Throughout the holiday season and all year long, Walt Disney World Resort works in tandem with charities throughout Central Florida to build better futures for local children. As the new year approaches, now is the time for those charities to apply for financial support available to eligible local non-profits through the 2011 Disney Helping Kids Shine Grants program. Disney has really been expanding this program lately and it’s made a big difference for some local charities.
“Walt Disney World Resort is always looking for ways to invest in community partners that are devoted to helping children thrive,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of Community Relations for Walt Disney World Resort. “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.”
Disney Helping Kids Shine Grants applications are being accepted now through January 31, 2011. Eligible non-profit organizations in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Polk and Lake Counties are encouraged to apply. To be eligible for a Disney grant, the non-profit must demonstrate how its efforts improve children’s lives in one or more of following areas: connecting with adults, character development, constructive use of free time and compassion. Disney Helping Kids Shine Grant awards ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 will be distributed in spring 2011.
In May 2010, Walt Disney World Resort gave a total of $1.2 million Disney Helping Kids Shine Grants to 57 non-profit organizations and school districts to support their tireless work on behalf of Central Florida’s children. Since 1972, Disney has honored local organizations with cash awards totaling more than $11 million.
Guidelines and Applications available here: