The Lydia B. Stokes Foundation has awarded Equinox a $10,000 grant to help us get started on the fundraising and production for our next film, Eden to Sahara.
The Foundation, committed to the Quaker philosophy of empowering people to help themselves, does not allow for unsolicited grant requests. Board member Nancy Deren of Gainesville invited Equinox to apply for the funding since the Eden film will inform and empower audiences about choices in sustainable water management.
We are hoping the prestige of the Stokes grant will help other potential corporate, individual and foundation funders more fully appreciate the significance of the documentary. This film will use the environmental classic Florida’s Tragedy: From Eden to Sahara by botanist John Kunkel Small to help us understand historic alerts to our current groundwater problems. By doing so, we can stress the wisdom of managing water for long term sustainability rather than for short-term political and economic gain.