Hundreds of Thousand Awarded to Local Organization Designed to Encourage Black Community to Thrive

Dr. Barbara Darby, Judge Brian Davis, Gregory Owens, Velma Monteiro-Tribble, Dr. C.B. McIntosh, Lawrence Dennis, Dennis Gamble, Dr. Atiya Abdelmalik, Wanda J. Willis, Carol J. Alexander, Dr. Floyd B. Willis

The A.L. Lewis Black Opportunity & Impact Fund announced its first competitive grants, which totaled $275,000, to help Black communities thrive in Jacksonville.

As a collective giving initiative of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, the A.L. Lewis Fund launched in 2022 with a focus on health, education and economic development. The Fund is named after A.L. Lewis, Florida’s first African American millionaire and co-founder of the Afro-American Life Insurance Company.

Funds awarded are designed to match the size and scope of the nonprofit organizations’ programs. Grantees include: Fruit of Barren Trees (FBOT) Pipeline, INC, which will receive $90,000 for affordable housing, workforce development and community resiliency in the Moncrief Park neighborhood; Kappa Alpha Psi Jacksonville Foundation, which will receive $85,000 to assist with the construction of the Dr. C. B. McIntosh Community Achievement Center, named for the first Black pediatrician in Jacksonville, a community health and education center in Northwest Jacksonville; LISC Jacksonville, which will receive $50,000 for its down payment assistance program through Project Boots, focusing on first-time home buyers located in the ZIP codes of 32206, 32208, 32210, and 32216.

In addition, the fund has awarded 25 small grants of up to $2,000 each to support projects that will empower residents to improve their neighborhoods by leveraging their talents, experiences, and expertise. The projects will address health, education, and economic development in ZIP codes 32202, 32204, 32206, 32208, 32209, 32218 and 32254. These grants were awarded through an open, competitive process, in which 38 applications were received, reviewed, and recommended by the A.L. Lewis Fund’s grantmaking committee.

Small grants were awarded to Melanin Market, Inc.; Bridge Builders United, Inc.; Unified Community Builders; Delta Research and Educational Foundation; I AM The Prize, Inc.; The Center One Foundation; Us & Our Children, Inc. (Kash Kids Program); Gameface 413 Training Academy; Empowerment Academy; KRUMPIN 4 SUCCESS INC; Adore Me Nanny; Justice Leagues of Fitness; Quench the Violence; Foundation of My Success; Northside Coalition of Jacksonville; The Moxie Group; Another Change Breakthrough Ministries; Shine-Seeking Harmony in Neighborhoods; Subliminal Dreamz Inc; Women Writing for (a) Change Jacksonville; Marie Barney Boston Scholarship Foundation; Silent Women Speaking Foundation, Inc.; Royal Court Mentoring Inc; Jacksonville Brotherhood of Firefighters, Inc.; UNF Black Alumni Association.

These grants follow an initial grant announced last year of $25,000 to 904WARD to support their ongoing work against racism in New Town/Grand Park and the broader Jacksonville communities following the racially motivated shooting on August 26, 2023. The support for 904WARD will allow them to curate a collection of oral histories from residents of the area, including the history and context around the shooting, as well as community response and healing.

About the A.L. Lewis Black Opportunity & Impact Fund

The A. L. Lewis Black Opportunity & Impact Fund is a collective giving initiative of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. The Fund invests in solutions to advance equity, justice, and transformational change in Black communities, continuing the legacy of Abraham Lincoln Lewis, was a local entrepreneur, humanitarian and philanthropist who became Florida’s first African-American millionaire.

A.L. Lewis Black Opportunity & Impact Fund

About The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida (, Florida’s oldest and one of its largest community foundations, works to stimulate philanthropy to build a better community. The Foundation helps donors invest their philanthropic gifts wisely, helps nonprofits serve the region effectively, and helps people come together to make the community a better place. Now in its 60th year, the Foundation manages more than $650 million in assets as of 12/31/2023 and has made more than $750 million in grants since inception.


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