Grant Awards & Gifts

Masala’s vision is to enhance culturally-vibrant thriving African American/Black communities. Its mission is to promote economic and personal empowerment through financial support for programs and initiatives that benefit African American/Black communities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.  
Masala gives grant awards and gifts to non-profit tax-exempt organization pursuant section 501(c)(3) that have a program(s) and/or services aligned with their mission. Since the circle was founded in 2013, Masala has awarded grants and gifts to the below organizations.

How to Apply

When applying, make sure your application meets the following guidelines:
  • Demonstrate clear program goal(s) and objective(s) aligned with Masala’s mission
  • Target audience served is African American
  • Funding request is commensurate with program goals & activities
  • Qualified personnel perform and/or provide oversight for program activities
  • Measurable program outcomes and achievement of goal(s) are planned and reported

Thank you to all 2022 Masala Giving Circle grant applicants. We are proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 Masala Giving Circle Grants:

  • FUNducation-(S.T.E.A.M.) enrichment initiative at the Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library

  • Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative-ART in Black Program at Booker Middle School

Come back soon to learn more about the

2023 Grant Application Cycle.

Masala’s Grant Cycle

October - December: Identify potential organizations for grants and provide non-profits with grant application 

December 31: Completed Grant Application due to Masala Giving Circle
 
January - March: Review of Applications by Grants Committee and Masala Membership

April: Notifications to non-profits of their status

May: Grant Awards Ceremony

Past Recipients

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2022

$10,000

FUNducation- S.T.E.A.M. Initiative

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2021

$10,000

Newtown Mobile Pantries

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2021

$5,500

Improve Reading

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2019

$1,462

J5 Experience, Inc.

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2019

$1,280

Dollar Dynasty

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2018

$7,900

Visible Men Academy

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2018

$500

Robert Taylor Community Complex

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2016

$8,660

Newtown Nation

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2014

$145

City of Sarasota  – Robert Taylor Community Complex

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2022

$10,000

Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative - Art in Black

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2021

$6,800

Homeownership

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2020

$2,500

Manatee Food Bank

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2019

$2,500

Hope Family Services, Inc.

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2019

$2,761

We Care Manatee, Inc.

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2018

$1,400

Newtown

Nation

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2017

$2,504

Five Pearls of Excellence, Inc.

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2016

$145

City of Sarasota  – Robert Taylor Community Complex

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2021

$10,000

Eliminating Homelessness

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2021

$9,000

Skills to Pay the Bills

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2020

$2,500

All Faiths Food Bank

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2019

$5,353

Divas of Sarasota, Inc. 

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2018

$5,000

Truly Valued, Inc.

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2018

$824

Manatee County 4-H Association

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2017

$200

Robert Taylor Community Complex

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2015

$5,000

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