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Florida Power & Light supports 28 local nonprofits with over $200K in grants

Consider the variety of need in our community: beds for children who are sleeping on floors, food, clothing and care for at-risk foster children, STEM and mentoring programs to spark brighter lives for children and teens, marine and wildlife conservation and protection programs.


These are among the many community needs FPL is honored to help support through 27 nonprofits in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties with grants totaling $210,435.

NextEra Energy Foundation, a charitable arm of FPL’s parent company, awarded to grants to Northwest Florida nonprofits each quarter through 2023, with the last ones announced in December. The money will support their programs well into 2024. Foundation grants are focused on education, food insecurity, senior citizen support and child advocacy, as well as grants focused on environmental conservation and protection.

“At FPL, we are honored to support these remarkable nonprofits that lend a hand to lift up those in need,” said J.T. Young, FPL Northwest Florida VP and GM. “Our commitment to playing an active role in our communities is unwavering as we support the invaluable missions of these important organizations. Together, we strive to strengthen and improve the quality of life and environment in our communities, making them even better places to live, work, and raise a family.”

A grant awarded to Capstone Academy in Pensacola in December will help support a therapist-led summer camp for children with development disabilities. Daily activities will focus on communication, motor skills and behavior, as well as input from a speech, occupational and behavior therapist where needed.

“We are very grateful to FPL and the NextEra Energy Foundation for the $5,000 grant to provide summer camp for children with developmental disabilities,” said Aileen Ilano, Capstone Academy principal. “We will be able to provide our students who would need more specialized care an opportunity for summer camp and give them access to outings and activities with more hands-on supervision. We also want to present a reverse inclusion experience for neurotypical children who may want to attend as well.”

Another grant awarded in December to Waterfront Rescue Mission in Pensacola will provide essential stabilizing services for clients, including 98 nights of shelter and 196 meals to individuals experiencing homelessness and hunger across the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. The donation also has already supported the Mission’s cold weather shelter and hot meals for individuals seeking shelter during the recent frigid weather.

 “Waterfront would like to thank FPL and the NextEra Energy Foundation for their generous grant of $5,000. We would not be able to accomplish our mission without the support of caring donors like FPL,” said Lexi Osburn, Waterfront Rescue Mission spokesperson.

Some of the organizations awarded grants across Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties:

Escambia County

  • American Red Cross of NWFL Home Fire Campaign
  • The Secret Place Home Survivor Services for Children of Commercial Sexual Exploitation
  • James B. Washington Education & Sports Academic Tutorial Program
  • Pensacola Beach Elementary School PTA – STEM program support
  • Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Homeschool Academy
  • Ready Set Kids Escambia County
  • Dixon School of Arts & Sciences
  • Valerie’s House In-School Grief Counseling
  • Emmaus Road Outreach Ministries Kidz Program
  • Capstone Adaptive Learning Center 2024 Summer Camp
  • IHMC Science Saturday’s youth program
  • Ronald McDonald House Kitchen expansion
  • Waterfront Rescue Mission Homeless to Home stabilizing program
  • Escambia County Public School Foundation
  • Wildlife Sanctuary of NWFL
  • Florida State Parks — Big Lagoon State Park electric tram for visitors accessibly

Santa Rosa County

  • Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center conservation exhibit expansion
  • Panhandle Butterfly House & Nature Center wetland ecosystem curriculum
  • Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge – wildlife rehabilitation
  • Santa Rosa Education Foundation

Okaloosa/Walton Counties

  • Emerald Coast Fitness Foundation ­Rip Current survival simulator
  • Healing Hoof Steps Corporation, Expanding Access to Alternative Mental Health Services
  • Children in Crisis – The Children’s Neighborhood
  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace – Beds and bedding for children and teens
  • Okaloosa Public School Foundation — teacher grant
  • Walton County Public School Foundation — teacher grant
  • Alaqua Animal Refuge — teacher grant


  • Air & Water Management Coastal Plains chapter — scholarships to develop next generation of environmental professionals

Florida Power & Light Company

As America’s largest electric utility, Florida Power & Light Company serves more customers and sells more power than any other utility, providing clean, affordable, reliable electricity to approximately 5.8 million accounts, or more than 12 million people. FPL operates one of the most fuel efficient and cleanest power generation fleets in the U.S. and in 2022 won the ReliabilityOne® National Reliability Award for the seventh time in the last eight years. The company was also recognized by Escalent in 2022 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities for the ninth consecutive year. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, corporate responsibility, ethics and compliance, and diversity. NextEra Energy is ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune’s 2023 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies” and recognized on Fortune’s 2021 list of companies that “Change the World.” NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.