Disney World wants Child Charities to Shine

Keeping the charitable spirit alive year-around, Disney works in tandem with more than 100 local non-profit organizations to make dreams come true throughout Central Florida. As the New Year approaches, charities that share Disney’s commitment to building a better future for local families and children may be eligible for financial support in 2010.

“Walt Disney World Resort is always looking for ways to invest in the community to help make Central Florida an even better place to live, work and play for our nearly two million neighbors,” said Eugene Campbell, vice president of Community Relations and Minority Business Development for Walt Disney World Resort. “Through our Disney Grants, we share some of our magic by lending support to some very deserving local non-profits.”

The application period for the 2010 Disney Helping Kids Shine Grants is open now through February 4, 2010. Disney Helping Kids Shine Grants recognize those who commit their time and talent to making a difference in the lives of Central Florida’s children. Non-profit organizations in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Polk and Lake Counties are eligible to apply and must offer programs that focus on children in one or more of Disney’s focus areas: connecting with adults, constructive use of free time, character development and compassion.

In May 2009, Walt Disney World Resort gave a total of $700,000 in grants to 34 non-profit organizations to support their work. Since 1972, Disney has honored Central Florida non-profit organizations with cash awards totaling more than $10 million.

Applications are available online.

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