Throughout the year, the Walt Disney World Resort works with local charities that focus on children throughout the Central Florida region to “build better futures for local children.” One significant way that the company achieves its goals of giving back is through its grant program, Disney Helping Kids Shine. Nancy Gidusko, director of Community Relations for the Resort, explains a little about the program:
“Walt Disney World Resort is always looking for ways to invest in community partners that are devoted to helping children thrive. Disney Helping Kids Shine grants recognize and support those special organizations who share Disney’s commitment to inspiring and improving the lives of local youth.”
Applications for the special grants are being accepted now through January 31. Organizations in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Polk, and Lake Counties are urged to apply for the grants. To be eligible, a non-profit must be able to demonstrate how it improves children’s lives in one or more areas, including connecting with adults; developing good character; activities that lead to contructive use of free time; and compassion for others.
Winners of the grants will be announced this spring, and distributed grants will range from $5,000 to $100,000. In May 2010, Disney Helping Kids Shine provided grants totaling $1.2 million to 57 non-profit organizations and school districts in the Central Florida area. This legacy extends back to 1972 and has provided more than $11 million in funding to non-profits working on behalf of children during that time.
Follow this link for more information about the program’s guidelines. You can also download an application. For more questions regarding Disney Helping Kids Shine grants, please contact the Walt Disney World Community Relations office at 407-560-6233.