“The Bishops also provided surgeries for numerous
patients at no cost as well as other medical care for
people who were indigent,” the website says.
According to the foundation’s website, its mission
is to “strengthen the Manatee County Community
by providing financial support to nonprofit
organizations which are working to improve the
lives of individuals and animals.” They prove this by
awarding grants yearly for six areas of interest: animal
welfare, the arts, the environment, education, health
and human services.
Some past recipients of over roughly two dozen
chosen from last year’s round of funding include the
Arts Center, Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County
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for the Healthy Eats program, Nate’s Honor Animal
Rescue, The Neuro Challenge Foundation to assist
those with Parkinson’s and the Mote Aquarium
whose grant is helping to build the advanced
technology biomedical research lab.
Two rounds of funding were approved for 2021 with
the first application period having opened in April
and payments made in July. The second application
period will open in September with payments made
in December. Applicants fill out an online form to
apply for the potential to receive funding of $10,000
or more. Smaller amounts are also considered.
More information about the Bishop Parker Foundation
can be found at www.bishopparkerfoundation.org