COVID-19 Nonprofit Needs

The Nonprofit Needs List is no longer accepting submissions.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our nonprofit community and the residents they serve was immediate. The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay instituted this list at the beginning of the crisis to showcase local nonprofits’ most pressing needs to show our fundholders, partners and the community at large what the needs were and how they could help.

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FundedPercent FundedProject NameOrganization NameCategoryAmount RemainingGeographic AreasNumber ServedOrganization WebsiteRequested NeedAmount FundedOriginal Amount RequestedFund UseInitial Submit DateDays from Submission to Web RefreshStatus
Partially Funded60%Metropolitan Ministries Culinary ProgramMetropolitan Ministries, Inc.Workforce Services and Career Development$10,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas100http://www.metromin.orgMetropolitan Ministries designed the Culinary Arts Program to address the issue of many homeless or at-risk of homeless adults lacking skills to find gainful employment and afford housing. In conjunction with our social enterprise catering company business, Inside the Box, the Culinary Arts Program provide specialized employment training for individuals who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless in Hillsborough and Pinellas County. Having a specialized skillset provides a competitive edge and increases a person’s bargaining power for higher wages. Through training and externships in various food service environments, 150 hours of culinary classes, individualized case management during and following participation, and assistance in job placement, the Culinary Arts Program seeks to empower individuals to find gainful employment and achieve greater self-sufficiency.$15,000.00$25,000.00The funds requested will be used to support the Culinary Arts Program serving adults in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. The Culinary Arts Program (CAP) prepares 100 at-risk students annually in the skill of culinary arts at no cost to them and focuses on placing formerly homeless individuals in jobs at the very best restaurants in Tampa Bay. In the 16-week course students receive real-life, fast-paced training from our knowledgeable chefs and placement in a restaurant externship. Students completing the program receive a food handler certification, soft skills geared towards maintaining employment and experience as a food preparer. Training in restaurant, institutional, and cafeteria cooking will prepare students for diverse job opportunities creating any style of cuisine. To date, CAP has trained 250 students who are employed at numerous restaurants in the Tampa Bay area.04/20/20218Active
Partially Funded75%Mobile Grocery Distribution ProjectThe WellBasic Needs$5,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)650http://welltampa.comTampa neighborhoods are spread out geographically with poor public transit leaving those within one of Tampa's food deserts isolated from stores that provide healthy food options. This issue of access underlies many of the more immediate concrete needs of our neighbors in these economically depressed communities. We currently facilitate 14 distributions every month throughout the city from a truck and refrigerated trailer. With increasing demand for both food and cold storage, as well as adapting to the protocols made necessary by COVID we have acquired a bus to convert into a Mobile Grocery. This bus retrofit will make for a more dignified experience, outdoor distributions, an unbroken cold chain to minimize spoil/waste as well as quality, and will provide our neighbors with high quality goods, comparable to that received in a grocery store. $15,000.00$20,000.00We are requesting funds to retrofit the bus into a mobile grocery unit. This primarily consists of providing the infrastructure within the interior of the bus in order to be able to maintain refrigeration, adequate food storage, shelving, displays, etc. This will not only provide more space for food storage but will also enable us to serve more community members and families.
Additionally, we desperately need a part time project coordinator in order to better organize our mobile Kinship Free Market distributions teams as we expand into other neighborhoods, train new volunteers, and also to work as a community liaison between neighbors and volunteers. While the bulk of funds will go to infrastructure and supplies, we intend to use any surplus toward this much needed position.
04/15/202113Active
Not Funded0%ADA Picnic Tables for Community GardenVISTA GardensBasic Needs$1,842.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)800http://vistagarden.orgCOVID-19 restrictions forced many in our community to find new hobbies, alternative activities, and different ways to get exercise. The proximity of VISTA Gardens to the 3,500 homes and families in Carrollwood Village made our gardens an ideal destination for many new visitors to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and green environment that VISTA Gardens provides. In 2020, we welcomed 800+ unique visitors including residents from The Colonnade, a neighboring assisted living facility, to enjoy our gardens and our many amenities, including a pergola and Little Free Library(r). To accommodate them and provide shade and a place for them to rest during their visit, we built a 20’x20’ open-air pavilion. Our need is for ADA-accessible picnic tables for seating to make all visitors' stays more comfortable when they are at VISTA Gardens.$0.00$1,842.00The funds will be used to purchase and ship two ADA-universal access picnic tables:
2-Redwood stained southern yellow pine tables with galvanized walk-through frames @$921 = $1,842
04/13/202115Active
Not Funded0%Funds to pay Veterans rentTaking Care of our Veterans CorpBasic Needs$20,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)75http://www.tcoourveterans.orgOur mission is to help veterans and their families through the challenges of transitioning from active military service back to civilian life, and beyond. Doing this time of this COVID 19 pandemic The goal of the program is to assist Veterans who may be vulnerable to falling into debt or becoming homeless.
Financial assistance for qualifying Veterans Access to emergency housing (hotels, voluntary quarantining, etc) as needed Relief of rental debt burden. A completely confidential process. We need funds to continue our work in this community.
$0.00$20,000.00Paying Veteran's Rent
Paying Homeless Veterans Hotel billing and buying food and clothing
Helping with deposits on apartment and Utilities deposits
Helping with transportation (Bus passes) to work or to find a job
04/07/202121Active
Not Funded0%Solar Fans for PavilionVISTA GardensBasic Needs$1,965.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)950http://vistagarden.orgCOVID-19 restrictions forced many in our community to find new hobbies, alternative activities, and different ways to get exercise. The proximity of VISTA Gardens to the 3,500 homes and families in Carrollwood Village made our gardens an ideal destination for many new visitors to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and green environment that VISTA Gardens provides. In 2020, we welcomed 800+ unique visitors (singles, couples and families with up to four children) to stroll through our gardens and enjoy our many amenities, including a pergola and Little Free Library(r). To accommodate them and provide shade and a place for them to rest during their visit, we built a 20’x20’ open-air pavilion. Our need is for solar fans to help make our 150 members and our 800+ visitors more comfortable when they are at VISTA Gardens.$0.00$1,965.00The funds will be used to purchase materials and supplies needed for construction and installation of solar panels, solar batteries and fans to provide moving air in the pavilion. Construction and installation labor will be provided by volunteers.
Solar fans shopping list:
1. 2 ceiling fans (12/24 VDC rated for wet environment): 2@ $300=$600
2. 2 300 watt photovoltaic solar panels: 2@ $300=$600
3. Lights (12 VDC): $100
4. Wires, connectors, conduits, etc.: $125
5. 2 batteries 12 VDC; 50 Ahr: $300
6. Solar MPPT charge controller $100
7. Waterproof box to store batteries and charge controller: $90
8. Hardware and mounting supplies: $50
TOTAL: $1,965
04/06/202122Active
Not Funded0%Covid-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative: COVID- VEIFlorida Institute for Community Studies (FICS)Health and Wellbeing$45,302.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)500http://ficsinc.orgThe Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF: https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/issue-brief/latest-data-on-covid-19-vaccinations-race-ethnicity/) released state-by-state data on vaccinations. This report mirrors the view FICS sees as we work on the ground with multicultural, mainly African-American and Hispanic populations, where whites are over two times the likelihood to get vaccinated over Hispanics. But it's worse for Blacks, who comprise16% of the population, 17% of all COVID deaths but only 7% of those vaccinated. The reasons for this vaccine hesitancy include barriers in knowledge, trust, historical betrayal (Tuskeegee experiment) and mobility. FICS has completed comprehensive interviews with 18 latino families, of whom 89% expressed deep concern for catching COVID19 but only about 70% stated they would or had already been vaccinated, with 27.8% stating they definitely will not.$0.00$45,302.00FICS is only requesting Personnel. We will spend $15/hour or 1 FTE (31200/yr) to recruit, hire and train a 1 FTE Navegador/a or Health Navigator to outreach and educate our communities on the basics of biology and viruses as opposed to folk beliefs. We will expand our Data Manager's hours to be able to track our outcomes at $6200 and pay 21% for tax/benefits for a total of $45302 per year or $22,651 for six months.
Motivational interviewing in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner is our method of delivery, as the Navigator will be a peer who is bilingual and bicultural. This person will be the bridge for all, but targeting the 30% or more who state reluctance. The navigator will address other issues families are facing, including concern for their children's educational/learning loss due to covid (90%) and soaring rent prices, which is destabilizing families' security.
04/05/202123Active
Not Funded0%Workforce center startupSuited 2 ShineWorkforce Services and Career Development$7,692.00Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)39,000http://www.suited2shine.orgSuited 2 shine is a career development center nonprofit that provides resume assistance, college enrollment assistance, conduct mock interviews, GED prep and testing, confidence-building exercises, business Etiquette seminars, business makeover upon completing the 6-week program, and on the job training. Due to COVID and being a new nonprofit since Feb 2020, we need items to get approved to become a GED testing center, collection bins, and job search automation. Hillsborough County has over 39000 people throughout our unemployed communities, and we want to give them the confidence to start over with higher goals to a better lifestyle$0.00$7,692.00Desktop computer @ $699.99 each ($1399.98). The computers will include general information about building a resume, zoom tutorials and provide the state requirements to conduct GED testing in accordance with the federal regulations.
Surveillance camera 2 @ $129.99 each ($259.98) The camera are a requirement for GED testing to be conducted at the center.
Clothing Collection Bin 3 @ $1278 each ($3834) The bins will used to collect items for sale to fund the nonprofit, and to provide clothing clients in need.
Tablet 2@ $599.99 each which will be used to practice GED PREP and job searching.
04/05/202123Active
Not Funded0%Essential Build-Out for New Covid Response Enabled Book BusBess the Book Bus, Inc.Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$33,000.00Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas20,000http://bessthebookbus.orgThe onset of the pandemic became an unexpected time of learning and growth for the Bess the Book Bus team. When faced with the reality that we could not safely have kids and families inside the bus, we shifted our model to grab and go bags and drive-through events. We were able to safely give 46,079 books to 28,204 students in Tampa Bay in 2020. It is working, but we want to find a way to bring the magic of shopping and browsing for a favorite book back to the kids. Thus, our idea for a Covid Response Bus. We got to work designing the new bus with professional upfitters and we have exciting news. We have secured enough funding ($50,000) from a longtime funder to purchase a new 2020 Sprinter Van. Now we need the community’s help with funding to “build-out” the bus and create an environment as wonderful as our current book bus that is also CDC compliant. $0.00$33,000.00$33,000 in funding will be used to purchase and professionally install 9 rolling carts that can be set up outdoors in a physically distanced, socially engaged book fair model following all current CDC protocols. We will also need to install a motorized lift to offload the carts of books and additional interior shelving to carry inventory for restocking. This will complete the new bus and allow us to get on the road and back to schools bringing kids both the access to and the choice of books they need. The new bus will also be ideal in non pandemic times as it will allow us to engage more students at a time, significantly increasing our capacity to serve due to this new modular book fair set up.03/31/202128Active
Not Funded0%PD FROM YOUR PCACEs Matter, CorpWorkforce Services and Career Development$75,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas1,000http://acesmatter.comWitnessing or experiencing violent events as a child has been hypothesized to lead to the intergenerational transfer of violence through imitating or tolerating similar behaviors in adult relationships. ACEs Matter is an adult-first prevention and intervention model that utilizes the lived experiences of those that have been impacted by ACEs. Our collaboration efforts include expert influencers from the field of mental health, neuroscience, child development, and the spiritual sector. ACEs have been defined by calculating long term exposure to different forms of abuse, neglect, and household disharmony occurring before 18 years of age.

ACEs are accumulated by witnessing Intimate Partner Violence, partially through psychosocial characteristics. Research has proven that integrated interventions may help reduce the psychosocial outcomes and generational transmission.
$0.00$75,000.00The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay says calls about domestic violence are up for a variety of reasons, but many of them have been exacerbated by COVID19. There is a great need for investments in youth-serving systems within and beyond health care and public health to effectively address ACEs and prevent its short- and long-term negative health and social outcomes.

Covid-19 forced the shut-down of our in-person operation initiatives, so now we are at the mercy of implementing hybrid sessions coupled with approved home visit for families that have been impacted. This financial request will allow ACEs Matter to hire several local 1099 contractors that are willing to teach in the communities where trauma, crime, and inequality exist. Our goal is to work with local domestic violence agencies and receive referrals for families that need additional care, resources, and support.
03/29/202130Active
Not Funded0%Sleepy Herd Inc., Land LeasingSleepy Herd Inc.Health and Wellbeing$25,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)700https://sleepyherd.net/Sleepy Herd addresses the concern for the growing number of people facing vehicular homelessness (living in their vehicle), and law enforcement's inability to direct them to a lawful overnight parking option. By creating that lawful and safe lot, people can refocus on gainful employment and permanent housing, while improving their quality of life, and strengthening the community as a whole. COVID-19 significantly increased evictions, foreclosures, and the types of economic strains that caused this uptick in vehicular homelessness. Making these lots available alleviates the financial strain on the city, as people find employment, and become more self sufficient. Helping this homeless population, increases the desirability of the area, which increases tax and tourist dollars. This solution gives law enforcement the emergency resource they have needed, and helps COVID-19 displacements.
$0.00$25,000.00Sleepy Herd will use this funding to lease up to three parcels of land (one to three acres each) to create lawful and safe overnight parking lots, in conjunction with in-kind contribution pledges from a few local private companies, research and application submissions to additional grantors, and with the full support of local law enforcement. The funds will be used to secure an on-going relationship with a lessor, and/or to provide Sleepy Herd with the ability to lease-to-own a piece of property. People affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and its harsh economic ramifications to their living situation will be able to safely and lawfully park at night and have access to toilet facilities. The funds will provide a simultaneous answer to BLUE as a simple emergency police resource, and a nightly sanctuary for those who are not criminals; they just need a lawful place to park and sleep. 03/29/202130Active
Not Funded0%Assistance with After School programNext Generation Kids Camp IncEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$10,000.00Pinellas40http://nextgenerationkidscamp.orgOur After-School and Summer Camps are the fundamental programs through which we execute our mission to serve our kids. We are seeking funds to help us operate othose programs this year and next so that we can provide a safe and nurturing environment for kids whose home lives and family structures have been adversely impacted by the incarceration of one or both of their parents. These already extremely challenging circumstances are even heavier this year in the midst of the pandemic: disrupted school routines; cancelled prison visitations; and widespread emotional stress and trauma. Summer 2021 is key for these kids, and our organization, as the need for emotional support and educational assistance has likely never been greater.$0.00$10,000.00We run our Camp with our current staff and management team as we do with our After-School camps. For Summer Camp we will be able to flex up with two additional staff members and simply have more hours with the kids during the day. An investment by the Foundation in the form of this requested grant will augment our ongoing hustle as an organization to improve the lives of hundreds of at-risk kids in a variety of life-changing and long-lasting ways.
We will also be able to sustain our leaders and kids, thus enabling the durability of our programs, in the following ways:

• Consistent Marketing & PR efforts to build awareness of NGK in our community and nationally and ensure steady enrollment in our programs.
03/24/202135Active
Not Funded0%Selfless acts should not be forced to stop because of a pandemicSmall but Mighty Heroes Inc.Health and Wellbeing$150,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)15https://smallbutmightyheroes.org/As a small nonprofit, it is a need for more helpers. The need for more helpers extends deeper than recruiting volunteers. Unfortunately we were forced to let go of an employee due to not enough funding. If we face having to let go of the last few employees that we currently have, our organization with slowly wither away. We are in the position that we are needing more hands to help with our mission as volunteers are fleeting and only a few remain tirelessly by our side. We are needing to be able to pay our employees and to overcome the obstacles that COVID has presented to us. We are not only wanting to expand our employees, but to turn our funding sustaining plan into reality. We want to consolidate our 2 warehouses and put into a storefront. This will not only allow us to continue our mission, but to raise funding more efficiently and goal reaching. $0.00$150,000.00These funds would be used to offer secured payroll to our current employees and an opportunity to extend employment for more employees who would be interested in joining our team and pushing forth our mission. With proper hands to work towards our goals, the more attainable these goals are. These funds would help to pursue our goal of opening a storefront whilst bringing our 2 warehouses together and merging them under one roof. This storefront will open the opportunity for the community to learn of our mission whilst shopping for the cause. This goal is a means to sustain our mission by the funding coming in from our efforts.
Whilst bringing the community together to help raise funding for children battling cancer, we, as a storefront would also be helping the community by offering quality items for discounted prices.
03/22/202137Active
Not Funded0%Serving Children impacted by COVID-19Children's Dream FundHealth and Wellbeing$12,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas12http://childrensdreamfund.orgDue to Covid-19, Children's Dream Fund had to postpone the dreams of 50+ seriously-ill children due to travel restrictions and theme park closures. Our most requested dream, Give Kids the World Village closed for 10 months and finally reopened this year. Give Kids the World (GKTW) is an 89-acre storybook resort located in Central Florida for critically-ill children and their families. Their week-long villa stay is more than a vacation, but a chance to create special memories and forget about medical treatments and hospitalizations. A Give Kids the World dream provides critically-ill children and their family a lifetime of memories that last long after the car ride home. $0.00$12,000.00For a Give Kids the World dream, we provide at "no cost" a week-long villa stay which includes all the amenities, plus gas money, basket of gifts for the road trip, world-famous theme park tickets, and spending money for food and souvenirs. On average, a dream-come-true is $10,000, however we receive in-kind support from community partners reducing our cost to $4,000 per dream. The dream includes the immediate family; parents and siblings so the estimated number of individuals impacted would be 12 as an average family consists of 4 members per household.

We currently have 25 unsponsored children anticipating their dream-come-true to Give Kids the World in the coming months.
03/19/202140Active
Partially Funded26%The Gathering of Women food pantryThe Gathering of Women Inc.Health and Wellbeing$25,799.99Pinellas3,000https://thegatheringofwomen.com GOW provides direct services in economically challenged areas of high need. Since opening a full-service and delivery service food pantry in May we have served more than 5000 participants. In addition
to our food pantry, we provide food services to homebound senior citizens in Pinellas county .The Covid-19 pandemic has left the elderly population especially vulnerable and they are encouraged to
stay home, we will provide boxes of food directly to 1200 homes and walk ups. During this time of crisis, we are committed to our mission that no one should go hungry, as well as ensuring that each family in our community has the nutritious food, they need to stay healthy. Due to job disruptions, lack of paid leave, businesses closing and the disproportionate impact on adults 60 and older, low incomes families and people who are homeless are our priority because they are the most vulnerable.
$9,200.01$35,000.00In many Pinellas county families , the struggle of hunger is all too familiar. A large portion of our population are children and seniors who don't know where their next meal will come from on a daily basis. Our mission is to address food insecurity The specific zip codes of our participants and the service delivery points are: 33701, 33705, 33709, 33710, 33711, 33712, 33713, 33714, 33771, 33781, 33782. Funding from the Community foundation of Tampa Bay would make it possible for the GOW to continue providing much-needed food to the Pinellas County community, a vital service. we will provide assistance to our target population to access the services with bags of food to participants in their vehicle or deliver bags of food to their doorstep. GOWs food pantry will operate every Wednesday thru Friday from 10-1:30 PM and is located at 2580 12th Ave South. 03/19/202140Active
Not Funded0%COVID Heart Memorial Covid Pandemic MemorialHealth and Wellbeing$18,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas35,000http://bobbysbikes.orgWe make very large heart memorials to create a space for loved ones to grieve the loss of those who died of covid. We partner with The Floral Heart Project who developed the idea. Currently, we have a four ft by five feet heart on display in Citrus Springs. We want to build larger wreaths in the Tampa Bay Area where people can leave a picture or place a name on the heart. Grieving during the pandemic has been difficult. Many families did not get to say goodbye or have a funeral. This space can help the community unite in grief. . $0.00$18,000.00We are estimating the cost of materials to be approximately $3000 per heart. This includes the frame and artificial flowers. Plus the cost of gas to deliver and shirts for volunteers. We will be happy to accept $3000 at a time and build one in each county as funds become available. 03/15/202144Active
Not Funded0%Bobby's Bikes Covid Pandemic MemorialHealth and Wellbeing$25,000.00Citrus200http://bobbysbikes.orgBobby's Bikes is the main program of COVID Pandemic Memorial, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that exists to carry on the memories of those who died of COIVD-19.
We collect bikes and distribute them quarterly to kids who do not have one. This special project carries on the memory and generous spirit of Bobby McCoskey, whose life was cut short by COVID.
$0.00$25,000.00Funding will be used to purchase bikes and hold quarterly distribution events. This opportunity will provide us the means to match children of Citrus Counties with a bike. COVID-19 took over a half million lives in the United States. Losses have been felt on many levels from losing a loved one, financial hardship, and self-care activities. The bikes will provide the children in the area the opportunity to exercise outdoors to help with socialization and mental health needs. 03/12/202147Active
Not Funded0%Funding for increased, larger facilities. Tampa Bay HEATEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$50,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)1,000http://hometeamsonline.comWith the sudden increase in the number of homeschool families since Covid-19, our Homeschool Resource Center is being utilized much more, our classes and programs are exceeding capacity and we must look at a larger facility. Currently one is available but requires work to the building before we may occupy. We need assistance fundraising and hiring contractors to fulfill the needs of our growing Homeschool community. $0.00$50,000.00Labor wiil be mostly volunteers however some professionals are necessary to prepare facility (painting, moving, cleaning)
Construction (take down baptismal and rebuild wall)
New air conditioners at cost (or donate)
New roof at cost (or donate)
Install new road sign at cost (or donate)
Landscaping courtyard area at cost or donate (needs sod)
03/11/202148Active
Not Funded0%Orchestral MelodiesKids With A Call, Inc.Arts and Culture$5,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)50http://kidswithacall.comCommunity Need:
Many students are facing hardships during this 2020-2021 Covid-19 pandemic and symptoms of sadness, lack of joy, loneliness, hopelessness depression, anxiety, lack of concentration and despondency are on the rise nationally and internationally. They may be facing loss of family members to the Corona Virus, loss of family income and the fear of catching the virus themselves. Research studies have proven that isolation and loneliness make the perfect environment for getting depressed and staying depressed. High School seniors were heartbroken when traditional graduation ceremonies were canceled. Music will help heal disappointments.
$0.00$5,000.00Our Theme this summer is 'Orchestral Melodies'.
We will purchase 25 instruments and teach the students how to play and perform!
The curriculum music lessons are designed to promote literacy and critical thinking skills, teach discipline, promote teamwork, camaraderie, responsibility, and patriotism , enhance racial and cultural understanding, and promote physical and spiritual strength. The 2021 program will include chorus, dance and drums.
We are offering a 5-week summer program to students ranging in ages from 5 to 15. The camp will be held at ReBirth Missionary Baptist Church, 1924 East Comanche Ave., Tampa, Florida, 33610. The daily activities include music, reading musical notes, understanding the math and science associated with music, the history of music, famous composers in history, and the benefits of music and how it enhances physical health and emotional well-being.
03/10/202149Active
Not Funded0%2021 FOOD ASSISTANCE FOR FAMILIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19SOUTHEASTERN FOOD BANKBasic Needs$20,000.00Citrus ; Pasco ; Pinellas175,000http://southeasternfoodbank.comSoutheastern Food Bank has been "Feeding the hungry and caring for those in need..." throughout Central Florida for the past 29 years, distributing more than 7 million pounds of food last year alone. The demand for food continues to increase due to the continued effects of COVID-19 and financial crisis for many families. We are stepping up our efforts to meet that need by increasing our distribution efforts. Currently we have partners in Pinellas, Pasco and Citrus Counties. St. Petersburg Free Clinic (SPFC) in Pinellas County continues to see increases in services since the fall of 2020. We Care Food Pantry, in Citrus Co., receives food from our food bank on a monthly basis to serve the families facing food-insecurity in the towns of Homosassa, Crystal River, and Brooksville, to name a few. A third partner is Florida Food Source in Pasco Co., serving more than 2,000 families weekly. $0.00$20,000.00Funding from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (CFTB) will be used to procure food, hygiene items and other essentials for organizations such as the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, We Care Food Pantry and Florida Food Source. Our increased efforts during this continued time of crisis presents unique challenges for us. With many of our monthly donors facing financial crisis due to job loss and local businesses closing their doors, funding has decreased while operational costs have increased. Southeastern Food Bank has been procuring as much food as possible and distribution has increased tremendously. It is necessary to keep our trucks on the road to pick up donations of perishable and non-perishable food and essentials. Funds from the CFTB will be used to keep our warehouse operational in a time of increased need for our neighbors in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough Counties.03/10/202149Active
Not Funded0%Community Support for Mental HealthThe CATE FoundationHealth and Wellbeing$10,000.00Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)100http://2cate.orgNot only has the COVID-19 Pandemic worsened the mental and physical well being of those who were infected but it has had a tremendous negative impact on the mental well-being of the community as a whole. Especially, our vulnerable community, who were already dealing with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and addiction. Adhering to the COVID 19 protocol usually meant isolation from human contact, which is extremely important for a positive mindset.
We at CATE believe that access to MH counseling lessens the chance of an individual to self harm/self medicate. We offer free Mental Health counseling to our community. Our research : Florida had the 2nd highest number of overdose deaths in the nation in 2018. In 2016, suicide was the 2nd-leading cause of death for Floridians aged 25 to 34. Florida also ranked 10th for the number of adults with a dependence on alcohol or illicit drugs.
$0.00$10,000.00To pay for providers and/or meet the gap between isurance reimbursements and the market rate of private pay mental health counselors. 03/10/202149Active
Not Funded0%Common Ground Project Community COVID-19 Response The Common Ground Project FloridaHealth and Wellbeing$50,000.00Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas50,000https://commongroundfl.com/The Common Ground Project has invested in outreach, education, and community support in some of Tampa Bay's most underserved populations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We facilitated a program that established a multi-organizational coalition dedicated to protecting our neighbors through education, broad dissemination of community resources, overcoming food insecurity, and providing personal PPE.

We have launched a comprehensive program focusing on access to the COVID-19 vaccine and to combat vaccine hesitancy that we are seeing within our most vulnerable communities. We will be facilitating educational community workshops, sending informational mailers, paid social media ads, and trusted community validators to ensure that our most vulnerable communities within Tampa Bay are not left behind as we continue to face the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
$0.00$50,000.00The Common Ground Project Florida will use funds received to:
- facilitate a year-long community education series to increase community resource awareness, combat vaccine hesitancy, and ensure that our most vulnerable populations are not left behind throughout the
COVID-19 recovery efforts
- run targeted social media campaigns to broadly disseminate critical community recovery resource information
- implement neighborhood canvassing efforts to broaden the dissemination of available community resources and reach community members that have limited access to other methods of communications
-work alongside our coalition partners and trusted community validators to provide necessary PPE and supplemental meal support
03/10/202149Active
Not Funded0%Tampa Special Needs Baseball Clinic Field of FriendsEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$20,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas200http://fieldoffriends.orgFields of Friends is requesting a grant to fund the 8th Annual Tampa Special Needs Baseball Event. This event introduces differently abled athletes to baseball while encouraging seasoned athletes to further their skills with one on one instruction. High School Students mentor, while gaining an understanding of the challenges their new friends overcome daily. 90-100% of athletes gain confidence from this event and go on to participate in spring baseball. Lasting bonds are created between the mentors and their buddies. Authors in the Journal of American Psychiatry have written about the disproportionate isolation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in this COVID pandemic. They further pointed out that the intensification of that isolation only weakens the community for all citizens. There is an imperative need for this event on January 9, 2022.
$0.00$20,000.00We serve, empower, connect, and improve communities with positive and productive service projects to encourage acceptance and inclusion of all of its members. By collaborating with our youth, we create a world of acceptance. The volunteers have come from 10 different states and 20 Tampa area High Schools to participate in this program. Major league baseball players from 4 different MLB organizations have volunteered their time at this event. Field of Friends has won the New York Yankees Hope Award in 2012. This event lowers the isolation these athletes have experienced from COVID. From sports, according to the Women's Sports Foundation, girls do better in school, boost their self-esteem, and learn teamwork and goal setting. Boys can learn leadership skills, establish new friendships, and channel their energy. Both sexes can establish a life-long relationship with physical fitness.03/08/202151Active
Not Funded0%COVID-19 "Safe Zone" Repairs for Safe and Healthy HomesRebuilding Together Tampa BayHealth and Wellbeing$27,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas18http://www.rttb.orgRTTB is respectfully requesting $27,000 to assist in the creation of Safe Zones (SZs) in the homes of 9 low-income families with a medically diagnosed asthmatic child. Creating an SZ within a home can bring a lasting positive effect in the lives of asthmatic children by minimizing asthma symptoms while reducing preventable asthma-related hospitalizations. This contribution is part of RTTB’s overall goal to remediate 55 low-income asthmatic households through the SHH program by September 2021. SZs are considered areas of the home where asthmatic children spend most of their time and once identified, RTTB then proceeds to create a remediation plan to remove triggers. RTTB has worked to develop a list of common SHH Asthma/Allergies repairs and services, based on common triggers which may include mold due to leaky roofs, traces of lead paint, old carpet, and/or dirty/old air filters.$0.00$27,000.00COVID-19 has significantly impacted low-income families, especially those at a higher risk for contracting the virus, such as severely asthmatic children. With support, RTTB can provide services to low-income families at 80% of the Area-Median Income (AMI) or below (the income limit for a family of 4 at 80% AMI is $56,250 according to HUD 2020 Income Limits). During the first year of the SHH program, an average home remediation investment of $10,000 per home was made to combat asthma in 18 homes with a total of 26 asthmatic children. The cost of remediation is individualized, meaning that each home is a unique case that may involve extensive repairs. Now, the average cost of a “Safe Zone” repair is approximately $3,000.03/08/202151Active
Not Funded0%The Resiliency ProjectShield of Faith MissionsHealth and Wellbeing$10,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas10http://sofmissions.orgThe stresses accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., constant exposure across media platforms, social isolation, loss of income, fear of contracting COVID-19, shortages of essential supplies, or loss of a loved one) are exacerbating existing posttraumatic stress in our veteran community. Shield of Faith (SOF) Missions is committed to combating this problem by providing whole health care plans to military members, veterans, and their families. Our mission is to empower veterans to find purpose and be resilient. Since its inception, SOF Missions has served over 2,500 veterans with impressive results in reducing anxiety levels and negative beliefs about themselves. In 2019, we served 20 veterans. The COVID-19 stresses more than doubled the demand for our services resulting in our serving 53 veterans during 2020. Our aim is to serve at least 60 veterans during 2021. $0.00$10,000.00The Resiliency Project is a four-pillar program addressing psychological, physical, spiritual, and social wellness. The requested $10,000 would partially fund one Resiliency Clinic ($30,000 total), a 90-day whole health approach to assist veterans as they journey toward resiliency. Applicants participate in a 1-week intensive event and move forward with three months of follow-up, goal-setting, and positive progress. The requested funds would be used for a Clinic hosted in the Tampa area for "at risk" veterans who reside in the Tampa Bay area. All services are provided by licensed professionals who are experts in their fields. Next, continued Coordinated Care is facilitated through local resources and is available to participating veterans for up to 365 days. Added benefits are the lasting relationships built during the clinics to further combat COVID-19 driven social isolation.03/08/202151Active
Not Funded0%Breast Cancer Survivor AwardsTiana's Tea IncHealth and Wellbeing$3,500.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)200http://tianastea.orgAs a women's empowerment organization, we host events each to celebrate women who’ve survived breast cancer called: "Fight Like A Girl" and a domestic violence event called #ISURVIVED: The Aftermath of Domestic Violence. These events are held at no charge to the public. We were set to host a Kentucky Derby fundraiser to offset the cost of the event, due to COVID-19 the event was cancelled and rescheduled to later in the year. The financial impact of COVID limited the resources available to donate and we had to personally finance them. We were limited in what we could and the amount of people we were able to serve.

We address the issues women face daily and the aftermath of breast cancer and domestic violence are often overlooked and unaddressed. We address the depression, fears and anxiety, brought on by these issues.
$0.00$3,500.00In Fl, it's estimated 281,000 women will be diagnosed with BC and 44,000 will die. The event consists of cocktail food, wine, DJ, elegant d?cor/rentals and gift boxes containing: Survival Trophies, candles, handmaid jeweled pens, personalized tea cups, note pads, breast cancer charms. We also purchase pink gift boxes for the gifts to go in. A photographer is hired to capture portrait pictures of the survivors and videographer is hired to capture the moments.

