Disney Extends Financial Support for Local Nonprofits

Mickey and CFPAL (credit: The Walt Disney Company)

Mickey and CFPAL (credit: The Walt Disney Company)

Disney News: Grant Program for children and families in its 41st year

Disney has created a program to help children and their families via the Disney Helping Kids Shine Grants program. The Florida initiative is focused on the Central Florida community and offers financial support for eligible local nonprofits. In 2011, Walt Disney World Resort gave $1.5 million worth of Disney Helping Kids Shine grants  Central Florida organizations. The recipients were 59 nonprofits and school districts and the program is estimated to benefit  70,000 in the counties of Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Polk and Lake.

“At Walt Disney World, we invest in programs that can make a lasting change in our community and promote the success and well-being of children and families,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of community relations for Walt Disney World.

Grant Applications

Eligible non-profits within the five counties of central Florida can submit applications until November 2, 2012. The grants can be anywhere from $10,000 to $75,000 and are given to programs that focus on creating stronger futures for local children through creativity, character development, innovation and compassion. In March 2013, an announcement will be made regarding the grant recipients.

Program History

The first Community Service Awards happened way back in 1957 at Disneyland and then started in Central Florida in 1972. In 2004, the program received the new moniker,  “Disney Helping Kids Shine” but still continues to aware organizations within the community that are making a difference for children and families.

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