Children's Services Council


Great Ideas Initiative - 2018

For a third year, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County is releasing funds to encourage local nonprofits to:

  • Develop creative approaches to solve a problem, manage change or deliver innovation
  • Improve/expand upon an existing project that addresses a community's wants or needs
  • Inspire young people to pursue their passions, truest intentions or daring ideas
  • Fuel innovative partnerships that help families leverage community resources
  • Build their own capacity to strengthen or expand their community footprint

This year, The Great Ideas Initiative targets nonprofits, in business for at least two consecutive years, with operating budgets of less than $1 million that are in good standing with the IRS and registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to solicit funds. Nonprofits may not be funded by Children's Services Council or have received a grant through the Great Ideas Initiative in previous years. 

Those interested in this opportunity must submit an application by email by 2 p.m., July 10, 2018, that shows how their Great Idea would enhance the lives of Palm Beach County’s children (prenatal – age 18) and their families.

Funding (up to $43,000) is available in four categories:

  • Essential Services
  • Supplies/Equipment
  • Community Outreach/Engagement
  • Organizational Capacity

For more information or to download the application, click here.

To download the Birth to 22: United for Brighter Futures Youth Master Plan, click here

Questions? Contact Jennifer Hardy by clicking here


Informational Sessions

For those interested in learning more about the Great Ideas Initiative, Children's Services Council will hold two optional Informational Sessions at 2300 High Ridge Rd., Boynton Beach, FL.

(RSVP by June 11, 2018, to Jennifer Hardy by clicking here. When responding, please specify which session you will be attending and how many people from your organization will be coming.)

June 18, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


June 20, 2 - 5 p.m.


*Please note: An optional Grant Writing Session will be offered during the last hour of each Informational Session.


The following nonprofits (please click here for the list) have been chosen to receive funding as part of the 2017 Great Ideas Initiative.

Great Ideas Initiative 2017 Recipients, click here to access forms:
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Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County
2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33426
561-740-7000 or 1-800-331-1462
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