Community Grant Program
Providing funding for local organizations and area schools
The BGWC supports local 501 (C)3 organizations and area schools through its Community Grant Program. Grants are awarded each April and announced at the April general membership meeting.
In its seventy-year history, the Club has been instrumental in supporting major island initiatives and this support has brought needed improvements and changes to the island. Examples of these initiatives include:
- the drive to bring a fresh water system to the Island in 1966;
- funding for the preliminary study which resulted in the establishment of the Boca Grande Community Center;
- support for the establishment of a capital improvement fund for the Community Center;
- long-term support for the Boca Grande Health Clinic, including attaining the Crowninshield membership level;
- contributions to the GICIA Land Conservancy Fund, including $150,000 towards the purchase of the Mercabo property at the north end of the Island;
- major contributions to the Island School;
- early support for Island theatrical and drama efforts, leading to the establishment of Royal Palm Players.
Organizations supported by the BGWC Community Grant Program: Barrier Island Parks Society, Boca Grande Art Center, Boca Grande Preschool, Boca Grande Heath Clinic Foundation, Boca Grande Historical Society, Boca Grande Sea Turtle Association, Crowninshield Community House, Friends of Boca Grande Community Center, Gasparilla Island Conservation & Improvement Association, Gasparilla Island Kids Classic Tarpon Tournament, Gasparilla Maritime Museum, Johann Fust Community Library, Lee County Parks and Recreation Summer Camps, L.A. Ainger Middle School Band Boosters, Lemon Bay High School Band Boosters, Lemon Bay High School Baseball Boosters, Lemon Bay High School Football Boosters, Lemon Bay High School Project Graduation, Mote Marine Laboratory, Royal Palm Players, provided initial support to The Island School.