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Mission of the Foundation

To fund high impact projects that build healthy communities by improving our educational system, enhancing financial literacy and supporting programs that improve the quality of life on the First Coast.

Jacksonville Public Library Foundation

It is estimated that students can experience a two- to three-month loss of reading skills over the summer, and the Library’s Summer Learning program is essential to preventing what is known as the “summer-slide.” Each $5 gift covers the cost of one child’s participation in the Summer Learning program.

Your contribution provides the gift of reading for our youngest Library patrons, and thanks to you, we have reached our goal for 2021!

Jacksonville Public Education Fund

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund and the Community First Cares Foundation have launched a new and expanded classroom grant program to provide $50,000 in grants to support critical work for students during a challenging new school year. The partnership is the largest grant program of its kind for both organizations, who have worked together on several similar grant programs in the past few years. 

Teachers who work in Title I traditional and charter public schools in Duval County are eligible to apply for funds to support creative problem-solving projects that will create a warm, loving environment for students and drive student achievement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples include flexible seating options to help students social distance, purchasing individual supply caddies so that students don’t need to share materials and games and hands-on activities to make sure students have fun learning. JPEF has established a community review process that will carefully vet projects for need and impact. Each teacher can apply for up to $1,000.

St. Johns County Educational Foundation

In partnership with the Community First Cares Foundation, the Champions for Children program accepted applications for unique and original classroom projects. Selected projects were awarded $1,000 or more for teachers’ classrooms. In total, INK! has received $52,000 in grants for local teachers and students from partners Beaver Toyota St. Augustine and Community First Cares Foundation.

Educational items requested include supplies and tools in technology, computers, student materials, books, art and music, furniture, gardening, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), among others. These grants will enhance financial literacy and help build healthy communities by improving the educational system in our area.

The First Tee of North Florida

The First Tee of North Florida is launching a financial education program, in partnership with Community First Cares Foundation, to empower young people with the skills to make life-changing financial decisions.

Financial education is incorporated with golf and other life skills during in-school, after-school and on-course programming for more than 131,000 youth in The First Tee of North Florida’s seven-county service area.

Have a Special Project?

The Community First Cares Foundation supports projects that place a special emphasis on activities that improve financial literacy, enhance the quality of our educational system, upgrade the health and welfare of our community and help the underserved citizens improve their quality of life.  We offer funding to help our community partners implement these initiative right here on the First Coast.