We award competitive grants once a year
To be eligible for the annual competitive grant competition organizations must meet the following eligibly criteria:
*Organizations may be asked to verify their eligibility prior to receiving an award.
The competitive grants process has two stages: letter of intent and full application. During the specified timeframe, eligible nonprofits may submit a letter of intent (LOI) to outline a funding need. We will then review the LOIs and invite several to proceed to a full application.
More than 50 reviewers assess the full applications. The reviewers include Foundation staff and members of our regional councils, and Board of Trustees. The process is highly competitive. Only about one in 7 letters of intent receive funding. It is important to note that most proposals we receive meet all the minimum requirements. Our discretionary funding is not enough to fund every good idea. That is why we share the top vetted applications with donors, other funders and the community.
Do your best to communicate what sets your organization apart. And please know that results are not an indication of the worthiness of your project.
We encourage you to acknowledge your grant from the Community Foundation Tampa Bay — whether you receive the grant through the competitive grants process or as a grant from one of our donor advised funds or foundations. Please share on your website, social media, newsletter and other appropriate places. You will find guidelines and helpful information in the PR Toolkit below. We also welcome an opportunity to make a formal check presentation to your Board.
Frequently Asked Questions and Tips
During the last competitive grant cycle about 1 in 7 Letters of Intent (LOIs) received funding. Of those invited to submit a full application, about 1/2 were funded.
Any nonprofit serving Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando or Citrus counties is eligible to compete for a grant.
Our average competitive grant award in 2022 was $22,162, but grant amounts ranged from $6,000 to $50,000.
View our Previous Grants Awarded to get an idea of the proposals that have been awarded.
There is no preference given to previous applicants.
Generally, our competitive grants are not designed to fund:
Nonprofits that receive a competitive grant are required to submit a final report within a year of receiving the grant. The report must include demographic information about those served by the project, measurement metrics and a final budget that details how the grant was spent.