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Lightning Community Hero

Award to a Florida Individual in Eligible Areas for Outstanding
Volunteer Work and Commitment to the Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Lightning Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/03/21 12:00 PM

Description:

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Award of $50,000 to honor a Florida individual in eligible locations for exceptional contributions to the community. The award is intended to recognize a commitment to giving back and a history of volunteerism. The award will be donated to benefit a local nonprofit charity of the recipient's choosing. Eligible nominees must live in one of the following counties: Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota.

The following is a non-exclusive list of factors to be considered by the Lightning Community Advisory Committee and the Lightning Foundation Board of Directors in selecting the Lightning Community Heroes:

  • The degree to which the Hero has been a catalyst for a cause that meets basic human needs or enriches the lives of others
  • The degree to which the Hero has exhibited dedication and selflessness
  • The degree to which the Hero has made a special and significant impact on individuals, families, or the community-at-large
  • The degree to which the Hero has gone "above and beyond" to serve and inspire others
  • The degree to which the Nominator is able to convey the overall significance and impact of the Hero's work.

There is no one definition of what makes a Hero, but most tend to be unsung heroes who are quietly doing amazing work for the improvement of the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161425

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$50,000

Number of Grants:

1

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Hero is presented with a $50,000 grant on his/her behalf to benefit the nonprofit charities of his or her choice.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Hero Eligibility Criteria:
A Hero may be nominated several times by multiple people, but please remember quality over quantity. To be eligible for selection as a Lightning Community Hero, a nominated Hero must meet the following minimum criteria:
- Must live in one of the following seven Florida counties: Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, or Sarasota
- Must complete a publicity release as a condition to selection
- Must submit the required information regarding the organization to which he or she would like the funds to be awarded

Organization Criteria:
To be eligible for selection as a designated organization to receive an award of $50,000, the organization must meet the following minimum criteria:
- 501( c)(3) tax-exempt organization with solid local operations, highly regarded organizational and board leadership, and in good financial standing
- Headquartered and providing services within the following Florida counties: Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, or Sarasota. A local chapter of a national organization headquartered within such counties will be eligible
- Be representative of the cause for which the Lightning Community Hero was nominated (but not necessarily an employee of the organization)
- Have a track record of quality service delivery and demonstrated results
- Demonstrated fiscal responsibility and long term sustainability of programs

Nominator Eligibility Criteria:
To be eligible for consideration, each nomination must meet the following minimum criteria:
- Nominator must be at least 13 years old
- All nominations must be submitted online at tampabaylightning.com/heroes
- A nominator may only nominate one Hero throughout the season. If a nominator submits multiple nominations, only the first submission will be considered.
- Nominator must provide the contact information, including email address and telephone number for the nominated Hero
- Nominator must live in one of the following seven Florida counties: Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, or Sarasota
- Nominator must submit a nomination in either English or Spanish
- Nominator will be required to complete a publicity release, should his or her Hero be selected as a Lightning Community Hero

Pre-Application Information:

The two nomination deadlines for the 2021 season will be Wednesday, January 13th, and Wednesday, March 3rd.

A Hero may be nominated several times by multiple people, but applicants are requested to focus on quality over quantity.

Eligibility information: https://www.nhl.com/lightning/community/community-heroes/eligibility

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To nominate a Community Hero:
https://app.wizehive.com/appform/login/traditionalnom2020

Direct questions to:

Sarah Costello
scostello@amaliearena.com

Elizabeth Frazier
efrazier@amaliearena.com

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USA: Florida: Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota Counties

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