Knight Cities Challenge: Biloxi’s 3 B’s

Biloxi Bacon, Barq’s and bread.  To someone from the Coast, Biloxi’s three Bs might be as common sense as peeling crawfish.  Those who grew up eating fresh from the boat and wearing flip-flops well into November have Biloxi’s history instilled in them.  But for someone like myself, a non-traditional local if you will, they can be a little bit confusing. Read more

Knight Cities Challenge: Urban Retail Village

Gulfport is a city built on shipping. Steel containers line the coast, serving as a final defense between the city and the sea. Since 1902 Gulfport has been associated with the pods that flow in and out of the city like the body of water it borders, but now Laurie Toups, Gulfport Main Street Director, and a team of like-minded community members are trying to make some of those containers a permanent part of the landscape. Read more

Knight Cities Challenge: A Coastal State of Mind

Last year the Knight Cities Challenge awarded nearly $5,000,000 to 32 groups who presented ideas they believed would benefit their cities in the long run.  These plans ranged from a $20,000 grant to fund a neighborhood conservation kit in Philadelphia, PA to a $650,000 grant to repurpose a vacant lot as a culinary incubator and cafe in Gary, IN.

Why does this matter to Gulf Coast residents?  Read more

Community Foundation Awards $7,000 in Education Grants

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation is excited to announce that it has recently awarded $7,000 to Mississippi Gulf Coast entities for educational projects from the Anthony Dartez Endowment Fund and the Pat Santucci Education Fund.

The Anthony Dartez Endowment Fund was established in April 1995. The fund provides grants for services including, but not limited to the training and educational needs of the physically and mentally challenged. Grants of $1,000 each were awarded to the Hancock County School District for its Literacy Center project at Hancock High, to Disability Connection for its Community Assist project, and to St. Martin Middle School for the “Clay Kids” project.

The Pat Santucci Education Fund supports projects that impact public education and also special education in Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, Stone, Pearl River and George County School Districts. Grants of $1,000 each were awarded to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art for its WAMA Children’s Summer Workshops, the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art for its South MS PreK4Ward Art Initiative, Gulfport Little Theatre for its Youth Program for the Arts, and Pecan Park Elementary School for its Chapter by Chapter project.