environment for them.  Funds will be used to supplement therapies related to sensory disorders for all of the students in cooperation with Occupational Therapist.

Highlands Elementary
Awarded $
1,000
Sensory Room

CSS Sensory Motor Room and Supporting Sensory motor needs

Indigo Art Therapy
Awarded $
1,250
HEAL Sensory Explorers Studio

Grant funding will be used to cover most of the service fees for two art therapists to provide a curated series of six 90-minute multi-station sensory exploration workshops, with a maximum of 5 participating children per group.

Jacksonville Miracle League
Awarded $
2,500
Baseball League

Grant will be used for uniforms and hardship waivers for participants in the inclusive baseball league. Jacksonville Miracle provides anyone with medical issues an opportunity to enjoy the joy and benefits of baseball.

Kids Connect Today
Awarded $
1,000
Social Skills Classes

Grant will offset the costs for an eight-week Friday Night Teen Club for special needs children. They teach social skills to the teens and integrate neuro typical peers who serve as role models.

Little Star Center
Awarded $
1,000
Fall Community Outings

Fall Community Outings

Morning Star School
Awarded $
1,000
IXL Site License

The HEAL grant funds will be used to purchase 59 licenses to IXL for Morning Star students in grades K-12.

Mt. Herman Exceptional Student Center
Awarded $
1,271
Fall Art Festival and Sensory Opportunities for the CSS Classrooms

Fall Art Festival and Sensory Room equipment

North Florida School of Special Education
Awarded $
1,000
Career Exploration Club / Ready 4 Work Club

The intent of the NFSSE CAREER EXPLORATION CLUB is to better prepare our secondary students from the ages of 14-17 for exploration and basic training in vocational settings. Our Transition Program is geared toward the 18-22 age group and provides academic/life/social/vocational skills instruction in the classroom setting and vocational skills training in volunteer workplaces throughout our community.

Puzzle Peace Counseling, LLC
Awarded $
1,250
Medwaiver Consultation Program

Medwaiver consultant meets with parents in their homes to help them navigate applying for state and federal benefits, particularly the medwaiver program which provides respite care, consumables and therapies for families.

Reach Academy
Awarded $
1,245
REACHing OUT

Funds will be used to purchase the screen-printing machine and necessary supplies needed to operate it and produce goods.

Ridgeview High School
Awarded $
5,300
Classroom technology, The Fairy Garden Outdoor Classroom, Art Class Activities

Classroom technology, The Fairy Garden Outdoor Classroom, Art Class Activities for five ESE classrooms

Timberlin Creek Elementary
Awarded $
1,000
Current Evaluation and Treatment Technology Materials for Speech-Language Therapy Program

Speech Language Program at Timberlin Creek Elem.

Waterleaf Elementary
Awarded $
1,000
Waterleaf Communication and Social Skills

The grant will be used to enhance their new sensory room.  The school is striving to meet the students’ sensory integration needs.

Westview PK-8
Awarded $
1,000
Sensory Room

Sensory Room Equipment and Storage Solutions

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