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Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (CFTB) Competitive Grants

Grants to Florida Nonprofits in the Tampa Bay Area for Arts,
Education, Health and Human Services, and the Environment

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (CFTB)

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Deadline Date:

03/16/18 - for Health and Human Services; Emerging needs proposals are accepted at any time


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Grants to Florida nonprofits in the Tampa Bay area for programs in the areas of health and human services, the environment and animal welfare, education, emerging needs, and arts and culture. LOIs are due December 1. Grants will be awarded to organizations that support effective programs that help communities grow.

Eligible counties include Citrus, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando.

Grants are awarded on a schedule throughout the year, based on targeted focus areas:

Education: Academic opportunities prepare people of all ages for higher education and employment. Grants will be awarded to organizations that support effective educational programs that help communities continue to grow and better prepare the workforce for the future.

Arts and Culture: Thriving arts and cultural activities are a key component to vibrant and strong communities. Grants will be awarded to organizations that provide access to and stimulate an appreciation of the community’s artistic and cultural life.

Health and/or Human Services: A healthy community is strengthened by a shared belief in helping our neighbors in need. Grants will be awarded to organizations that promote wellness and/or benefit to those suffering from poverty, discrimination, and violence.

Environmental Restoration and/or Animal Welfare: It is important to invest in efforts to preserve, protect and enhance the natural environment and the wellbeing of animals. Grants will be awarded to organizations that improve the quality of the environment and/or benefit the animal community.

Emerging Needs: There are many creative solutions to community issues. Grants will be awarded to organizations that provide a program, project or investment that is time-sensitive and new to the organization. Applications for ongoing programming will be considered in the appropriate focus area cycle.

General criteria for projects:

- A project that leverages dollars and/or people power.
- A creative project that has a positive, measurable impact on the community.
- A project that addresses a specific identified and prioritized need in the community.
- A project for which the Community Foundation grant plays an important role.
- A project that shows innovation and collaboration.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178861

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits may apply.

Not Funded:

- Organizations that are not tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Grants to individuals (rent, utilities, etc.)
- Capital campaigns or purchase of capital items over $1,000
- Operating, administration or fundraising costs
- Political campaigns or direct lobbying efforts
- Religious or sectarian purposes
- Medical or scientific research
- Annual appeals, fundraising events, membership contributions

Pre-Application Information:

Focus Area: Arts/Culture
Letter of Intent Due: September 8, 2017
Proposal Due (if Invited): September 29, 2017
Notification of Status: By November 17, 2017

Focus Area: Education
Letter of Intent Due: October 13, 2017
Proposal Due (if Invited): November 10, 2017
Notification of Status: By January 19, 2018

Focus Area: Health & Human Services
Letter of Intent Due: December 1, 2017
Proposal Due (if Invited): January 19, 2018
Notification of Status: By March 16, 2018

Focus Area: Environment and/or Animal Welfare
Letter of Intent Due: February 16, 2018
Proposal Due (if Invited): March 16, 2018
Notification of Status: By May 8, 2018

Focus Area: Emerging Needs
Letter of Intent Due: Any time
Proposal Due (if Invited): Any time
Notification of Status: On one of the above dates

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

Jo Bull, Director, Operations
Phone: 813-282-1975

Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
550 North Reo Street, Suite 301
Tampa, Florida 33609

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Citrus, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando Counties