We Need the following:
Food Donations
Drink Donations
Gift Box Sponsors $30 each X 100
Decor Donations(linens/plates/napkins, etc)
1-$1000 Scholarship (child who loss a mom to BC)
1-$500 scholarship (same as above)
Mammogram Donations X 100
03/04/202155Active
Not Funded0%Grant ApplicationThe Making Change Foundation (dba) To Rise and ProgressBasic Needs$20,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas1,000http://oriseandprogress.comThrough partnerships and the means of the foundation we will change the lives of as many individuals/families to the best of our ability. Our goal is not to be confined to a specific cause, rather it is to help whoever, whatever, whenever, and wherever. Our work will provide immediate needs for the inhabitants of planet Earth. The ultimate goal is to make the world a better place by any means necessary.The Making Change Foundation is a nonprofit organization that aims to make the world a better place by any means necessary. Our mission slogan reads “Change Lives, Change The World”. We execute our mission daily by rolling out a collection of projects and initiatives that provide both immediate and lasting relief for the members of our immediate communities.$0.00$20,000.00The coronavirus pandemic has created unforeseen financial hardships for individuals and organizations throughout the course of this past year. Covid-19 has essentially slowed down the process of companies being able to grow and cultivate effective community service programs. This virus is affecting the most basic of human needs. Those needs include housing, health and food. We would assist the Tampa Bay area in all of the following areas. We would start with the essential workers and provide meals for these hardworking employees as well as personal protection equipment such as face masks and hand sanitizer. We would then proceed to execute one of our most routine community service efforts in the TB area and execute our Hunger Relief Initiative: Pizza Donation Program. Last but not least we would partner with other organizations in seek of providing safe and effective shelters. 03/03/202156Active
Not Funded0%Filling the education gap for stroke survivors with aphasia during hospital lockdownsVoices of Hope for AphasiaHealth and Wellbeing$3,648.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas60http://vohaphasia.orgDuring the pandemic, the combination of time pressures on medical professionals and restrictions on visitors has, unfortunately, caused a gap in the amount of education and information patients and families receive before discharge. This is particularly difficult for those diagnosed with aphasia, a condition that occurs in nearly 40% of strokes, but is unknown to people until it happens to them. Aphasia affects a person's ability to speak, understand, read, or write - imagine bringing a loved one home from the hospital, but you don't know how to communicate with them? Voices of Hope for Aphasia has developed an online, 2-day workshop that can be attended from the safety of their homes. It provides 4 hours' worth of education, support, and resources for families facing the diagnosis, and allows for individual questions to be addressed by professionals who are experts in aphasia.$0.00$3,648.00We are respectfully asking for your help to fund six (6) 2-day online workshops over the year. To allow for ample time for individual questions to be answered, we cap the number of families invited to each workshop to 5 (10-12 attendees per session). We tested the effectiveness of the workshop and have fine-tuned the delivery so we know that families (1) will receive information that is valuable and critical to them, (2) feel like their questions were answered, (3) and feel the information learned in the session is of value and helpful in their daily lives. The pilot session also allowed us to identify the direct costs per workshop:

Each workshop: $608.00
- Speech-Language Pathologist = $284
- Prep work and registration = $150
- Materials (printing & delivery @$32/family) = $160
- Technology and support (Zoom) = $15

Request funding for 6 sessions@$608 = $3,648.00
03/03/202156Active
Not Funded0%Transit Delivery For those experiencing homelessness and low-income situationsReach Services Inc.Basic Needs$18,500.00Pinellas1,500http://reachstpete.orgSince COVID 19 our Fill The Need program has taken off. Fill The Need does simply that; Fills the need of the client. Typically we get requests for food, diapers, formula, clothing, hygiene items, and emergency needs. Our application is 100% online and items are available for pick up at our warehouse on specific days of the week. Unfortunately over 70% of our applicants we see have multiple kids, share transportation with their significant others, are immunocompromised, and/or use public transit causing it to take hours to come to our warehouse to pick up their needed items.

This makes it difficult to get what they need when they need it, with this transit we can load in donations and make deliveries on specific days of the week. In addition we can use this transit to pick up large order of donations from our partner agencies as well versus our multiple car trips we do today.
$0.00$18,500.00To purchase used transit to load in large amount of donations for delivery straight to clients doors for COVID 19 friendly access to what they need, as well as easier access to items they need. The transit will also be used to pick up and drop off large amounts of donations to and from our warehouse space. The amount requested includes the exact amount we need to purchase used transit with good mileage, taxes, and fee's. This transit could help us further our Reach in Pinellas County especially making it easier for the families who are in crucial need of items but work multiple jobs, and have multiple children to take care of. 03/02/202157Active
Not Funded0%Mission United for VeteransUnited Way of Citrus CountyBasic Needs$10,000.00Citrus50https://citrusunitedway.org/Citrus County is home to a large, aging veteran population. Of the 149,657 residents, 19,157 are veterans. These valued members of society are on a fixed-income and one unforeseen expense puts them into crisis mode. The unexpected expenses these folks incur include, but are not limited to, medical bills, home repairs, a higher than normal utility bill, and more. Since the pandemic, donations to this program have been reduced by $30,000, which has substantially decreased the number of veterans we are able to assist. $0.00$10,000.00 In the past five years, Mission United has assisted veterans in the following ways: installed wheelchair ramps at homes, assisted with transportation to and from appointments, offset high utility bills, assisted with medical bills, located and delivered furniture, and provided motorized scooters. The funds will be used to assist veterans with their most dire needs, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Mission United director, who is a veteran himself. 03/02/202157Active
Not Funded0%Funding for our community garden- Moving BoatsTat community revitalizationHealth and Wellbeing$4,378.00Pasco145https://www.facebook.com/tatciviccenter/We have a community garden that was first used as an RV and boat storage. Last year we had many volunteers and people interested in helping with the garden. Unfortunately once COVID began to affect the US everyone basically dropped the garden. There are four of us working dilligently to get this garden into working order for the whole community to enjoy, learn and sustain healthy living but even with all of our man power the finances come up short so we can move forward we hope once people begin to feel more comfortable in social places people will help but until then we are relying on the help of others. We now need to build a fence and move them out front so we can have the whole area only for our community garden.$0.00$4,378.00The funds will be used to move and put a fence around the RVs and boats so we can have our whole community garden with only garden things and not boats and RVs parked around it.03/01/202158Active
Not Funded0%hfss awareness in south Asian communityhindu family support servicesDomestic Abuse and Human Trafficking$10,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas20,000http://hfssusa.orgHFSS is requesting funding to create a campaign to raise awareness of HFSS services to South Asians residing in the Tampa Bay Area. intimate partner violence (IPV)in the South Asian community is as high as 40% (Raj-Silverman Research and Practice mar 2002 Vol 93,3 p 435-437), it is well known that IPV during the covid pandemic is substantially higher, while the awareness of available resources is limited. With a population of over 20,000 South Asians in this community, and our intake rate of 10-12% we believe that survivors of IPV in our community are underserved. As a young organization our services are not well known and The stigma of identifying oneself as someone who is experiencing domestic violence is deeply stigmatizing. We need effective campaigns to build awareness of our service and to destigmatize the experience of domestic violence.$0.00$10,000.00Towards this we want to create a campaign that enables a range of memes, infographics and videos to address these two needs.
Our proposed budget is al follows
Hiring a nonprofit consulting firm with DV expertise to strategize and guide this process -$1500.00
Focus group of existing survivors to understand their experience with social media platforms as well as barriers to accessing service - $500
Focus group of community women (Target age 35-50 years) to understand how best to design a campaign that would reach a significant number of South Asian diaspora.-$500
Hiring a graphics design firm that will create a social media array of memes, infographics and videos that can be shared on social media $5250
Cost of non digital print ( In multiple South Asian languages) media production and placement - $2,250
Project Total = $ 10,000.00
02/28/202159Active
Not Funded0%Breast Cancer Foundation of Central Florida Client Assistance Funding RequestBreast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks DBA Breast Cancer Foundation of Central FloridaBasic Needs$20,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas40http://bcfcf.orgThe Client Financial Assistance Program at BCFCF provides short-term assistance to families in our community as they go through treatment for breast cancer. Due to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and breast cancer, often a BCFCF client must take time away from work for breast cancer treatment regimen. BCFCF steps in and provides assistance with housing, utility bills, transportation needs, and other daily expenses allowing these clients to stay in their prescribed treatment, which results in them receiving the best possible medical outcome from their treatment plan. Due to the enormous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the past 12 months BCFCF has seen a steady influx of both new breast cancer diagnoses and requests for additional financial assistance from breast cancer clients previously approved for assistance that are still in treatment, with many also impacted by COVID-19.$0.00$20,000.00Fully 100% of the funds from this grant request would be used to provide a portion of the financial support of those in breast cancer treatment that reside in Hillsborough, Pasco, or Pinellas counties in central Florida, with a demonstrated need for assistance that have also been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The assistance provided to these residents will be in the form of rent or mortgage payments, utility payments, transportation expenses to and from treatment, and other basic needs of maintaining a home during a pandemic and while in breast cancer treatment
The need that will be met with these grant funds is to directly assist those individuals and families in the BCFCF service area that are in breast cancer and are also facing financial hardship because of breast cancer. In the past 12 months BCFCF has provided over $105,000 in client assistance in central Florida.
02/26/202161Active
Not Funded0%Speak Up, Speak Now!® – Anti-bullying Program Goes VirtualFlorida Holocaust MuseumArts and Culture$10,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas10,000https://flholocaustmuseum.org/The Florida Holocaust Museum is looking for support from our community to help us take our award-winning anti-bullying curriculum virtual to area schools in 2021. Due to the COVID pandemic, our education department has not been able to provide this program in person as much as we’d like, and in order to reach as many schools and students as possible, we need assistance in converting the curriculum to an online format. We are seeking to educate students virtually and provide this series as an online offering. The estimated cost is $1 per student to be served, or approximately $10,000.$0.00$10,000.00Funds will be utilized to work with the museum’s education team in order to convert the in-person curriculum to a virtual program where students will be taught about the importance of speaking up in the face of injustice, through the arts and group activities. With our Speak Up, Speak Now!® Anti-bullying Program, students meet with Holocaust Survivors, law enforcement officers, and community activists and are exposed to the importance of speaking up for those who are being affected by bullying behavior. The Florida Holocaust Museum (FHM) honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.02/26/202161Active
Not Funded0%Helping our Youth Turn Their Pain Into Purpose!Jordan's WayEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$30,000.00Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco100https://www.jordansway.org/Jordan?s Way is designed to connect with teens and young adults to help them develop their full potential in life. We use proven methods and personalized processes to help them understand who they are. JWF gears their 4-Core program at the ongoing youth crisis within our communities by providing at-risk youth free inclusion to the academy series in Pasco and surrounding areas. Jordan's Way will help support our local children and teens who have been affected emotionally and mentally because peer and family Isolation, depression, income inequality, and loss due to COVID-19. Our program is a 4-month program that takes place on dedicated weeknights each month and includes a free, healthy meal. We invite middle-school and high-school aged youth to join us and get ahead of the negative stigmas. More than ever we must respond with compassion and understanding to trauma, addiction and poverty.$0.00$30,000.00Funding would help facilitate more opportunities to strengthen the identity development of our youth and help them bounce back from COVID-19. The funding request will help up to 100 students in-person and remotely access our youth development program. It would increase our youth outreach during a time of health and economic distress to help them learn how to deal with uncertainties, hopelessness, and complex grief due to the disruption of normative development. Funding would allow JWF to reach youth in Pasco, Hernando and surrounding areas that are most at risk for depression, anxiety, and youth delinquency due to social & economic factors perpetuated even more due to COVID-19. Funding would also go to creating a student at home workbook which would be duplicable and scalable for use locally and domestically. Funding would help create an app to support the program and our students.02/26/202161Active
Not Funded0%Well Pump Replacement and Solar PowerThe Bartlett Park Community GardneerHealth and Wellbeing$5,000.00Pinellas600https://www.facebook.com/comegogrowwithus/?ref=page_internalThe garden water system is broken. The well pump needs replacing and the solar power needs repairing which works together to water the garden. Without water the garden will no longer be in existence. A neighbor have been allowing us to use her water faucet to keep the garden watered until we can repair the problems. Our garden supports low income families, food pantries and the Enoch Davis Center to provide healthy options. Many families are going without healthy food options due to loss of income during the pandemic. $0.00$5,000.00Funding will be used to replace old worn well pump, purchase items such as plumbing fittings, poly pipe & wiring, pressure switch, pressure tank, tools, cost of pulling old well pump from underground, replacing 6 batteries for solar power and contingency to ensure properly working well pump and solar power.02/25/202162Active
Not Funded0%Children’s Needs FundVoices for Children of Tampa Bay, Inc.Basic Needs$15,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas200http://vfcgal.orgWe partner with the Guardian ad Litem Program to provide support for abused, neglected and abandoned children in Hillsborough County. VFC ensures these children have the things that every child deserves: new clothing and shoes to wear; a comfortable bed to sleep in; or things they need for school. Amid the Covid-19 crisis, more and more children are entering care and we anticipate the trend will continue. We are in need of funds to help with the wide range of needs for our children. Many of the fundraising events that provide a substantial amount of funding to this program were cancelled in 2020 and 2021. Our Children’s Needs Fund provides items and experiences for the children in the dependency court system when state funds fall short and helps them feel as "normal" as possible while they are in foster care. We do not want to turn away any reasonable request. $0.00$15,000.00We would utilize this funding to provide items/experiences for children in the dependency court system. Clothing, shoes, toiletries, and supplies for school are always needed; furniture may also be needed to make the child’s stay more comfortable in their foster home. We also provide children with life-enriching opportunities (summer camp, karate lessons, flag football fees), with the hope of offering stability and a sense of belonging. We support their educational aspirations by providing laptops, school supplies and tutoring sessions, just to name a few. We make sure they have items to promote physical activity (ie. bikes, sports equipment, gym memberships), counseling, medical supplies and visits with siblings when they are separated to encourage health and emotional well-being. By fulfilling their needs, we let them know each day there are people in this world who care about them!02/24/202163Active
Not Funded0%Courthouse Facility Dog ProgramVoices for Children of Tampa Bay, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$10,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)50http://vfcgal.orgOur Courthouse Facility Dog Program helps children who are facing terrifying situations. Children who are scared and feel all alone. Sometimes, our dogs, Tibet and Lorne are the only ones these children feel safe talking to. Tibet joined VFC in 2014 as the FIRST Courthouse Facility Dog in Florida; Lorne joined the team in 2020. They have helped thousands of traumatized children, so they can find their voice and share their story. Disasters like the coronavirus place enormous stress on families, leading to increases in child abuse and neglect. In turn, the number of children who could benefit from the comfort of our pups will increase substantially. Therefore, we will need additional funding to support this critical program. Every child who spends time with Tibet and Lorne feels the unconditional support they provide when needed most and for our children, that is invaluable!$0.00$10,000.00We will use this funding to help support the expenses VFC incurs to maintain and operate this very important program. Our dogs have assisted in courtroom testimony, forensic interviews, depositions, forensic medical exams, sexual assault exams and human trafficking cases. Their presence is crucial to help calm the children when they are experiencing these very scary situations. Program expenses include: stuffed animals that resemble Tibet and Lorne to give to the children. One child recently told us that he sleeps with his friend Tibet every night; he is blind. Vet bills, handler fees, food, grooming items and interactive toys the dogs can operate to engage the children (ie. blocks, puzzles and books) are additional expenses required for the program. We want to continue to provide the safest and highest level of care to the vulnerable child victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect.02/24/202163Active
Not Funded0%Legal Needs Fund Voices for Children of Tampa Bay, Inc.Professional Services$10,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)20http://vfcgal.orgVoices for Children (VFC) is dedicated to improving the lives of children in foster care in Hillsborough County. Through our Legal Needs Program, we support Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Attorneys by funding things they need to successfully advocate for a child in court. Children deserve a safe and loving home and the GAL Program needs to prosecute certain cases in order to achieve the best result for a child. Unfortunately, courts were closed for a majority of 2020 and cases were put on hold due to COVID. As the courts begin to re-open, we are seeing a significant increase in the need for legal services. In years past, various grantors supported this program; however, with their critical events at a stand-still, there has been a significant decrease in program funding this year. We need to supplement the gaps, so we are able to meet this need in 2021. $0.00$10,000.00This Fund supports GAL Attorneys, as they build their cases for the best interests of a child. We will utilize assistance to fund psychological evaluations, expert testimony, hospital records, surveillance, audio recordings from proceedings, subpoenas, skip traces, and depositions, among other things. There are 20 GAL circuits in the state of Florida and most have a non-profit partner. VFC is the only organization in the state that offers this type of needed legal funding. Tabitha Lambert, 13th Circuit Program Director, is thankful for this critical support. Tabitha states, “The legal needs funds are extremely helpful in allowing our program to be proactive and push cases to permanency. This helps our kids find a permanent home faster because we have the fortunate ability to file petitions, request records, obtain evaluations, and whatever else may be legally needed to work our cases.”02/24/202163Active
Not Funded0%Community Outreach ExpansionPaws For Friendship IncHealth and Wellbeing$10,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas10,000http://pawsforfriendshipinc.orgWe are celebrating our 28th year of volunteer service in many communities. Because of the expansion into new areas we are adding many new programs to our Community Outreach Program that we need help funding. We are experiencing the downfall from the virus that crippled many nonprofits. It has not been easy entering into our 28th year. Events were cancelled where we would gather donations, facilities closed and our scheduled visits were stopped or held outside the facility. Destressing students of all ages, participating in sensory events for children with special needs, etc. We want to be able to supply brochures for parents that have special needs children so they know we are available to help them. Supplying colleges, schools, libraries with information so those who feel their goal is hopeless we want them to know we are available to help. $0.00$10,000.00Purchase brochures and information booklets to place in areas where our pets can help. To bring awareness we are available to help through our Community Outreach Program02/18/202169Active
Not Funded0%LGBTQ+ Youth Emergency Assistance ProjectYouth Improvement ServicesBasic Needs$5,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas10http://youthimprovement.orgSince August 2020, Youth Improvement Services has been assisting LGBTQ+ youth in the Tampa Bay area with emergency housing, food, and case management services in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Youth of color and LGBTQ youth continue to be disproportionately impacted and many are in need of assistance to regain self-sufficiency. Youth Improvement Services receives referrals from health care providers and other community partners and assist youth experiencing homelessness to take control of their lives and become more independent. We are happy to report that we have assisted over 10 young people so far. All youth in our care who were experiencing homelessness or housing instability have exited homelessness and are currently working full-time. $0.00$5,000.00The $5,000 requested will be used to assist up to 10 young people, ages 18 to 24 years old as follows:

Emergency Housing and Housing Related Costs - $3,000
Food Stipends, Transportation Stipends, General Economic Assistance for Youth - $500
Case Management Support (Counselor) to help connect youth to permanent housing, employment and workforce training - $1,500
02/18/202169Active
Not Funded0%Van for Mobile TutoringJust Initiative IncEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$50,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)1,000http://www.justinitiative.comThe primary need we are addressing is need for one on one specialized tutoring for children living in poverty that are struggling to learn to read well and therefore struggling in school overall. Secondly this will be used for transportation as needed for all aspects of our programs. This will impact people having access to food, educational events, socialization, mentoring, educational field trips, etc.
When COVID hit, we discontinued our group tutoring program and have shifted to one on one tutoring. For the young ones (4-8 years old) we have found that in person is more effective than the zoom meetings we were doing at the beginning of the pandemic. And we know that the tutoring is needed now more than ever. We are now mobilizing and meeting children at their homes and usually in our personal vehicles, as many of the homes do not have an adequate place for tutoring.
$0.00$50,000.00The funds will be used to purchase a 15 passenger van and outfit it as a Mobile Tutoring van that can be converted to a 15 passenger van to provide transportation to groups.
The number of individuals that will be impacted is estimated as that is difficult because this van will be used for many years. Each person that will be impacted will have a long lasting, large impact that could potentially change the entire future of their lives.
The mobile tutoring has been VERY effective for our struggling learners and even been reaching the children that are required to quarantine due to exposure at school as we have a tutor that is confident she has the antibodies. As summer is approaching we need to make provide a vehicle that will be able to stay cool in the heat and that will be longer require the tutors to use personal vehicles, as we see this as a long term part of our program.
02/17/202170Active
Not Funded0%Bautista Project Lives Transitional shelterThe Bautista Project Inc.Basic Needs$10,000,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)1,500http://thebautistaprojectinc.comIn 2020 our organizations donations drastically decreased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our plan to open a shelter and academic facilty was halted due to lack of funding.

The Bautista Project Inc Lives Transitional (shelter) housing provides people private housing (via individual rooms) permanent supportive housing, and emergency shelter (limited bed space)*. Our housing initiative allows homeless community members time to recover from trauma and restart their lives. The idea behind transitional housing is that it provides previously homeless people with resources that orient them away from homelessness. This includes mandatory training through the You Belong program, case management, counseling, and guidance in obtaining affordable housing.
$0.00$10,000,000.00The funds provided will used to purchase a building which will be used to house, nourish, educate, and empower homeless community members.

It will also be used to purchase specific program materials such as computers, classroom workbooks, white board and office supplies to effectively teach, empower, and provide longterm support for homeless individuals.
02/17/202170Active
Not Funded0%One Choice Virtual Prevention Educational CampaignDrug Free America FoundationHealth and Wellbeing$30,758.51Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas550,000http://dfaf.orgCOVID and strategies to combat the pandemic have had a significant impact on substance abuse. Increased isolation, financial stress, feelings of despair and grieve are all significant risk factors for initiation into substance use, increased use, or relapse. The 2020 FYSAS reports past 30-day use of alcohol, marijuana, vaping (nicotine and marijuana) and the prevalence of both vaping (nicotine and marijuana) are higher among Tampa Bay youth than Florida youth overall. 50% Tampa Bay youth who vape nicotine also vape marijuana. Research highlights that all substance use is related, thus educating youth to make the One Choice: No use of alcohol, nicotine, marijuana or other drugs for reasons of health, can help protect our youth from experiencing the harms associated with the use of substances and significantly reduces their risk of developing a substance use disorder in the future. $0.00$30,758.51DFAF will develop a virtual campaign highlighting the One Choice program developed by the Institute for Behavior and Health (IBH). DFAF will work with IBH and developing a One Choice Toolkit composed of data, messaging, one-pagers and infographics, press templates, and social media content. DFAF will host 2 virtual workshops. One for youth that will promote health, build self-esteem/resistance skills, educate on brain development and the adverse effects of vaping and marijuana. DFAF will include youth to assist in the development of this workshop. The second will be for adults and will focus on identifying/reducing risk factors and building/enhancing protective factors, adolescent brain development, and the impacts of vaping and marijuana use for youth. DFAF will produce a video that addresses how the stressors of Covid-19 can impact substance use and highlight healthy activities.02/16/202171Active
Not Funded0%Grant or Equipment Donation for New Safety and Protective Gear, New Youth Football Helmets and Shoulder PadsKeystone Bills Booster Club Corp, IncHealth and Wellbeing$24,500.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)100http://keystonebills.comKeystone Bills Youth Football is looking for Grants or Equipment Donations. We are in dire need to replace our safety & protective equipment for the football players, helmets, and shoulder pads that are currently dry rotting. Our organization has over 250 youth between ages 5-14 playing each season that helmets and shoulder pads are loaned for use. As a non-profit, we depend on fundraisers, sponsorships, and donations to help fund these much-needed updates & keep the organization running. With the onset of Covid, our registration dwindled, we have been unable to have fundraising activities & have had little to no sponsorships. This has resulted in the program's budget greatly suffering. Any amount of help would be a blessing to the well-being of our organization.$0.00$24,500.00Purchase 100 New Youth Football Helmets with Facemasks through Xenith at a League discounted price of $140 per helmet totaling $14,000.
Purchase 100 New Youth Shoulder Pads through Xenith at a League discounted price of $105 per shoulder pad totaling $10,500.
Total request amount $24,500.
02/16/202171Active
Not Funded0%Good Time Adult Day CareCARES Community Aging and Retirement Services, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$22,000.00Pasco200http://caresfl.orgThe Florida Department of Elder Affairs 2018 Profile of Older Floridians, shows that Pasco County population age 60+ represents 30% or 152,963 of general population. Further this reports establishes that 54% or 82,789 of these individuals are female living alone with 14% of them living with incomes within Federal Poverty Level. According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, on 2019 Pasco County had 4 registered Adult Day Care (ADC) Centers with the capacity to house 156 seniors . These 156 merely represents .001% of the over 60+ population. CARES is proposing to open a 3,000sf "One Stop Senior Center" in West Pasco to serve vulnerable seniors and their caregivers. The need for ADC services is overwhelming as evident by the growth in attendance at our two other centers located in Pasco County. The seniors needs keep growing and services keep diminishing.$0.00$22,000.00Dr. Rao Musunuru a renowned cardiologist in Pasco County made a generous gift which has enabled CARES to move forward with this project. However, additional funding is needed to equip the center with the right furnishing and therapeutic equipment. CARES projected such equipment and furnishing to reach the $22,000 bar to make it right for the enjoyment of all participants. The requested $22,000 grant will be used as follows: Reception and nursing station furnishing - $2,000 - Information Station and Resource Room - $2,500 - Theater to seat 10 seniors at any given time including a large screen television, 10 therapeutic chairs and a popcorn machine - $7,500 - Dinning room furnishing to seat 30 individuals (tables and chairs) - $5,000 and Day Care Garden including garden mural, rocking chair seating, patio furniture, shade sails, and elevated garden boxes - $5,000. 02/12/202175Active
Not Funded0%EmpowHERment presents; The HER Program- Helping Each Other RiseEmpowhermentHealth and Wellbeing$11,000.00Pasco ; Pinellas20http://empowherment.orgIn order to motivate and encourage the younger generation to make good choices, we have recently created a program just for teens, ages 14-19.
The HER program is a collaborative effort between Countryside High School, Pace Center for Girls, and EmpowHERment. We will be creating an accountability partner program that allows teen girls to feel connected, inspired, and supported- with not only the help of us, but their peers as well. This will be a 12 month program, meeting monthly with a curriculum that addresses self-love, healthy relationships, empowerment within, saying “no”, and how to make good choices. Graduation for the program will include an event highlighting participant’s success and providing resources for the future. After all, what is empowerment without impact?
$0.00$11,000.00Funds from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay would help us formalize and solidify our new teen program, here at the EmpowHERment Community Center. The money would go towards a program guide, materials, facilitators, additional community resources, incentives and fund the graduation event that takes place at the end of the 12 month period.
Although Covid-19 hit us hard at the start of our journey, the EmpowHERment team is resilient and dedicated to the women in our community. With funding, we can create a better future for our clients, volunteers, staff and now to add to our tribe- the teens of Tampa Bay.
02/12/202175Active
Not Funded0%HER Support; EmpowHERment’s Mental Health Initiative for Tampa BayEmpowhermentHealth and Wellbeing$15,000.00Pinellas550http://empowherment.orgThe integration of mind, body and spirit is an important goal for women’s health, yet unpredictable life events may negatively affect one’s ability to achieve such a balance. Our mission at EmpowHERment is to empower all women by fostering the skills and resources needed to obtain self-sufficiency in finances, mental/emotional wellness, and the cultivation of relationships.
At EmpowHERment, we are committed to improving mental health and we aim to fight the stigma that can accompany the topic of depression and anxiety. By using ecotherapy (treatment which involves outside activities in nature), onsite and Zoom consolation from licensed advocates, workshops to promote mental health education, and support groups for cultivating relationships we can focus on creating a happy and healthy future for Tampa Bay.
$0.00$15,000.00Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, more women are suffering from isolation and mental health issues which increases the need for our community center- which in turn intensifies our need for proper funding. Due to Covid-19 and last year's quarantine we were unable to hit our yearly goal for 2020; therefore, funds from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay would go towards staff training, volunteering incentives for reliable retention, our weekly mental health workshop for teens (the HER program), our Single Mother Support Group, ecotherapy opportunities for clients, and additional advocates.
At EmpowHERment, we are eager to expand our current programs and add new ones to our monthly itinerary. We are hoping that with funding we can continue to service the women in Tampa Bay by offering transportation, incentives, consultation and collective support.
02/12/202175Active
Partially Funded27%Saving healthy cats from needless euthanasia in Pinellas CountyFriends of Strays, IncAnimal Welfare$7,279.44Pinellas160http://friendsofstrays.orgSt. Petersburg and Tampa have been ranked as two of the top 10 most pet-friendly cities in the country. By contrast, Pinellas County has the 3rd-lowest save-rate of homeless animals in the state of Florida, but Friends of Strays (FOS) is working hard to change this. Pinellas Cats Alive! is a FOS return-to-field (RTF) program that will save the lives of an estimated 2,800 healthy yet unadoptable community cats, reducing county-wide euthanasia by 51%.

RTF has been shown to be the least costly, most effective and humane way to stabilize free-roaming cat populations while tackling the root of the problems associated with pet overpopulation, not just the symptoms. In partnership with Pinellas County Animal Services, all free-roaming and community cats are diverted to FOS, where they are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, given basic medical care, and then returned to their place of origin.
$2,664.56$9,944.00To reduce the number of homeless cats and kittens entering the shelter system, Friends of Strays will host up to four free clinics for local residents and rescues to spay/neuter, vaccinate, and provide basic medical care to 160 community cats in 2021.

