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 other 501(C)(3) entities for 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 develops. This fee applies the first time a property is sold, and on each resale. The Foundation is a separate entity from The St. Joe Company and has a separate Board of Directors.

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WORKING TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE NORTHWEST FLORIDA AN EVEN BETTER PLACE TO LIVE

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.

NO ORDINARY JOE SCHOLARSHIP

The No Ordinary JOE scholarship is an annual scholarship for high school seniors attending a public or charter school residing in Bay County and Walton County. It will recognize extraordinary students with a strong sense of leadership and service to the community. The St. Joe Community Foundation will award multiple levels of scholarship awards with a single named recipient of the highest "No Ordinary JOE" Scholarship award for each county.

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HOW TO APPLY FOR GRANTS

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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GRANT GUIDELINES

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.

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2021 COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS

The St. Joe Community Foundation (“Foundation”) has approved grants totaling more than $4.4 million in 2021 to be paid to local non-profit organizations, the highest for a single year since its inception in 1999. Additionally, the Foundation created the No Ordinary JOE Scholarship program which will provide scholarships to three students from every Bay and Walton County public high school beginning in 2022. The grants approved support local non-profit organizations working in the areas of education, environmental stewardship, healthcare and cultural arts with the goal of enriching the quality of life of the people who live, work and play in Northwest Florida. “We are very proud to see this money go to work here in our local communities,” said April Wilkes, Executive Director of The St. Joe Community Foundation. “To be able to see the tangible impact these grants have on the people of Northwest Florida is extremely rewarding, especially this year when we were able to approve more grant funding than ever before.”

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