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Conn Memorial Foundation Grant

Grants to Hillsborough County, Florida Nonprofits to
Improve Education for At-Risk Children and Youth

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 to Hillsborough County, Florida nonprofit organizations to promote educational achievement for youth and children from low-income neighborhoods. Applicants must request an invitation to submit a letter of inquiry. Funding may be requested for program, capital, operational, and capacity building needs.


The Conn Memorial Foundation defines “at-risk” as children and families that are economically and environmentally disadvantaged. The majority of the funded population is at risk.

-Children 0-12
-Youth 13-17
-Young Adult 18-25
-Adult 18+

Economically Disadvantaged:

In Hillsborough County, many organizations use the criteria of free and reduced lunch at school to segment their population economically. The Foundation has chosen to use these criteria as well in an effort to simplify segmentation of the target population.

Funding Selection Criteria:

-Compatibility with the Conn Memorial Foundation’s Mission
-Board & Staff Management Expertise
-Fiscal Management
-Long Range Planning/Collaborative Efforts
-Program Need/Evaluation
-Clear Goals and Objectives
-Site Visits
-Availability of Funds/Interest

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178010

Number of Grants:

The Foundation makes between 30 and 40 grants annually to local organizations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range in amount from $1,000 to $50,000 annually.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organization must be a 501(c)3 tax exempt, nonprofit serving Hillsborough County, Florida.

The Foundation does not support Individuals, Political Campaigns/Lobbying, or Health/Medical-related organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

If your organization meets the guidelines and you wish to be considered for a grant, call Beth Doyle, Grant Director to discuss BEFORE submitting any inquiry. This is in order to save potential applicants’ time and energy. A verbal invitation to submit a Letter of Inquiry will be extended if the program meets certain criteria and there is funding available.

Please do not disregard this step as any Letters of Inquiry submitted without invitation may not be considered by the Board.

Also, in the interest of saving time, money and protecting the environment, only electronic submissions via email or the website should be made to the foundation. Please do not mail hard copies of letters, information, brochures, applications, etc.

Organizations that have programs currently funded by the Foundation and that have been invited to re-apply DO NOT need to submit a Letter of Inquiry.

Organizations that have received single-year capital funding for a project, DO need to submit a Letter of Inquiry for new projects or program funding.

For potential applicants, there are two annual cycles described below.

Letters of Inquiry Deadlines:

-January 1st for Spring Cycle: The Board will review these LOIs in mid-January, and if approved, an invitation to submit a full application will be extended to your organization at the end of January. That application will be due in early March.
-June 1st for Fall Cycle: The Board will review these LOIs in mid-June, and if approved, an invitation to submit a full application will be extended to your organization at the end of June. That application will be due in September.

Invited Application Deadlines:

-March 1st for Spring Cycle (Unless specified differently on the application sent to you from Conn.)
-September 1st for Fall Cycle (Unless specified differently on the application sent to you from Conn.)


-May 30 for March 1 applications
-November 30 for September 1 applications

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Contact Information:

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

Sheff Crowder, President/CEO

Beth Doyle, Grant Director

Conn Memorial Foundation
3410 Henderson Boulevard
Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33609

Fax: 813-554-1210

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Hillsborough County