The cost to host each clinic totals $2,486. $1,580 to staff 4 veterinary technicians, a veterinarian and program coordinator, and $906 to supply vaccines, flea medication, anesthesia, pain medication and surgical supplies. Each clinic will treat 40 cats. With the onset of COVID, Friends of Strays has had to forgo its fundraising events, which reduced funding for these life-saving programs.
02/09/202178Active
Not Funded0%Project Hunger: Funding for Refrigerated TruckOur Lady of Guadalupe Catholic MissionBasic Needs$10,000.00Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)5,600http://www.ourladyspantry.comCovid-19 increased the food insecurity of the clients we serve. Previously, much of our food was provided by Feeding Tampa Bay, but with Covid-19, our allotment has been reduced due to such high demand in our area. This required us to look for additional sources of food for our community. Each week, we are on the road transporting food collected from across South Hillsborough County at locations like CostCo, Aldi’s, Publix, Sav-A-Lot, Big Lots, Winn-Dixie, and Feeding Tampa Bay, where we get our USDA order. Additionally, we are being offered considerably more fresh produce and frozen meats and poultry, which legally requires refrigerated transport. The Covid-19 pandemic has required us to drive to more locations to get food and the food we receive must be refrigerated. To meet this need, we recently purchased a used refrigerated truck and are seeking funds to pay off the $30,000 expense.$0.00$10,000.00These funds will be exclusively applied towards the remaining $30,000 we need to pay off the truck we purchased to meet our increased food supply logistical requirements and address the shift to more perishable food products. 02/08/202179Active
Not Funded0%Help Kids K-3 Build Literacy/Social-Emotional Skills During COVID-19 Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc.Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$35,000.00Pinellas250http://seniorsinservice.orgKids in K-3 are struggling with challenges caused by the pandemic. We must meet kids “where they are” with tutoring/mentoring to help build literacy/social-emotional skills needed to succeed.
Before COVID-19, trained volunteers tutored at-risk kids in their classrooms. Teachers identified/assessed kids & created teacher-guided activities for tutors to use with kids. Now physically unable to tutor in class, tutors will meet kids regularly at after-school resource centers for the full school year. And now we need an experienced educator to identify/assess kids at resource centers & create educator-guided activities for tutors to use with the kids they serve.
Identifying/assessing kids at resource centers is essential for ensuring that at-risk kids won’t fall thru the cracks. Creating educator-guided activities is essential for tutors to provide one-on-one support kids need to succeed.
$0.00$35,000.00Funding will be used to hire an experienced educator to serve as an Academic Coordinator in out-of-school resource centers in Pinellas. Funding will support salary ($47,000) and payroll benefits ($18,800). We already have funding for this Academic Coordinator role to serve in Hillsborough resource centers. We need an Academic Coordinator in Pinellas to play a similar role so kids in out-of-school centers will get the support they need to succeed in school and in life. 02/08/202179Active
Not Funded0%Getting the Food Where It Needs to GoThe Harbor DishBasic Needs$20,000.00Pinellas300https://harbordish.org/Our mission is to provide healthy food, conversation and dignity to all. Since the pandemic began, we distribute 4 times the amount of food and operate 7 days per week. We cook for foster children, survivors of domestic abuse, low-income GED students and the food insecure. We are planning a weekly drive-through meal pick-up. It will follow the One World Everybody Eats pay-what-you-can model. Our food distribution is the equivalent of 38,000 meals a year. Our 2008 SUV is beyond its life expectancy and cannot handle the current volume. We take food safety seriously and need a vehicle we can rely on for quick, sanitary food transportation. A new vehicle would also be safer for our volunteer drivers. The Harbor Dish complies with all applicable health regulations in the transportation process. Volunteer drivers participate in routine training, vehicle sanitization and load integrity. $0.00$20,000.00All funds received will be applied toward the purchase of a cargo van to pick up donated food, transport to our kitchen and deliver to nonprofits and those in need. A van is desperately needed to streamline our work and safely transport food. We serve the equivalent of 38,000 meals per year and are at a critical point of failure if our SUV dies. Even with the SUV, we are forced to use multiple volunteers' vehicles to pick up thousands of pounds of food. The pandemic has increased the need to address food insecurity in our area, and since many of those we serve are homebound, this has increased the need to directly deliver to those individuals. We work 7 days a week: Picking up donated food from local partners, delivering to our location for sorting and distribution, delivering food to our commercial kitchen, and cooking and delivering to nonprofits and others receiving meals.02/08/202179Active
Not Funded0%Increased Food for Increased NeedsThe Harbor DishBasic Needs$3,179.74Pinellas300https://harbordish.org/We believe in a hand up, not a hand out. Our mission is to build community, reduce food waste and provide nutritious, delicious food to all, regardless of ability to pay. Since the pandemic began, we have seen an increased need, both from homeless individuals who walk in while we are sorting food, to organizations like CASA, where we provide weekly lunches and dinners as well as snacks, fruit and baby food for families in the shelter. We have terminally ill, homebound seniors we deliver to on Sundays and know their exact food needs. We cook for at-risk GED students weekly and are working on a project to give out weekly pay-what-you-can meals in Safety Harbor while it is not safe to have community meals. We receive more than four times as much food as we did last year and need more storage space and a way to transport warm meals to the public.$0.00$3,179.74Any awarded funds will be used toward a commercial single-door refrigerator (True $2683.74) to replace an older donated non-commercial refrigerator-freezer. We will also purchase 8 Cambro 21x17x14 inch insulated To Go bags to transport boxed meals from the commercial kitchen Bayside Church kindly lets us use to a drive-through location in downtown Safety Harbor. ($62 x 8=$496).
This will allow us to store the extra food we need to keep for the new projects instead of immediately giving it away to partner organizations. And we will be able to give out hot meals in our new pay-what-you-can drive-through.
02/08/202179Active
Not Funded0%Electronic Updates for Online WorshipUnited Methodist Church of Sun City CenterHealth and Wellbeing$17,000.00Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)2,500http://sccumc.comDue to the pandemic of Covid-19 our church closed our doors to in person worship for seven months. During that time we upgraded our camera system so we could provide a better online worship experience. During that time our online worship community exploded. We now worship over 1,800 households online in addition to our in person worship of 500 people per Sunday. Because of the technology involved for online worship we need five (5) new mic packs with receivers, (3) t-loops for those in person worshippers with hearing aides, and four (4) new computers to accommodate the new camera system. This new equipment will allow us give our online worshippers a better worship experience which will help them with their feelings of isolation and depression.$0.00$17,000.00If we receive this grant we will purchase five (5) new mic packs with receivers, (3) t-loops for those in person worshippers with hearing aides, and four (4) new computers. These items will enhance the worship experience for our online and in person worshippers. The investment of the new camera system magnified the age and the missing capabilities of our current systems. 02/08/202179Active
Partially Funded79%Scholarships for Center 4 Life Learning United Methodist Church of Sun City CenterArts and Culture$312.82Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)15http://sccumc.comThe Center 4 Life Learning is a ministry of the United Methodist Church that provides educational courses for the South Shore - Sun City Center community. The classes range from teaching Bridge, Spanish, History of Tampa Bay, Computer Classes, etc. We are looking for funds to use for scholarships for students that cannot afford the class/field trip fees. The Center 4 Life Learning offers seven (7) to twenty (20) classes a semester, 15 students per semester. The average class cost is $35 and field trips run from $75 to $150. We would like to be able to offer 10 scholarships for field trips @$150 each. In previous semesters we offered 49 classes a semester. Due to Covid-19 restrictions of social distancing and the "safer at home" rules, we are offering seven (7) classes virtually in the spring semester. Our goal is to offer virtual and in - person classes for the fall semester.$1,187.18$1,500.00The funds would be used for scholarships to pay for the class fee or field trip fee. We would like to be able to offer Field-trip scholarships for those who cannot afford the $75 or $150 cost. The scholarships would be offered on a first come first serve basis and recipients would be eligible for one scholarship per semester.02/08/202179Active
Not Funded0%Advantage Village Academy's Food PantryAdvantage Village AcademyBasic Needs$125,000.00Pinellas25,000http://advantagevillageacademy.comFor the past year, Advantage Village Academy has worked tirelessly to provide food to the community to those affected by Covid-19. The need has truly been overwhelming. Our pantry funds as well as food in the pantry is at it's all time low. We are in need of funding to purchase additional food as well keep our pantry afloat during these tumultuous times. $0.00$125,000.00$100,000 food
$20,000 workers
$5,000 administration (Rent and utilities)
02/05/202182Active
Not Funded0%Housing and Hunger relief from Covid 19Fresh Start of PascoBasic Needs$15,000.00Pasco100http://facebook.com/FreshStartforPascoInc/With the Covid 19 we have seen the growing need to help with utilities, rent and food for elderly, families and veterans. We were a partner with Pasco County Community Development in the Community Cares Grant. With that grant no longer available we are still seeing the urgent need for help.$0.00$15,000.00These funds will help bridge the gap between clients receiving unemployment or getting new jobs. We will be able to pay some rents, utilities and continue our food box program.
Homelessness and poverty are inextricably linked, Difficult choices must be made by families and the elderly. Do I keep my lights on or do I eat this month. We see these dilemmas every day. We want to be the resource that can bridge the gap for the clients to keep them in their homes and utilities on and food on their table. We are also able to help our clients with their job searches, unemployment applications and resumes. We are a bridge to keeping our clients above water.
02/05/202182Active
Partially Funded0%Taking Care of ZooTampa's Animals During the PandemicLowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa, Inc.Animal Welfare$997,267.05Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas1,000,000https://www.zootampa.orgThroughout the COVID-19 crisis, and even when we had to close to the public, we have continued to care for over 1,100 animals that live at the Zoo the same way we do every day because they depend on us for everything. Our staff has been there every day and at night if they need us, feeding them, cleaning their habitats, making sure their days are enriched with stimulating activities, and caring for them when they have health needs.

When we had to close the Zoo on March 16, 2020, we made plans to keep everyone working for as long as possible, but after two weeks, we had to furlough all staff except those needed to care for the animals and manage the very limited operations. We suffered a huge revenue loss, as did every business that had to close, but the costs of caring for our animals didn’t change. Animal food, alone, costs more than one million dollars a year.
$2,732.95$1,000,000.00Thankfully, we were approved to reopen on May 26,2020 and we brought back all of the staff who were furloughed. To ensure the safety of our guests, staff and animals, we put in place stringent COVID-19 procedures and limited attendance to 50% of capacity, as we were required to do to reopen. But, because 95% of our operating budget comes from admissions, food and retail sales, and fundraising, our ability to generate revenue from our operations is reduced by almost half while the cost of caring for our animals remains unchanged.

We are grateful for this opportunity to put our request for donations in front of the generous Tampa Bay community. Your support will help us continue to fully operate the Zoo for the public and care for our animals while our capacity to generate revenue from our operations remains limited. Any amount will help and will be directed to caring for our animals.
02/05/202182Active
Partially Funded87%Grant Request for Crohn's Disease Research FundingCrohn's and Colitis Foundation - Central and Northeastern Florida ChapterHealth and Wellbeing$198.88Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas3,000,000http://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.orgThe COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented time of challenges for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis patients. They are in need of additional support and education above and beyond the usual, since many have unique needs and considerations as they work to remain healthy. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is simultaneously putting an enormous financial strain on the Foundation’s fundraising efforts, which have been cancelled or restructured. Given these concerns about our ability to fund our mission in this uncertain time, we respectfully ask that you consider providing a grant this year to allow us to continue our vital work. Research into precision treatments and cures for these chronic diseases must continue even during these challenging times if we are to realize our vision of a future without Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD).

$1,301.12$1,500.00The Foundation has a reputation for funding the best Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research in the world. The NIH commended the Foundation for "uniting the research community and strengthening IBD research." Crucial breakthroughs have revolutionized our understanding of IBD for the 3.1 million Americans living with these chronic diseases, including data that led to the discovery of the first gene for Crohn's disease, have stemmed from our research. Patients are currently engaged in the Foundation's research studies, providing bio samples and self-reported data that are accelerating the path to cures. The complexity of IBD, the increasing number of patients, and the physical, psychosocial, emotional, and financial burdens demand the exploration of every potential therapeutic opportunity. This grant will support research to find treatments and ultimately cures for Crohn's disease. 02/04/202183Active
Partially Funded63%Empowering Women's Mobility from PovertyEnterprising Latinas, Inc.Workforce Services and Career Development$5,536.53Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)50http://www.enterprisinglatinas.orgEnterprising Latinas is piloting a research-based Mobility Mentoring approach as a core strategy to disrupt poverty and increase low-income women's self-sufficiency. The COVID-19 pandemic not only delayed the implementation of this pilot by over 8 months, but it also prevented our organization from hosting our first fundraising gala in November 2020 that would have partly funded the financial incentives component of the pilot. We seek a $15,000 grant to build a robust financial incentives program in the form of savings accounts to acknowledge members' sustained progress and goal achievement. We project finalizing the partnership with Suncoast Credit Union for the savings accounts by 3/30/2021 and award incentives to participants on a quarterly basis beginning in June. This initiative is complementary to our current Project 2025: Preparing Women for the Workforce also funded by CFTB. $9,463.47$15,000.00The COVID-19 pandemic is compounding the steep 25.5% poverty rate among families in Wimauma. Poverty creates toxic stress and we see our members enduring financial pressures due to loss of jobs, work hours, or the decision to leave jobs to support their children's online schooling. The financial incentives will motivate members to continue making progress on their goals despite the setbacks created by COVID-19. The incentives are also aligned to the economic self-sufficiency goals of our Mobility Mentoring model promoting financial management and savings skills. Participants will receive financial incentives ranging from $75-$300 per member, weighed based on complexity of tasks and effort, for an average of 3 goals for a minimum of 50 participants. Overall, goals are set along 5 areas: family stability, well being, financial management, education & career, and employment & earnings. 02/04/202183Active
Not Funded0%Food Bank Freightliner Truck ReplacementHope Villages of AmericaBasic Needs$152,500.00Pinellas60,000https://hopevillagesofamerica.org/HVA (formerly RCS Pinellas) utilizes a fleet of 3 Freightliner trucks to manage pick up/delivery of food throughout Pinellas County. Big Blue, that was recently replaced thanks to community support, handles the 20+ USDA distribution sites. HVA's other trucks, 2006 and 2011 Freightliners (Great White & Polar Bear) are used to pick up food donations from 15 retail stores 3 days per week, as well as food/in-kind donations from local businesses, churches, and donations barrels throughout Pinellas County. Our older trucks also deliver food to our network of more than 80+ food pantries throughout Pinellas County. Great White as begun to breakdown frequently causing increased maintenance costs and making it more challenging to provide services. Repairs not only disrupt service but are costly. A recent repair to our 2011 truck was close to $20,000. $0.00$152,500.00Funds will purchase a new replacement refrigerated Freightliner truck to help us increase capacity for collecting/distributing food to our 80+ site partners. A new truck will limit disruptions to service caused by frequent maintenance issues.

Based on HVA's recent purchase of a Big Blue replacement, a new truck is approximately $140,000 plus $9,000 for warranty and maintenance contract. Additionally, HVA wraps each truck with HVA and sponsor branding which totals $3,500.
02/04/202183Active
Not Funded0%WIFI Support for Food BankHope Villages of AmericaBasic Needs$3,755.68Pinellas60,000https://hopevillagesofamerica.org/The COVID Pandemic has forced the Hope Villages of America (Formerly RCS Pinellas) to adapt its procedures for distributing food from its central Food Bank. Prior to COVID, clients (average of 5,000/month) entered the Food Bank facility and completed the intake process in the food bank's office area. This entire procedure which includes collecting contact information and assessing household food insecurity is now occurring curb side with clients remaining in cars. To collect data, staff and volunteers use WIFI connected iPads. However, speed of client service has been greatly inhibited by the facilities current WIFI infrastructure and speed. HVA is seeking funds to install upgraded WIFI hardware and cabling as well as funds to cover a one-year Spectrum internet contract for its Food Bank to facilitate the use of drive through client food distribution.$0.00$3,755.68Funds will be used as follows:

Spectrum Service - ($1,200) approximately $100/month for 12 months. This will be in addition to existing wifi service in order to handle the added wifi stress of volunteer iPads for distribution.

Hardware - (931.68) for routers, equipment and mounting rack

Cabling ($1,596) for all WI-FI access points that includes ability to separate internal and guest wifi, remove old insecure current wifi access points and replace with current generation that support additional security.

Shipping ($28)

All needs researched and quoted through Bizco Florida.
02/04/202183Active
Partially Funded29%Mary and Martha House Emergency Shelter ReliefMary and Martha House, Inc.Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking$53,055.74Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)180https://www.marymarthahouse.orgMary & Martha House(MMH) provides emergency shelter, transitional housing and support services to victims of domestic violence and homeless women and their dependent children so that they may overcome barriers, obtain employment and successfully transition to permanent housing. We have recently opened a newly rebuild emergency shelter which has allowed us to increase bed capacity so that we may serve more women and children in need. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, MMH has had a decrease in monetary donations, in-kind and thrift store donations. In addition, MMH has had to suspended all fundraising events and is currently operating its thrift store at reduced days/hours. Revenue from our events and thrift store goes back into our clients/families and our programs. While the demand for shelter and services for this special population has increased the revenue and funding has decreased.$21,944.26$75,000.00Funds requested will be used to provide supportive services which include parenting skills, life-skills and coping classes, family and individual counseling sessions, child care, vocational training and skills repairing/establishing credit, employment readiness, financial literacy and budgeting skills and any other barriers needed to overcome to achieve self-sufficiency. 02/04/202183Active
Not Funded0%COVID Safety Coordinator The Arc Nature CoastHealth and Wellbeing$20,000.00Hernando ; Pasco400http://www.tancinc.orgThe Arc provides life skills, residential, employment and transportation services to more than 250 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)in Hernando and Pasco Counties. Recent studies show that people with Down Syndrome & other IDD “are at especially high risk of hospitalization and death from the coronavirus and face a 10 times greater risk of dying from the virus." Through county CARES grants, we were able to purchase electrostatic sprayers and hire two individuals to keep all our sites clean and sanitized in 2020. We operate 9 group homes, 4 life skills development sites and we provide transportation to those we serve with a fleet of apx. 60 vehicles. Those funds ended 12/31/20 and in order to continue to keep those we serve safe, these practices need to continue. We are in need of funding to employ a part-time position to keep our facilities sanitized..$0.00$20,000.00The funds would be used to cover the cost of one staff person to clean and sanitize our sites and vehicles and also apply a protective layer to those sites with our electrostatic sprayers/solution. Also figured into this request are the materials to carry out these duties. 02/04/202183Active
Not Funded0%COVID-19 Bridge the Gap ProgramMelville Foundation Inc.Basic Needs$15,000.00Pinellas250https://melvillefoundation.org/We are rolling out our "Bridge the Gap" grocery delivery program and are now providing direct assistance to those in the Campbells Park area (population of 900+) with proof that they were directly affected by COVID-19 whether that be job loss, wages cut, immunocompromised residents, etc. Our applications come from our area survey, referrals through local churches and homeless shelters, as well as online applications.

The top requests we are fulfilling have consisted of the following:
-Community Survey Equipment
-Request for Food Delivery and Miscellaneous items (Diapers, Formula, etc.)
-Delivery Requests for immunocompromised families/individuals
$0.00$15,000.00$2,500 Community Survey Equipment (Tablets & Protection Case, PPE for Volunteers, Miscellaneous Supplies)
$12,500 Need Request Applications (groceries, miscellaneous)
02/03/202184Active
Not Funded0%Funding for a New FacilityDancing for DonationsArts and Culture$20,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)200http://www.dancing4donaitons.orgOur current studio space lease will end in December 2021. We are currently serving over 200 students of all abilities while renting space from several locations in Brandon and Riverview. We desperately need a larger space to continue to serve the current population and more! We are currently fundraising to open a larger space and need the support from our community to make this happen.

We would like a studio with 2 large dance rooms and a small room for private lesson, music, & voice. This would allow us to comfortable serve more students and allow our mission to grow to make dance available to students of all abilities.

We had started saving for this project before Covid but, with covid, our studio was shut down for 3 months. We went completely virtual during this time, and our end of the year show which is usually a huge fundraiser for us, was cancelled.
$0.00$20,000.00Funding would be used to renovate the new space with proper sprung dance flooring, mirrors, barres, acro equipment, & more.The funds would be used for paint, building materials and expenses, payment to workers doing the construction, sprung dance floor, mirrors, and lobby/studio fixtures and furniture.
Due to covid, our savings account was completely diminished.We were closed for 3 months, did not receive PPP or the SBA loan. Our landlord still required that we pay rent, even though the space was not being used. We went completely virtual during this time, offering our classes completely donations based, as we knew kids and students needed a sense of normalcy and something that was fun. Our end of the year performance, which is usually a big fundraiser, was cancelled. Grant funding would greatly help us re-establish our savings account and open a larger studio which we desperately need.
02/02/202185Active
Not Funded0%Getting girls outdoorsGirl Scouts of West Central Florida, Inc.Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$50,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas1,000http://gswcf.orgGirl Scouts exposes girls to leadership skills and outdoor education. When girls participate in outdoor education, they experience nature, build skills and confidence, and take action in their communities as environmental stewards. Girls who get outside at least once a month are stronger problem-solvers and challenge-seekers, and Girl Scouts allows girls to experience new things like canoeing, kayaking, archery, and horseback riding
GSWCF has responded rapidly to meeting restrictions and safety guidelines set forth by the CDC. Keeping our Girl Scout camp properties open and safely operating requires funding from generous donors like you. We need your support to hire additional camp staff members to serve girls in smaller groups, enhance our cleaning protocol, and add new food handling protocol so that we can continue to provide premier outdoor leadership experiences to girls in Tampa Bay
$0.00$50,000.00Support for our outdoor program department makes our mission possible: Building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Providing outdoor leadership experiences is at the core of Girl Scouting. As we continue to operate during this pandemic, added measures such as more camp counselors and additional safety equipment are an extra expense necessary to keep our camp properties operating safely.
Any amount that you give allows us to provide research-based outdoor leadership programs and mentorship so that girls develop a strong sense of self, seek challenges and learn from setbacks, display positive values, form and maintain healthy relationships, and identify and solve problems in the community.
01/29/202189Active
Not Funded0%Seeking funding to provide mental health counseling and case management services to under-served or disadvantage populations for the surrounding communities of Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough. Funding request is for hiring of staff and operations.Lighthouse Outreach CenterHealth and Wellbeing$65,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas11,090http://lighthouseoc.orgLighthouse Outreach Center is committed to helping people build strong relationships & create solid foundations with respect, compassion, unity and love. LOC primary goals are to target communities that are impacted by COVID-19 & provide mental health counseling & case management services to underserved and disadvantage populations for the surrounding Pinellas, Pasco & Hillsborough counties. Through individual or group counseling, clients learn & apply coping skills towards trauma & crisis related to COVID-19 and other life events. Additional support are life skills education which include financial budgeting, wellness & health and other basic life skills that will help manage life through COVID-19 pandemic. LOC is seeking grants to support hiring of three staff members addressing COVID-19 for the first year & operating expenses such as rental, utilities & office supplies & equipment. $0.00$65,000.00The funds will be used to provide mental health counseling to communities that have been impacted by COVID-19 and underserved and/or disadvantage population of Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties. Also, provide case management services and connect people to community supportive programs that will help and provide aid to there needs such as help with rent, food programs, clothing and other life necessities to decrease stressors and some of the burden people are currently undergoing through COVID-19. The grant funding will be applied to rent, operating and utility expenses as well as three part time staff members salary for the year of 2021. The requested funding will provide the qualified staff members that will help address COVID-19 and provide individual and group therapy and a case manager to provide case management services connecting people to community support programs. 01/28/202190Active
Not Funded0%COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and SuppliesLions Eye Institute for Transplant and ResearchHealth and Wellbeing$12,531.58Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas140http://lionseyeinstitute.orgCOVID-19 has had a devastating impact on organ, eye, and tissue donation. It has severely impacted our ability to recover tissue from organ donors who have tested positive for the virus or who we suspect may have had it.
The virus has also put our frontline staff at an increased level of risk. Our recovery team visits hospitals every day to recover tissue from people who have passed. This means they are at an increased risk of coming in contact with patients or hospital staff who are COVID-19 positive. Additionally, our laboratory technicians work with the recovered human tissue. While there are additional precautions in place, there is still a risk that they could be exposed to infectious tissue.
Lions Eye Institute Foundation requests assistance to purchase PPE and supplies so that our staff will be safe as they work to prepare corneal tissue for people in need of sight-saving surgery.
$0.00$12,531.58Lions Eye Institute respectfully requests $12,531.58 to fund PPE and sanitary supplies for our recovery and laboratory teams for 1 month.
$5,767.03 will fund PPE including sterile sleeves, bouffant caps, exam gloves, hand sanitizer, non-sterile and sterile gowns, procedure masks, shoe covers, and masks with fluid shields. $1,476.55 will be used for sanitary supplies including alcohol wipes, alcohol bottles, sterilization wraps, disinfecting spray, disinfecting wipes, sterile drapes, and scrub brushes. $5,288.00 will fund prep packs to prepare the cornea donor by cleaning and sterilizing the eye area.
Lions Eye Institute employs 140 individuals. Our frontline staff are at an increased risk of getting infected with the virus and spreading it to others. Your support will keep our team and community safe and allow us to continue to restore sight to people living with blinding eye diseases.
01/28/202190Active
Not Funded0%Senior Enrichment at The National Comedy Hall of Fame Museum National Comedy Hall of FameArts and Culture$8,000.00Pasco2,000https://nationalcomedyhalloffame.com/Due to the emotional and mental impact of COVID-19, senior citizens are in need of resources that can alleviate the aftermath of isolation and melancholia. The National Comedy Hall of Fame is dedicated to providing a safe space for individuals of all backgrounds through education and laughter. The mission of our organization is to honor significant works and figures in comedy in order to preserve an influential sector in American culture. By creating our senior enrichment program, we are able to uplift and educate the community through mixed-media activities and innovative methodology. Your generous support will allow the National Comedy Hall of Fame to provide beneficial resources to thousands of individuals, creating an academic environment that can lead to improved mental health and social diversity.$0.00$8,000.00The requested funds will be able to cover the necessary materials required for our program. These include: physical supplies, audio tours, museum expansion, supplemental staff support, technology renovation, marketing and advertising expenses. The funds will also be able to cover the cost of renting tour buses and other significant sources. 01/28/202190Active
Not Funded0%COVID-19 Operations SupportArts Center Association, Inc. dba Morean Arts CenterArts and Culture$20,000.00Pinellas74,240https://www.moreanartscenter.orgAs a result of COVID-19 the Morean was required to close operations for 2 months at the height of the 2020 tourist season. Admission ticket sales, significantly influenced by area tourism, contributes to 40% of our operating budget, which compromised our ability to provide hundreds of local artists and teachers with a livelihood. While we have re-opened, unfortunately neither admission ticket sales nor tourism have recovered sufficiently yet. We have invested remaining resources in rigorous cleaning and sanitation efforts, launched virtual art education initiatives, and reduced class sizes by a third to ensure social distancing and the safest possible environment for staff and public. Helping artists and teachers make a living is important to our mission to connect people with art. Your support will help us pay more artists and teachers who engage directly with students and visitors. $0.00$20,000.00Funds would be used to help pay artists and educators who are local residents in our community and who derive their livelihood from teaching studio art classes, providing live art making demonstrations, and offering other direct art education programs for the public such as camps and workshops. We contract with local artists and teachers to create visual art education content and they help us meet our mission to connect people with art through virtual and live art education experiences. 01/22/202196Active
Not Funded0%Support girls’ well-being through Girl ScoutsGirl Scouts of West Central Florida, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$50,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas16,000http://gswcf.orgGirls are currently coping with the stress and uncertainty of normal things like school and friends, on top of exceptional circumstances related to the pandemic. Research shows that Girl Scouts helps support girls’ mental health by creating an accepting and safe girl-only environment with supportive adults as mentors.
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida has responded rapidly to meeting restrictions and safety guidelines set forth by the CDC during COVID-19. Safely operating Girl Scouting in a COVID environment requires funding from generous donors like you. Through our proven, one-of-a-kind program, girls build important social and emotional skills that result in more confidence, resiliency, and overall success.
$0.00$50,000.00Support for our operating expenses makes our mission possible: Building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Last year, we offered a variety of programs to keep Girl Scouts engaged, including interactive programs such as: Summer Camp In a Box; a virtual week-long STEM program (STEMAPALOOZA); a Career Caf?; and Girl Scouts at Home virtual troop meetings. Girls continue receiving the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, learning valuable skills, completing service projects, and building healthy relationships with their peers and troop leader. Your gift supports the wellbeing of Girl Scouts, allowing us to provide research-based programs and mentorship so that girls develop a strong sense of self, seek challenges and learn from setbacks, display positive values, form and maintain healthy relationships, and identify and solve problems in the community.01/22/202196Active
Not Funded0%Utilities and Equipment repairsMRG Labs IncHealth and Wellbeing$21,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)2,500http://linktr.ee/MRGlabsIn 2020, our donations tapered off significantly in Q3 and Q4 due to COVID-19, however the need for our services did not. We are stuck with significant equipment repairs/replacement because our work has increased substantially due COVID-19 services we offered (see below), which resulted in significantly higher utilities to run the equipment, and also are about to have to move due to COVID-19, which will require rental trucks (we have volunteer labor). We truly appreciate your help and consideration. If you have any questions, please let us know. In 2020, our volunteers hand made on 3D printers and donated almost 55,000 face shields to our local medical professionals. It goes without saying, we did some great things, but as a 501(c)3 entity, to continue our missions we need funding literally to keep the lights on and keep the equipment running at this point. $0.00$21,000.00COVID-19 caused some significant challenges for MRG Labs, but also afforded us the opportunity to help protect over 65,000 people in the central Florida region with Tampa being the highest support given. We manufactured and gave out over 55,000 face shields to front line medical professionals. Donations kind of came in at the beginning but they tapered off, whereas the need for face shields increased. We continued our mission however and are now in a critical equipment and financial standpoint due to COVID-19.

We would follow a priority matrix with the highest being the utilities, second highest being the necessary equipment repairs and replacements, and lastly the rental of a moving truck for a few days. We utilize our efforts to focus on all age STEM education, community innovation/problem solving, and workforce development through the use of 3D printers and other related technology.
01/21/202197Active
Not Funded0%Special Needs Fitness Opportunity Specially Fit FoundationHealth and Wellbeing$10,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)50http://speciallyfitfoundation.com80% of individuals with a disability are overweight, 90% of individuals with Down Syndrome are overweight and 98% of individuals with a developmental disability are on pharmaceutical medications. This number is on the rise even more since the pandemic. Florida ranks 50th in the nation when it comes to Special Needs funding making opportunities for this community at a minimum. Our Foundation recognizes these problems and provides year round workouts, Special Olympic opportunities, certified fitness trainers and nutrition consultation, mentorship and socialization opportunities one hundred percent free of cost. We went from one individual in 2019 to 400 individuals in 2020 to create opportunities for them individuals. Due to the lack of funding in this community we also provided fifty gym memberships for our participants to attend 7 days out the week. $0.00$10,000.00We would would provide fifty gym memberships to individuals with a developmental disability for six months to the BayCare Health Hub (Bloomingdale) - 2470 Bloomingdale Ave, Valrico, FL 33596 on Thursday at 6pm and Saturday at 12pm. These individuals would be able to access the gym seven days a week. These funds would be able to allow Specially Fit to host group class workouts for these individuals twice a week with certified trainers, Special Olympic coaches, nutrition consultation, and socialization opportunities. These funds will also be used for our case studies where we track everyones monthly weight, behavior evaluations and psychological evaluations. All participants who would receive these services would be required to sign a contract agreeing to monthly weight checks, attend two Specially Fit Classes a month, two hours a month of volunteer service to help better our community. 01/20/202198Active
Not Funded0%Support Our Students (S.O.S) Emergency Fund - short-term assistance for those affected by COVID-19Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation, Inc.Basic Needs$20,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas625http://phsc.eduPasco-Hernando State College serves more than 11,000 students annually at our five campus locations and online. Two-thirds of our students are enrolled part-time, frequently juggling classes with one or more jobs,
and caring for children or aging parents. For these students, the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety and revealed life-changing challenges. The PHSC Foundation is responding by providing short-term assistance to students who need immediate help in meeting food, housing, and other basic needs. More than 70% of PHSC students qualify for financial aid, are living paycheck to paycheck, or relying on aid to also help with living expenses. Finishing their degree or certification may not seem like the most important priority, but obtaining a sustainable career is the only thing that will provide a long-term solution to these challenges.
$0.00$20,000.00Funds will be used to respond to the urgent needs of PHSC students during the COVID-19 crisis, such as food insecurity, loss of income, technology to access online learning, and mental health supports for the increased stress that students are experiencing. The S.O.S Emergency Fund was created to respond to the life-altering challenges and uncertainty that students are facing so they can continue moving forward towards their goals. We recognize that when the crisis is over, the more than 600 nurses being trained at PHSC will be needed in hospitals and clinics; and the economy and community will need skilled workers. Through one-time grants of up to $250 each from the SOS Fund, PHSC students can receive assistance to help them flexibly address whatever financial challenges they are facing so they can focus on what's important and get through these challenging times.01/19/202199Active
Not Funded0%Children Experiencing HomelessnessReach Services Inc.Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$7,200.00Pinellas58http://reachstpete.orgOur Motel Outreach programming has been operating since the beginning of COVID 19 as one of the ways we've pivoted our services to meet those with most pressing needs. We have over 55+ children living in one motel in the southside of St. Petersburg. Our programming comes bi-monthly to provide dinner, healthy snacks for the week, basic hygiene items (toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, diapers, infant needs) kids arts and crafts, books, and activities.

We are looking to increase our bi-monthly visits to weekly visits to be consistent in the children's lives, we are providing transportation in partnership with AVIS to off-campus activities in partnership with Pinellas Community Church who will help provide classroom space, a playground area, etc. We need additional funding for activities and healthy snacks.
$0.00$7,200.00$300 per week (2 weeks per month) for 12 months to go towards bi-monthly activities and healthy snacks for kids. Activities may include educational activities, games, toys, homework help, arts and crafts, and more. 01/19/202199Active
Not Funded0%Influx of Applications due to COVID 19 Reach Services Inc.Basic Needs$18,000.00Pinellas1,500http://reachstpete.orgOur Fill The Need Program has operated for over 3+ years fulfilling need requests filling the gap between people and resources. Our main goal in this program is to help people in need get access to resources that will impact them both short and long term including but not limited to rent, bill, and grocery assistance. We have received as many as 75+ applications per hour in response to job loss/wages cut due to COVID 19.

As we work hard to efficiently meet needs we desperately need to hire 1 additional part-time worker for 2021 to help us process applications. Not only will this create a job during a difficult time for many, but it will also help us reach people's urgent needs. Hiring one additional part-time worker will mean we get to continue preventing people in our own community from going homeless and help our low-income communities recover from the financial damages of COVID 19.
$0.00$18,000.00This will cover paying one part-time employee for one full year working 25 hours a week to help us meet our incoming need requests due to COVID 19 within 24-48 hours of each application. This position will answer phone calls and direct them to the correct place, connect clients with resources in addition to our assistance, and create relationships and better COVID 19 statistics from clients and client data. The need is more pressing than ever, and this role could impact over 1,500+ individuals by working 25 hours a week. It would impact our community and organization in a crucial and significant way. 01/19/202199Active
Not Funded0%Frameworks Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Strong: Support for Coping During COVID and stressful timesFrameworks of Tampa Bay, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$20,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)30,000http://myframeworks.orgFrameworks will provide virtual social emotional learning education for students, grades 3-12, to return to school strong and resilient with a goal of decreasing stress, anxiety, loneliness, and related behaviors that have always present for the youth, but now include the unknown circumstances of a pandemic and are more pervasive than ever.

