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Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (CFTB) Competitive Grants

Grants to Florida Nonprofits to Benefit Local
Communities in the Tampa Bay Area

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Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (CFTB)

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Deadline Date:

01/24/20 - for Community Vibrancy, Economic Mobility, Empowering Women and Girls, Mental Well-Being, and Positive Education.


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Grants to Florida nonprofit organizations for projects and opportunities in the areas of economic mobility, community vibrancy, women and girls, positive education, and mental well-being in the Tampa Bay area. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Eligible counties include Citrus, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando.

Targeted Focus Areas:

Grants proposals are reviewed and awarded based on five focus areas:

Community Vibrancy:

  • Purpose: Improving local communities through access and appreciation of arts and culture; flourishing local environmental resources; and collaboration among residents.
  • Rationale: Residents of engaged communities are more likely to be healthy, well-educated and secure. A vibrant, active community is essential for the well-being of its residents and for building a sense of community.

Economic Mobility:

  • Purpose: Providing educational opportunities where everyone, regardless of their status in life, has the ability to improve their economic status.
  • Rationale: Education opens doors and changes lives. Many at-risk students are unable to take advantage of educational opportunities due to their life situations. Expanding the number of individuals with a post-secondary credential uplifts the entire community.

Empowering Women and Girls:

  • Purpose: Addressing the unique needs of at-risk women and girls in terms of safety and security; health and well-being; and economic opportunity.
  • Rationale: In addition to gender inequities in areas such as salary and promotion, one in three women experiences some sort of physical violence in her lifetime and women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression.

Mental Well-Being:

  • Purpose: Fostering a state of well-being in which every individual can realize their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to their community.
  • Rationale: One in six adults in the US has experienced a mental illness within the last year. Those experiencing mental health conditions can be further impacted by stigma, which can be caused by fear and a lack of understanding; and can lead to harassment, bullying, and discrimination.

Positive Education:

  • Purpose: Promoting educational environments that meet students where they are developmentally and emphasize a growth mindset in encouraging them to connect with their passions as they progress along their academic career.
  • Rationale: Depression has been on the rise since World War II and almost one in five students will experience a major depressive episode before graduating high school. Positive Education is a strength-based approach that emphasizes critical life skills such as grit, optimism, resilience, growth mindset, engagement, and mindfulness.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178861

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a competitive grant from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, your organization must:
- Be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Be based in or serving Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, or Citrus counties
- Exhibit strong management and sound leadership.
- Your proposed project should address a specific identified and prioritized need and leverage dollars and/or people to make a difference within the community.

Generally, competitive grants are not designed to fund:
- Grants to individuals (rent, utilities, etc.)
- Operating, administration or fundraising costs
- Annual appeals, fundraising events, membership contributions
- Capital campaigns or purchase of capital items over $1,000
- Political campaigns or direct lobbying efforts
- Religious or sectarian purposes
- Medical or scientific research.

Pre-Application Information:

Focus Areas: Community Vibrancy, Economic Mobility, Empowering Women and Girls, Mental Well-Being, and Positive Education
- Grant Cycle Opens: 10/25/2019
- Letters of Intent Due: 11/22/2019
- Letter of Intent Notification: 12/13/2019
- Full Applications Due: 1/24/2020
- Final Notification: 4/3/2020

Complete a Letter of Intent (LOI) online.

You will be notified by email if you are invited to move to the next step, which is a Full Application. The Full Application and all subsequent steps are submitted through the same online grants portal.

If your LOI is denied, you are welcome to apply during the next appropriate grants cycle.

If awarded, you will complete a Grant Acceptance Agreement and your grant check will be mailed shortly.

If your Full Application is denied, you are welcome to apply during the next appropriate grants cycle.

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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.

Online Grant Portal:

Jessica Scites
Coordinator, Grants Management and Reporting

Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
4300 W. Cypress Street
Suite 700
Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: 813.282.1975

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