2022 Grant Award Finalists

Gulf Breeze Will Do is proud to announce the finalists for the 2022 grant cycle.

Through the diligent work of our grant review committees, our participating Gulf Breeze Will Do members have narrowed the field to the following ten finalists.

CPR ADULT AND INFANT MANIKINS – Gulf Breeze Elementary School – $1,872.95

  • Gulf Breeze Middle School teaches CPR to 6th graders during Health class and to adult staff throughou1 the year. We are looking to add updated CPR manikins to better enhance the knowledge being presented. Many of our current manikins are broken and not up to date with current protocols. Not only are we planning on adding updated adult manikins, but infant ones as well. Both groups of manikins have compression rate monitors that give instant feedback. The set comes with AED practice trainers and a storing case.

EFFECTIVE CLASSROOM – Gulf Breeze Middle School – $6,424.91

  • Brief Summary: My project involves getting new desks and chairs to replace the combo desks that are currently in my math classroom. The combo desks are bulky and have a bar on one side, making small group configurations difficult to arrange and difficult for the students to get in and out of the desks. The new desks and chairs will allow me to better facilitate student collaboration and certain math concept presentations. The new desks and chairs allow for different configurations for small groups and provide more floor space for math concept presentations like coordinate grid and number lines and to facilitate math games like Scoot. This classroom project will benefit about 140 students each year from the Gulf Breeze area, including the 32561 and 32563 zones.


  • Gulf Breeze Girl Scout troop 849 and sister troop 95002 are active troops with the largest membership in zip codes 32561 and 32563. With 31 young women ranging in 4th to 11th grades, the scouts engage in opportunities that not only allow them to gain valuable skills and experiences, but also allow them to serve their community. Because the troops are so active, they need an enclosed trailer. This trailer will allow them to participate in activities away from home, but will also allow them to transport goods and materials, both for themselves and to the organizations for which they volunteer. This grant will, essentially, allow these young women to go farther and do more.

FOUNTAINS FOR THE FUTURE – Ocean Hour Inc. – $7,235.00

  • Ocean Hour is a local all-volunteer non-profit organization that has been working at marine debris cleanups in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties for almost ten years. To date for 2022, Ocean Hour volunteers have removed over 30,000 pounds of trash and debris – and we only clean up on Saturday mornings for an hour. Ocean Hour’s grant application is for three outdoor drinking fountains/bottle fill stations, locations expected to be at the Gulf Breeze Parks and Recreation tennis courts, the Gulf Breeze Parks and Recreation baseball fields and the Shoreline Park Pavilion. Single use plastics such as water bottles are one of the top ten items we find at our cleanups. Installing water fountains with bottle fillers will greatly reduce the amount of plastic bottle trash in Gulf Breeze. The water drinking fountains with bottle filler will encourage residents to bring their own containers that can be refilled conveniently. This will be a terrific asset to these facilities and for the multitudes of people at these locations. Prevention is Ocean Hour’s major focus, and this project is a big step towards this goal.

IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE – Gulf Breeze Middle School Hospitality & Tourism Academy – $9,987.50

  • “It’s getting hot in here” is a project that would allow the Hospitality and Tourism Academy program, at Gulf Breeze Middle School, to purchase new stoves, a new dishwasher, and a new washer/dryer stackable combination. The current items in my classroom are 30 years old and have seen their better days. Having the latest equipment would allow my students to thrive in a job that requires the knowledge of using the most recent machines. As our community and state bounces back from Covid and a plethora of other catastrophes, I want to make available the resources possible to promote success in an ever-changing hospitality and tourism business. Not only would they prosper in the hotel industry, but in the culinary world as well. My students would be employable and possess and take pride with a community-minded spirit. Trends in the hospitality and tourism industry, including globalization, guests’ safety and security, and the importance of offering outstanding services, the new technologies that enhance competitiveness, just to name a few. We must seek ways to retain an effective, diverse, and competent staff. This would allow students to make a passing score on the ServSafe Managers Certification Exam.

