Economic Mobility is one of five focus areas for competitive grantmaking in 2019-20.

We recognize that education is the key to Economic Mobility. Many at-risk students, however, have difficulty taking advantage of educational opportunities because of their life situations.

Our region needs a better educated workforce — more people with degrees or industry certifications — to meet the economic demands of the future.

One indicator: The Tampa Bay area ranks 17th out of 20 comparable communities in the 2019 Regional Competitiveness Report with 12.2% of the population aged 16-24 who are unemployed and not enrolled in school. By comparison, Raleigh-Durham has just 6.6%.

Grants for Economic Mobility should provide educational opportunities for anyone to improve their economic status. At-risk communities, including opportunity youth and those with some college and no degree or certificate, will be given potential funding priority.

Economic Mobility projects may include:

  • Post-secondary education and career readiness training
  • Apprenticeships
  • On-the-job training

Most of the grants proposals submitted in the past will still be viable candidates for funding this year. We simply will look at them through a different lens.

For example, AmSkills received a grant last year in the Education category. This year, that same proposal to provide apprentice training for unemployed adults would fall under Economic Mobility.

Applications for competitive grants will be accepted through Nov. 22, 2019. The Community Foundation’s additional focus areas are Community Vibrancy, Empowering Women and Girls, Mental Well-Being, and Positive Education.

The Foundation will continue to award its Opportunity Grants. Application for those grants is open throughout the year. Opportunity Grants are not categorized into focus areas.

Learn more about applying for a competitive grant. See summaries of previous competitive grants.