SEL is critical in unpredictable environments of crisis and stress. Research demonstrates that the harmful effects of stress can be stopped or reversed when children are exposed to safe and predictable learning environments and have positive, nurturing relationships with key adults, such as caregivers and teachers, who actively participate in SEL activities. SEL helps children heal from stressful experiences, defines a path for self-reliance and success in school and beyond, promotes healthy relationships, and increases community cohesion.
$0.00$20,000.00Funding will support Frameworks’ online education for grades 3-12 grounded in the five core competencies of SEL: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and decision-making. These interactive workshops aim to enhance what students need to return to school strong and resilient after the impact of COVID-19. Resources will also be provided to parents/guardians for at-home support through 1-hour virtual workshops via Zoom (M-F).
The evidence-based programming is based on:
Elementary: PATHS® empowers children to handle emotions, empathize, resolve conflicts peacefully and make responsible decisions.
Middle: LifeSkills® Training is a substance abuse prevention program that focuses on the psychological and social factors which cause engagement in risky behaviors.
High School: School-Connect® increases students’ sense of belonging and connectedness to school.
01/13/2021105Active
Not Funded0%Repiping for GenaThe Tabitha Project, Inc.Basic Needs$1,228.00Pinellas2http://thetabithaproject.orgWe are raising funds to repipe plumbing for Gena Jorgenson. She is disabled and raises her nonverbal Austistic daughter by herself. They are in dire need of plumbing in their only bathroom and kitchen. The kitchen sink drains into a bucket.
Due to COVID-19, we are not able to hold in-person fundraisers as we previously did. Also, all "employees", including myself, are working on a volunteer basis as funds are no longer available for payroll.
$0.00$1,228.00Plumbing Estimate: Shower Valve Rebuild - (3 handle tub shower valve is constantly leaking)- $229
Repair Lavatory Sink Waste Arm in Wall- (Need to open up wall and replace line and p-trap)- $450
Drywall Replacement - $200
Repair Kitchen Waste Arm - (Disconnected from drainage line)- $349
01/12/2021106Active
Not Funded0%"It Takes a Village" workforce development and economic mobility programDr. Traci's House, Inc.Workforce Services and Career Development$100,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)2,000http://drtracishouse.orgDr. Traci’s House’s mission is to empower lower income adults who live in the neighborhood to follow their dreams for a better life for themselves and for their children. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many essential front line workers (such as medical assistants, transporters, and nursing assistants) are struggling to balance the demands of work with increasing pressures and cost of daycare (i.e., limited hours and even closure). Many workers wish to pursue more flexible job opportunities but do not have access to support such a transition. Dr. Traci’s House is requesting funding to make training, educational and certification options more accessible. In addition, several local companies have stopped tuition reimbursement during this pandemic leaving workers scrambling. Dr. Traci’s House would provide childcare stipends, book allowances or other educational supports to these workers.$0.00$100,000.00Funds would be used to assess the degree of COVID-19 impacts via workforce assessments and provide the necessary educational and research support on job opportunities, individualized and group mentoring to encourage successful program completion, tutoring services for those already enrolled in educational programs, interview preparation, and strategic networking. Dr. Traci's House has created a village of support that will connect participants with other local mission-driven organizations led by dynamic creatives and entrepreneurs. The educational navigator at Dr. Traci’s House will work with participants to assist in the timely completion of any scholarship applications and allow access to a quiet work or study space in the evenings or weekends. Additionally, funds will also cover educational materials and/or childcare stipends for enrolled residents on an as needed basis. 01/11/2021107Active
Not Funded0%Building a Healthier West Pasco by Safely Getting People Active and OutdoorsPasco-Hernando State College Foundation, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$85,000.00Hernando ; Pasco20,000http://phsc.eduThe COVID-19 crisis has taught us that preventative health can be the best defense against contracting a virus, and there is no better way to improve overall health than through exercise. Pasco-Hernando State College desires to provide an opportunity for our more than 11,000 students, more than 500 faculty and staff, and thousands of community members annually to get active and healthy through outdoor recreation on a community health and wellness trail. In the post-COVID world, outdoor exercise, where individuals are able to adequately social distance, has been shown to be one of the best ways to not only improve physical health, but also reduce stress and anxiety. The PHSC women's cross country team consistently ranks nationally in the top 25 and has won the NJCAA Region VIII cross country championship for the last three years, but do not have a track or safe place on which to run.$0.00$85,000.00Funds will be used to match $100,000 in private donor funds to construct a one-mile trail around the loop road of the West Campus in New Port Richey, Pasco County. The trail will be constructed of asphalt with 3 raised bridge walkways meandering over picturesque wetland landscapes. The community health and wellness trail will provide a safe place for students, faculty/staff, athletes, to recreate outdoors, and for the community to come together for runs, walks, and wellbeing events. In the time of COVID-19, we know that the better our health, the more we are able to fight off illnesses and infections like coronavirus. The health and wellness trail will provide an outdoor opportunity to get exercise in a safe way, with plenty of fresh air and social distancing. Construction of the trail is expected to begin by early 2021, but the matching challenge has not yet been met. 01/11/2021107Active
Not Funded0%Case Management Services for Families Impacted by the Covid PandemicLighthouse Ministries, Inc.Basic Needs$35,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)185http://lighthousemin.orgWe were established to provide a Life Learning Center in Ybor City through a partnership request with Kimmins Terrier Foundation. The work in the Ybor City area with Early Childhood Headstart Program made Kimmins aware of the need for assistance to the families of the Headstart program. The Life Learning Center serves approximately 60 families. The center provides case management for families to receive food boxes, clothing, furniture vouchers, free of charge. Additional case management services include life skills, Jobs for Life training, Renaissance Star Assessments for education, GED/College Prep, Faith & Finances, Literacy, ESOL classes and job referral placements. These are essential to the wellbeing of these families.$0.00$35,000.00As an Essential Services Agency we need assistance with payroll wages for our Learning Center Case Manager. The Case Manager is responsible for working with families impacted by the Covid Pandemic. The Center provides free food boxes, clothing, furniture vouchers for those needing material assistance. Food boxes have food for four people with assorted hygiene and home products. Boxes are valued at $30.00. Also, referrals are made to other local social service agency for needs that we do not provide. The Case Manager’s assessment of these families or individuals provides in-take services to our shelter programs as needed or to other shelters in the area and enrollment in the various classes and programs noted above and the Jobs For Life program, an 8-week course that encompasses 16 classes to equip students with the skills and character they need to get and maintain full time employment.01/07/2021111Active
Not Funded0%AmSkills Mobile Workshop and Career Discovery Bootcamp Expansion projectAmSkills Apprenticeship Foundation, Inc.Workforce Services and Career Development$161,271.00Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas100https://amskills.orgThe economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted the operations of manufacturers, construction contractors, and residents across the Tampa Bay Region and the United States. Workforce disruptions are particularly damaging to the community, specifically in the low to mid-income communities. AmSkills has created a rapid training and re-employment program that is significantly helping residents get back to work and helps two industries that were already struggling to hire skilled labor prior to the pandemic, manufacturing and construction trades.$0.00$161,271.00Our AmSkills Mobile Workshop travels to various locations throughout Tampa Bay conducting fast-track training, designed to recruit & assess candidates for entry-level positions in manufacturing and related industries in the Tampa Bay area. This free program consists of a 1-day workshop followed by a 2-week Bootcamp with guaranteed job interviews with multiple employers on the final day. Candidates complete hands on projects designed to evaluate various competencies, tour manufacturers, and receive OSHA-10 Safety Certification. Candidates receive coaching to include resume building, interview skills, and ongoing mentoring 90 days post-employment. Community Foundation funding would help us reach more residents in need of employment by implementing a second Mobile Workshop that would conduct additional Career Discovery Bootcamps throughout the Tampa Bay area.01/06/2021112Active
Not Funded0%Continued Support for COVID-19/Coronavirus Response - Food Feeding Tampa BayBasic Needs$500,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas1,000,000http://www.feedingtampabay.orgOver 1 mil individuals are food-insecure in our community, as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue. Though we have served over 86 mil meals in the past year and currently serve over 2 million meals weekly, there is still a meal gap that needs to be lightened. Our data indicates that we will require an additional 74 mil meals annually to bridge the gap in our 10-county service area. We are continuing to support folks given the continuation of business closings and furloughs. We are seeing a decrease in food donations from grocery store partners, necessitating more food purchases to serve the increased need. As such, we are requesting continued support for our response to the Coronavirus pandemic. We will continue to support direct food distribution to people affected by COVID-19- both those seeking first-time assistance and those seeing additional impact to their food security.$0.00$500,000.00Food purchasing: supplies cannot withstand our current clients, new clients and the reduced amount of food being donated. While the availability of food at grocery stores has mostly stabilized, supply chain disruptions are still limiting local food donations. To maintain a supply, we are sourcing more food from across the nation and our expenditure on food so far is now over $4 million.

We are also being asked to source kids’ meals and feeding programs normally supported by the school systems and to support homebound seniors who cannot access food. Since March, our Trinity Café has prepared over 600,000 to-go meals for any individual in need as well as meals delivered to seniors and other homebound individuals.
01/05/2021113Active
Not Funded0%Continued Support for COVID-19/Coronavirus Response - Food Distribution Operations Feeding Tampa BayBasic Needs$500,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas1,000,000http://www.feedingtampabay.orgOver 1 mil individuals are food-insecure in our community, as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue. Though we have served over 86 mil meals in the past year and currently serve over 2 million meals weekly, there is still a meal gap that needs to be lightened. Our data indicates that we will require an additional 74 mil meals annually to bridge the gap in our 10-county service area. We are continuing to support folks given the continuation of business closings and furloughs. We are seeing a decrease in food donations from grocery store partners, necessitating more food purchases to serve the increased need. As such, we are requesting continued support for our response to the Coronavirus pandemic. We will continue to support direct food distribution to people affected by COVID-19- both those seeking first-time assistance and those seeing additional impact to their food security.$0.00$500,000.00Due to the continued unpredictability of COVID as well as social distancing requirements set out by the CDC, we are continuing to limit the number of volunteers and partners we can work with. Feeding Tampa Bay continues to take on a greater share of costs of labor and delivery. We have hired over 80 furloughed workers to help with the increased need and have expanded our warehouse, so the greater share of costs and delivery translates to increased expenses on transportation, equipment (pallet jacks, forklifts) and supplies to keep our workers and clients safe (bags, boxes, meal containers, gloves, hand sanitizer). Since we regularly need to maintain and upgrade our equipment, we are requesting $500,000. This operational support is vital to providing needed meals into the community and supports Feeding Tampa Bay's other needs request application to Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. 01/05/2021113Active
Not Funded0%Tennis and Education Program of Pasco CountySarah Vande Berg Tennis FoundationHealth and Wellbeing$10,000.00Pasco120http://www.svbtennisfoundation.comThe SVB Tennis Foundation serves the youth of our community, focusing our attention on students in grades K-8. Our mission is to provide tennis and education programming in Pasco County communities through character-building, physical activity, and mentoring. We are creating a community of young athletes and academics who train on and off court together to become better citizens of the world. Young people have been trapped inside, barred from most sports activities since March, 2020. Our FREE tennis and mentoring program offers a positive outlet for energy and stimulates growth. Most of our volunteers are high school players who’ve become Ambassadors of the Foundation. We are creating a pathway for success from Elementary to High School and beyond using tennis as a hook to bring kids together, off of their computers, off of the street and onto the court.$0.00$10,000.00Funds will be used to provide tennis and education programming for students ages 5 to 18 in Pasco County. Approximately 10% of funds will be used to provide equipment for the program. Players who commit to our program for 2 months or more receive their own equipment so they can practice outside of the program. About 90% of funds will be used for coaching fees which are a direct cost of the program. Many of our “coaches” are volunteers so we can have a large impact on minimal cost. Funds from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay will allow us to continue our programs during these uncertain times when many companies are not sponsoring or providing donations.01/05/2021113Active
Not Funded0%Hearts and Hands Essential Equipment Needs RequestHearts and Hands for the HomelessBasic Needs$175,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)25,000http://hrtsnhands.orgCOVID-19 virus has caused an unprecedented demand for food in the homeless and hungry population. Due to lack of funding and increased food demand due to Covid 19 our organization has been negatively impacted to adequately service the population we serve in the areas of food, clothing, and personal items etc. In addition, due to the increased demand we are in need of transportation vehicles, and food equipment to meet those increasing demands. We are currently renting 2 to 3 U-Haul's on a weekly basis so the Homeless and Hungry populations can be serviced with food, clothing, and personal items .In addition, as a result of Covid the rental vans are not always available which negatively impacts our organization to deliver food, clothing, etc. to the homeless and hungry community. Receiving funding would allow us to meet the goals to service 25,000 homeless and hungry citizens in 2021.$0.00$175,000.00The funding would be used to purchase two Cargo vans, two commercial freezers, two commercial refrigerators, and two commercial food warming holding cabinets, commercial fryer, six portable food warmers, food, and supplies.01/04/2021114Active
Not Funded0%Educational Program Funds NeededLAB Theater Project Inc.Arts and Culture$25,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)120https://labtheaterproject.comGood day, we are in need of funds to support our Educational Programs. Lab's mission is to bring professional theater, arts and education to the Tampa Bay Community. Lab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity. We signed a new lease for our professional theater in January 2020. One of the reasons we chose to have a space centered around our mission to offer educational classes for members in the community. Due to COVID, we had to cancel our classes for 2020. We produced an abbreviated season with limited seating and added LIVE Streaming. This allowed us to bring in some revenue, however, our educational classes bring in a substantial source of revenue. We are looking for financial assistance to begin offering our classes for 2021. We are in the process of looking for sponsors for our classes, but need funds to begin our classes at this time.$0.00$25,000.00We will need materials, advertising, stipends for our instructors, producers, readers, and mentors for our educational classes. Classes will be offered on ZOOM and in limited capacity in our space until further notice. Here is the breakdown, Materials:$3,000 Zoom:$180 Readers:$1,500 Mentor Stipends:$2,500 Instructor:$10,000 Advertising:$2,500
Deserving Scholarship fund:$2,500 Printing:$1,500 Misc Expenses:$2,320. Total budget $25,000
01/04/2021114Active
Not Funded0%Operational Funds RequestLAB Theater Project Inc.Arts and Culture$48,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)20https://labtheaterproject.comGood day, we are in need of operational funds. Lab's mission is to bring professional theater, arts and education to the Tampa Bay Community. Lab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity. We signed a new lease for our professional theater in January 2020. We were set to begin educational classes in March 2020 and begin our new season on April 16th, 2020. Our educational classes and shows represent 90% of our revenue stream. Due to COVID, we had to cancel our classes and make adjustments to our show schedule. We decided to produce our season with limited seating and added LIVE Streaming. This allowed us to bring in some revenue, however, we have a monthly obligation to our landlord and we are looking for financial assistance to pay our rent, maintain our facility and offer our shows and programs through 2021. We have had an increase in our donations, but have fallen short in revenue due to COVID.$0.00$48,000.00The funds requested would be used to pay for our operational expenses for 2021. Due to COVID, we were unable to meet our revenue goals for 2020. This grant will help us get back on our feet and start our season in the black and allow us to begin our Educational Programs.
Here is the breakdown: Rent:$31,200 Electric:$4,500 Insurance:$600 Internet:$1,560 Storage:$1,632 Fees for Donation Service:$120 Website-Email-Emarketing $1,288.
Ticketing Service:$600 Livestream $6500 (LAB Laughs/$500 and four shows/$1500 ea).
01/04/2021114Active
Partially Funded90%Help For Homebound NeighborsMeals On Wheels of TampaHealth and Wellbeing$5,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)800http://mowtampa.orgAfter almost a year, COVID 19 continues to impact our community. Often, it is the homebound, elderly and disabled citizens who face the most risk and challenge to live independently with safety and dignity. The calls for help show the need for nourishment and encouragement is vital, especially now. For the over 800 neighbors served, they have limited options to receive the meals they need to eat to be healthy, while isolating to be safe. Being homebound is difficult during the best of time. The pandemic has made life even more difficult. The impact of receiving healthy fresh meals and a visit from a trusted volunteer to check on their wellbeing cannot be overstated. For many, Meals On Wheels of Tampa is a lifeline. As a privately funded agency, we rely on the community to help pay for meals, so no one is ever turned away from this mission due to an inability to afford the cost.$45,000.00$50,000.00Over 70% of the recipients we serve are unable to afford the full cost of the meals they need. The average contribution to the meals is $1.25. The full cost of each meal is $5.50. Again, no one is ever turned away from this mission due to an inability to afford the cost of the meals. The gap in funding caused by accepting any qualified homebound neighbors onto the program has been met by this generous community for 45 years. It is for this gap that we seek help from the Community Foundation and supporters.

A recent call to our office from a recipient told us, "I just want everyone to know how valuable Meals On Wheels is. It's the only support I get. It's all I have." Day in and day out, we deliver hot, healthy meals to allow homebound citizens to live independently in their own homes. This is only possible with the support, care and compassion of the greater Tampa community.
01/04/2021114Active
Not Funded0%Tampa Bay Watch Virtual Education Program and General Operating SupportTampa Bay Watch, Inc.Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$20,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas2,000http://www.tampabaywatch.orgTampa Bay Watch seeks support for our environmental education program which we have strategically modified to suit the needs of school policy changes during the pandemic. Our education team has created traveling education kits with programmatic materials, resources, and lesson plans that can be delivered to schools to replace our on-site field trips. These educational kits include a combination of lesson plans and materials for hands-on activities, marine science labs, student-led experiments, and data science projects, adhering to Florida State Standards. The curriculum is designed to be facilitated by the teacher or guided by Tampa Bay Watch staff virtually. Additionally, Tampa Bay Watch has a need for general operating support to compensate for the numerous canceled fundraising events, weddings, summer camp sessions, and general decline in donations during the pandemic. $0.00$20,000.00Tampa Bay Watch requests $10,000 for our virtual education program and $10,000 toward general operating support.01/04/2021114Active
Not Funded0%COVID-19 Widow SupportModern Widows ClubHealth and Wellbeing$10,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas500http://modernwidowsclub.orgModern Widows Club is a national organization serving local communities of widows. We train local widows to lead, advocate and empower widows in their own communities. We also offer year long support from other leaders, online and LIVE educational events.

Due to COVID-19, we've seen a tremendous need for our services and want to ensure that local communities have trained leaders willing to provide our programs effectively to this larger demographic of women and families in need.
$0.00$10,000.00Funds will go towards training local widows to become leaders that serve and educate women on healthy widowhood. Having a community of others who understand you, have compassion and bring pragmatic resources to women and families in need builds stronger overall communities for this underserved population.

This will include training in face to face and virtual community building, supplies needed at those events, ZOOM services and additional ongoing quarterly training with a mental health counselor (who is also a widow) to learn how to improve leadership skills on-going. All of these services assist widows to live a healthy life with purpose and meaning, which translated to well being.
01/02/2021116Active
Not Funded0%Immediate Need: Funding to Ship Books for Troops BackordersBooks for Troops Tampa Bay, Inc.Workforce Services and Career Development$18,333.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas1,023http://booksfortroops.orgBooks for Troops is an online library that processes online book orders from our troops and ships them to military addresses for free. We also service MWR libraries and accept requests from USO centers around the world. Due to the Pandemic we have closed our warehouses in 49 states and consolidated all of our books and supplies in Tampa Bay. This has caused a backlog of 18333 book requests from our troops to go undelivered. Operations and shipping costs are normally funded by 1 event a year, Pinwheels for Patriots which was canceled. We are requesting funding in the amount of $18333 to pack and ship the books currently on backorder.$0.00$18,333.0078% - USPS Shipping via Media Mail
22% - Packing Supplies - Boxes, Tape, Labels, Meter
01/01/2021117Active
Not Funded0%helping hand's ministry's ,covid19 impact comunity peniel, misionary Christian church . u.w.c. IncProfessional Services$150,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)500http://mypeniel.orgwere i nonprofit organization serving north side of Tampa , providing's food and shelters transportations , counseling to the community , we just running out of money . no only to help but the possibility of loosing our property, we have been working in this comunity for over 40 years, but the pandemic iis killing our dreams .
covid19 have a psychological impact in our community , peoples fell in in isolating ,depression ,anxiety ,and others emotional or financially stress ,the raise of suicide, this a extremely important pandemic ,
that's why were important to our comunity ,we here to support families and communities , in person or virtually counseling or therapy can help , particular during a crisis like covid 19 pandemic.
food. medication ,support .rent. utilities , mental help , social support to the more needed poor and undipublic comunity .
how we goin to honor people's lives .
$0.00$150,000.00property maintenance , buy more equipments , continue with the programs etc.
only 5 percent of the money to paid for administrations .
12/31/2020118Active
Not Funded0%PARC Programs and Services Support - COVID-19PARC, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$20,000.00Pinellas600https://parc-fl.orgCOVID-19's mandated closure of PARC's on campus was devastating to our individuals. The vital and wonderful programs they enjoy each day were abruptly stopped. Thankfully our amazing staff developed and implemented daily activities and programs that they could take part in within the safety of their homes. This provided tremendous comfort and enjoyment for our individuals. This closure also caused a huge loss of income to PARC. While PARC is open again, only at 50% capacity, our income is still greatly reduced due to the limited number of community participants allowed on the PARC campus. We are very thankful to be open again, but the strain of the pandemic continues. This grant would have such a positive impact and provide much needed relief to our organization during these difficult & uncertain times.$0.00$20,000.00These critical funds would be used to continue support all of PARC's vital services and programs. PARC's participants are greatly relying on us to provide the programs they are accustomed to receiving each and every day. With COVID-19, PARC has incurred additional expenses, such as personal protective equipment (PPE) for our Direct Support Professionals who care for close to 100 individuals in our group homes, additional cleaning and disinfecting supplies, PPE for our campus staff who assist our community participants, additional supplies to provide new and creative activities for our group home residents, and increased Respite trips for the health and well-being of our families. All these pandemic driven expenses are in addition to the expenses of our daily programs offered on campus.12/30/2020119Active
Not Funded0%Critical Life Skills for GirlsGirls on the Run Greater Tampa BayHealth and Wellbeing$25,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas800http://gotrtampa.orgGirls on the Run uses running and other physical activities as a platform for teaching life skills and promoting holistic health outcomes for girls in grades 3-8. Girls learn critical life skills such as how to manage emotions, help others, make intentional decisions, and resolve conflict that they use at home, at school, and with friends. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on girls as they are being isolated from their peers, caring teachers, and daily structure, increasing their risk factors even more. More than ever, schools need program to teach girls Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills, and GOTR is a leader in this field. However, many families will still be recovering from the financial impacts and will financial assistance in order to participate in our transformational program this spring and fall. $0.00$25,000.00This past spring, the pandemic caused us to lose revenue honoring refund requests for program fees and cancel planned events (such as our Spring 5K, Annual Campaign and Summer Camp fundraiser) while taking on significant new costs (virtual programming implementation costs, additional safety measures like masks, hand sanitizer, etc.). We were able to host a small fall season (serving just 25% of previous fall). However, the need for our program has become so clear and our schools are ready and eager to once again host a GOTR team on their campus. To ensure every girl can participate and our fee is not a barrier, we need to raise an additional $25,000 to offset program costs (curriculum materials (coach books, GOTR journals, markers, lap counters, etc.), facility fees, running clothes/shoes, coaches training and background checks, safety modifications (cones, hand sanitizer, masks, etc.).12/29/2020120Active
Not Funded0%Food for Children/Families- Serving Pasco/Hernando CountiesHelping Children in Need Inc.Basic Needs$10,000.00Hernando ; Pasco1,200https://helpingchildreninneed.com/We are a grass roots organization who serves Pasco and Hernando county children and their families with food and clothing for children in need. Before I get into the details of the request, I would like to share some of what we have done with donations and fundraising alone. We have been in operation since April, 2019 and fed 784 adults & 1,043 kids for a total of 1,827 among many other services (shelter/utility assistance). Due to COVID-19, we have seen a significant decrease in donations and transportation volunteers from the year before. Transportation volunteers deliver food to those who do not have transportation. In addition, we have had to cancel several fundraisers, due to social distancing precautions. We are requesting $10,000 or less to continue serving the needs of this community by providing every eligible family with three meals for 3 days via Walmart pickup or Shipt .$0.00$10,000.00All funds will go back to help the children of our community. For this specific request, we plan on using the funds for the following:

- Providing food (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) for 3 days for eligible families. Food generally includes eggs, milk, bread, meat and sides, peanut butter and Jelly as well as pasta and sauce. Our average cost at Walmart based on previous help provided is around $30 for a family of 4 or 5, $50 for a family of 6 or more for 3 meals/ 3 days.

In order to implement this plan, we will need to purchase a Shipt subscription ($99 per year) for those families who have no available transportation and where we have no available volunteers due to COVID-19. Since we cover two counties, we also utilize Walmart pickup services to make it more convenient for families to pick up close to their home.
12/29/2020120Active
Not Funded0%State-of-the-Art Non-Contact Screening at Ruth Eckerd HallRuth Eckerd Hall, Inc.Arts and Culture$40,000.00Pinellas300,000http://rutheckerdhall.comRuth Eckerd Hall, a renowned performance center in Clearwater, normally presents over 500 events a year. In March, we had to temporarily close our doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The inability to host large groups of patrons has impacted our operating budget drastically. As we rebuild, we are committed to investing in ongoing efforts to protect the well-being of our community and those we serve.
The Hall has modified operations for safety, including the addition of the XonarSafe security system. XonarSafe uses disruptive technology to provide an effective and economical security system. It addresses the concerns public institutions face in a post-pandemic environment – to minimize personal contact, move persons efficiently, identify raised body temperatures and recognize terrorist threats that bypass standard metal detection.
$0.00$40,000.00Ruth Eckerd Hall is seeking $40,000 to upgrade our current four XonarSafe units from the basic model to second generation and purchase two additional units. The price is roughly 25% of the retail cost. We have been a beta site for the developer over the past year and provided ongoing consultation for enhancements to the base model, earning us this deeply discounted price. Two additional units are needed when we are able to re-open to normal capacity. The second generation units provide the ability to easily dissemble and transport machines on campus and off-site as needed, reducing the need for a greater investment. The newest design reduces labor cost with a more efficient process. The reduced footprint allows for maximum use and distancing in what is already tight space. To date, the Hall has invested $20,000 towards the upgrade that costs a total of $60,000. 12/29/2020120Active
Not Funded0%Our request is help the immediate need in the Tampabay area. Our organization helps the homeless families, homeless veterans and single mothers providing food, clothing, coats, blankets, sleeping bags, shoes, socks, bus tickets and tokens.. Amos Allen Family Foundation, INCBasic Needs$50,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)100,000http://amosallenfamilyfoundation.org The monies will go to fund the immediate need of sleeping bags, coats, blankets, socks, shoes, bus tickets and tokens, food, clothing and paying for stays in shelters. As well as diapers and formula, part time counselors and van rentals. Our non profit helps homeless families, homeless veterans and single mothers. We have helped over 53,000 in the Tampa bay area out of our own pocket and need help more than ever. As covid has taken over our country, people have lost their jobs, incomes and homes and more than ever need our help. We noticed on christmas day how many people was in need as we were helping what we could do and there was still long lines. We had to turn people away because we didn't have enough supplies. We also rent vans to move the homeless to shower points and church which is also a monetary need to rent the vans. $0.00$50,000.00Purchasing Sleeping bags, blankets, coats, hats, gloves, shoes, socks, t-shirts, personal items kits for grooming, bus tickets and tokens and helping to paying for overnight shelter. As well as helping single mothers with formula and diapers. We also need to hire more part time counselors. Along with costs of rental of vans to take to shower points and churches12/28/2020121Active
Partially Funded89%Emergency Necessities For the homeless- Serving Pasco/Hernando CountiesHelping Children in Need Inc.Basic Needs$332.62Hernando ; Pasco200https://helpingchildreninneed.com/We are a grass roots organization who has typically served Pasco and Hernando county children and their families with food and clothing for children in need. We have had a major impact helping the children of our community but due to COVID-19, we understand that the homeless rate has increased. We would like to expand our scope to include all homeless people. Due to COVID-19, we have seen a significant decrease in donations. In addition, we have had to cancel several fundraisers, due to social distancing precautions. From a community standpoint, the unemployment rate has increased to 6.1% in Hernando County and 5.5% in Pasco. We are requesting $3108 or less to continue serving the needs of this community by providing those who are homeless with necessary items such as toilet paper, wipes, tooth brush and paste (more is in the proposal). Details will be explained in the section below.$2,775.38$3,108.00All funds will go back to help those in our community. For this specific request, we plan on using
the funds for the following:

- Providing necessities to the homeless. In our proposal, we are proposing providing 200 of each of the following: Back packs, dry shampoo, masks, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, dry shampoo, razors, flip flops, wipes, Toothbrushes and toothpaste, rain ponchos, feminine products and socks.

Grant request: $3108
$1.00 cost for the following (200 of each) - razors, flip flops, wipes, toothbrush/toothpaste, rain poncho, feminine products and socks - Total $1400
$500 - Dry Shampoo at $2.50 each
$400.00 - 200 sanitizers
$650 - 200 back packs
$108 - 600 masks
$50 - 25 packs of toilet paper

Total = $3108
12/28/2020121Active
Not Funded0%Community needs US3 ministers of God Ministries Christian ChurchHealth and Wellbeing$25,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)5,000http://3mgmchristianchurch.comDue to COVID-19 it has had a great impact on the Ministry to care for the community. COVID-19 has impacted the community and we have been a resource for years. Church funds has had a great decline due to Covid-19 because attendance has been down. Family’s are having financial hardships due to COVID-19 and we normally fund assist. The community needs such as food /clothing and now mask for COVID-19 prevention . Kids need school school supplies which we normally supply yearly. COVID-19 has has a great impact that we’re unable to support them due financial burdens. Community bill pay such as light bill, water bill when in need of assistance. We also have a bus equipped with handicapped capabilities for wheelchair persons and we have taken them to the store etc. we just need some assistance to continue to help the community.$0.00$25,000.00 Please reference above for more details. Feeding Homeless and providing clothing,
Student school supplies.
Assist with bills for those in dyer need. Assist travelers new to the city that’s fell on hard times.
12/26/2020123Active
Not Funded0%Emergency Shelter for Children/Families- Serving Pasco/Hernando CountiesHelping Children in Need Inc.Basic Needs$5,000.00Hernando ; Pasco333https://helpingchildreninneed.com/We are a grass roots organization who serves Pasco and Hernando county children and their families with food and clothing for children in need. Before I get into the details of the request, I would like to share some of what we have done with donations and fundraising alone. While our primary service is to provide food and clothing, we also provide utility and emergency shelter assistance. Due to COVID-19, we have seen a significant decrease in donations. In addition, we have had to cancel several fundraisers, due to social distancing precautions. From a community standpoint, the unemployment rate has increased to 6.1% in Hernando County and 3.3% in Pasco. We are requesting $5,000 or less to continue serving the needs of this community by providing every eligible family with emergency housing assistance. Details will be explained in the section below.$0.00$5,000.00All funds will go back to help the children of our community. For this specific request, we plan on using the funds for the following:

- Providing emergency shelter for those families who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness due to COVID-19. Based on previous history, we generally pay $60 for one night in a hotel.

Explanation for number of individuals estimated to be impacted: Grant request: $5,000, One night in a motel cost: $60. Total families impacted: 83. Assuming an average family size of 4- 333 individuals impacted.

Please note, that we often purchase more than one night in a motel until we can help them find more permanent shelter.
12/26/2020123Active
Not Funded0%Emergency Utility Assistance - Serving Pasco/Hernando CountiesHelping Children in Need Inc.Basic Needs$5,000.00Hernando ; Pasco333https://helpingchildreninneed.com/We are a grass roots organization who serves Pasco and Hernando county children and their families with food and clothing for children in need. Before I get into the details of the request, I would like to share some of what we have done with donations and fundraising alone. While our primary service is to provide food and clothing, we also provide utility and emergency shelter assistance. Due to COVID-19, we have seen a significant decrease in donations. In addition, we have had to cancel several fundraisers, due to social distancing precautions. From a community standpoint, the unemployment rate has increased to 6.1% in Hernando County and 3.3% in Pasco. We are requesting $5,000 or less to continue serving the needs of this community by providing every eligible family with utility assistance.$0.00$5,000.00All funds will go back to help the children of our community. For this specific request, we plan on using the funds for the following:

- Providing utility assistance for eligible families.

An eligible family must meet the following conditions:

- Help can only be provided once every thirty days or three times within six months. We will consider exceptions on a case by case basis, when the need is most urgent.
- Must be eligible for free or reduced lunch in Pasco or Hernando counties.
- Be a resident of Pasco or Hernando county.
- Help is needed due to COVID-19 (loss of employment, reduced employment, etc.)

