The Northwest Florida Heritage Museum has won a $100,000 Impact 100 grant to build a new wing to the Valparaiso museum.
The project, which will cost the nonprofit museum $175,000, will receive other funding from a matching grant to build the proposed 1,400-square-foot addition.
“Our primary goal is to increase our services to the community and display exhibits currently being stored. We will also be able to display traveling exhibits. The room will significantly increase our classes, tours, symposiums, and events,” an application submitted by the Northwest Florida Heritage Museum said.
The museum said that they would name the building the “Impact100 Northwest Florida Exhibit Hall” and would be able to sustain the building they would construct through revenues generated by attendees. They believe this addition would allow the museum to become self-reliant in the long run. “The new room will allow us to display these artifacts and have new exhibits. For example, we intend to honor women in the military by displaying uniforms and artifacts of the women who served in our armed forces throughout history. We will have voice recordings of women who served, telling their stories as you walk through the Women in The Military exhibit.
Another example is the Vietnam Refugee Camp exhibit. Our community was one of three Vietnam refugee camps located in the United States in the 1970’s. We have several dramatic photos and artifacts that will be exhibited in the new room. Our goal is to display exhibits as well as provide symposiums discussing the artifacts and documents currently hidden away in our museum,” The application added.
“We are proud to support the projects of our four 2023 Grant Recipients. Each of them is making a tremendous impact in our community and touching the lives of those underserved in Okaloosa and Walton Counties,” said Impact100 Northwest Florida president Carly Barnes. “The $400,000 we awarded at our Annual Meeting was made possible by the generous women who make up our membership.”
The Northwest Florida Heritage Museum provides learning opportunities for children and adults through historical artifacts and displays. The museum offers education programs to meet Florida Standards to teach history to all schoolchildren in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.
The museum serves adults through its classes in arts, crafts, music, weekly lectures, and symposiums about local artifacts. Presenters who perform at the museum are vetted for their knowledge of their presentation topic.
In addition to its displays and programs, the Northwest Florida Heritage Museum boasts a historical research library with fascinating articles, books, newspapers, and written documents.
Four organizations won $100,000 awards from Impact100 Northwest Florida this year. They were:
Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida: Exhibit Hall to Save Our Local Historical Treasures
Emerald Coast Science Center: Across the Universe: Planetarium Project
EOD Warrior Foundation: Supporting Physical, Emotional & Financial Health & Stability
Impact100 of Northwest Florida, Inc. members dedicate themselves to making a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and communities throughout Okaloosa and Walton Counties. The organization believes in the power of collective philanthropy, female leadership, and the strength of diversity.
Their mission unites women in northwest Florida as philanthropists and leaders, bridging geographical boundaries and harnessing the talents of a wide range of women to be a positive force for good in our communities.
The women of Impact100 NWF say they are passionate about transforming lives and are doing so by joining forces to enhance the community through high-impact grants.
Since 2012, they’ve donated $4.5 million to local nonprofits.
One hundred women contribute $1,000 to create a formidable $100,000 high-IMPACT grant. This grant enables 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties to achieve extraordinary feats.
Membership is open to all women aged 18 and above, including those outside Okaloosa and Walton Counties. None of each member’s $1,000 contribution gets directed administrative costs – instead, the group donates every cent to 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.
Grant applications are welcomed in five key focus areas:
Impact100 says they firmly believe that collaborative and well-informed financial giving can make a profound impact on the lives of others and enhance the well-being of our region.