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The Florida Panthers Foundation is pleased to relaunch the Community Champions Grant Program for the 2019-20 season. The Community Champions Grant Program allows charitable organizations throughout South Florida to request financial support for programs and initiatives that benefit the local community. At each of our 41 home games throughout the season, the Foundation will recognize and award one grant for up to $25,000 to a local organization.

Who We Support

The Florida Panthers Foundation was established to benefit the South Florida community by focusing on four priority areas: building the game of hockey for children and youth, supporting health and education initiatives for children, advocating for and supporting veterans' issues, and raising awareness about the endangered Florida panther.

Veterans' Issues
Youth Hockey
Panther Conservation
Children's Health & Education

How To Apply

If you would like to apply for a community champions grant on behalf of a 501(c)(3) please review the guidelines below and submit the application form.

  • The Foundation will award grants for specific projects and one-time programs, but not for general operating costs, staff salaries, capital campaigns, endowments or reserve funds or grants to individuals, PTA's or Booster Clubs.
  • Individual Foundation grants may vary and will not exceed $25,000 annually.  
  • Foundation grants are reviewed and approved by the Florida Panthers Foundation Board of Directors.
  • The organization must be a 501(c)(3) organization or government agency serving the South Florida area. Some national organizations may apply, but priority will be given to local organizations.
  • The focus of the project or program should be related to children's health or education, building youth hockey, veterans issues, or the endangered Florida panther.
  • Projects with a detailed itemized list of program expenses are more likely to be funded.
  • The organization must be available for a site visit if selected as a beneficiary.
  • The organization must be available for a mutually agreed upon Florida Panthers home game to participate in an in-game check presentation and/or presentation on the partnership.
  • If selected, the organization must be able to choose an individual for an interview to share how they have been positively impacted by your programs and that tell his or her story.
  •  This individual must be available to attend and participate in the in-game check presentation.
  •  The organization must adhere to all deadlines and application requirements:
  1. Application Launch: May 7, 2019
  2.  Application Deadline: Rolling (Although deadline is rolling, note that only applications received on or prior to July 15, 2019 will be guaranteed to be reviewed and considered for a grant award at one of the 41 Florida Panthers home games. Once all 41 spots are filled, the grant application will close.)  
  3. Final/Progress Report: June 30, 2020
  •  All information must be included when submitting applications. Applicants that do not submit the complete information will not be considered. Please do not mail any information, only applications submitted online will be reviewed. No exceptions.
  • Florida Panthers Foundation must be recognized as a sponsor/donor in all media and collateral associated with the program/event. We reserve the right to approve all media and collateral to ensure accuracy.
  • Complete the online application HERE
  • Please be prepared to upload the following documents in PDF format:
  1. Copy of current IRS determination (proof of 501(c)(3) status)
  2. Program budget that includes a breakdown of how the funds from the Community Champions grant will be allocated. (Please do not submit an annual budget. If an annual budget is submitted, your request will not be considered.)
  3. Names and affiliation of the organization's Board of Directors
  4. Copy of current IRS Form 990
  • Applications missing any of the above information will not be considered. Please do not mail any information, only applications submitted online will be reviewed.
  • Submission Deadline: Rolling (Although deadline is rolling, note that only applications received on or prior to July 15, 2019 will be guaranteed to be reviewed and considered for a grant award at one of the 41 Florida Panthers home games. Once all 41 spots are filled, the grant application will close.)

