The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation in Sarasota, Florida, has announced grants totaling $4.3 million to organizations working in the areas of environmental stewardship, education, social wellness, and the arts.
The largest grant, $2 million, was awarded to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, the world’s only botanical garden dedicated to the study, display, and conservation of epiphytic plants (e.g., mosses, ferns, and orchids), in support of its greening-focused master plan and sustainability going forward. A centerpiece of that plan is the Sky Garden, a five-story visitor services building that will include a 20,000 square-foot advanced solar array structure, a storm water management facility, green walls and roofs, and an urban food garden for garden-to-table use by its restaurant.
"Everything about the Sky Garden is impressive, but we are most excited about the Sustainability Demonstration Program being developed," said Teri A. Hansen, president and CEO of the foundation. "Many of the lessons being created for school children and college students will also be fascinating to the thousands who visit the gardens annually."
The foundation also awarded $1 million to establish a Barancik Masterpiece Scholarship at the Ringling College of Art & Design, guaranteeing full tuition through graduation for one student every four years. The scholarship endowment will support outstanding students with talent and drive who lack the financial resources to make their dreams a reality. Other recipients of grants from the foundation include the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Take Stock in Children, Girls Inc. of Sarasota County, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, and All Faiths Food Bank.