REBUILDING THE COMMUNITY GARDEN – Gulf Breeze Community Garden – $3,049.31

  • The mission of the Gulf Breeze Community Garden is to cultivate the enjoyment and benefits of organic gardening. We are a project of the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber Foundation, a registered non-profit organization (501 c-3). Since our founding in 2011 we have brought together individuals of diverse backgrounds and experiences. In September 2020 the Garden was uprooted when the property we occupied was sold. Searching for a new site was hampered by Covid-19 and the Bay Bridge closure. In June 2021, we were given space at the First Baptist Church of Gulf Breeze. Our project now is to rebuild and maintain the Garden. Costs to rebuild have depleted our operational funds. With local high school student volunteers and our remaining members, we have constructed 4 plots. We are working on 2 more plots for a total of l 8 beds. We hosted a Girl Scout Gold project – a spiral herb bed. We are committed to maintain this project. Additional funds will enable us to sponsor beds for area service clubs and host educational programs for individuals who wish to learn about organic gardening. Some beds will be available to grow vegetables to donate to local food pantries.


  • Dr. Karen Barber and the SRSD granted permission to Gulf Breeze High School to initiate a Beach Volleyball Program. To be eligible for FHSAA competition, four regulation sand volleyball courts and equipment are required. In 2017 the original courts were installed and paid for by the participating parents. This proposal is for $10,000.00 towards the build and installation of two additional courts to complete the four needed (the remaining balance has been donated by parents, community members and businesses). The new addition will not only benefit the High School program. Once installed it will be the only regulation sand facility in the Santa Rosa/ Escambia County area. Beach volleyball is a sport for all ages, Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach currently host the largest adult leagues in this area including Paralympic athletic teams. The ability to host FHSAA, AVP and League play will benefit the Gulf Breeze community with tourism dollars in the way of room nights, meals and incremental spending. The FHSAA season runs from February 6th through the end of April, which is typically considered off season for most local businesses.


  • In 2014, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer, sounding the alarm that skin cancer is a major public health concern. Additionally, the Skin Cancer Foundation reports that five or more sunburns before age 20 may increase melanoma risk by 80 percent. Finally, the CDC reports that it only takes 15 minutes to sustain a sunburn. Pensacola Beach Elementary School is a charter school located one block from Pensacola Beach and serves children from the beach and Gulf Breeze areas. Unfortunately, the students’ outside space is almost completely exposed to the elements and does not have any shade structures (apart from one small gazebo) in place to give students relief from the sun. We are a small charter school and do not have a gymnasium or cafeteria. All physical education, recess, and lunches take place outside as we do not have an alternate space for these activities when it is too hot or too sunny to be outdoors. Given that we want to provide a sun-safe space for our children, we are asking for $10,000 to install shade structures outside to give our students protection from the sun.

TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN – Santa Rosa Education Foundation – $8,318.72

  • Take Stock in Children (TSIC} is a state-wide organization founded in 1995 in response to the need for a program that provides more than financial assistance to our economically disadvantaged, college bound students. We operate locally under the Santa Rosa Education Foundation and offer a unique opportunity for low-income, at-risk students to escape the cycle of poverty through education. Students selected from across the county, to include Gulf Breeze, receive a caring volunteer mentor, student advocacy, one-on-one college and career readiness, as well as a college scholarship. Our comprehensive program provides incentives and resources to help underserved students stay in school, earn a high school diploma, graduate from college and enter the workforce. Services start in grades 7-9, continue through high school, and include post-secondary retention and completion services. The 115 students currently in our program signed performance contracts agreeing to earn good grades, exhibit positive behavior, and remain drug and crime free. If all program requirements are met, students receive 4 years of college tuition. 100% of funds raised within Santa Rosa County are equally matched with state funds to purchase a 4-year Florida Prepaid College Savings Plan to sponsor a child for participation in our program.

UPCYCLING THE RECYCLED – South Santa Rosa Interfaith Ministries – $10,000.00

  • For 22 years Interfaith Ministries (IM) has attempted to meet the needs of the marginalized citizens of our community. Interfaith Ministries and Good Samaritan Clinic meets a wide variety of emergency needs including: housing, utilities, free medical and dental care, free medications and many other emergent needs. The constant source of revenue to meet these needs comes from Thrift Shop sales. In an effort to increase income, the shop manager began a project (staffed by volunteers) or refinishing out-of-date furniture. The refinishing is done in a retail section of the Thrift Shop. To free up retail space inside the shop and provide added safety for customers and volunteers, the project needs to be moved out of the retail space. IM requests GBWD assistance with enclosing a portion of the existing loading dock. The construction requires: removing and replacing a wall; framing and installing double doors; installing a window; insulating a wall, hanging and finishing sheetrock; installing an A/C unit, ceiling fan, work sink, and lights; laying a new floor. Estimated cost of project is $11,050.00. Expenses over and above the total grant received from GBWD will be paid by IM.