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Project Light Receives $225,000 Grant from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

Project Light Of Manatee Inc. is thrilled to announce the reception of a generous grant of $225,000 from the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. This grant will significantly bolster Project Light's efforts to enhance its educational programs and improve its overall infrastructure to better serve its students and instructors.

The grant will be utilized to achieve several key objectives that align with Project Light's mission:

  1. Stipends for Qualified Instructors: The grant will facilitate the provision of stipends to highly qualified instructors, enabling them to dedicate their expertise and time to the educational development of Project Light's students. This support will foster a conducive environment for effective learning and growth.

  1. Technology Upgrades and Replacements: The funds will also be directed toward updating and replacing outdated technology resources used in Project Light's educational programs. This investment in modern tools will empower both instructors and students to engage in innovative and effective learning experiences.

  1. Part-Time Administrative Support Position: The grant will allow Project Light to establish a part-time administrative support position. This role will streamline the organization's operations, ensuring smoother coordination among various activities and enabling a more efficient delivery of services.

  1. Continued Comprehensive Support for Students: With this grant, Project Light will further expand its commitment to providing holistic support to its students. From educational resources to personal development assistance, the organization will continue to empower its students in every possible way.

"We are immensely grateful to the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation for their generous support," said Cheryl Evans, Board President of Project Light. "This grant will significantly amplify our ability to make a lasting impact on the lives of our students and instructors. The Foundation's dedication to philanthropy resonates deeply with our mission, and we are excited to collaborate to create positive change in the community."

As the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation states, "The Charles and Margery Barancik family has long believed in the power of philanthropy to shape our world and enrich the lives of all people. It was the expression of this belief that led them in 2014 to establish Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation—a private, family foundation located in Sarasota, Florida. Barancik Foundation creates initiatives and awards grants in Sarasota and beyond in the areas of education, humanitarian causes, arts and culture, the environment, and medical research. For more information, visit"

This collaboration between Project Light and the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation exemplifies the potential of strategic partnerships in driving positive change and fostering educational equity.


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