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Lightning Community Hero Of Tomorrow

Scholarships to Tampa Bay Area, Florida Young Adults
Who Are Making a Positive Impact on Their Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Lightning Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/10/20 12:00 PM


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Scholarships of up to $25,000 to Tampa Bay, Florida teens and young adults between the ages of 13 to 25 to acknowledge young leaders who are implementing an initiative or idea that will benefit the greater community. An additional $25,000 or more will be granted to a local, community-based nonprofit organization recommended by the grantee.

Eligible applicants must maintain their primary residence in one of the following seven Florida counties: Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, or Sarasota.

The Lightning Foundation Community Hero of Tomorrow Award celebrates inspiring public-spirited young people from the Tampa Bay community. The program is aiming to identify the young leaders and change-makers ages 25 and under who are driving social change and making a positive impact in their community. The Foundation is seeking individuals who have come up with an idea or initiative that can benefit the greater community, helping them take their volunteer efforts to the next level.

Lightning Community Heroes of Tomorrow ("Heroes") will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
- Strength of past community service and volunteerism
- Enrollment in middle school, high school, community college, college or university
- Strength of letters of recommendation from non-relative references
- The degree to which the Hero has planned and/or organized a service activity which has clearly benefited other people in the Tampa Bay community
- The degree to which the service activity was initiated and motivated primarily by the winner himself or herself; the activity may not have been done solely to complete an assignment for school or work
- The degree to which the Hero has come up with a community plan that will make a special and significant impact on individuals, families or the community-at-large.

The selection process will be completely non-discriminatory with respect to race, religion, and ethnic origin.

For more details about the scholarship conditions, see the Eligibility page in Pre-Application Information below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184230

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Scholarship Grant: Each individual scholarship grant may not exceed $25,000.
- Community Service Initiative Grant: At least $25,000

Term of Contract:

Each grant will be a one-time grant, with no provision for renewal.

For the Community Service Initiative Grant, the organization must return any part of the grant funds that are not so used within 12 months after the initial disbursement of the grant funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for consideration as a Lightning Community Hero of Tomorrow, an applicant must meet the following minimum criteria:

- Applicant must be at least 13 years old, and no older than 25 years old
- Applicant must be currently enrolled in a middle school, high school, community college, college or university.
- Applicant must provide contact information, including email address and telephone number, and complete the application in full.
- Applicant must submit a nomination in either English or Spanish.
- Applicant must submit the required information regarding the educational institution at which he or she would like to use the funds. If they do not presently have an educational financial need, the funds can be held until an educational institution has been identified.
- Must be willing to show proof of enrollment and good academic standing for the scholarship time frame.

The Foundation will not consider an application form, and will not make a grant to, any person who is a child or a more remote descendant (or a spouse of any such person) of any officer or trustee of the Foundation, any donor to the Foundation, or any member of the Selection Committee.

In order to qualify as a charity eligible to receive the Community Service Initiative Grant, the proposed recipient organization must meet the following minimum criteria:

- The organization must be classified by IRS as a publicly-supported charity under Code section 501(c)(3), with solid local operations, highly regarded organizational and board leadership, and in good financial standing.
- The organization must be headquartered and must provide services, within any one or more the following Florida counties: Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, or Sarasota. A local chapter of a national organization will be eligible if the local chapter is located and operates within such counties.
- The organization must be aligned with and/or relevant to the cause or purpose identified in the application submitted by the nominee for Lightning Community Hero of Tomorrow.
- The organization must have a track record of quality service delivery and demonstrated results (with the specifics depending on the particular charitable purpose).
- The organization must demonstrate fiscal responsibility and long term sustainability of its programs.
- The organization must be willing to enter into a grant agreement with the Foundation, under which the organization will agree (i) to use the grant funds in accordance with the charitable purpose specified in the grant letter, (ii) to provide satisfactory evidence to the Foundation or its representatives to confirm that the grant funds were so used, (iii) to return any part of the grant funds that are not so used within 12 months after the initial disbursement of the grant funds, and (iv) to assist the Vinik Family Foundation to do a follow-up story/vignette on how the funds impacted the organization, or permitted the organization to impact the community, for publication or promotion.

Pre-Application Information:

The final deadline for the 2019-2020 Community Hero and Community Hero of Tomorrow programs is on Friday, January 10th.

The Foundation will honor Heroes of Tomorrow at select weekend games.

Scholarship: in general, the Foundation expects to make grant payments directly to the educational institution, with instructions that the grant is made subject to the condition that the recipient is an enrolled student in good standing.

Eligibility and criteria:

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:

To apply to be a Community Hero of Tomorrow:

Phone: 800-559-2333 (US) or 1-412-386-2646 (International)

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Tampa Bay; Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, or Sarasota Counties

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