Explanation for number of individuals estimated to be impacted: Grant request: $5,000, Estimated utility cost (Amount will vary) : $60. Total families impacted: 83. Assuming an average family size of 4- 333 individuals impacted.
12/26/2020123Active
Not Funded0%Funds for shipping care packages to our military overseasOperation Military MattersHealth and Wellbeing$18,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas1,000http://operationmilitarymatters.comWe are a nonprofit started more than five years ago by my 14-year old daughter Graci. We send care packages to the military overseas. We have sent more than 5000 and the shipping costs are now about $18 per care package. Our fundraising efforts are mainly from going to civic organizations and talking to them about our nonprofit. This is how we raised most of our money and because of Covid we have not been able to get out in the community to raised funds to help us with our shipping needs. We also go to events and raise awareness and money, but have been very limited because of Covid. We are always in need for funds for shipping. Thank you! $0.00$18,000.00 We will used the funds for shipping of care packages to our military overseas. We ship approximately 100 care packages a month. These care packages help raise the moral of our military! 12/24/2020125Active
Not Funded0%covid19 helpPEACEANDCONFLICTRESOLUTIONS.ORGBasic Needs$196,000.00Pasco2,000https://acomplish2.wixsite.com/peaceresolutionI, Nery Roman, am writing on behalf of Peace and Conflict Resolutions.org 501c3, a charity organization working currently at helping victims of COVID19 in the State of Florida. We estimate that today there are more than 2000 victims in Central and South Florida.
Also, peaceandconflictresolutions.org is helping homeless individuals who do not have food, shelter, and clothes get through the winter months in north Florida and stay safe from the COVID19. We feel that more individuals should be supported by providing more sanitary devices for a safer place individual socialize and develop skills that will be useful throughout their lives. Our organization is dedicated to the process of making things happen; we need your help.
$0.00$196,000.00I, Nery Roman, am writing on behalf of Peace and Conflict Resolutions.org 501c3, a charity organization working currently at helping victims of COVID19 in the State of Florida. We estimate that today there are more than 2000 victims in Central and South Florida.
Also, peaceandconflictresolutions.org is helping homeless individuals who do not have food, shelter, and clothes get through the winter months in north Florida and stay safe from the COVID19. We feel that more individuals should be supported by providing more sanitary devices for a safer place individual socialize and develop skills that will be useful throughout their lives. Our organization is dedicated to the process of making things happen; we need your help.
Your donation will bring us closer to our goal of $169,000 to help COVID19 victims in Central Florida and South Florida.
12/23/2020126Active
Not Funded0%Increase access to Mental Health ResourcesYoga 4 Change, IncHealth and Wellbeing$8,500.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas150http://y4c.orgDue to COVID-19 and social distancing, Yoga 4 Change (Y4C) is requesting funds to provide virtual mental health resources to decrease stress and anxiety and increase mood, sleep and positive coping skills. The pandemic has fomented a critical need for programs that are devoted to improving the health, well-being, physical and emotional functioning of individuals. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with mental health challenges related to the morbidity and mortality caused by the disease and to mitigation activities, including the impact of physical distancing and stay-at-home orders. Symptoms of anxiety disorder and depressive disorder increased considerably in the United States during April–June of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019”. Y4C offers a holistic, novel, cost-effective program.$0.00$8,500.00Funding from this grant will be used to offer one new class per week, virtually or in-person (depending on needs and safety) to a partner facility in the Tampa Bay Area taught by a highly trained, trauma-informed teacher. The class would run for 50 weeks and offer mental health resources (ie: physical moment, breathing exercises, self inquiry) proven to offer positive coping skills and emotional awareness and regulation. If the class is in-person, some funds will be used to equip the Y4C program implementation team with proper PPE and sanitation needs. If the class is virtual, some funds will be used to provide high quality virtual classes (ie: technology needs such as speakers, microphones, etc). The evidence based curriculum will remain the same as it has been studied by Boston University and yields positive results as spoken on above. 12/23/2020126Active
Not Funded0%Multi County Sustainable/Equitable Business Recognition ProgramFor Good Movement, IncProfessional Services$30,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas40,000http://floridaforgood.com/donate/We are seeking funding for a Sustainable/Equitable Business Recognition Program that would be used as the framework for community wealth building and to scale into other cities/regions. This program would award businesses that have implemented impactful initiatives for diversity, equity, inclusion, community, and the environment. Businesses would measure and track their impact using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This would be a feeder program to get companies in the door and then eventually become candidates for our universities to help them create a shared and durable prosperity through B Corp Certification.

With this funding, we plan to partner with the Sustany Foundation in Tampa to expand its Sustainable Business Awards program to include a larger audience with a more verifiable and credible measurement platform in their application process.
$0.00$30,000.00Because our non-profit is partly funded by a resort company in Florida, we are expecting a dramatic decrease in sponsorship, based on the unfortunate COVID-19 tourism projections. Instead of accepting the fate of putting our valuable programs on the back burner, we are actively seeking grant funding. Businesses desperately need to operate with a "new normal" and focus on the triple bottom line (people, planet & prosperity). We can provide all businesses the guidance needed to achieve this.
We would specifically use the grant money in this manner:
• $10,000 used to market the awards program in the surrounding counties of Tampa Bay to businesses
• $10,000 used to create and maintain a website for applicants to view resources for raising their sustainability score and a way to continuously track their impact
• $10,000 used for awards and ceremony programing
12/22/2020127Active
Not Funded0%Clinical Support Services and Critical Care CoordinationHope For The WarriorsHealth and Wellbeing$20,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas350http://hopeforthewarriors.orgService members and their families experience higher incidents of depression, anxiety disorders, acute stress reactions, declines in overall health, and greater strains in family relationships than general populations. According to the VA, post-9/11 veterans are nearly twice as likely to be food insecure compared to the general population. In 2020, Hope For The Warriors provided comprehensive support programs focused on mental health, transition, resiliency training, peer engagement, and critical financial assistance to approximately 343 post-9/11 veterans in the Tampa Bay area. Of those served, 29% reported physical injury; 31% reported psychological injury; and 40% reported both physical and psychological injuries. Due to injuries sustained from combat, our target population is on a fixed income. Financial strains and mental health concerns have been exacerbated by the pandemic.$0.00$20,000.00Requested funds would be used to assist veterans and military families in needs related to their service injuries and/or the COVID-19 pandemic. Services range from providing financial assistance to avoid homelessness and address food insecurity, to clinical assessments and telehealth therapeutic interventions to address mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety. The average length of time between opening a client case, conducting assessment, and guiding them to services is 3.46 days. Financial case management is provided immediately, and time to payment is an average of 10-14 business days – sooner in extreme emergency situations. Payments are made directly to the service provider. Gift cards to grocery stories are provided in $50 increments depending on the number of people in a household. All services are provided at no cost to the clients. 12/22/2020127Active
Not Funded0%Icon Preparatory SchoolIcon Preparatory SchoolEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$5,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)500https://iconprep.org/COVID-19 has hit our community hard. COVID has caused economic hardships, increased food insecurity, learning/academic losses, limited access to health services, slow internet speeds, and lack of internet access. The transition to distance learning has produced gaping and persistent inequities in educational opportunities due to COVID-19. Besides the lack of technology and connectivity, our students often struggle more than their counterparts because of the lack of parental support to help them with their schoolwork. Almost 69% of housed students will have two parents at home, offering support and encouragement. Unfortunately, most of our students do not have this option and will be forced to fend for themselves outside of a teacher’s help. This is a big reason behind the national prediction of a 30% loss of learning in reading and a 50% loss of learning in math due to the COVID Slide. $0.00$5,000.00We will be using these funds to provide laptops and hotspots to every low-income student so they can have access to digital learning and WiFi. 12/22/2020127Active
Not Funded0%Supporting Safely Reopening JA BizTown and JA Finance ParkJunior Achievement of Tampa BayEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$5,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)12,000http://jatampabay.orgLike every other organization that works with our youth we are working to create the safest environment for students to come back to our campus. We recognize the hardships that our youth particularly the most marginalized have endured during this unprecedented time. We look to begin to provide again the valuable life lessons learned here on our campus. In order to provide a safe environment we have worked at updating our cleaning and sanitizing protocols, purchased disinfecting equipment , temperature monitors, masks, sanitizing stations and wipes and have invested in touchless faucets. Additional funding will help us update our current bathroom facilities with hot water. Providing an additional level precaution against spreading COVID19 and other germs. Additionally we will be converting an office to create an isolation room in case someone does become ill while at our facility. $0.00$5,000.00The results of this pandemic have been devastating to all of us but our most at risk youth have lost very valuable connections to the community and outside support. Funds will be used to retrofit the current water system with hot water and convert a small office into an isolation room where students, staff or other visitors who become ill while on our campus can be isolated preventing the spread. Continuing to invest in the safety of our facility allows us to reopen sooner with the knowledge that we are doing all we can to protect our students. 12/22/2020127Active
Not Funded0%Crisis Relief Loans: Life-Saving Liquidity for Tampa Bay Families The Capital Good FundBasic Needs$20,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas180http://capitalgoodfund.orgCOVID-19 continues to severely impact the health and finances of Tampa Bay families, particularly communities of color, veterans, immigrants, and the “working-poor”; too many are finding that our broken social safety net is inadequate to the task of keeping them afloat. Florida’s unemployment rate remains at 6.4%, and the state saw nearly 22,000 new unemployment claims in the week ending December 12. There’s a surge of Florida families struggling to support themselves: there has been a 25% increase in the number of food insecure households in Florida since last year, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Our Crisis Relief Loans create crucial liquidity for Tampa Bay families in the face of the pandemic, ensuring they have the ability to cover rent and utilities; buy nutritious foods for themselves and their families; pay bills, and so on. $0.00$20,000.00Crisis Relief Loans (“CRL”) are $300 - $1,500 and feature a low interest rate of 5% APR and a 15-month term with a three-month deferment period. All applications are reviewed based on pre-crisis income. With $20,000, we’ll provide our equitable and credit-building CRL to families in the five Tampa Bay counties. Given an average loan of $900, with this grant we will finance $54,000 of loans to 60 households, or 180 individuals reached. (10% of the grant is for operating costs; the remaining $18,000 is a loan-loss reserve which we will leverage 3-to-1; for every grant dollar, we will lend out three of our own loan capital.) Borrowers will use the loans for key expenses--rent, utilities, food, cell and internet service, etc. As an online lender, the entire loan process can be completed in English or Spanish without meeting someone in person--essential in a time of social distancing. 12/22/2020127Active
Not Funded0%Continuing to provide hope during the pandemic. Women Helping Others of Tampa Bay, Inc.Basic Needs$1,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)50http://womenhelpingotherstb.orgAssistance is needed with continuing to provide for the homeless community monthly. This is because COVID-19 has caused a decline in our donations and has limited our ability to host successful fundraising events.$0.00$1,000.00Funds will be used to purchase supplies and food that would be distributed monthly to help us continue to help those less fortunate during this pandemic.12/22/2020127Active
Not Funded0%Fighting Hunger and Food Waste As the COVID-19 Pandemic Continues in the Tampa Bay AreaMove For HungerBasic Needs$5,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas40,000https://www.moveforhunger.orgBefore the pandemic hit, 37 million Americans (including over 400,000 people in the Tampa Bay area) were already facing daily hunger, and estimates say 17.1 million more people will experience food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic this year. Experts agree that the effects of COVID-19 will require a long-term response, and MFH and its network are determined to see it through. Because MFH's model is designed around and powered by community partnerships, the organization is poised to quickly spring into action. For many food banks/pantries, transportation of donations is a prohibitive expense that often means losing out on an opportunity for food rescue/meals. Move For Hunger helps to keep food banks’ shelves fully stocked year-round and engages communities in hunger awareness, food drives, and special events. $0.00$5,000.00 Specifically, funding will support Move For Hunger’s efforts in Tampa Bay to:

-Increase and continue its support to local food bank/pantries through our network of transportation volunteer
-Expand outreach to supermarkets and local companies for product donations to food banks/pantries
-Coordinate warehouse storage for food with Move For Hunger’s local moving partners to assist food banks/pantries
-Host food drives with current partners in area to help replenish inventory in food bank/pantries
-Work with local partners in the area to increase volunteer efforts to support food banks/pantries
-Work with local marathons and races to rescue food and beverages throughout the region and provide to food banks/pantries
-Increase the delivery of fresh foods through building out a new program for farming/gleaning & refrigerated options using our network
12/21/2020128Active
Not Funded0%FOOD FOR THE HUNGRYThe Volunteer Way, Inc.Basic Needs$50,000.00Pasco40,000http://thevolunteerway.orgWe are addressing the need to supply healthy food to low to no income consumers as well as those who have been affected since the COVID-19 Pandemic. Many within our community have lost their jobs and businesses have closed, unemployment benefits have run out and they have no funds for food. The pandemic has caused an enormous increase in the amount of consumers coming to us for assistance with food.
Those we serve are individuals, families, children, seniors, veterans and the homeless and we do so through our food pantry, mobile food pantry (in food desert areas), brown bag program (for homebound seniors) and soup kitchen.
Our current needs are to receive funding so that we can purchase additional food to supplement food distributed to us through USDA and Feeding Tampa Bay so that we will have enough food to distribute to all who come to us for assistance.
$0.00$50,000.00Funds will be used to pay for additional shipments of food from Operation Blessing for their handling fees; purchasing food through other food distribution companies and stores supplementing foods received from USDA and Feeding Tampa Bay; to purchase pet food for our Brown Bag "Animeals" program. "Animeals" was created to supply pet food to seniors so they don't give their food to their pets and to pay Arlisa's Events who has been preparing hot meals distributed through our food pantry. Their contract with the county through FEMA is due to run out at the end of December 23020. They have been preparing 500 meals per day for us to distribute at our food pantry.12/21/2020128Active
Not Funded0%Homeless people are dying...Cons Helping Cons - Free to Serve, Inc.Basic Needs$1,500,000.00Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas300https://conshelpingconsfreetoserve.org/Normally our transition homes have incoming and outgoing clients. We get them on their feet and independent. Due to COVID-19, we cannot get them on their feet due to lack of employment opportunities. This causes a lack of available beds for the ever-increasing number of incoming clients. We have seen several people who we normally would house die in the homeless camps or get caught up in trafficking. On top of this, there is a lack of homes to rent right now. We need to buy a large building such as a church or hotel or warehouse and convert it into a transition center. And, this is an investment in the future. We never have too many beds, even in good times. Please consider either donating enough to buy a large building or becoming a partner with us in purchasing something which we could make into a version of the Delancey Street Foundation.$0.00$1,500,000.00We will purchase a church or hotel or warehouse and begin feeding, housing, and training individuals who need help to become independent. We will use Delancey Street Foundation as a model.12/19/2020130Active
Not Funded0%Generator AdditionDunedin Cares, IncBasic Needs$10,000.00Pinellas12,000http://dunedincares.orgYour organization helped us purchase the walk in cooler because of greater need to store perishable food to meet the 30% increase in the number of people being served because of COVID-19. The new request is to be able to protect the cooler investment with a generator in case of a power failure.With the expansion of our refrigeration needs, including a Walk-In Cooler, our need is to purchase and install a Generex 22KW. The project will include a concrete pad, electrical connection, lease of a Suburban Gas Tank, and permitting.$0.00$10,000.00The funds will be used for the installation of a 22KW Generex Generator, including a leased Suburban Gas Tank, concrete pad, electrical, and obtaining permits. Due to the increased demand of guests during the pandemic, our need for perishable nutrition type foods has increased significantly. We added a walk-in cooler (8' x 12') and two large chest freezers since March 2020. These items are in addition to a large deep chest freezer, two upright freezers, and two commercial refrigeration units. The generator will protect hundreds of pounds of meat, vegetables, fruit, milk, cheese, and other products requiring refrigeration.12/19/2020130Active
Partially Funded82%Regional Artist Relief FundThe Jobsite Theater, Inc.Arts and Culture$3,913.86Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas15,000https://jobsitetheater.orgThe requested funds will directly benefit regional arts workers in an unprecedented time of crisis. We have close to 60 artists (actors, composers, designers, directors, etc) who have been un/deremployed since March of 2020. Many have lost all income since they are also fitness instructors, coaches, teachers, and so on as "gig-life" workers. Many have still not received proper unemployment benefits and it is uncertain if any additional stimulus assistance will come. These 1099 contract workers -- the reality for most artists nationwide -- are in a precarious position. This is also a critical time for the cultural life and soul of our region -- we risk losing these artists forever if they leave the area or are forced to enter a new industry due to their economic reality. These funds will create jobs and help us offset greatly reduced admissions that would normally balance the ledger.$18,086.14$22,000.00In 2021 we will offer a mix of outdoor, safety-conscious physically-distanced indoor, and virtual programming including full-length Shakespeare plays streamed to regional schools. Attempting to pay for this work has hit a perfect storm: we are operating at 30% of capacity, costs of safely producing have skyrocketed, and receipts are down for both live and virtual work as our nation faces both an economic and existential crisis. These grant funds will help offset the gap between the hard costs of producing the 2021 season -- specifically for the artists creating the work -- and what is typically funded by ticket sales, private gifts, and government grants. This grant will allow us to guarantee a minimum hourly rate of $15 for our 2021 ensemble while producing six mainstage plays, our Jobsite Digital Shorts series, and our education and community outreach program.12/19/2020130Active
Not Funded0%Crosswind Grant RequestCrosswind ChurchBasic Needs$10,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)3,000http://www.crosswind.orgCrosswind Compassion Ministry will use the funds to purchase and replenish equipment. Purchase computer equipment to improve efficiency, and use the new paperless electronic registration system from Feeding Tampa Bay. Over the past several years and even more this year, equipment used has become damaged and in need of repair or replacement to the point that we can no longer rely on it to support the weight of distributed items. Our food transport van and trailer is in need of maintenance. Due to Covid19 distancing, Crosswind Church has very limited funds to repair this critical resource to keep up with the demand for the quantity of food being distributed each week. Due to this years pandemic, we have seen an increased need from the population within Hillsborough county. The increased demand has played a significant toll on all our resources. Thank you for your consideration.$0.00$10,000.00Funds will be used to purchase;
1. Computer equipment, Scanners and Software to link up with Feeding Tampa Bay's Registration program
2. New distribution chairs and tables.
3. Provide maintenance for van and trailer used to transport food.
4. Fund Crosswind Compassion ministries Feeding Tampa Bay account.
5. Provide needed repairs for air conditioners used in storing perishable food items.
6. Provide PPE safety equipment for volunteers working with our Crosswind Compassion Team.
12/18/2020131Active
Not Funded0%Bridge the GapEmpowhermentBasic Needs$15,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas150http://empowherment.orgWe've run our "Bridge The Gap" for 2+ years at the EmpowHERment Community center and are now providing direct assistance to young girls/women ages 13-18. Our applications come from referrals through churches, schools, and shelters. The top requests we will fulfill with this funding are:

- Requests for (hygiene items, menstrual items, etc)
- Weekly classes to educate via Zoom

We will also be educating this group to ensure young women understand the process of menstruation and sanitary hygiene practices, emphasis on the minority community. With the recent pandemic, many families are suffering from paying their bills, which puts their access to these items on the back-burner. Especially this population whom already suffers tremendously. Due to COVID-19, our fundraiser has been postponed twice and donations down more than 70%. While the funds are reduced, the need is enhanced.
$0.00$15,000.00150 women and families will receive hygiene items/kits, and education

$10,000: Up to 200 worth of hygiene kits for the week for 100 individuals
$5,000: Education supplies including zoom membership, program materials, facilitator, etc.
12/18/2020131Active
Not Funded0%Septic System replacement301 House, IncHealth and Wellbeing$20,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)80https://www.meetings.aatampa-area.org/locations/301-house/We provide recovery services for alcohol and drug abuse and are totally self supporting though donations form the participants. Since Covid has started our participant levels have significantly increased but the donations have decreased where we are operating at a loss on a monthly basis and are reserves are very low. We have over 30 participants per day attend the two to three meeting we hold each day.
Our facility is 35 years old and our septic system just failed - it cannot accommodate the current level of participants. We solicited proposals for replacement and the best proposal was for $19, 570, which we cannot afford. Our reserves are less than $10,000 and to keep the services available to those in need, we must continue to operate at a loss for the foreseeable future, using the reserve funds we have.
$0.00$20,000.00The funds will be used to replace the current 35 years old septic system which can no longer support the number of participants attending our meetings.12/17/2020132Active
Not Funded0%Mental Health Staff TrainingBoys and Girls Clubs of Tampa BayHealth and Wellbeing$10,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco80https://www.bgctampa.orgDuring this pandemic, we serve youth who are addressing a myriad of uncertainties. Our youth are exhausted, lonely, and frightened. We do our best, just by opening our doors and providing a safe environment for those who need us the most. However, it is clear that a more robust training criterion that addresses youth mental health is needed. We will provide formal Youth Mental Health first aid, Trauma Informed Care, and Social and Emotional training to all staff, both part time and full time in 2021. Although we can access the majority of the training free of cost, our staff must take the training on time we did not account for in our budget (24 hours). This request is to help offset the time staff must use for additional training purposes that help them learn tools to discuss mental health topics, normalize the discussion and identify youth who may need more specialized intervention.$0.00$10,000.00often must complete it on days off, since our clubs are open Monday – Friday. 12/16/2020133Active
Not Funded0%Supporting Mother's Mental Health-Mothercraft Community Roots Collective Inc.Health and Wellbeing$6,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)25https://barefootbirth.com/communityrootscollective/Mothercraft is a weekly support group that supports new and seasoned mothers through the challenging task of raising a family. Mothers (and sometimes dad's) come together to share experiences, take part in a craft and get out of the house. More than ever mother's are feeling isolated and confused. We have heard from our group that they feel alone and depression is starting to sink in. Mothercraft allows moms to come and be with "their people" in a safe environment. We keep groups to no more than 10, ask that masks be worn if inside and we remain 6ft of distance. Mothercraft is essential for our mothers to feel a sense of normalcy and have a safe space where they can express frustrations and emotions. $0.00$6,000.00Rental space for two months- 4000
Electric for two months-600
Supplies-600
Trained mental health professional to lead two groups a month for two months-800
12/15/2020134Active
Partially Funded18%Metropolitan Ministries Holiday AssistanceMetropolitan Ministries, Inc.Basic Needs$204,500.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas150,000http://www.metromin.orgSpread HOPE for the Holidays: Metropolitan Ministries has holiday tents (9 total) throughout our region, many in partnership with area churches and civic centers. Families register for holiday assistance - a box of food, including a fresh ham or turkey, and toys for their children based on their ages and interests.
Since the pandemic began, we have provided over $4.55 million in relief and expect to spend at least $2 million more over the next 6 months. We have also distributed more than 56,000 COVID-19 emergency food boxes through our home delivery and drive-thru programs.
This holiday season, we will serve 50,000 families, double the number from 2019. 40% of the families asking for help have never done so, showing the impact of the covid pandemic. Along with food boxes, 100,000 toys are needed to make Christmas happen for at-risk children.
$45,500.00$250,000.00Through Thanksgiving and Christmas, we will purchase $1 million in food to serve families in need, which is 4X more than the entire holiday season last year. Businesses are "working from home", Churches are not worshipping in person, and people are avoiding malls and grocery stores due to covid 19. These factors have significantly reduced the amount of food and toys being donated in-kind to our holiday initiative. Traditional drives for our holiday goods are negatively impacted due to the pandemic, and yet twice as many families are seeking holiday help. Funds will help us offset the cost of spreading hope to 50,000 families for the holidays. (Food boxes cost $36 each and toys average $20 each.) 12/15/2020134Active
Not Funded0%Scholarship FundQuantum Leap Farm, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$50,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas500https://quantumleapfarm.org/Our Scholarship Fund, is designed to help underwrite professionally facilitated programs that improve mental, physical and social wellbeing for children and adults with a variety of disabilities. This year, we had an interruption to our services out of safety for our vulnerable clients. We are now back up and running with many added safety protocols offering therapeutic riding, EASE sessions, occupational therapies as well as military retreats. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, many of our participants have lost their ability to pay for our services. The decrease in program revenue has put a strain on our operating budget. $0.00$50,000.00These funds will be used to provide scholarships to clients with limited resources for service. Typically, the scholarships range from 50% to 100% of applicable fees. These services include therapeutic riding, occupational therapy, equine assisted psychotherapy and military retreats. Each client is evaluated for the types of service needed and financial abilities. If a hardship is determined, scholarships are provided, to that the participant is able to receive service. As we move through this pandemic, we are finding it much more difficult for our vulnerable client base to keep up with their service fees.

The donations received for the scholarship fund, will be directly applied to cover the clients financial needs and offset the deficit created by COVID-19.
12/15/2020134Active
Not Funded0%Access to Chronic Health and Mental Health ServicesCrescent of Hernando, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$20,000.00Hernando240http://www.crescentclinic.org/Since 2008, Crescent Community Clinic has provided access to FREE chronic health care and mental health services for uninsured and indigent non-elderly patients ages 18 to 64. Our licensed providers and general support staff are all volunteers which does not impact our budget. We had been self-sustaining but Covid-19 has severely reduced our ability to meet overhead operating costs. We do not accept government funding and relied on donations. Our fundraising events have been postponed due to Covid-19. Yet, new patients continue to apply for services. We must consider opening another day so no patient has to wait more than a few days to have an appointment to be seen for their chronic health condition or mental health diagnoses. This will impact our already strained budget. Based on current requests, we anticipate 20 new patients each month for the new year or 240 new patients in 2021.$0.00$20,000.00ATA Career Education has been renting space from us for their evening classes .Unexpectedly, as of December 31, 2020 due to their needing more space they are ending their agreement with the clinic. That is a yearly loss of $21,600 for our budget. 12/11/2020138Active
Not Funded0%Community Support at GenerationsGenerations Christian Church at Trinity, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$200,000.00Pasco5,000http://www.generationscc.comWe are working on starting up programs for PTST, working with Pasco County Sheriff's department for continuing education meeting spaces as well as vacation bible school for their children, relaunching Celebrate Recovery in 2021, launching upgraded sports fields, adding another school and create serving projects to meet the needs of our community and connect them to others. Our hope is to be a place where people of all walks can come together in a safe place and have real community and healing.$0.00$200,000.00We would use these funds for community enablement, religious support, project support and Youth and Families. These funds would help seed many initiatives we have been wanting to kick off but have had to halt due to COVID and reduced contributions. There is much work to do in our community and would be blessed if you could help us realize that with a grant. Our leadership and staff are ready to run, funds have just been holding us back. The need is great, more than ever.12/10/2020139Active
Not Funded0%Stability Showing Others Unconditional Love IncHealth and Wellbeing$70,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)30https://showingothersunconditionallove.org/We are asking for this grant because we were severely affected by COVID. We were unable to help any children and families this year and haven’t been able to do any fundraising and help our board members who dedicate there time and own money to our cause also.$0.00$70,000.00We will be using the funds to not only become financially stable, but also help the few families at aTGH that needs our assistance as well.12/09/2020140Active
Not Funded0%General Support for free Addiction Recovery Residence ServicesThe Corona Self-Help Center, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$50,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)100http://daamerica.orgThe Corona Self-Help located at 3601 E. Busch BLVD, Tampa, FL. is in need of your assistance. Our means of funding was drastically reduced by 90% due to Covid-19. This pandemic occurred as we started to establish ourselves here in the Tampa Bay area at the beginning of February. We are a place where individuals come together to attend 12 step meetings to work on their substance abuse problems, We provide a clean and safe environment to do said activities all at no cost to the individual seeking our help. The location where these activities take place at 3601 E. Busch BLVD needs certain life safety issues updated, apart from that we need to maintain our doors open. This being said we believe in these crucial times that a place that offers these amenities is essential in the community. Please take into consideration the need for our non-profit to remain open to serve our community of Tampa$0.00$50,000.00The costs of maintaining our Tampa facility are roughly $450,000.00 per year. Usually, we are able to cover these costs through outreach activities and campaigns, where our volunteers take to the streets and places of religious worship to ask for donations in exchange for printed textiles -masks and t-shirts- that we make ourselves through an in-house printing shop. Until April of the present year, the support of the community was of grandiose aid and we were able to maintain the facility up and running. Unfortunately, the pandemic has forced social distancing and the churches to close, leaving us at a deficit. We will use these funds solely to carry out our program services. They will help provide uninterrupted service for the 25 participants currently trying to change their lives and allow us to keep the doors open for more people that need our help. 12/09/2020140Active
Not Funded0%Pandemic Relief Fund RequestWe Care Food PantryBasic Needs$20,000.00Citrus ; Hernando130,000http://wecarefoodpantry.orgWith the pandemic once again raging out of control, We Care has begun an ambitious mobile pantry program. During most of 2020, We Care hosted 3 mobile pantries per month. However, in October 2020 We Care began doing 17 mobile pantries per month. During that month, we served 2,522 cars and 4,000 families 218,000 pounds of food. As the need became abundantly clear, We Care made a decision that it must continue this expanded mobile pantry program. Beginning in January 2021, We Care will be having 15 mobile pantries per month and have placed them throughout the county to serve not only every area of Citrus County but its adjoining counties as well. $0.00$20,000.00With the COVID-19 pandemic reaching all parts of the country, the ability to acquire donated food is greatly diminished. Therefore, We Care is not only working tirelessly to keep our trucks running and on the road, but also it is having to purchase much of the food needed to meet the ever increasing need within the communities it services. The only way We Care can continue to move in this very ambitious direction is to garner the help of those who have the ability to work with We Care to take care of their neighbors in need. Over the past 16 years, We Care has grown to be the largest and most efficient hunger relief organization in Citrus County whose community has stepped to the plate many times to help. We are once again in need of the help and generosity of those who have served not only We Care but its fellow residents of Citrus County.12/09/2020140Active
Not Funded0%Financial Assistance due to Covid 19Wellswood Baptist HoldingBasic Needs$10,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)20https://www.wbclife.com/ We are in need of funds to continue to pay the utilities and salaries of the church. We are currently in the process of determining our next steps as a Church and are in need of some financial assistance as we move forward in the process.$0.00$10,000.00With the received funds, whatever the amount may be, we would be able to continue to pay the salary of the Preacher, Administrative Assistant and Maintenance man, as well as keep our utility bills paid in a timely manner. As stated before, this is to assist us as we begin the process to determine the next best steps for the Church.12/09/2020140Active
Partially Funded7%5th Grade Band Program Support - Instruments / Materials / InstructorsInstruments of ChangeEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$54,500.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)225http://instrumentsofchange.com/The dropout rates in students from Title 1 schools is higher than the national average. Students in these schools are often denied the opportunities afforded to students in more affluent neighborhoods. Instruments of Change provides afterschool band programs to Title 1 schools. These programs hold the students to a high standard and provides the opportunity for these students to earn a musical instrument for middle and high school band. We do this because studies show that students who learn to play a musical instrument: show higher graduation rates, lower dropout rates, score higher on math and language skills, have higher self-esteem and lower drug and alcohol abuse. By giving the students a path to earn their own instrument, we solidify their connection with school. Their involvement with band improves their social skills and further connects them to a positive educational experience.$4,000.00$58,500.00Covid has seriously impacted our donations in 2020. In particular, Corporate donations were reduced. Our band programs serve 5th grade students in 7 schools, but your investment allows these students to continue in band through high school and into college. These are the areas most in need, and affected by the Covid-reduced donations:
$30,000 for the purchase of earned instruments. Students sign a contract. When they complete their contract and enroll in middle school band, they receive the earned instrument.
$17,000 for instrument rental. All instruments are rented for the 5th grade band program to reduce cost and eliminate repair costs.
$8,000 Band Director stipend. The band directors are compensated $40 per band class. This saves the charity the cost of salaried directors.
$3,500 Educational materials including books, supplies, reeds and other essential needs.
12/08/2020141Active
Partially Funded60%Support of Adult Returning Post-Secondary StudentsUrban League of HIllsborough CountyEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$10,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)50https://ulhc.org/In June, LEAP Tampa Bay College Access Network (LEAP) launched an initiative called Complete Tampa Bay (CTB) to re-engage adults in education and training, specifically targeting Black, Hispanic and low-income populations. Those with prior college get free, personalized coaching to help them navigate re-enrolling, identify resources and complete a degree or credential. More than 330,000 Tampa Bay adults have started college but never finished a credential (2017 American Community Survey) and HCC, SPC and USF identified 60,000 past students who stopped out the last five years. An estimated 50% of those are students of color. COVID-19 has created even greater need, with recent numbers showing 13.1% of residents facing unemployment. ULHC will partner with CTB to support those students we serve who may have decided not to re-enroll in school because of loss of employment due to COVID-19.$15,000.00$25,000.00ULHC & CTB are committed to serving Black, Hispanic and low-income adults (whose graduation rates lag far behind those of whites and high-income). These students have access to coaching and support to help them finish school. Many stop-outs are tied to finances. Coaches guide students who need financial support to those CTB partner schools and ULHC will offer these funds to give students a hand up on costs of attendance and basic needs to help them complete their education. This is crucial because we know earning a career or technical degree beyond high school can add an average of $10,000 to annual pay; earning an Associate’s degree can double what students expect to earn with a diploma (Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, 2017), helping adults earn a living wage to bounce back from COVID-19. The request is the cost for funding 30 students in completing their schooling.12/08/2020141Active
Not Funded0%Mental Health Service ExpansionNAMI Pasco County Florida Inc.Health and Wellbeing$2,650.00Pasco980http://namipasco.orgDue to the pandemic our calls, emails, text, and message requests for services have expanded 10 fold. They have expanded so quickly that we don't have enough people throughout the county to keep up with them. We need to have more people trained in more locations throughout Pasco County. Doing so will allow us to provide more in person support to areas that are not already reached. $0.00$2,650.00 1. Connection Support Group - $600 (Training 4 Facilitators @ $150)
Capacity – 4 groups available
Remote – 150 people served/week
In-person – 250 people served/week

2. Family Support Group - $300 (Training 2 Facilitators @ $150)
Capacity – 2 groups available
Remote – 40 people served/week
In-person – 40 people served/week

3. NAMI Peer to Peer Course – $600 (Training 4 Facilitators @ $150)
Capacity – 4 classes/ year
Remote – 40 people served/year
In-person – 100 people served/year

4. In Our Own Voice - $450 (Training 3 Presenters @ $150)
Capacity – Unlimited (Evergreen via Social Media simulcast)

5. Ending the Silence - $450 (Training 3 Presenters @ $150)
Capacity – Unlimited (Evergreen via Social Media simulcast)

6. NAMI Smarts for Advocacy $250 (Training 10 Participants x $25 materials)
Capacity – 4 classes/ year
Remote – 40 people served/year
12/07/2020142Active
Not Funded0%Assist abused, neglected and abandoned childrenfamily Forever of Tampa BayBasic Needs$10,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)1,000http://familyforeveroftampabay.comOur goal is to provide support, assistance and resources to families in need. Our main priority is to reach out to the community and help to build a brighter future and be a voice for those who need it. There is a huge need in Hillsborough county assisting families in need. We not only want to assist but to educate them on how to go about getting the resources that they need and the answers to there questions and concerns. With the current pandemic, our community is struggling to find the necessary resources to fulfill their needs. We want to be the resources that they need. Our program is designed to assist in any way possible. Through our resources we will put together solutions to whatever obstacles they may have, financial or basic needs.$0.00$10,000.00OPERATING COSTS
-website and advertising
-stationery and office supplies
TRAININGS
-monthly trainings to assist teens going into the workforce for the first time. This would include employer expectations, work ethics, interview skills and writing a resume as well as budgeting
-technical training for those who do not understand things like social media and website navigation.
-Basic lifesaving skills
MENTOR PROGRAMS
-helping our youth cope with the changes of being in the system of care. Support groups for bullying, peer pressure and sound decision making.
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
-monthly birthday celebration for children in care, the funds would assist in food, gifts and entertainment.
SCHLORSHIPS AND AWARDS
-monetary awards to children who may not have the means to pay for extracurricular activities like sports, dances, prom dresses, school functions
-purchasing devices for schooling
12/06/2020143Active
Not Funded0%Temple Terrace Seminoles 12U to CooperstownTemple Terrace SeminolesBasic Needs$5,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)12https://app.myteamworks.org/floridaseminolez?fbclid=IwAR32JJsPDIDANAfY9YXexUNrjrkSsXQkZBH2dSJDhLvHBK4pG6ofr5vedsAFlorida Seminolez depends on the community support to help continue to provide great leaders, teamwork, and the concept of being a student-ATHLETE with a strong emphasis on being students first. We dedicate our time and knowledge to ensure our children are provided an environment to compete in baseball at a high level, receive professional instructions, become better people and learn life lessons through the game of baseball while having fun and making memories. Our motto is “IT’S MORE THAN JUST BASEBALL."
We are excited that we received a hard to obtain bid to attend Cooperstown next summer. We gladly accepted but then realized this once in a lifetime opportunity may come to a halt due to lack of funds. Some of our families have been directly impacted with the financial burdens of the economy mostly due to COVID. We are trying to raise funds.
$0.00$5,000.00The funds will be used to pay for the Cooperstown player fee $1295, equipment and travel expenses.12/04/2020145Active
Not Funded0%Victory Ridge Academy's Therapeutic PlaygroundVictory Ridge AcademyEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$10,000.00Citrus275http://victoryridge.orgThrough VRA's Therapeutic Playground program, our goal is to promote functional and independent movement for each child’s specific abilities. Through extensive use of each piece of physical therapy equipment requested, students will work towards successfully developing gross motor skills, mobility, walking, posture, balance, function and overall self-confidence in their every-day lives.

