We recently covered TD Bank’s giving for affordable housing in New York and its focus on providing housing for low-income seniors. Now, the foundation is focusing its grantmaking efforts on another region of the country with some serious housing concerns: Florida. And this time, homeless individuals and adults with disabilities are the target demographics.
The TD Charitable Foundation recently awarded Ability Housing two $10,000 grants to support its Villages Programs in Northeast and Central Florida. The Northeast Florida Villages Program will use the funds for its high-quality, multi-family rental properties for the homeless and adults with disabilities. The Central Florida grant is going toward the same program and target groups, but focused in Orange County. In late 2015, the Jacksonville-based nonprofit expanded its programming to Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties in Central Florida as well.
“Partners like the TD Charitable Foundation make all the difference. Because of their support, Ability Housing is able to provide lasting housing solutions for people that currently don’t have any options,” Shannon Nazworth, executive director of Ability Housing, said in a press release. “Working collaboratively to implement best practices, reduce homelessness and empower people is only possible when all sectors work together. We cannot thank the TD Charitable Foundation enough for its support.”
Ability Housing is a big deal in terms of affordable housing in these parts of Florida because it’s the only nonprofit in the region focused on providing permanent supportive housing to local residents. These housing programs are seen as a way to help end homelessness and enable adults with disabilities to live independently. However, TD’s support for this nonprofit is really nothing new, as it granted $100,000 to the group in 2014 and another $100,000 in 2012. Overall, the TD Charitable Foundation has given out over $149.9 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002.
Interested affordable housing grantseekers can access an online grant application on the foundation’s website, and the other two giving areas are environmental preservation and education/financial literacy. Grantmaking is generally restricted to the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas, and Florida, which is where the bank operates.
Special consideration is given to programs that support low- to moderate-income individuals, and the foundation is particularly interested in supporting collaborative programs that bring new dollars into the community. General inquiries should be directed to your local community contact via online form, and you can generally expect a response back within about a day.