Tapper Foundation announces 2013-14 grants

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:20 AM.

The Board of Directors of the George G. & Amelia G. Tapper Foundation met recently to conduct the business of their annual meeting.  At the gathering, seven area organizations were granted funding totaling $70,800.  Also, the Board approved $5,800 worth of grants already expended since January toward the support of the Junior Service League’s annual Children Service Center winter cloths shopping trip and the Port St. Joe Lions Club Sportsman’s Banquet.

The Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation was awarded $30,000 toward the $250,000 the Tapper Foundation has committed to the support of the Sacred Heart on the Gulf Hospital. Gulf Coast State College Foundation received $15,000 toward their ambitious goal of $500,000 for the Culinary Arts Program at the new state-of-the-art Advanced Technology Center.  In support of the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, a challenge grant of $10,000 was offered to their effort to improve the dog-run facilities at the local Center.

Smaller, but no less important, grants were provided for the second year in a row to the Christian Community Development Fund headed by Mrs. Diana Burkett in the amount of $2,500 to assist in the purchase of desperately-needed supplies for its much-lauded home improvement program. 

“The Christian Community Development Fund is very thankful for the support the Tapper Foundation has always shown us. Tapper Foundation grants, over the last two years, have helped us provide much needed home repairs for the elderly and disabled in our community. Again we are very thankful for the local support” said Burkett.

Also for the second year in a row, the Gulf County 4-H received funding of $3,000 to help local youth attend their summer leadership camp.

The Salt Air Farmer’s Market was a first-time recipient of $3,000 to help them purchase much-needed equipment and allow for regional marketing exposure. 

Rounding out the list of recipients is the Junior Achievement of NW Florida, which received $1,500 to fund classes for Gulf County students in business and professional life skills.    

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