While providing the necessary environment for physical activity has and always will be an important element towards providing for our students’ lives, it is even more crucial with the current climate surrounding COVID-19. At VRA, approximately 25% of students are considered high-risk for COVID-19 and, to date, approximately 30% of students have requested an e-learning option for the 2020-21 school year. Keeping those numbers in mind, we currently have 70% of students on-site, many of whom are high-risk.
$0.00$10,000.00(1) 3 Panel Cyclone Climber - $$2,484.00

(2) Large Adaptive Swing Seats - $1,168.00

(1) Merry Go Cycle - $2,012.00

(1) Filbert Frog Fun Bounce - $492.00

(1) Sit-N-Spin - $634.00

Installation of Playground Equipment - $3,210.00
12/04/2020145Active
Not Funded0%Abe Brown Ministries/Ready4Work-Hillsborough Emergency Relief Abe Brown Ministries, Inc.Workforce Services and Career Development$335,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)130https://abebrown.orgIn the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, men and women continue to be released from jail and prison, perhaps even more so than usual. These individuals are in dire need of services. Abe Brown Ministries (ABM) operates a 12-month Transitional Living Program that provides returning offenders with managed housing, case management, and direct linkages to reentry services. ABM also operates a nationally-recognized program called Ready4Work-Hillsborough, a workforce development program that provides holistic
workforce training and job placement services to underserved communities, specifically citizens returning from incarceration. It is critical that ABM maintains its housing capabilities, and its ability to both assist citizens released from prison needing reentry services and assist those clients displaced or laid off with attaining new employment
$0.00$335,000.00Challenges persist in raising funds in the current pandemic environment. Already, the Governor and Florida Legislature have reduced our State appropriated funds. ABM will utilize these funds to continue providing direct client services including managed housing and case management to the residents of its Transitional Living Program. Funds will be used to maintain staff and resources to provide transitional housing, transportation, holistic workforce training, and job placement to citizens returning from incarceration. 12/03/2020146Active
Not Funded0%Covid Relief Fundmad Theatre of TampaArts and Culture$10,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas3,000http://madtheatre.comBecause of the pandemic we have been unable to perform in 2020. We usually produce three shows (12 performances each) annually at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. We have been performing since 1999 and have been fortunate to create a reputation of a quality, affordable, fiscally responsible live musical theater in the bay area. We are still incurring expenses; rentals, memberships and some personnel expenses (website maintenance and other media). A grant would certainly help offset these expenses and better prepare us for a hopefully active 2021.$0.00$10,000.00This grant would allow us to 'hit the ground running' when theaters are reopened. We would be able to immediately pay the rites costs for the three shows we would produce in 2021. Rite costs vary depending on the venue size, ticket price and show selected. Typically, we rely on ticket sales to produce our shows and since we haven't produced anything this year our income is completely stagnant. We provide affordable, live musical theater for our loyal patrons. For the last 21 years we have been a well respected community theater. During a normal season we also support the community, donating to Feeding Tampa Bay and doing small performances for hospices, children's homes and Francis House. We are a community theater that truly gives back to our community. We are grateful for our audiences and supporters for the last 21 years and appreciate any consideration you may have. 12/02/2020147Active
Not Funded0%Summer Job Connection (SJC) - Youth Employment ProgramTampa Bay Workforce Alliance, Inc. dba CareerSource Tampa BayWorkforce Services and Career Development$620,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)200https://careersourcetampabay.com/The ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have significantly increased the demand for training and employment services, including supports for disadvantaged youth. Many youth have suffered education disruption and income loss, resulting in a lack of career exploration or work experience opportunities that may impact long-term earnings and job prospects. The economic downturn has disproportionately affected young workers, who are facing higher rates of wage and job losses and sustained unemployment. SJC provides disadvantaged youth ages 16-24 with paid work experience and access to career exploration, work readiness skills and financial literacy training. Creating pathways to economic success, SJC aids youth to overcome barriers to employment and develop workforce readiness skills, positioning them to improve their financial future while building a more inclusive and diverse workforce.$0.00$620,000.00Support is needed to provide low-income and disadvantaged youth who are within 300% of the Federal Poverty Level and do not meet the eligibility requirements of other funding sources with a vital entry point into the workforce through paid work or community service experience, career exploration, employability skills development, leadership training, and financial literacy services. Shifting to a year-round and primarily virtual services model, CSTB works directly with businesses to provide meaningful employment opportunities. Funds will support youth wages and fringe, career exploration software costs, and/or supportive services and incentives for meeting defined benchmarks. Funds may also be used for digital literacy supports, such as laptops or tablets and internet access, to enable students lacking technology resources to participate in virtual internships and program activities. 12/01/2020148Active
Not Funded0%Technology SupportCommunity Tampa BayEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$4,500.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas1,500http://www.communitytampabay.orgWorking remotely has driven up our reliance on technology. Our already outdated laptops have been strained by the additional use. Work is less efficient when our laptops regularly restart or freeze. Worse, these tech limitations can impact our virtual programming. $0.00$4,500.00We would purchase new laptops for staff that can travel to and from the office (so we can use them when we return from social distancing). 11/30/2020149Active
Partially Funded80%M.A.S.T.R. Kids Program - Mental HealthTHE SHIRLEY PROCTOR PULLER FOUNDATION INC.Health and Wellbeing$3,060.50Pinellas55https://www.sppf.orgThe children and families served by the Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation (SPPF) come to us from the largest African American community in all of Pinellas County (south St. Petersburg) and from families that have faced generations of inequity. The COVID-19 Pandemic and recent social injustice events have ignited worry, anger, and sadness within this community specifically. The children and families we serve are more vulnerable than ever to the tense climate that surrounds them, and they can greatly benefit from the culturally relevant group therapy services we are seeking funds for. SPPF is dedicated to closing the achievement gap for these children but in order to do so we must understand that academic success is HIGHLY dependent upon their hearts and mental health. Funding will enable us to better support the mental health of these children through the M.A.S.T.R. Kids Program.$11,902.00$14,962.50Funds will be used to pay for the integration of "culturally responsive & inclusive mental health therapy groups" into the M.A.S.T.R. Kids after-school program in order to improve the mental health of black & brown children in south St. Petersburg. We are requesting funds to add Friday therapy groups that are meant to support the mental health of the children through Art Therapy, Mindful Movement and Group Therapy. Groups will begin in January of 2021 and continue through June of 2021 for a total of 21 weeks. All the children will have access and each session will be an hour long. Each group will be facilitated by a team of ethnically and culturally diverse licensed mental health professionals. The children and families we serve have been disproportionally affected by COVID-19 and we are desperately in need funds to support culturally responsive & inclusive mental health services.11/30/2020149Active
Not Funded0%You Belong ProgramThe Bautista Project Inc.Basic Needs$25,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)1,650http://hebautistaprojectinc.comThe Bautista Project Inc. provides basic living essentials, educational resources, support groups, and other necessary resources to assist homeless community members with reintegration. Bautista Project Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a positive social impact within homeless communities by providing essential services through our many programs. Our ultimate goal is to open a reintegration shelter. Housing, employing and educating homeless community members. Empowering them to reintegrate into society successfully.
Since the beginning of COVID-19, we have experienced a dramatic decline in grant assistance, in-kind donations, and individual donations (75% decrease). While subsequently, the numbers of the population we serve has risen because of COVID-19, and has strained our ability to provide our services to those who need them most.
$0.00$25,000.00The Bautista Project Inc. intends to use the requested funds to provide supplies and materials to our following programs:
- Snack Paxx Program: A weekend sack lunch program that is distributed twice per month to homeless un-sheltered individuals. Each Snack Paxx Includes the following: Sandwich, Chips, Bottle of water, Granola Bar, Fruit -To provide academic education for a range of topics (You Belong).
- Provide basic living essentials (i.e., hygiene, clothing, Transportation).
- Belonging Blanket Program: provides blankets and pillows to children living in foster care, group homes, or other living arrangements outside of their natural homes.
- VetPoint100: Provides mentoring, educational resources, and Veteran's specific services to Veterans experiencing homelessness.
11/28/2020151Active
Not Funded0%51st Annual Gasparilla Festival of the Arts (“GFA”) COVID ResponseGasparilla Festival of the Arts, Inc.Arts and Culture$15,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas45,000http://gasparillaarts.comIn an unprecedented year, our community needs to heal. Art has the unique and powerful influence to help us connect with our neighbors and humanity. The GFA’s goal and legacy for the past 50 years is to help support festival artists and community art, particularly since so many have been greatly affected by the pandemic.
This event, produced by a 100% volunteer base, will use these funds to off-set costs associated with providing COVID safety measures and a new virtual GFA experience for the public and festival artists. Expenses will include fencing for capacity control, COVID related health screening procedures, enhanced sanitizing, PPE for volunteers, masks, and costs of building a virtual festival shopping and entertainment experience.

Additional support is being sought for juried award prizes going directly to festival artists.
$0.00$15,000.00Purchase software designed to create a virtual and visual interactive marketplace: GFA will incorporate a virtual component allowing artists to create virtual shops that the public can preview, pre-shop and post-shop. Opportunities for entertainment and public interaction will be incorporated into the experience. The virtual festival will be “live” for a period before and after the festival.

Crowd control and Covid safety precautions: We are coordinating with the City of Tampa regarding crowd control which may require rental of gating/fencing of the area, fees associated with temperature checks or a health screening tool, sanitizing stations, and mask/facial shields supplies to provide precautions for 215 artists, performers, 45,000 festival guests and over 100 volunteers.
11/27/2020152Active
Not Funded0%Eviction Prevention and Basic NeedsMind Over Matter of HillsboroughBasic Needs$50,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)100http://mindovermatterinc.comWe are a youth services organization directly working with the youth of Tampa Bay and their families. We are generally focused on inner city and minority populations. We work with families to ensure basic needs are met, as well as referrals for counseling, assistance with food and educational needs. We work with referrals from other youth services organizations, teachers as well as church organizations to best match families with resources that serve their needs. We provide career counseling service, educational counseling services, technology and transportation as needed as well. Our goal is to break the barriers and provide the help to get to the next level. http://www.mindovermatterinc.com. We have seen a significant number of families that are impacted this year by COVID. This is especially impacting jobs which is a direct impact on financial stability in families. $0.00$50,000.00Funds will be used to serve basic shelter, food, mental health, and emergency housing/utility needs for our youth and their families during COVID. A portion of the funding will be used to supplement staffing to handle the additional volume of requests. We will utilize this to specifically serve families that have a direct impact from COVID loss of employment income OR that have had to leave positions in order to be at home with students for e-learning. Through case management we will work with families to determine these needs, match them with appropriate programming and funding as needed to ensure these basic needs for food and shelter are met. Many families are contacting us after being turned down by other organizations.11/27/2020152Active
Partially Funded0%STRAZ CENTER RAISE THE CURTAIN RECOVERY FUNDDavid A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing ArtsArts and Culture$2,991,667.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas500,000https://www.strazcenter.org/We need your help to raise the curtains and reopen the Straz Center!

Before COVID-19, ticket income from Broadway shows provided more than 70% of our annual income. As the pandemic struck, we took decisive action, closing our facility, pivoting community programs to virtual formats, and reducing expenses by 80% to help carry us through.

Despite significant losses, we have continued serving Tampa Bay through a range of virtual, pre-packaged and safely distanced live arts education and community engagement programs.

We are committed to reopen slowly and safely, and we are investing $1.4 million for necessary improvements to help protect everyone at The Straz from the coronavirus.
But without vital ticket income, we face an operating gap of $3 million through March 2021.

The Straz Center cannot fully recover and reopen without strong community support.
$8,333.00$3,000,000.00Your gift of any amount to our Raise the Curtain Recovery Fund will support our continued virtual and on-site performances, vital arts education and community engagement programs, new health and safety measures, and our scaled-back but dedicated staff.

With your help, The Straz you remember will be here, still vibrant, serving our community, and ready to welcome you back.

And together, we can plan and deliver the uplifting community celebration of our cultural resilience when we can safely emerge from this crisis.
11/25/2020154Active
Not Funded0%Making our Ministry Center Handicap Compliant/Friendly (ADA - American with Disabilities Act)Operation Light ForceDomestic Abuse and Human Trafficking$15,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)30http://operationlightforce.comDue to COVID, there has been an increased demand for counselling. Over 70% of the people we counsel have been human trafficked. We are had to increase the number of rooms we use. We have several clients who are handicap and our parking is gravel. We need the parking to be concrete to make it handicap compliant/friendly (ADA - American with Disabilities.) Thanks for your consideration. $0.00$15,000.00The funds will be used to provide concrete parking spaces, a concrete entryway, as well as sidewalks. We will also change out some of the doors to make them more ADA compliant. This will help us to double our ministry capacity rather quickly. 11/25/2020154Active
Not Funded0%TBNEH Expansion of COVID Emergency Hunger Response Programs for Tampa Bay HomeboundTampa Bay Network to End HungerBasic Needs$150,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas3,658https://networktoendhunger.orgIn order to meet the need of feeding children while school was closed due to COVID-19, we launched the MOWs4Kids program in St. Petersburg.
Since then, we have expanded the program to serve Pinellas County, East Pasco, Tampa, and Wimauma. The program utilizes volunteers to deliver a week’s worth of shelf-stable meal ingredients, a bag of produce, and a 5-meal pack per child, to the families that need it most.
In addition, our Meals on Wheels St. Petersburg program which serves seniors and homebound 18 years and older, has seen an increase of 150% in applications. With this support, we would be able to serve those in mid- and north Pinellas County (Clearwater, Largo, N. Pinellas Park, and Dunedin).In this new post COVID reality, many caregivers are no longer able to support our senior/homebound neighbors by providing needed nutritional support.
$0.00$150,000.00The Meals On Wheels for Kids (MOW4Kids) program was developed as an alternative option for: 1) kids that are not able to access any of the school meal distribution sites; and/or 2) kids that have difficulty accessing food pantries. Average cost per child served a week’s worth of food is $41/child per week (including head of household).
For our seniors, We plan to purchase up to 1000 3-meal packs at $16.50 per 3-meal pack. We have seen a 150% increase in applications from our seniors and homebound 18 years old and older, since COVID-19.
The funds will help cover the costs of expansion of our MOWs4Kids program into Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas and expand our service area of our seniors in Pinellas for the period between November 2020-January 2021.
11/25/2020154Active
Not Funded0%Administrative Costs for Our Community GardenUrban Progress Alliance IncHealth and Wellbeing$3,681.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)14http://upaall.comWe (Urban Progress Alliance, Inc) have agency over a 4000 square foot lot in West Tampa at the address of 2307 W Beach St.

We have some administrative costs that we would like to receive financial assistance for.

These costs include general liability insurance, staff travel expenses, garden maintenance and repair, advertising expenses, staff salary and website maintenance.

Prior to Covid-19, our organizations' primary method of raising funds were fundraising events. Many of our partnered and public venues were closed which stalled and cancelled several fundraising events that were designed to raise the money to cover the listed expenses. Our recovery from these financial circumstances due to Covid-19 has been slow but steady. We have had to fully utilize our resources of personnel and volunteers, yet the expenses listed are still direly needed.
$0.00$3,681.00The funds will be used for the following:

General Liability Insurance for one year will be paid in one lump sum = $607
Garden manager travel expenses for three months will be deposited into our company bank account for travel expenses= $600
Garden lawn maintenance for four months will be paid to lawn care service or tool rental month to month = $240
Advertising flyers will be purchased from Staples in one bulk purchase = $160
Garden Manager salary for three months will be allocated garden manager on a monthly salary basis = $1,750
Wix Website Business Unlimited Plan for two years will be purchased in full with one time payment= $324
11/25/2020154Active
Not Funded0%Supporting Mental Illness Recovery - The importance of mental health has only increased over the past nine months for our membersProject Return, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$6,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)153http://projectreturn.orgTo improve the quality of life for people recovering from mental illness through our Center for Lifelong Education, Training, and Development helping to support our members' mental health issues brought about, triggered, or worsened by this COVID crisis. Having to close earlier this year and pivoting to reopen safely for our community has been a challenge. These funds would enable us to meet the needs of our members by continuing to offer our services safely at our recovery and support Center by covering the cost of materials such as tables for social distancing, touchless faucets, plexiglass, and ongoing extensive cleaning services to disinfect the Center regularly. Other costs include upgrading our fencing and hiring help to clean our properties from the debris and destruction caused by the homeless routinely being on our property because of the lack of shelter space casued by COVID.$0.00$6,000.00Operating Expenses to Continue to improve the quality of life for people recovering from mental illness through our Center for Lifelong Education, Training, and Development. Supporting Mental Illness Recovery. We offer a menu of services individuals can choose from including educational classes, social activities, skill-building, personal enrichment opportunities, and access to other community resources all at one convenient location.11/23/2020156Active
Not Funded0%ReligiousTemple Crest Haitian Baptist ChurchBasic Needs$100,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)200https://www.facebook.com/legliztemplecrest/Due to COVID-19 the social program such as: financial aid, seminars, food ministry, helping the needy, couple education, drug abuse education, helping people to improve their economic financial standing, etc. All of that has been put on hold. Because we have not been gathering for some months now, the financial situation of the church has decreased greatly.
Because of the confinement, members of the church cannot gather; as a result, less money has been coming in thus we have had to borrow money to pay our expenses.
$0.00$100,000.00The funds will be used to start again the social program and also to cover the debts, bills and basic needs of the church due to COVID-19.11/23/2020156Active
Not Funded0%Reframing Trauma: Heroes Journey Workshop for Tampa's Everyday HeroesThe Heroes JourneyHealth and Wellbeing$10,700.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)40http://theheroesjourney.orgThe bravery of Tampa's front-line responders during COVID has had a terrible cost. Concerns about getting the virus are only part of their stress. Since COVID hit Florida, first responders have witnessed illness and death in a way they never have before. Finding comfort in the chaos is high priority. It is imperative they are able to make connections with their peers who are navigating the same trauma.

Tampa works to contain the virus, but it will be a long time before emergency workers establish a new normal. While civilians will eventually move on to rebuild the threat that post-traumatic stress poses for first responders could rage for years.

Narrative therapy helps these heroes tell their stories to overcome the trauma they’re dealing with every day in the field and helps them better communicate what’s happening in their heads. This speeds up the recovery and adjustment process.
$0.00$10,700.00We respectfully request $10,700 for two 2-day narrative therapy workshops for 40 first responders in need of support as they navigate the stresses caused by COVID 19. Programs focus on identifying emergency personnel in crisis and provide a safe oasis where they connect, share their stories, and confront and reframe their trauma through the power of therapeutic narrative.

Under the supervision of mental health professionals and veteran storytelling coaches, heroes participate in exercises to recognize their trauma and shape it into a healing story. The group members can openly discuss concerns and tell their stories after being silent since the beginning of the pandemic. Most importantly our heroes find others they can trust and call upon when times get tough. The healing process starts during the workshop, and for many, becomes the first time they have shared their pain with anyone.
11/21/2020158Active
Not Funded0%COVID-19 Supplies for Early Learning Academies R'Club Child Care, Inc.Professional Services$19,497.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas619http://www.rclub.net/R'Club Child Care Inc. provides high-quality early learning opportunities to improve school readiness outcomes for enrolled children ages two months-5 years in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. Our 10 Early Learning Academies (ELAs) are accredited and adopt research-based curriculum required by Florida State, ensuring that children have access to high-quality programs, especially those from low-income communities.

During COVID-19, our ELAs created self-contained settings to adhere to social distancing practices and prevent the virus' spread. In ELA classrooms, children have individual learning supplies, and classroom materials remain in each room to prevent comingling. However, R'Club's ELAs currently share the state-mandated curriculum among 81 classrooms, which affects our ability to contain the virus and impacts classroom instruction when the curriculum is not readily at hand.
$0.00$19,497.00The requested amount of $19,497 will address R'Club's ELAs' high need for additional curriculum for 51 classrooms who share these materials. In our COVID-19 protocols, ELA teachers are assigned to 1 classroom and do not co-mingle classroom materials or with other staff. We currently have 30 "shared" sets of the state-mandated curriculum and are not able to isolate curriculum between 81 ELA classrooms.

The requested amount of $19,497 covers:
• $3,999: 20 sets of the Infants & Toddlers curriculum, "Beyond Crib and Rattles Comprehensive Program, 2nd Edition 2019"
• $15,498: 31 sets of Preschoolers curriculum "Beyond Centers and Circle Time Comprehensive Program, 3rd Edition 2019"
We will prioritize the curriculum purchase, starting with our ELAs in communities most impacted by COVID-19. R'Club will purchase the curriculum from Kaplan Early Learning Company once funds are received.
11/20/2020159Active
Not Funded0%COVID-19 Supplies for Out-of-School-Time ProgramsR'Club Child Care, Inc.Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$10,999.00Pinellas1,666http://www.rclub.net/R'Club Child Care, Inc. provides high-quality out-of-school-time (OST) programs to improve academic outcomes and social-emotional skills for 1755 enrolled children in Kindergarten-8th grade in Pinellas County. Our 40 OST sites include 31 School Age Centers, 7 Middle School Centers, and 2 Exceptional Student Centers for children with special needs.

During COVID-19, R'Club's Centers created self-contained settings to social distance and prevent COVID-19 spread. At the 33 School Age and Exceptional Student Centers, children have individual learning supplies, and classroom materials are color-coded by classroom and kept separate from other classrooms to limit the virus’ reach. Social distancing requirements will remain throughout the school year. We need COVID-19 program supplies to help keep children socially distanced and in separate groups for inside and outside program activities.
$0.00$10,999.00The $10,999 request is for COVID-19 program supplies to include sitting and table spot sets, automatic hand sanitizers, and dry erase pockets for parent check-in safety. These program supplies will keep children safe within their designated groups by color and socially distanced from each other during activities. Staff will promote safety through frequent “touchless” hand sanitization and wipeable check-in sheets.

The following COVID-19 program supplies will be purchased:
• $3,779: 126 sets of Table Spots to designate social distance space when children sit at cafeteria tables.
• $3,918: 196 sets of Sitting Spots to designate social distance space during program activities.
• $ 1,320: 33 Automatic Hand Sanitizers to encourage frequent “touchless” sanitization.
• $1,982: 62 Dry Erase Pockets allow for sanitization and provide safety during parent check-in.
11/20/2020159Active
Not Funded0%Resilience Through Connection: Linking senior military veterans with post 9/11 vets to battle COVID isolation and lonelinessThe Heroes JourneyHealth and Wellbeing$5,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)35http://theheroesjourney.orgAn often overlooked segment of the veteran population includes seniors who fought in WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam. Our oldest veterans are aged in the highest risk category for COVID-19; a very large percentage of that demographic live in the Tampa area.

With the isolation requirements that have been in place in Florida since March, many military veterans of all ages are not getting the support services they rely on to remain connected to their military brothers and to fend off loneliness. This has prevented many of them from maintaining their social networks, which puts them at an increased risk for suicide. With males ages 65 and older being at the highest risk for suicide, and veterans committing suicide at a rate 50% higher than non-veterans, this isolation is a recipe for disaster, and this is the community which needs The Heroes Journey's immediate support.
$0.00$5,000.00Support will provide 4 1-day connection workshops for veterans as they struggle with isolation caused by COVID 19. We will facilitate a series of storytelling workshops, with a focus on connecting senior veterans with younger vets. We will introduce partners to each other online and when gathering is allowed, we will begin a series of weekly get togethers where vets share their combat stories, and the stories of their friends who didn't return, with each other and with a larger group. From the book The Things They Carried, “Sometimes in a story the dead stand up and they’re alive again.” In the safe haven of a Heroes Journey workshop, participants will share their stories and honor their fallen friends, we will honor their service, and they will find new friends in each other.

This project will serve 20+ veterans who served during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, and 15 post 9/11 veterans.
11/20/2020159Active
Partially Funded60%Support of Adult Returning Post-Secondary StudentsPinellas County Urban LeagueEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$10,000.00Pinellas30http://ul-pinellas.iamempowered.com/In June, LEAP Tampa Bay College Access Network (LEAP) launched an initiative called Complete Tampa Bay (CTB) to re-engage adults in education and training, specifically targeting Black, Hispanic and low-income populations. Those with prior college get free, personalized coaching to help them navigate re-enrolling, identify resources and complete a degree or credential. More than 330,000 Tampa Bay adults have started college but never finished a credential (2017 American Community Survey) and HCC, SPC and USF identified 60,000 past students who stopped out the last five years. An estimated 50% of those are students of color. COVID-19 has created even greater need, with recent numbers showing 13.1% of residents facing unemployment. PCUL will partner with CTB to support those students we serve who may have decided not to re-enroll in school because of loss of employment due to COVID-19. $15,000.00$25,000.00PCUL & CTB are committed to serving Black, Hispanic and low-income adults (whose graduation rates lag far behind those of whites and high-income). These students have access to coaching and support to help them finish school. Many stop-outs are tied to finances. Coaches guide students who need financial support to those CTB partner schools and PCUL will offer these funds in support of costs of attendance and basic needs to help them complete their education. This is crucial because we know earning a career or technical degree beyond high school can add an average of $10,000 to annual pay; earning an Associate’s degree can double what students expect to earn with a diploma (Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, 2017), helping adults earn a living wage to bounce back from COVID-19. The request is the cost for funding 30 students in completing their schooling. 11/17/2020162Active
Partially Funded11%ThinkTank Theatre Virtual Programming Initiative - Professional Family Theatre for Young AudiencesThinkTank TheatreArts and Culture$11,167.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)1,000http://thinktanktya.orgAs ThinkTank is in its 3rd season, it's of the utmost importance for us to continue facilitating professional theatre and its resources within reach of our audience base, Tampa Bay’s Young Audiences and Families. Over the last 8 months, we have been creative, thinking outside-the-box with programming and budgeting for both our production and educational needs; however, we’ve reached a point where Zoom and recordings no longer serve our audience. We must aim to enhance our virtual opportunities in this changing theatre scene. ThinkTank is requesting assistance with our Virtual Programming Initiative. This program will supply the means for us to virtually live streamed productions this season, artistic staff compensation, the necessary equipment to maintain safe/sanitary rehearsal/production spaces, and the opportunity to engage our audiences in a more effective technological capacity.$1,333.00$12,500.00$6500 – Compensation for Digital Streaming Staff and Technology Support for up to 6 filming sessions through the end of our 2020/2021 season.
$4000 – Artistic and Staff compensation, general operations (storage, insurance, community engagement, marketing, etc.), Safety Officer Compensation, etc.
$2000 – COVID safety materials, PPE supplies, and UV-HEPA air filtration systems
11/17/2020162Active
Not Funded0%Mental Health/Substance Abuse Prevention ProgramThe Pregnancy and Family Life CenterHealth and Wellbeing$131,200.00Citrus225https://pflcenter.org/We work closely with Ecclesia Behavioral Health and Tree of Life Counseling to provide free services to all the Citrus County Court alternatives programs -- drug court, veterans court, dependency court, and teen court. We contract with the only LCSW in Citrus County that is certified in Peri-Natal Mood Disorders. Our Center currently offers services by a Master’s Level student from Capella University and a Bachelor’s Level student from St. Leo University, both of whom are completing their Social Work Degrees. We pride ourselves on the ease and expediency at which an uninsured individual can make an appointment and be actively engaged in counseling through our Center - generally within 3-5 days. Nowhere else in Citrus County can you have no insurance, job, or money, and be offered the opportunity to meet with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 3-5 days. We have had many success.$0.00$131,200.00The Funds would pay for the mental health/substance abuse treatment of the indigent/at risk populations in Citrus County. As well as those mothers at risk for depression, post partum depression and substance use disorder. The corona virus effects on our community has been and is far reaching. Many of our clients have lost jobs, houses and livelihoods due to this pandemic; as well as the effect it has had on our mothers who have been at home isolated with their children and those who are fearful of the effects of the pandemic on their pregnancy and their postpartum support systems. Many individuals are turning to substance abuse as a coping mechanism to deal with the loss and increased stressors in their lives. We do not have a waiting list and can get individuals into free treatment with a licensed mental health counselor with in 3-5 days.11/15/2020164Active
Not Funded0% Digital Field Trips Support & Scholarships for Educators and SchoolsChilidren's Museum of Tampa, Inc.Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$10,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas5,000http://glazermuseum.orgIn the 20-21 school year, Glazer Children’s Museum is preparing to deliver educational programming to schools in the form of Digital Field Trip Experiences in order to be relevant to the times, provide resources for overburdened teachers and schools, and provide opportunities for students. In a typical school year, approximately 25,000 children visit the museum via on-site field trips with their schools. 4,000-5,000 of those students attend Title 1 Schools in the surrounding counties and attend the museum as a part of a scholarship program funded by our Social Responsibility Initiative. GCM has modified our field trips into a digital format to provide access while also reaching a high number of students and address Florida State Standards. These new Digital Field Trip experiences will be installed onto the Canvas Learning System where teachers can easily integrate them into lessons.$0.00$10,000.00Support from the community will create access for selected Title 1 and Renaissance schools serving those experiencing high-poverty. This will allow nearly 5,000 students to experience one-of-kind GCM field trips, free of charge, with no concern of their ability to pay.

Funding will provide staffing and support for curriculum development and also educator and school membership scholarships to access the curriculum.

Funding will support staff who develop and deliver curriculum modules and weekly science shows, as well as membership costs for schools to access the program. School memberships allow free visits for all named educators, discounts on any in-person visits, and discounts on professional development.