Hear From Recipients

Community Champion Recipients

  • American Heart Association
  • Autism Speaks South Florida
  • Baptist Health South Florida Foundation
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County
  • Broward Children's Center
  • Broward Education Foundation Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund
  • Broward Health Chariots of Love
  • Chiera Family Foundation
  • Connections Education Center of the Palm Beaches
  • Coral Springs Museum of Art
  • Crockett Foundation, Inc.
  • Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program - Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.
  • Florida Wildlife Federation
  • Forever Family
  • H.O.M.E.S., Inc.
  • HandsOn Broward
  • Henderson Behavioral Health, Inc.
  • Jack & Jill's Children's Center, Inc.
  • Junior Achievement of South Florida
  • Keys AHEC Health Centers
  • LifeNet4Families
  • Museum of Discovery and Science
  • Positive Coaching Alliance
  • Reyna Group Homes Foundation, Inc.
  • Skate Zone's Future Stars, Inc.
  • Soldiers' Angels
  • SunServe
  • Sweet Dream Makers
  • Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • The 22 Project
  • The FLITE Center
  • United Way of Broward County's Mission United
  • Urban League of Broward County
  • Voices for Children Foundation, Inc.
  • Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program
  • Wounded Veterans Relief Fund
  • YMCA South Florida
  • Arc Broward
  • Autism Speaks South Florida
  • Baptist Health South Florida Foundation
  • Better Way of Miami
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County
  • Broward Public Library Foundation
  • Chapman Partnership
  • Childnet, Inc.
  • Children's Services Council of Broward County
  • Cool Sk8, Inc.
  • Endless Possibilities for the Disabled, Inc.
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Florida
  • Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, Inc.
  • Florida Panthers Scholastic Hockey League
  • Florida Wildlife Corridor
  • Glacier Ice and Snow
  • Goldie's Gang
  • H.O.M.E.S., Inc.
  • HandsOn Broward
  • HANDY, Inc.
  • Harvest Drive, Inc.
  • HomeSafe
  • Incredible Ice, LLC
  • Kids In Distress, Inc.
  • Lighthouse of Broward for the Blind & Visually Impaired
  • Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, Inc.
  • Memorial Foundation, Inc.
  • Rocky Mountain Dawgs
  • Project Skate Zone's Future Stars Inc.
  • Special Compass, Inc.
  • Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Team Paradise Sailing, Inc.
  • The Mission Continues
  • The School Board of Broward County, Florida - The Office of Family and Community Engagement
  • Voices for Children of Broward County
  • Wounded Warrior Outdoors, Inc.
  • Youth on Ice
  • Zoo Miami Foundation
  • Achievement and Rehabilitation Centers, Inc.
  • Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County
  • Alexander Sandy Nininger State Veterans Nursing Home
  • American Heart Association
  • Autism Speaks South Florida
  • Baptist Health South Florida Foundation
  • Best Buddies International
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County
  • Broward Housing Solutions
  • Broward Navy Days, Inc.
  • Burger King McLamore Foundation
  • Canine Assisted Therapy, Inc.
  • Children's Services Council of Broward County
  • Communities in Schools of Miami and Palm Beach Counties
  • Florida Panthers Alumni Association
  • Florida Scholastics Hockey League
  • Friends of Fisher House, Inc.
  • Goldie's Gang
  • HANDY, Inc.
  • Harvest Drive, Inc.
  • Honor Flight South Florida
  • HOPE South Florida
  • Incredible Ice, LLC
  • Jason Taylor Foundatio
  • JDF16 Foundation
  • Kiwanis Club of Lauderdale Lakes Foundation
  • Marian Center School and Services, Inc.
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • National Scholastic Chess Foundation, Inc.
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Operation Lift Hope, Inc.
  • Palm Beach County Food Bank
  • Robert Bethel American Legion Post 220, Inc.
  • SOS Children's Village- Florida
  • Sunrise Relay for Life
  • Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • The Honda Classic: Children's Healthcare Charity
  • The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
  • Trees of Hope
  • YMCA of South Florida
  • Zoo Miami Foundation

About Florida Panthers Foundation

The Florida Panthers Foundation serves as the team's main charitable beneficiary. Re-introduced in the middle of the 2013-14 season under the ownership of Mr. Vincent Viola and Mr. Doug Cifu, the vision of the Florida Panthers Foundation is to make a positive philanthropic impact on the South Florida community and beyond. Through partnerships, grants, and community programs, the Foundation will focus on four priorities, including youth hockey, children and youth, veterans and the endangered Florida panther. The Panthers Foundation raises money through various fundraisers and in-game initiatives, including the 50/50 Raffle, jersey and memorabilia auctions, "Puck for a Buck", outside events and other opportunities to engage fans in support of the Foundation. Through the Foundation, the Florida Panthers looks to support exemplary South Florida nonprofit organizations that help make a positive impact in the local community.