Florida Writers Foundation expands and enhances literacy by awarding grants to dedicated organizations around the state. Recent grants have been awarded to:
- Manatee Literacy Council, to fund literacy tutoring for adult English speakers and speakers for whom English is a second language.
- Page 15, an Orlando nonprofit, to fund publication of the excellent High School Anthology editions for 2023 and 2024, highlighting the work of students and helping them hone their skills.
- National League of American Pen Women Sarasota Branch, to fund literary awards in 17 public schools through the Launching Leaders in the Arts Awards program.
- The Immokalee Foundation, to fund Holidays books and blankets for schoolchildren, many of whom never owned a book before, in a farming community in which English is a second language for 70% of the population.
- Mount Dora W.T. Bland Public Library, to fund the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, placing books in the hands of children aged six and under.
- Hastings Friends of the Library, to fund purchase of books for kids to own books in a rural community with economic hardships.
- Rolling Readers in Brevard County, to fund the publishing and publicity of a book highlight students’ writing.
Additionally, FWF volunteers have made a difference by visiting elementary schools for reading days, sponsoring poetry contests, donating books to underprivileged schools, and contributing funds to middle school writing contests.
We have donated books, educational games, puzzles, and other materials to:
- School classroom libraries
- Public libraries throughout Florida
- The Ronald McDonald House in St. Pete
- Space Coast Women and Children’s Center
- Nursing homes
- Hurricane and flood-damaged areas in Florida and nearby states