As students move through a truly unique and unknown school year, these engaging and educational learning experiences are needed now more than ever.
11/12/2020167Active
Not Funded0%Family Play ProjectsChilidren's Museum of Tampa, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$40,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)150,000http://glazermuseum.orgGlazer Children’s Museum believes play-based learning builds executive function as well as social and emotional skills and that all children and families can receive life-long benefits from developing these foundational skills. As museum visitor behavior has shifted in the wake of COVID-19, an opportunity has arisen to engage families in different ways. In response, GCM’s education team created the Family Play Project to actively encourage family interaction through relevant, accessible programs that appeal to a broad range of audiences. These interactive programs happen several times throughout the day and focus on a range of topics and skills, including gross motor play, art, STEM, literacy, and more. These projects not only provide a foundation for families to learn and play together, they also reinforced our formation as an important resource for families in a very difficult time. $0.00$40,000.00Funding will provide professional development training for staff in childhood development, social-emotional learning, serving Neurodiverse children, and assessing family learning. It will also provide staffing and support for curriculum development and program materials as well as marketing and advertising. Supply needs include computers, a sound system, microscopes, a large storage cart that then opens up as a display and backdrop for shows, and lighting for filming educational programs.11/12/2020167Active
Not Funded0%6-12 Grade Community Tutoring and Test PrepNew St Matthew Missionary Baptist Church, IncEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$7,000.00Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)60http://nsmmbc.comThis Community Tutoring and Test Prep project addresses a need in the 6-12 Educational Challenge
1. How can all students learn significant amount of content needed to pass standardized testing?
2. The project focuses on developing and delivering educational material and media to aid students in understanding core mathematics, language, and Social Studies concepts that researchers have found are misunderstood as students reach middle school.
3. The program is directed to students who, due to COVID-19 are having a hard time with remote learning and reduced 1:1 in person teacher interaction.
4. The Program will also help students understand how to work remotely as a result of reduced class time and Coronavirus restrictions.
4. The project will also provide instructional tools to assist teachers in using these media, and thus secondarily addresses 6-12 Education Program Challenge
$0.00$7,000.00To pay tutors(certified teachers), develop Materials, provide sustenance for students while attending sessions 3 days a week. 11/10/2020169Active
Not Funded0%SupportVictory Child Development CenterBasic Needs$10,000.00Pinellas14https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Day-Care/Victory-Child-Development-Center-296427940389822/Payroll. To continue employing preschool teachers and ensuring children in our care have quality care.$0.00$10,000.00This money would be used to pay our teachers and keep them all employed while we try to rebuild our classroom closures due to Covid. This will give us the oppurtunity to keep everyone we have as well as give our children the safest and best expierence.11/06/2020173Active
Not Funded0%Creating innovative, safely delivered, virtual theatre designed to engage, challenge, and amplify the voices of our multi-generational, culturally diverse community.The Tampa Repertory Theater, Inc.Arts and Culture$38,400.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)2,500http://tamparep.orgDue to the pandemic, we were forced to cancel or postpone live programming, eliminating almost 70 jobs our artists, designers, stage managers, and staff. With no income from expected ticket sales during the shutdown, we are continuing to create and safely deliver virtual theatre programming in order to provide employment to artists and continue to connect and engage our community. Programming includes remote performances on online platforms and filmed/streamed COVID-safe, quarantined theatre productions.
 Digital programming production and compensation has caused depletion of our payroll and operations reserves. We seek support for operations, artist and staff compensation, new technology to allow the filming and digital streaming of safely implemented theatre productions, and implementation of essential safety/sanitation protocols required to safety come back together again.
$0.00$38,400.00$21,000 helps sustain the operational costs of the organization which are approximately $3,500 per month (staff compensation, insurance, marketing, outreach, storage facilities, etc.)
$10,500 helps fund Artist compensation, technology support, and safety supplies for working on quarantined production sets.
$4,500 helps support the investment in new technology and professional production equipment including two GoPro HERO8 cameras, a DLSR Camera bundle, tripods, audio equipment, video switching equipment, software licensing, lighting equipment, peripheral equipment, and digital streaming service subscriptions.

$2,400 helps fund COVID Safety equipment, PPE supplies, and Safety Officer compensation to ensure the safety of our artists and production crew. Equipment and supplies include two commercial grade UV-HEPA air filtration systems.
11/05/2020174Active
Not Funded0%Greater Outcomes: Project H.O.P.E.Greater Outcomes IncHealth and Wellbeing$62,300.00Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas531http://www.greateroutcomes.orgGreater Outcomes will be addressing the need for Personal Protective Equipment to individuals who are homeless, developmental/physically disabled, and/or experiencing mental health disorders. We also will be providing emergency housing, food, and financial assistance to prevent homelessness amongst our targeted population. Our organization will also be providing personal support services, bus passes, door to door transportation to medical appointments and grocery shopping, specialized mental health counseling,and behavior analysis services at no cost to those in need.$0.00$62,300.00$2,300 for Personal Protective Equipment: the purchase of reusable face mask, soap, hand sanitizer, gloves, and face shields
$13,800 for Emergency Housing for targeted population during cold snaps and displaced individuals for up to 6 months will cover the cost of operations and utilities at 2 of our locations.
$8,000 for Food purchases and ready to eat meals purchased from Feeding America to cover cost for up to 6 months
$15,200 for Financial Assistance for payment directly to Landlords or utility companies to prevent homelessness or displacement among targeted population.
$5,300 Personal Support Services for staffing cost to provide personalized care, assistance,meal preparation,cleaning, and medical supervision.
$7,700 for Transportation to medical appointments, and purchase of bus passes free of charge to those in need.
Mental Health Counseling-$5000
Behavior Analysis Services-$5000
11/02/2020177Active
Not Funded0%Pyramid, Inc. Building Modifications for COVID-19 MitigationPyramid, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$53,991.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)70https://www.pyramidinc.org/Pyramid is an arts-focused nonprofit organization that provides adult day training (ADT) services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Hillsborough County for more than 22 years. While Pyramid is best known for its unique focus on the arts, we remain committed to finding new ways to engage those with severe disabilities and those whose cognitive, physical and behavioral characteristics do not lend themselves to traditional learning strategies, to provide an environment in which they can find excitement and meaning. In March, Pyramid closed to adhere to state COVID mandates and to ensure the health of our students, most of whom fall into high risk categories. A phased reopening plan has been developed, however, in order to fully implement it, interior building modifications must be made to help ensure virus mitigation and the safety of our students & staff. $0.00$53,991.00The funds will be used for Phase #1 interior building modifications that must be made in order to follow CDC-recommended and governing state agency mandated social distancing measures. To do this, we must transition 12 existing small classrooms into 6 larger classrooms and reconfigure the activity room and entrance at the front of the building. The costs detailed below reflect the necessary modifications to implement Phase 1 only, which will allow us to safely provide services to 70 students . Phase 2 modifications, not included in this request, are expected to be comparative in cost and will allow us to serve at 100% capacity (150).
- Estimated Construction Costs including labor, materials and equipment: $38,605
- Estimated Flooring Costs including labor, materials and equipment: $11,586
- Estimated Lighting/Re-Wiring Costs including labor, materials and equipment: $3,800

11/02/2020177Active
Partially Funded5%Planned Parenthood Virtual Health Center – Telehealth for Southwest and Central Florida Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central FloridaHealth and Wellbeing$23,667.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas15,000https://plannedparenthood.org/health-center/florida/tampaPlanned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida (PPSWCF) has introduced the use of telehealth to create a virtual health center for direct patient care visits. Telehealth expands our reach to those unable to come to our traditional physical health center. And it assures optimal safety for our patients and staff by limiting in-person contact whenever possible.

The virtual health center is an extension of our service offerings, positioned alongside our existing health centers as a distinct entity. In-depth care is provided by our dedicated team of clinicians and support staff that currently serve in our physical health centers.

Current services administered through telehealth include:
- Pregnancy tests and pregnancy verification for Medicaid
- Gender-affirming hormone therapy
- Birth control consultations
- Family planning
- UTI and STI diagnosis and treatment
$1,333.00$25,000.00Many of our patients who currently choose to come to a traditional health center will now choose telehealth. We anticipate that we will attract new patients who could not previously access our care enabling us to support health care equity and reduce health care disparities in the greater Tampa Bay region.

Based on strong leadership and donor support, this project moved quickly despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual health center successfully opened in just six weeks. We are seeking $25,000 in additional funding support to ensure program growth and sustainability.
10/30/2020180Active
Not Funded0%SPARK Mentoring Programs & Virtual MentoringThe Cypress Initiaitve, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$15,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)150http://thesparkinitiative.comThe SPARK initiative provides free one on one mentoring and free group mentoring to anyone under 18 in Hillsborough County. Since the onset of COVID, we have seen a huge uptick in the mental health needs and requests for our community’s most at-risk youth, who are having trouble adjusting with the changes in education and social atmospheres. We want to continue giving back by educating our most vulnerable youth about their mental health through our SPARK Mentoring Programs and Virtual Mentoring services. It is a top priority to serve both in-person and virtually, helping youth navigate through these turbulent times and see their SPARK inside. Typically, we provide these services with funding by Hillsborough County Public Schools. However, it is not currently an option, as the school’s budget has also been affected. We want to continue bringing the SPARK out of all students we encounter.$0.00$15,000.00Funds would be used to implement our evidence based and CASEL approved, SPARK Mentoring Programs (ages 5-22) which include engaging lessons on very common topics that our youth face day in and day out. These lessons include a variety of hands-on activities, workbooks, demonstrations, games, digital materials and give-away prizes that are offered to participants. Our programs are proven to create positive, sustainable change in the mental well-being and resilience of at-risk youth. We have an overflow of requests from schools, organizations and parents for these services but do not have the funding to fulfill all the requests. 10/26/2020184Active
Not Funded0%SPARKING CHANGE Youth Leadership Program The Cypress Initiaitve, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$20,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)10http://thesparkinitiative.comThis year has been life changing for us all due to COVID-19, but our youth have been impacted in a way that is new for their generation, striving to be heard and create positive change in their lives like never before. As this crisis has put a hindrance on our young people, we at SPARK want to launch our SPARKING CHANGE Youth Leadership Program in January 2021, by gathering a group of 10 young change-makers ready to create positive, sustainable changes in their community. Educating them on the power of the mind and resilience, they will be joining us for a yearlong, paid internship, with training opportunities and hands-on experiences. Since COVID-19 has put a pause on several funding opportunities, to make this leadership program possible, we need the support in order for these 10 interns to receive the tools, guidance and knowledge to launch their own initiative, by the end of 2021.$0.00$20,000.00The funds needed are to cover these opportunities that an intern will have by participating in the leadership program.
•1 Year Youth Leadership Development - Learning about their minds as the origin of change, and receive assistance designing and executing their own projects to make sustainable change in their community.
•Youth Mentorship Training - Developing youth facilitators to deliver programs in schools and community organizations.
•On the Ground Live Training and Observation - Opportunities to observe and co-teach with the SPARK team in schools, community organizations, and jails.
•An opportunity to Attend the Global change Incubator, a 10-month, national leadership program through the IOS Collective and travel to Chicago, IL and Portland, OR. to work with other youth-led organizations.
•A Stipend - For completing the full program and creating their own community impact project.
10/26/2020184Active
Not Funded0%SPARK's Adult Program at Selah FreedomThe Cypress Initiaitve, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$10,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)100http://thesparkinitiative.comThe SPARK Initiative has been donating our adult program to Selah Freedom (a nonprofit organization that provides residential programming and education for sex trafficking survivors) since 2015. We find it crucial to continue our program at Selah and help guide these women to see their potential, resilience and ability to become who they want to be in the world. This empowering program introduces how the mind works and allows these women to see their capability of change and notice solutions they didn’t know existed before. Educating them about their mind will create more awareness around being manipulated to return to their old ways of living. Witnessing these survivors convert into strong and confident women has been a rewarding experience. We at The SPARK Initiative want to continue being a part of their journey, by pointing to their SPARK inside and living to their fullest potential.$0.00$10,000.00Our Adult Program at The SPARK Initiative is a compilation of sessions our mentors implement to teach and impact these survivor’s lives. The program is implemented weekly at Selah Freedom’s local safe house (or virtually when necessary due to COVID) and each group of survivors remain residents for 6-8 weeks until they transition to their next phase up. The adult program includes hands-on activities with demonstrations, small group discussions, digital materials, workbooks/worksheets, games, and giveaway prizes, all educating about the mind and their innate resilience. Participants are most impacted when the program is completed with fidelity. The funds requested will cover material expenses for 100 survivors starting in January 2021 – January 2022.10/26/2020184Active
Not Funded0%Curriculum Development AssistanceResilience, Inc.Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$1,000,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)200,000https://mylearningtools.org/contact-us/ Resilience, Inc is developing a curriculum for K-12 schools to include Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for students to enhance their mental and emotional resilience through 5 Core Subjects, broken into 65 different Social Emotional Learning modules, with lesson plans, one to ones, audio exercises, educational videos, educational video games, 6 languages, artificial intelligence, data analytics, reporting, and other deployment tools.
Our customers (K-12 schools) were severely impacted by Covid-19. Due to the school's district steep budget cuts, they are not able to afford our premium curriculum impacting the lives of children.
$0.00$1,000,000.00We have a detailed budget allocating funds to payroll for staff members to develop and deploy curriculum. There are nine departments and 28 unique positions currently with all staff members working as volunteers on a part time bases. With funding, we can hire staff members to work full time and develop and deploy the curriculum before the 2020-2021 school year. 10/24/2020186Active
Not Funded0%Connection to SuccessTampa Crossroads. IncBasic Needs$1,500.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)180http://tampacrossroads.comOur Supportive Services for Veteran Families and Rapid Rehousing Programs both serve the needs of individuals and families experiencing or facing imminent homelessness in Hillsborough County. Speeding up the enrollment process is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, because the sooner we are able to enroll people into our programs, the sooner we can get them off the streets and into a safe and stable atmosphere. Our Case Managers spend significant time in the field (homeless camps, under passes/bridges, homeless shelters, public parks, etc.) trying to find individuals who need assistance. Often, our team is unable to perform intake assessments due to lack of internet service available. For this reason, we seek support in the form of funds for mobile hotspot service so that our team can appropriately intake clients and get them into the programs for rehousing services. $0.00$1,500.00Using Walmart as a Vendor - we estimate the following cost which 100% of funds provided will go towards this purchase:
Purchase 5 Hotspots at $50.00 Each = Total $250
4 GB of Data for 60 Days = $50.00 which equates to 1 Year of Data = $300 per Hot Spot
5 Hotspots x $300 = $1500.00 Total Request
10/22/2020188Active
Not Funded0%Transportation to SuccessTampa Crossroads. IncBasic Needs$4,825.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)170http://tampacrossroads.comTampa Crossroads serves clients with a variety of needs including disabled adults seeking employment, people with mental health or substance abuse conditions, and those in our community experiencing homelessness. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important that we are able to serve our clients quickly, and a barrier to that process is a lack of transportation. Clients are unable to attend intake assessments, job interviews, professional training classes, appointments for medical services, and meetings to help them obtain proper identification and other necessary documentation. Despite our best efforts, a lack of transportation has become a hinderance to our clients' success. Since our program funds do not allow for this type of spend, these funds will enable us to purchase 31-day or 1-day bus passes for our clients, depending on their urgent needs for transportation. $0.00$4,825.00Funds would be directly used to order bus passes for our clients:
31-day Unlimited HART Farecards - 120 $32.50 Each $3,900.00 Total
10 Pack 1-day HART Farecards - 50 $18.50 Each $925.00 Total
10/22/2020188Active
Not Funded0%TampaBay-Job-Links Job-Search Readiness ResponseTampaBay-Job-LinksWorkforce Services and Career Development$35,000.00Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas500http://tbjl.orgSince 2010, TBJL has been a supportive community where people gain relevant job-search and career transition skills, helping them find employment to sustain themselves and their families. Professional career coaches work with clients 1:1 and in workshops to guide them through the job-search process. Our approach is holistic and high touch as we work with each client to minimize or eliminate barriers to employment. Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, the demand for our services has increased dramatically as individuals in our community face uncertainties from job loss, income reduction, and the inability to make ends meet. Clients need hope, encouragement, community connection, current job-search tools, updated self-marketing materials, social media networking proficiency, virtual interview preparation, and more.$0.00$35,000.00TBJL needs funding to increase capacity to provide professional and comprehensive career transition services, mental health counseling, and referral to emergency services for clients, many who have lost jobs due to COVID-19. With the support of individuals and foundations, we will be able to serve 60% more 1:1 career coaching clients and an unlimited number of interactive video-conferencing participants in 2020 over 2019. Funds will be used to support and scale:
* Intake & initial consultation of new clients
* Weekly 1:1 client career coaching sessions
* Development and presentation of video-conferencing programs on topics i.e., managing change and transition, building resilience, identifying transferable skills, behavioral & virtual interviews
* Short-term mental health counseling
* Referral to community partners for financial, housing, food, and crisis assistance
10/20/2020190Active
Not Funded0%COVID-19 Homeless Youth Emergency Assistance ProgramYouth Improvement ServicesBasic Needs$10,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas10http://www.youthimprovement.orgThe COVID-19 pandemic has created an urgent need in the Tampa Bay area for additional services to unsheltered and disadvantaged, unaccompanied youth who lack family support and are being disproportionately impacted. We have been a part of the community's response and would like to gain additional support . Youth Improvement Services, Inc. (YIS) is a nonprofit organization that empowers low-income youth. We are located in Pinellas County and will provide solutions in the entire Tampa Bay area. Our agency provides emergency housing and support services to young adults, ages 18-24 years old. Our program focuses on black and indigenous youth of color, LGBTQ youth and immigrant youth. We are very grateful for a recent grant from the Plus Project at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. This request is to supplement the funding already received so we can assist additional youth in need. $0.00$10,000.00The $10,000 being requested will be allocated as follows:

Emergency Housing, Support Services, General Economic Assistance to Clients $6,500 - direct project/program costs to cover housing and housing related items, transportation assistance, life skills training, meals for participating youth.

Personnel $3,000 – Direct project/program related for staff to administer the project, conduct intake, provide training to clients and support services.

Marketing and Promotion, Project Evaluation, Fundraising: The $500 requested will be used to support the outreach efforts to the target population, distribution of project related information, purchase office supplies, assist with management of project related information and support efforts to raise additional funds to continue the project sustainably.
10/20/2020190Active
Not Funded0%Request for FundsChildren Across BordersBasic Needs$40,000.00Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)4,000http://www.childrenacrossborders.orgDue to COVID-19, Children Across Borders (CAB) is unable to host its fundraising event this year, proceeds of which positively impact 9 grassroots children-focused organizations In Hillsborough County, distributing funds for programs in education, health, shelter and wellness. We are requesting a grant of the maximum possible, to provide urgent supplies for children at these organizations to purchase food and water, books, internet access, tutoring fees and mental health access. Most of these children live below the poverty line and have one or no parent. $0.00$40,000.00To purchase basic and necessary items for kids affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic:
- Nutritious food (hot meals), snacks, water & clothing
- Books, uniforms, tutoring, internet access
- Diagnostic tools, books for Life-skills training
- Mental health access and healthcare for kids with cancer, hemophilia and mental health issues
- Veterinarian services for dogs that help Guardian Ad Litem, Juvenile and Foster kids
10/19/2020191Active
Partially Funded13%General Clubs Operating CostsBoys and Girls Clubs of Tampa BayEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$86,666.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco20,000https://www.bgctampa.orgDespite the worldwide pandemic, we have kept our Clubs open, with enhanced safety measures, giving kids in our community consistency and safety in these trying times, as well as the quality programming that Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay are known for..
A significant portion of our fundraising comes from generous donors, like you, that believe in and support our mission “to enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens.”
We would be extremely grateful for your consideration. Funds raised help continue the programming both in our physical Club locations and our new online Virtual Club. These programs support the key pillars of our organization: Academic Success, Character & Leadership, and Health & Wellness.
To learn more about our story, visit bgctampa.org.
$13,334.00$100,000.00These funds would be used to keep our Clubs open and operating, to serve the children of Hillsborough and Pasco County. The staff at our Clubs is focused on helping kids with e-learning throughout the school year. Our entire staff is also planning to undergo mental health training, to help our kids even more as they navigate through this incredibly stressful time. And, our Clubs are also focused on being part of the solution to the social justice issues that we are dealing with, in our Club partnership with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department.10/16/2020194Active
Not Funded0%Additional operational needs to serve Adults with Developmental Disabilities during CovidMcClain IncHealth and Wellbeing$20,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)35http://mcclain-inc.org/We are a small organization that has been in Tampa for 43 years. McClain Inc. exists to serve Adults with Developmental Disabilities with an array of services to maximize their potential in all areas of their lives in the least restrictive environment.
We are in need of additional funding to help with increased operating costs during Covid and also renovation costs to one of our three group homes.
$0.00$20,000.00Some of the funds will be used for additional operating costs to run the 3 Group Homes. Due to Covid, some of the Day Programs which some of the Residents attend are closed. Therefore, there are additional Residents that are home during the day. Additional staff are required to meet Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) requirements.
Additional funds will be used in the renovation of one of the homes which is in need of some immediate repairs. (Kitchen cabinets, carpet)
10/16/2020194Active
Not Funded0%Ford Transit Van for Mobile Audiology Services for the Poor and Underserved.Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation of Florida, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$25,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas5,000http://www.familyhearinghelp.orgWe are in need of an additional gently used Ford Transit Connect Van to provide direct services to the poor and underserved children and adults in the Tampa Bay Area. We usually serve
approximately 27,000 children and 900 adults and hope to increase those numbers with the addition of a van.
We were planning on raising enough money from our fundraisers this year to secure the van. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. We provide over $4 million in free audiology services
each year and could truly use the communities help in securing the van we are requesting.
$0.00$25,000.00The requested funds would be used to purchase a gently used Ford Transit Connect Van to provide Audiology Services throughout the Tampa Bay Area.
We were counting on our fundraising events this year to purchase a van to provide mobile services throughout the Tampa Bay Area including all of the
counties covered by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. Unfortunately, the impact of COVID 19 forced all fundraising to be cancelled.
10/16/2020194Active
Not Funded0%Safety Enhancements and Re-Opening Costs for Tampa's Hope Lodge serving Cancer Patients in TreatmentAmerican Cancer SocietyHealth and Wellbeing$15,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas800http://cancer.orgTampa's Hope Lodge provides free home-like housing for cancer patients and their accompanying caregivers who can't afford a place to stay when receiving treatment in Tampa. The Lodge is conveniently located on the campus of USF next to Moffitt Cancer Center, with 40 private guest suites offering 14,600 free nights each year. The Lodge serves more than 800 guests each year. Over the last 3 years (2017-2019), patients from Greater Tampa Bay (Citrus to Pinellas) stayed over 4,750 nights for free - saving these families more than $700,000 in hotel costs alone.

The Lodge was not built for isolation, but rather for community. For the safety of our patients (some of the most high-risk and vulnerable to infection), caregivers, volunteers, and staff, the Lodge has been temporarily closed since late March. When it is safe to do so, the Lodge will re-open with new requirements at increased cost.
$0.00$15,000.00Tampa's Hope Lodge increases access to cancer care for patients who can't afford to travel daily or weekly or pay for a hotel near treatment for long periods of time. This funding ensures the Lodge is ready to re-open and provide this critical service, as soon as it's safe to do so.

Re-opening requirements are developed in consultation with our referring health partners (such as Moffitt Cancer Center), local Departments of Health, and the Society's medical and scientific office.

Re-opening requires more than unlocking doors and turning on lights; one-time costs include:
> facility fumigating and disinfecting;
> installing plexiglass barriers;
> creating screening stations;
> stocking thermometers, personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizer, etc.;
> installing social distancing signage;
> recommissioning plumbing and preparing mechanical systems.

Thank you!
10/15/2020195Active
Not Funded0%No One Hungry HolidayCommunity Food Bank of Citrus CountyBasic Needs$20,000.00Citrus ; Hernando66,000https://communityfoodbankofcitruscounty.org/We believe that no one should go hungry, especially during the holidays. With your support we can ensure over 60,000 of our neighbors in need will have full bellies and a great start to a new year.
Special distributions of holiday meals including turkeys will be provided for free to all clients in need in November and December 2020.

50% of our community lives at or below the poverty level and COVID-19 has only further impacted this with closures, furloughs, shortened hours and scarce resources. 1 in 3 pantry clients have never needed food relief before.
$0.00$20,000.00Holiday meal kits of frozen turkeys, dry mashed potatoes, canned vegetables and a dessert will be provided through our 56 pantry partners to those living in poverty or facing food insecurity due to COVID-19 closures and lay-offs through Thanksgiving, Hanukah and Christmas.

As the only Food Bank in Citrus County serving 56 food pantries and the Emergency Management/FEMA hub for 3 counties (Citrus, Sumter and Hernando), 2020 has been an epic time to serve those in need and fight hunger. We will double our capacity and distribute close to 4 million pounds of food relief to our community. Our commitment to ending hunger and nourishing hope is no less essential during the holiday season when accessible resources can be scarce.

Please help us to elevate our neighbors in need, ward off depression, sickness, and fight hunger this holiday season!
10/15/2020195Active
Not Funded0%Care for Orphaned and Injured WildlifeOwl's Nest Sanctuary for WildlifeAnimal Welfare$6,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas500http://owlsnestsanctuaryforwildlife.comNearly 2,000 orphaned and/or injured animals pass through our facility per year. All of them need food and care, some for extended periods of time. On average, our monthly expenditure to cover those needs is $2,000.00. Our food needs are as varied as the animals that come into our care. Keeping an appropriate diet on hand for every species is very important. During a normal year we would have no problem raising these funds during outreach events. This year has proven a challenge and is causing us to look for support where we normally would not. $0.00$6,000.00Funds would be used to purchase food and care supplies which would meet the needs of approximately 500 animals that will pass through our care over the next three months. Food would be species specific according to what is currently in our care, or anticipated to come in, and care supplies would include medical supplies (needles, fluids, syringes, exam gloves, antibiotics, pain medications) and feeding supplies (nipples, tubes, bottles, species specific baby formula).10/15/2020195Active
Not Funded0%Covid-19 Support Chabad Lubavitch Of South Tampa Inc.Basic Needs$25,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)5,000http://chabadchaicenter.comWe have been inundated with requests for food assistance. For two months we've operated a food distribution drive, we've given out 18,000 boxes of food and the requests keep coming. We've been able to get some supplies from the USDA but we are out, and we need more manpower to keep responding to the requests we're getting. In addition, we have been offering hundreds of virtual mental health sessions to people across the city. $0.00$25,000.00Funds will be used to procure food and supplies for mass distribution to the community. Funds will also be used to expand staffing to meet the expanded need. 10/14/2020196Active
Not Funded0%COVID reliefPACE Center for Girls - PascoBasic Needs$6,000.00Hernando ; Pasco120http://www.pacecenter.org/pascoIn the current COVID-19 financial situation, our girls and families have been hit especially hard. At the same time, our Center was unable to hold fundraising events. This has put us in a situation where it is even more difficult to offer support. Assistance would include emergency food and hygiene items, shelter if girls and families are evicted or need assistance with rent, utility payments, bus passes, etc for those with transportation issues. While we provide these things as needed as part of our program, the current emergency situation has escalated these needs. This funding would help us help them. $0.00$6,000.00In their regular day-to-day lives, many of our girls and their families struggle to pay their bills, buy food, household and hygiene supplies and medicine, buy gas or find transportation, etc.

In the current COVID-19 financial situation, our girls and families have been hit especially hard. At the same time, our Center was unable to hold 2 fundraisers. This has put us in a situation where it is been more difficult to offer support. This funding would help us help our girls tremendously.
10/12/2020198Active
Not Funded0%ScoutReach Program Materials/Camping Expenses for Underserved YouthPathfinder District of the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council Inc., Boy Scouts of AmericaEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$21,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas500http://tampabayscouting.orgThe Pathfinder District delivers the Scouting program to our most vulnerable boys and girls. The District partners with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, Tampa Housing Authority, Hillsborough County School District, the faith community and comparable partners in Pinellas and Pasco Counties to reach underserved youth. Further, it pays for all program costs and provides professional staff assistance, supplemented by substantial volunteer support, to ensure quality program delivery. Due to COVID-19, almost all in-person program delivery ceased, so District staff pivoted and now create individual lesson/activity packets for each child for delivery each week through partner organizations—at greater expense. The District hopes the programming will include at least one day outing to and, hopefully by December, overnight camping at, an area Scout camp—an educational and enjoyable highlight!$0.00$21,000.00Each child’s lesson/activity kit each week costs about $1.00, so 500 kits per week for eight months amounts to $16,000.00.
A long standing Scouting tradition is the Pinewood Derby, which will happen this fall. Pinewood Derby kits cost approximately $5 each. For 500 children, the cost will be $2,500.00, not including the cost of individual paint sets, weights, and other materials to finish the cars.
Transportation, food, and essential gear (e.g., socks) costs for a day trip to an area Scout camp for Cub Scouts (younger kids) is estimated at $1,000.00.
Overnight camping, including transportation, food, and essential gear (e.g., socks, sleeping bags), for Scouts (older youth) is estimated to cost approximately $1,500.00.
The lessons in personal fitness, fair play, leadership, citizenship, respect, and more learned through these activities and outings are invaluable and last a lifetime.
10/12/2020198Active
Partially Funded11%Safe and Healthy Schools Program - Support for LGBTQ Students during COVID-19 PandemicEquality Florida Institute, Inc.Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$44,400.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas59,477http://www.eqfl.orgEquality Florida Institute’s Safe and Healthy Schools Program aims to create a culture of inclusion while countering the stigma that dramatically increases risk factors for LGBTQ students. LGBTQ youth face increased risk for being bullied, assaulted, dropping out, becoming homeless, abusing drugs, committing suicide, or being victims of homicide. During the Coronavirus pandemic, many LGBTQ youth are spending increased time at home with unsupportive/unaccepting families, cut off from support networks they have forged with welcoming clubs, friends, and organizations. We are hearing nightmare stories of young people forced back into the closet, making desperate plans to run away or worse. The need for our program has only increased during the pandemic, and we are rapidly adapting our services to ensure that LGBTQ students are supported in education whether in-person or virtual.$5,600.00$50,000.00Schools throughout Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas are in immediate need of our support to ensure that their LGBTQ students remain resilient and cared for during the Coronavirus pandemic. Our Safe and Healthy Schools Program is a lifeline to 59,477 LGBTQ youth across Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas who are facing increased risk, lack of resources, and social isolation due to the pandemic. The increased demand for training and dedicated virtual support has necessitated increased dedication and resourcing from our staff who are racing to meet the needs of LGBTQ youth throughout the region during this crisis. Funds will partially cover salary costs for Safe and Healthy Schools staff members to provide life-saving programs for LGBTQ students and training to school district administrators, teachers, and staff during the Coronavirus pandemic. 10/09/2020201Active
Not Funded0%Storage needed to help provide free clothes to kids with cancer.Kailani's Kloset, Inc.Basic Needs$10,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas150https://kailaniskloset.org/Kailani's Kloset provides free clothes to kids with cancer. Chemo wreaks havoc on the body, both inside and out. Some types cause nausea, resulting in weight loss, while others cause extreme cravings, resulting weight gain and bloating. Kids going through chemotherapy will need a variety of sizes as they continue to grow and cope with the side effects of chemo. That's where we come in. Since the pandemic we've had an influx of both items donated to us and requests from local pediatric cancer families. We've grown substantially over the past year and are now in need of a place to store everything, as right now it's all in our home and we are out of space. We've even had to start turning down items that would be beneficial to the families we assist simply because we have nowhere to store it.$0.00$10,000.00The funds would be used to purchase and insulate a storage shed to keep all of the clothing, shoes, accessories, and small home decor items we donate to local pediatric cancer families. Having a place to store everything means we will be able to accept more items, therefore increasing the amount of assistance we are able to offer.10/09/2020201Active
Not Funded0%Sober Active Community: A Critical Resource for Addiction Recovery in Tampa Bay The PhoenixHealth and Wellbeing$20,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas2,500https://thephoenix.org/The convergence of the COVID-19 pandemic with the existing addiction epidemic is igniting a health crisis for millions of Americans. Isolation, job loss, anxiety, and stress associated with the pandemic has sparked an increase in substance use while many recovery organizations have had to cancel or decrease services to comply with social distancing guidelines. The Well Being Trust estimates that an additional 75,000 Americans could die because of drug or alcohol misuse and suicide as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which represents a 40% increase over last year. In September, Governor DeSantis reported that the state of Florida has seen an increase in overdose deaths during the pandemic. More than ever, those suffering from substance use disorder need free, accessible recovery support to build resilience to cope with the pandemic.$0.00$20,000.00The Phoenix is an innovative nonprofit that leverages the power of friendships and an active lifestyle to help people overcome substance use disorder. We combine activities like group fitness, yoga, and social events with trauma-sensitive peer support to help individuals build the emotional strength they need to sustain sobriety and thrive in recovery. All events are free to individuals with 48 hours of continuous sobriety. Our programs are currently offered in safe, distanced in-person and virtual formats allowing our members to receive uninterrupted peer recovery support during the pandemic.
The Phoenix Tampa requests $15,000 to scale up our services and conduct outreach to at-risk communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will specifically support staff outreach hours, in-person activities throughout Tampa Bay, and travel costs associated with outreach and activities.
10/09/2020201Active
Not Funded0%Expansion Kingdom Purpose Teach One Reach One IncEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$50,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)500https://kpteachonereachone.com/Building expansion, we need a larger facility and supplies for our organization to better serve the children and their families in the community .$0.00$50,000.00To move to a larger more COVID equipped space for our children. Also to purchase more supplies like books, masks and essentials needed for our community giveaways . 10/07/2020203Active
Not Funded0%Food Bank Expansion Due to COVID Social Distancing GuidelinesResurrection House Mission, Inc.Basic Needs$14,500.00Pasco1,200https://www.facebook.com/RezHouse/Currently serving 1,640 farmworker and immigrant neighbors storing supplies in empty bathrooms and another areas of the campus that are not appropriate for our food banking operations. The need quadrupled since March. We need storage space and refrigeration to store fresh meats and produce for an extended amount of time. Due to Covid, we need the ability to host a drive through food pantry to follow CDC guidelines / social distancing. Currently we are having to store surplus at another location, move the food to another area for packing, then move to another space to distribute. If we have this warehouse we will be able to combine these three points of operation to create a more efficient program and increase capacity to serve more in need due to Covid. This would require $14,500 for the cost of the pre-fab warehouse, the refrigerator, and the freezer. Local labor will finish building.$0.00$14,500.00The $12,000 would pay for the warehouse, and the $2,500 would pay for the refrigerator and freezer. The warehouse will be a 14’ x 36’ x 8’ building with attached 8’ x 36’ covered work area which will enable us to receive palletized food donations and sort in a socially distanced environment. We will utilize donated local labor and supplies to finish out interior. 10/05/2020205Active
Not Funded0%VPK Support During COVIDResurrection House Mission, Inc.Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$20,000.00Pasco40https://www.facebook.com/RezHouse/Our organization launched a licensed Early Childhood Daycare right when COVID hit our area in Dade City, Tommy Town”. We had anticipated up to 37 children registering and paying a subsidized amount to send their child to our VPK. But due to COVID, we currently only have four children signed up. We have 3 staff and 1 volunteer, that run the facility and their positions rely on the revenue from enrolled students to sustain the program costs. We are asking for $20,000 to fund the facility while COVID continues to prevent children with vulnerabilities and transportation issues, from attending their school. Many of the children in “Tommy Town” do not speak English as their primary language and later on fail in elementary school as a result of lacking early exposure to the English language. Our VPK would help solve that issue, but we need support during COVID to keep our doors open.$0.00$20,000.00Of the $20,000, $4,675 will be used for salary (monthly) for Director, Assistant Dir., and Aide; and $325.00 (monthly), for classroom supplies, and utilities. This will enable us to stay operational over the next 4 months as we continue to increase enrollment. We serve a primarily immigrant Hispanic community. We believe access to early education and intervention is critical to long term success for those children who find themselves in a new and often hostile environment.
10/05/2020205Active
Not Funded0%Navigating COVID with Academic Support and a Nurturing EnvironmentThe Basketball Warehouse AssociationEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$15,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas30https://thebasketballwarehouse.comWe are implementing an after-school youth development & support program for at-risk students ages 10 -17. The program runs from 3 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, provides transportation, & is free of charge to students who qualify. With online/hybrid school options, COVID-19 has increased the importance of our afterschool program for academic accountability & tutoring, as well as a safe environment that provides stability, mentoring, a healthy snack, & peer interaction during this unpredictable time. Many of our students wouldn't have the adult support or technology at home to navigate online learning & would fall behind academically without our help. Additionally, studies show many of the high-risk students we serve are more likely to engage in risky behaviors when left home alone due to working parents - a risk that increases with more limited school access due to COVID-19. .$0.00$15,000.00The funds would support our after-school academy - providing a daily, nutritious snack; transportation; tutoring and leadership staff; academic materials; & wellness/basketball equipment. With COVID, we have seen an increased need for students to receive tutoring & academic support, as well as access to technology. Our organization lost considerable funds over the last several months due to cancellations & limitations on our program due to COVID. However, with our new after-school program, we have seen the number of our kids grow. Kids did not have a solid end to the school year in 2020 due to COVID school closures & online options, & now they are navigating a new school year with uncertain conditions/restrictions. Our program is necessary for kids to receive not only academic support, but also a stable, nurturing environment to offset the instability caused by COVID. 10/05/2020205Active
Not Funded0%Future Leaders GalaSOAR FirstEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$1,500.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)150http://soarfirsttampa.comOur Future Leaders Gala is an evening to culminate our year and to highlight the work the youth have done in the community that year and recognize the academic successes on all levels. This event also is focused on social skill development and dining etiquette. The youth are invited to participate in two training sessions to develop these skills and understand the importance.

