Special Projects Grants

Special Projects is our grant-funding philanthropy which began in the mid 1990s.  In May of each year, a request for proposals is advertised.  Over the past few years, the awards have ranged between $1,000 and $8,000 per project, with the average grant award being approximately $4,000.

100% of the money that is awarded is used only for the projects. Administrative and overhead fees are not allowed. We only fund not-for-profit (nonprofit) organizations.

In October of previous years, the grant recipients participated in a poster session where they presented their projects to the Guild members. In 2020 and 2021, the presentations switched to a Zoom teleconference format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Every year, typically in June, the Special Projects Committee releases the Grant Application online for grant proposals from UF Health departments and community organizations in the Gainesville area.

Special Projects Grants Awarded in 2021 ($55,000)

UF Health Grants

  • Rifton Tram for Therapy Intervention; UF Heart Vascular Neuromedicine Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Clinic Positioning and Gross Motor Equipment; UF Health Rehabilitation for Kids
  • Becoming the Best YOU Chronic Disease Self Management for Underserved Patients; UF Health Mobile Outreach Clinic
  • Utilization of Mid-Upper Arm Circumference to Diagnose Pediatric Malnutrition; UF Health Food and Nutrition
  • Phasing Out Phlebotomy Fear; UF Health Department of Pediatrics
  • Care One Clinic Financial Assistance Co-Pay Program; UF Health Care One Clinic
  • Care One Clinic Daily Diabetes Maintenance Project; UF Health Care One Clinic
  • Rapael Smart Pegboard; UF Health Rehabilitation Occupational Therapy
  • Therapeutic Horticulture Program for Patients; UF Health Psychiatric Hospital
  • Homeless Outreach and Street Medicine Program; UF College of Medicine

Community Grants

  • Girls on the Run of Alachua County; Girls on the Run
  • Helping Seniors and their Caregivers Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy; Elder Options
  • Seed-to-Plate Empowerment; Forage Inc. DBA Working Food
  • Enhancing Dental Equipment Services for Low-Income Patients; Gainesville Community Ministry
  • Art for Everyone, No Experience Needed; Gainesville Opportunity Center

Special Projects Grants Awarded in 2020 ($55,000)

UF Health Grants

  • Developmentally Appropriate Interventions for Hospitalized Neonates; UF Health Rehabilitation Pediatric Services
  • Meeting Parents Where They Are; UF Health Mobile Outreach Clinic
  • Easing Financial Burden and Improving Quality of Life for Children with Feeding Tubes; UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital
  • Treatment Tools to Improve Health and Well-Being for People with Neurological Diseases; UF Health Rehabilitation Center Fixel Institute
  • Improving Early Mobility/Safety in Pediatric ICU Surgery Patients; UF Health Rehabilitation Physical Therapy
  • Survival Tools for Lung Transplant Patients; UF Health 67 Unit Practice Council
  • I Poo, So Can You: Bowel Management; UF Health Pediatric Surgery

Community Grants

  • Care for Kids; Southwest Advocacy Group
  • Grace Pharmacy; Grace Healthcare
  • Equipment for ACORN Clinic’s Dental Home; ACORN Clinic Dental Home
  • Grace Clinic; Grace Clinic Healthcare

Special Projects Grants Awarded in 2019

UF Health Grants

  • Birth Control Implants for Low-Income Women without Health Insurance; UF Mobile Outreach Clinic
  • Healthy Smiles Fluoride Varnish Program; UF Dept. of Community Dentistry
  • Reach Out & Read; UFH General Peds Primary Clinics
  • Dolls, Books, Pill Crushers, and Thermometers; UFH Ped Hem/Onc
  • Educational Anatomical Models & Posters for Outpatient Physical Therapy; UFH Rehab Haile Plantation
  • Prevention of Diabetic Foot Ulcer; UFH Internal Medicine
  • Providing AEDs for East Gainesville; UFH Chest Pain – Pulse-Point Task Force
  • Benefit of Biofeedback in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation; UFH Rehab Medical Plaza
  • LymphTouch; Rehab Cancer

Community Grants

  • Enhancing Delivery of Chronic Health Ed Classes to Alachua County Seniors; Elder Options
  • Youth Garden Education; Working Food
  • Healthy, Joyful, Confident Girls on the Run!; Girls on the Run of Alachua County
  • Expanding Access to Yoga for Those with Limited Mobility; YogaLoka
  • SF Teaching Zoo Sensory Inclusive Certification Grant; Santa Fe College