The Frances Langford Fund for Martin County at the Martin County Community Foundation awarded 303,620.00 to innovative projects tackling dementia, literacy, infant mental health, toxic algae blooms, job training, and teen recreation at an awards ceremony held last night at the Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House in Jensen Beach, the landmark restaurant formerly owned by the fund’s namesake, actress and singer, Frances Langford.


The Frances Langford Fund for Martin County will award grants totaling $303,620 to seven local nonprofits to fund programs in 2018 and 2019, according to the Martin County Community Foundation.

The largest grant of $100,000 will go to Martin County HUGS, a new joint project of Alzheimer’s Community Care and Council on Aging of Martin County that will seek to make Martin County a dementia friendly community through a broad based public awareness and education campaign that will involve varied sectors, from law enforcement to retail.