The St. Joe Community Foundation

The St Joe Community Foundation’s mission is to enrich the quality of life of the people who live, work, and play in Northwest Florida. Created in 1999, the Foundation provides grants to the areas of education, environmental stewardship, building healthier communities, and programs that honor the cultural arts. We believe that St Joe is creating communities that will have a long – range impact on the towns and lives of people in the region. The Foundation is funded exclusively by a transfer fee on the sale of real estate in certain communities and resorts St Joe is developing. This fee applies the first time a property is sold, and on each resale.



At The St. Joe Community Foundation (Foundation) we consider this area our home - a treasure that deserves thoughtful stewardship. That is why we are investing in the future of the region. We want to be sure what is unique stays that way for generations to come. It is our desire to create a legacy of value for each of the many special communities in this wonderful area that we all call "home". The Commitment: The Foundation was established as a 501(C)3 private foundation dedicated to the ongoing improvement of the quality of life for the people who live, work and play in Northwest Florida.


Applications for funding can be submitted on line. Funding requests are reviewed according to the STJCF guidelines, and then reviewed for approval by the STJCF Board of Trustees at pre-scheduled meetings. The amount granted is dependent upon the availability of Foundation funds during the grant year.

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At The St. Joe Community Foundation (Foundation), we consider our grants in Bay & Walton Counties as investments, not charity or obligations. As such, we look for projects in Bay and Walton Counties that promise long-term returns on the quality of life in our region. Focused primarily on building healthier communities, our investments are based on building civic infrastructure that provides ongoing improvements to the area. Grants generally range from $1,000 to $50,000, although larger grants may be available based on determination of need.



The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees approved over 135 grant applications providing +$2.2 Million to local non-profits in 2020. Healthcare was certainly a focus this year, the Foundation Board approved significant grants to Covenant Hospice Foundation to create a Palliative Care Center in Bay County, to Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation to support Ascension Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast’s pediatric emergency services expansion project and to The Nemours Foundation and Life Management of NWFL for charity healthcare. In response to COVID-19, the Foundation supported several local healthcare non-profits with well over $300,000 for PPE, testing supplies and telehealth initiative support as well as emergency funds for FSU-PC and Gulf Coast State College students. Education is always a focus for the Foundation Board and this year was no different. The Foundation Board approved approximately $900,000 in grants for special educational projects, resources and equipment along with multiple scholarships with various entities, including a multi-year grant to the FSU Foundation for the PC Promise scholarship program to provide free tuition for Bay and Walton County students with a family income of $50,000 or less. The Foundation provided funding for immediate needs for those affected by Hurricane Sally and Walton County’s Musset Bayou Fire and also continued to support several cultural arts ideas and community outreach programs in Bay and Walton counties.