Manatee Village Historical Park operates thanks to a unique public-private partnership. This partnership exists through the support of the Historical Resources Division of the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court & Comptroller, and the Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc., a 501c(3) nonprofit community benefit organization.
The funding received through the Manatee County Clerk's Office provides a modest operating budget for administrative support, regular maintenance, and educational programming, exhibits, and events that are produced for public benefit. But that does not pay the full extent of all that we do here at Manatee Village Historical Park!
The Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc. conducts fundraising to help further their mission to "preserve and share the heritage of Manatee County's founding period, 1840-1918." The Commission achieves their mission through advocacy, preservation and education. Initiatives supported by the Commission include restoration efforts at Manatee Village Historical Park, care and maintenance of objects in Manatee Village's collection, and educational programming, exhibits, and events.