This year is more important to reinforce the appropriate social skills as all of our participants have been and are still impacted by COVID. This event will allow us to also work to address the psychological impacts COVID is having on their future and opportunities.
$0.00$1,500.00The team works year around to provide resources, volunteer opportunities and tools these young men and women need for their current and future success. Monthly, we lead volunteer efforts, facilitate mentoring sessions, take the youth on field trips to expose them to various career paths they may be interested in considering, as well as leads the coordination/planning of an annual college trip where the youth that are seniors and juniors take a few days to go tour colleges they are considering attending. We culminate our year with an end of the year Future Leaders Gala to highlight the work the youth are doing in the community and academically. This program is completely free for the youth and is funded by donors. 10/04/2020206Active
Not Funded0%Operation Sober Living Housing AssistanceEmpowered to Change International Inc.Basic Needs$16,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas113http://www.empoweredtochangeint.orgEmpowered to Change is addressing one of the most important basic needs for individuals in Pinellas and surrounding counties, which is stable and sanitary housing. Our organization provides a clean and sober-living environment for individuals struggling with addiction and/or homelessness. Along with safe housing we provide a structured 7-month program that consists of life/employment coaching, trauma therapy, accountability, and budgeting. We strive to reduce the rate of recidivism and to see our clients become self-sufficient, healthy and law abiding citizens.

We provide our clients with remarkably affordable housing and other life giving resources. Due to COVID-19, many of our cliental lost their jobs. This lead to a significant decline in participants being able to pay their program fees, which is a main source of our operating income.
$0.00$16,000.00In January, we were operating at full capacity with a waitlist. Now, we currently have an entire safe house that is unoccupied and we are down cliental by 31.4%. While we continue to help our clients find gainful employment and assist them with budgeting, these funds would give us some leeway to push forward with our fundraising efforts and ultimately keep our operations running while we navigate this uncertain time.

These funds would go directly to one months rent for each of our 12 safe-homes. Which, in return would allow us to allocate other funds for further needs of our clients; such as, food, clothing, therapy, medications and transportation services.
09/30/2020210Active
Not Funded0%Childcare Provider COVID Support ProgramEarly Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$35,000.00Hernando ; Pasco9,000http://www.phelc.orgWe would like to provide PPE to our more than 300 contracted childcare providers. After surveying them, the greatest needs are gloves, disposable masks, disinfectant cleaner, hand sanitizer, and hand soaps. In addition, we would like to provide contracted partners with COVID-19 book sets from Gardner Media. The first book in each set is a book directly related to COVID-19. In these extraordinary times, we’re all finding that the challenges of teaching and caring for our children are new and different ways. These book sets present basic information about the virus to parents and teachers in a way that helps them share this information with their children. $0.00$35,000.00The average cost of each set is $50.00. It provides tools for talking about the feelings we’re all having, especially when we find ourselves in new situations. In addition, these sets include fun activities that we can do when we’re sheltering together – singing, dancing, experimenting and sharing our ideas, thoughts and our dreams. One of the goals is to provide 2 sets to each provider for classroom libraries. I provided the list of books for set A so the titles can be seen: Set A consists of: The Covid-19 Virus, First Time Doctor, Family and Friends bilingual; Rosa's Big Pizza Experiment, My Body, Pat a Cake -- First Book of Nursery Rhymes, Amazing Me Sing bilingual, Wheels on the Bus w/ Where did you go today. The company offers 5 different sets and we would place 2 sets from the collection with each provider to encourage early literacy support and socio-emotional support. 09/28/2020212Active
Not Funded0%Project Rescue Housing Assistance Empowered to Change International Inc.Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking$15,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas10http://www.empoweredtochangeint.orgEmpowered to Change International Inc. addresses the needs specifically for human trafficking victims. Our organization, right now, provides safe housing and a structured sober-living program for individuals in need. Project Rescue is a division of Empowered to Change that is specific to the needs of human trafficking victims. These funds will go directly to the operational costs of this branch; such as, rent/utilities for safe homes and client needs like trauma therapy, food/hygiene products and transportation expenses. Not only does our program provide these immediate needs to our clients, we also provide employment and life coaching, accountability and budgeting in the hopes that our clients learn to be healthy, self-sufficient, law abiding citizens.

ETC works closely with Pinellas County Drug Court and we receive about 90% of our clientele through Drug Court as a diversion program.
$0.00$15,000.00Because of the arrest restrictions placed on law enforcement, due to COVID-19, Drug Court participants are down by 60%. In January our organization was running at full capacity with a wait list. Now, we have an entire safe house that is currently unoccupied and we are down cliental by 31.4%. These funds would help to ensure we do not have to close anymore of our safe homes, and will give us leeway to find other routes for reaching those who need our services in the community.

$5,700 would be allotted for 3 months of rent for one of our safe-homes.
$5,400 would be allotted for 3 months of trauma therapy services for each client within this safe-home.
About $1,600 would be allotted for 3 months of utilities/maintenance for this safe-home.
The remaining $2,300 would be allotted for 3 months worth of individual needs; such as, clothing, food/hygiene, and transportation services.
09/28/2020212Active
Not Funded0%Mental Health Support Services for Students, Alumni, Employees, and the Greater Pasco and Hernando CommunitiesPasco-Hernando State College Foundation, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$10,000.00Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas2,000http://phsc.eduPasco-Hernando State College has surveyed the immediate needs and challenges of our more than 11,000 students, and more than 400 of the 563 results received to date have revealed that their top challenge due to the COVID-19 crisis is stress, anxiety, and worry. This is not surprising, since 2/3 of our students are part-time, managing not just classes, but frequently full- or part-time jobs, raising families, caring for other loved ones, and more. The crisis has brought life-altering challenges and uncertainty, but it won't last forever. When it's over, we need to move forward. The more than 600 nurses being trained at PHSC will be needed in hospitals and clinics; the economy and community will need skilled workers. PHSC has the tools to support students' mental and emotional health through the crisis and beyond, however, we seek emergency funds to put the full supports in place.$0.00$10,000.00PHSC is acutely aware of how the pandemic is affecting our students, alumni, staff, and faculty, and it is intense. Despite our campuses reopening to students in August, most classes remain online except for those which require hands-on instruction, such as nursing, labs, law enforcement, etc. We are actively working to provide supports which will help students continue their coursework successfully, but we believe more is needed to support the mental and emotional health of our community. We seek funding to launch new e-resources to support the mental and emotional health of students, alumni, staff, families, and the community at large through this crisis and beyond. PHSC already has a Student Assistance Program in partnership with BayCare, which is a free resource for students, but we believe we need to do more to make mental health resources available for thousands who need them.09/25/2020215Active
Not Funded0%Support Increased Need for Child Abuse Prevention ProgramsChampions for Children, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$75,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)40,000http://cfctb.orgChampions for Children works to prevent child abuse and neglect through science-based family strengthening and family education programs primarily in Hillsborough County. Tragically, studies show with kids out of school, parents out of work, and basic needs like food unmet, the risk of child abuse right now is higher than ever. In Hillsborough, where more children are removed from their homes every year due to child abuse and neglect than anywhere else in FL, the impact of the coronavirus is expected to be especially dire.
When the pandemic forced most in-person services to shut down, we moved quickly to provide almost all our existing services and even some new ones virtually. Since then, we have seen more families participating than ever! Unfortunately, several prospective funders of these critical programs have suspended their grant cycles due to coronavirus, creating a funding gap.
$0.00$75,000.00Currently, our greatest needs are as follows:
(1) Internet for Low-Income Families: Reliable internet has become a “basic need” for families to access critical resources ranging from Champions’ programs to unemployment and job training. We need funds to provide internet to families who can’t afford it.
(2) Kids on the Block: educational puppets that teach children how to recognize, report, and get help in cases of child abuse, neglect, and other maltreatment.
(3) Parents as Teachers: a home visiting program that helps parents manage family stress and provide a positive environment for their child during this time of heightened risk for child abuse and developmental regression.
(4) Talk Read Sing: a community awareness campaign focused on educating parents about the importance of fostering healthy child development and parent-child bonds by talking, reading and singing from birth.
09/24/2020216Active
Partially Funded20%Citrus County Education Foundation (CCEF) Keeps Brick and Mortar Learning Safe for AllCitrus County Education FoundationHealth and Wellbeing$16,462.25Citrus16,000https://citruseducation.orgWe will provide a face mask lanyard to every student and staff member on our school campuses. Providing these items will save money and keep students and staff safe.
We currently provide single use face masks for every student that needs one. If we were to hand out just one disposable mask to each student once a day, that would mean almost 12,000 masks. If a child loses their mask, that could mean handing out tens of thousands of masks daily. In addition, students could put their mask down on a surface that is not clean, or masks could get mixed up as they all look the same. Supplying these items would keep disposable mask purchase to a minimum and keep all masks safer and less apt to get infected resulting in lower spread of COVID-19.
$4,077.75$20,540.00Our school district serves the students of Citrus County, Florida. More than 70% of our families are economically disadvantaged. Our latest enrollment count was 15,642. Almost 20% are minority students. On August 20th, students returned to school (75% at schools, 25% from home). Face masks are to be worn on all school campuses. The costs involved in the pandemic are massive. In addition to normal costs of school, we now need to spend millions on masks and chemicals to keep those that are at school safe. Face mask lanyards allow accessibility when social distancing is not possible. It reduces the risk of contamination if a mask is put down on an unclean surface. We want to keep our students and staff safe while they are learning.09/23/2020217Active
Not Funded0%Light The Way CampaignThe Jewish Federation of Florida's Gulf CoastHealth and Wellbeing$100,000.00Hernando ; Pasco ; Pinellas36,000http://jewishgulfcoast.orgBasic human services for those in our community who are most vulnerable who have been affected by COVID-19 either physically, financially, or emotionally. $0.00$100,000.00The requested funds would provide additional allocations to our human service beneficiaries enabling our organization to help the most vulnerable. It would also enable us to continue our mission of ensuring the continuity of Jewish life and culture locally, in Israel, and around the world. 09/23/2020217Active
Partially Funded50%Housing The HomelessThe Prayer HouseBasic Needs$15,000.00Hernando ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas50http://theropecor.orgThe ROPE Center is a residential program for homeless men and women serving adults from Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Many in our area have been adversely affected by the economic impact of COVID-19. Through the provision of food, clothing, shelter and (most important) case management; the ROPE Center helps those who need assistance in getting back on their feet. Many who come to us have lost employment, some have been hospitalized. Some have faced family situations which caused them to be homeless. Others have been incarcerated and are needing a fresh start. We are hoping to be able to help even more homeless; however we need funds to assist us in housing the men and women who come to us for help. We are not a government funded organization and depend on generous donors to help us house those who ask us for a hand-up.$15,000.00$30,000.00When we accept a homeless man or woman into our 90-day program, they are expected to pay a $45.00 weekly residential fee. This fee covers their food, clothing and shelter as well as case management and the resources we provide. Most intakes come to us with no funds at all. We need funding to help these individuals until they can get back on their feet financially.

Our goal for all residents is that they leave our program self-sufficient, able to become contributing members of our community. For most, the costs associated with moving into their own residence seems insurmountable. We would like to assist and help to ease the burden of getting them into permanent housing.

As we approach the winter months, we are anticipating an even greater need as those who have been sleeping in cars, porches, sheds, garages or on the street must find more appropriate shelter.
09/23/2020217Active
Not Funded0%Educating our Community Parentship with The MobEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$5,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)500https://www.parentshipwtm.org/During this chaos in the world it can easily cause stress. We want to help relieve some of the stress off of parents in the Tampa Bay Area. We would like create a weekly program to tutor children that need help with homework. We would also like to offer supplies and backpacks for low income families struggling during this pandemic. We recently coordinated a graduation ceremony for 2020 Graduates that wanted to still celebrate their accomplishments. During this time we would like to ensure everyone is practicing social distancing, so we would like to provide PPE to families joining tutoring sessions. Our organization focuses on family, we believe this is a good step in making a change in our community. $0.00$5,000.00We would like create a weekly program to tutor children that need help with homework. We would also like to offer supplies and backpacks for low income families struggling during this pandemic. We recently coordinated a graduation ceremony for 2020 Graduates that wanted to still celebrate their accomplishments. During this time we would like to ensure everyone is practicing social distancing, so we would like to provide PPE to families joining tutoring sessions. Our organization focuses on family, we believe this is a good step in making a change in our community. We would be able to get laptops for students to use while doing schoolwork. 09/21/2020219Active
Not Funded0%Housing Surge In Pasco CountyTake Charge Wellness Center Extreme, IncBasic Needs$100,000.00Pasco40http://erprojectextreme.comPasco County government is in the process of rapidly rehousing 225 homeless families and 100 families that may be losing their homes. It is called the Pasco County Housing surge. We need to have $100,000 in advanced funding for this program and we are in dire need of these funds. We have the powerpoint to show the need of advanced funding: it may take the county 6-8 weeks to reimburse. It starts 10/01/20. We will be offering wraparound services to each family and following them for 12 months
Overview of Cost and Funding
Anticipated costs to provide housing to 225 households and prevent 100
households from becoming homeless - $3.8 million
Includes cost of outreach, case management, rent assistance, and more
Utilizing CRF for motels and move-in expenses
Utilizing ESG-CV, HOME TBRA, State ESG-CV, regular ESG, CoC grants for
Rapid Rehousing (housing id, rent assistance, case management)
$0.00$100,000.00Funding to pay rent & utilities for the families we assist & the county will stand with us & we're hiring 2 full time case managers& a project manager for cases..
Housing Surge Goals
1. Rehouse 225 homeless households in 180 days. Over that 180-day period, prevent 100 households from becoming
homeless
3. Build capacity in the CoC – coordinated entry and housing-focused
case management
Financial and Reporting
General•program and performance reports submitted to Coalition
• HMIS data entry – will track speed & number of housing placements, housing retention, changes in income, etc.
Financial
• Reimbursement-based contract
• May take up to 8 weeks for reimbursement – agency is responsible for ensuring cash flow concerns do not interrupt housing placement and services
• Monthly reimbursement request submitted to Coalition – accurate and complete packet to the Coalition will help
09/21/2020219Active
Not Funded0%Project P.U.P-Pets Uplifting PeopleProject PUPHealth and Wellbeing$5,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas1,500http://projectpup.netAs a direct result of COVID-19,all therapy visits have been cancelled due to the CDC guidelines. Our organization is not able to screen/evaluate new applicants for membership in our organization due to obvious health and safety concerns. Our last screening was held at Moffitt Cancer Center in March of this year. At each screening, each potential new volunteer pays a fee of $35,00 for evaluation fees and member to the organization. At each evaluation session, the organization evaluates up to 15 dogs and handlers. This fee of $35.00 helps maintain our operating costs for the organization. In addition to our day to day operating costs, we are in desperate needs of updating our computer software which will allow us to generate renewal notices for membership yearly fees. The cost of the 2nd phase of updating our data base is approximately $5000.00. $0.00$5,000.00Computer programmer, Vernon Dunell as provided Project PUP with an estimate of $5000.00 to update our current data base. The update will provide will enable our organization to generate additional reports include current health certificates and volunteer hours in addition to volunteer opportunities. The majority of our request since the pandemic is for our daily operational costs since we are not able to participate in therapy dog activities and our biggest expense is our liability insurance and board member insurance that we are still paying a premium(s) for this year although we are not participating in therapy dog visits. The combined costs for the two insurance policies is $3600.00 and our yearly storage fees to store educational materials and medical equipment for our evaluation process is $1200.00 per year. Our mailbox with UPS is $312.00 per year.09/19/2020221Active
Partially Funded39%Emergency Shelter during COVID-19Tampa Crossroads. IncBasic Needs$36,667.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)50http://tampacrossroads.comIn April, as a means of preventing the spread of COVID-19, Tampa Crossroads began offering emergency shelter to individuals who are homeless and unsheltered by partnering with local hotels. The hotels agreed to put rooms aside for these individuals and our staff provide case management and food. The project was intended to be only temporary. Five months later the pandemic is still very real and the individuals have remained in the hotels. In August we were awarded a grant that will provide funding to place the individuals into permanent housing; however, there remains a gap in time where we have to secure the permanent housing. During that gap, the individuals remain at the hotels. The need is to assist us in providing funds for continued emergency shelter at the hotels as well as food during the time we are searching for safe and affordable permanent housing.$23,333.00$60,000.00The negotiated rate is $85 per room per day day at each hotel. The requested amount would enable Tampa Crossroads to place individuals who are homeless into 40 hotel rooms for 15 days for a total of $51,000. In some cases a family unit occupies a single room, which is how we estimate to be able to serve 50 individuals, even though we would only be occupying 40 rooms. The remaining $9,000 would be used to purchase ready to eat meals, which we would deliver to the individuals. Our aim is to move individuals into permanent housing as quickly as possible. In our experience with this type of housing, called rapid rehousing, we can place individuals within days. The current challenge is limited available permanent housing as well as limited safe options for shelter. Funds for hotel stay will help us keep the individuals safe as we work to secure permanent housing options. 09/18/2020222Active
Not Funded0%COVID-19 Relief - Food Assistance Hearts and Hands Disaster RecoveryBasic Needs$20,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco50http://www.hhdr.ngoHHDR provides food-insecure households with greater access to obtaining the food they need. Although there are food pantries and some soup kitchens in various locations throughout the Tampa Bay region, newly food-insecure families are unlikely to know of those resources, how to find them, or if they qualify. Many pantries may not have items to meet dietary needs or accommodate food allergies. Our program fills the gap for these households. Each eligible household will receive a $300 gift card to their local grocery store. Providing households with gift cards to grocery stores enables them to purchase the specific food and dietary products they need as local pantries may not be able to fulfill specific needs. For example, families with infants in need of specific formula blends due to food sensitivities or allergies have struggled to find and pay for these limited and high priced items.$0.00$20,000.00HHDR will provide households with gift cards to a local grocery store. Each gift card will be for the maximum amount of $300.00 per household. HHDR will work with other local community partners and organizations to distribute this resource in the communities served. Individuals who would benefit from this program will be able to apply online via a Google form on our website or in person at one of the distribution locations. Applications and distributions that take place in person will be by appointment only so that all COVID-19 social distancing protocols may be followed. This funding request of $20,000.00 will include $15,000.00 for the direct service of gift cards and $5,000 in administrative expenses to provide the resource. Those expenses include staffing, travel, postage, and printing. 09/17/2020223Active
Not Funded0%Tampa Theatre - Emergency COVID-19 reliefTampa Theatre, Inc.Arts and Culture$50,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)60,000http://tampatheatre.orgTampa Theatre – in conjunction with our film distributors, show promoters and rental clients – closed its doors on March 11, 2020 and suspended all films, concerts, tours, and special events in response to the rising public health threat of COVID-19. Due to this closure, Tampa Theatre will have either cancelled or postponed over 100 events, which would have served over 60,000 adults, children and visitors to the Tampa Bay community.

The monthly operational costs to keep the Theatre running as well as keeping our full-time staff (at reduced pay) in place while they monitor this crisis, plan for fall and winter events, and curate our virtual cinema content will cost the Theatre $100,000 per month during the closure.

All funds that we receive will support Tampa's only nonprofit film and cultural center, Tampa Theatre.

We truly appreciate you considering our request!
$0.00$50,000.00The funds we raise will help to keep the Theatre operational during the closure and to assist us as we finalize our plan for re-opening including:

1. Personnel: Retaining and supporting 15 local full-time staff including their healthcare coverage

2. Monthly operating costs including insurance and administrative costs and facility related expenses.

The Theatre partners with so many field trip groups, schools, senior groups, film distributors and festivals, community organizations and other partners that being dark for this extended period of time is threatening our business and the ability to serve our amazing community. Funding will bridge the gap until Tampa Theatre is able to open its doors again, generate revenue, and once again be a gathering place for the residents and visitors of our great town, as it has been for the last 94 years.
09/17/2020223Active
Not Funded0%COVID-19 Relief - Rental Assistance Hearts and Hands Disaster RecoveryBasic Needs$60,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco50http://www.hhdr.ngoThe COVID-19 pandemic has had crippling economic impacts across the United States. One in five US households who rent their homes could face eviction by October 2020. In April, the government placed a moratorium on eviction hearings until the end of August. This was done in an effort to stave off the inevitable spike in homelessness that will happen as a result of the pandemic. Although the moratorium helped to keep low-income families and individuals in their homes over the last few months, it has not addressed the larger issue of how they will continue paying rent. Furthermore, all past due rent and fees have been able to accrue and are now coming due. HHDR is requesting funding to assist renters in the Tampa Bay area with paying their rent to avoid becoming homeless. Funding will be leveraged with other grants and donations obtained to address this need in the Tampa Bay region.$0.00$60,000.00Funding will be used to provide rental assistance to those who are behind on their rent and facing eviction due to the economic impact of the pandemic. Program applicants will be provided with $1,000 in rental assistance paid directly to the landlord. Applicants to the program will need to provide a copy of their current lease, proof of unemployment, and demonstrate financial need. HHDR will require landlords receiving payment to sign an acknowledgment agreement stating how much has been paid for the tenant. All program participants will receive a copy of this signed acknowledgment for their records. We know this amount will not solve the problem for most so we will also provide clients with referrals to other assistance programs that may be able to help them close the gap on past due rent. We will reach this goal by leveraging funding from other sources for this program.09/16/2020224Active
Not Funded0%COVID-19 Response: Healthcare for Uninsured-Access to CarePremier Community HealthCare Group, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$30,600.00Hernando ; Pasco200http://www.premierhc.orgPremier Community HealthCare is requesting financial support to assist patients in need of healthcare.
With the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, more patients in crisis are in need of care and have no ability to
cover the costs. Premier offers discount fees based on household size and income. Those with no income still
need and receive care. Funds requested would support the most vulnerable population: the homeless,
agricultural workers, older adults that do not qualify for Medicare, and uninsured children. Medical, Dental
and Behavioral Health services are offered to any one in need, regardless of an ability to pay. Premier's clinic
doors remain open for the entire community during the pandemic crisis. To assist with the shelter at home
orders, Premier also launched Telehealth services to address the needs of those than can shelter in place and
receive the care they need.
$0.00$30,600.00Funds requested would support the most vulnerable population, homeless, agricultural workers, older
adults that do not qualify for Medicare, and uninsured children. Due to the impact of COVID-19, there is an
increase in uninsured patients seeking care. Care includes clinical exams, behavioral health services,
emergency dental visits, and testing for COVID-19.
Medical, Dental, and Behavioral Health services are offered to any one in need, regardless of an ability to
pay. With dedicated licensed and board certified clinical team members, the cost of care remains and the
mission of Premier is to provide accessible healthcare services for all.
09/16/2020224Active
Partially Funded56%Justice Studio at Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention CenterNOMADstudioArts and Culture$16,000.00Pinellas700http://nomadartbus.orgIn May 2018, the NOMAD team visited Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center (RJDC) to deliver what was to be a one-time printing workshop for detained youth. While there, we learned that youth attend onsite school at the facility, but no enrichment programs (art, music, dance, theatre) are offered as part of their school day. NOMAD rallied community support to establish an afterschool art program at RJCD, which we call Justice Studio. NOMAD was onsite every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon since our September 2018 launch until mid-March 2020, when all enrichment programs were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FL Department of Juvenile Justice has now authorized the facility to restart enrichment programs. We are seeking funding to restart Justice Studio, providing detained youth with a safe space for creative expression, which helps foster a sense of normalcy and belonging.$20,000.00$36,000.00Requested funds would be used to pay an art therapist and two teaching artists for Justice Studio facilitation ($24,960); purchase art supplies, sanitizing supplies, and protective equipment ($8,320); and provide food and beverages for participating youth ($2,600). If fully funded, the total amount requested would allow us to provide a full year (52 weeks) or Justice Studio programming at RJDC, twice a week for 3 hours per session.09/15/2020225Active
Partially Funded47%COVID-19 Homeless Street Outreach PPE SupportSociety of St. Vincent de Paul South Pinellas, Inc.Basic Needs$26,667.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas1,395https://www.svdpsp.orgSVdP CARES Street Outreach is especially critical now as people without a place to stay are at greater risk of COVID-19. According to HUD, persons more likely to be harmed by COVID-19 include low income, racial minorities, the elderly, those with underlying health conditions, and those experiencing homelessness. Places most at risk to spread COVID-19 are crowded indoor spaces, especially emergency shelters with shared sleeping areas, and in places that lack proper hygiene such as homeless encampments. Face-to-face outreach involves interacting with unsheltered people who are homeless in whatever location they naturally stay (in campsites, on the streets) by building trust through engagement, and offering access to housing options. The mission is identify veterans and nonveteran homeless who might not use assistance due to a lack of awareness or active avoidance because of COVID-19. $23,333.00$50,000.00SVdP CARES Street Outreach practices include personal precautions during encounters with people following the CDC Guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. This includes use of masks and hand sanitizer, and screening from a distance of six feet. Staff explain the reason for wearing masks and taking precautions when appropriate, and offer the same to each person including masks, disposable gloves, toiletries, hand sanitizer, soap, tissue packets, and other supplies that address life safety such as water. Each staff carries a thermometer. Based on the person’s age, responses, and temperature, staff will provide direction to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and assist the individual to obtain medical care/testing as appropriate. This funding will secure COVID-19 PPE supplies required to support outreach missions in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Citrus, and Hernando counties.09/15/2020225Active
Not Funded0%Empower voters to tell fact from fiction onlineThe Poynter Institute for Media StudiesEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$20,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas100,000http://www.poynter.org alarming rate, endangering your ability as a citizen to stay healthy and as a voter to cast your ballot based on factual information. That’s why the Poynter Institute launched MediaWise, our innovative digital media and news literacy program.

Support Poynter to help empower citizens find reliable, accurate information.

Through our work at MediaWise, we’ve taught 9 million citizens the skills they need to sort fact from fiction online. This year, we aim to teach millions more through our new programs specifically for first-time voters and senior citizens. A new e-learning course helps adults 50 and over learn the skills fact-checkers use and reduce the spread of misinformation.

We can’t do this work without support from people like you who care about an informed electorate and fact-based voting.
$0.00$20,000.00Funds will be used two ways:

1. Create a playbook for high school journalism teachers to teach them how to use MediaWise skills with their student journalists to produce stories on social media that sort fact from fiction about the pandemic. By showing advisers and editors of student media how to create video fact-checks for Instagram and the other sites where teens and their families get information, we'll teach them valuable skills to help them in college and career and reduce the spread of misinformation. Funds will cover staff time for a teacher/writer and a designer for the curriculum and marketing and promotion.

2. Carry out MediaWise training on COVID in low-income areas of Tampa Bay and areas with high populations of Black and Hispanic residents, who are disproportionately impacted. Funds cover staff time to develop & promote the training, customized for each audience.
09/15/2020225Active
Not Funded0%Human Trafficking Victim Case ManagerUnited Way of Pasco CountyDomestic Abuse and Human Trafficking$42,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas100http://unitedwaypasco.orgAccording to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Florida consistently ranks 3rd among the rest of the states in the country for the highest call volume to the hotline.

UWPC will be partnering with community partners to help offer longer-term housing solutions for this population, and will be providing direct service assistance to clients with the help from a caseworker trained in working with survivors of human trafficking. The goal and objective of the program is to secure safe housing for survivors and their families along with linking survivors to other wrap-around services.

The UWPC is able to provide service from a federal grant award from the Office for Victims of Crimes but the grant will not cover the cost of the case manger.
$0.00$42,000.00The funding provided by the Office for Victims of Crime will only cover expenses related to direct service provided to the trafficking victim and not the cost associated with having a trained social worker on staff. By contributing towards the $42,000 you will be facilitating the disbursement of $498,000 directly towards victims of trafficking by allowing us to have a trained case manager on staff.

This additional expense of $42,000 for our organization will place a strain and limit capacity of our organization. During COVID our collections on pledge are tremendously down compared to previous years. Most indications are also showing an increase in trafficking and increased difficulty for victims to leave their situation during a pandemic.
09/15/2020225Active
Not Funded0%Bed Bug HeaterLiberty Manor for VeteransHealth and Wellbeing$5,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)1,000https://libertymanor.org/Because Liberty Manor is a transitional program, we have residents that come from shelters and hospitals who bring the bed bug hitch hiker to our property. It has become overwhelmingly exhausting to treat this type of bug by traditional means, they continue to reappear. I have been told the only real treatment would be a Heat Package. This process kills the adult bed bugs as well as their offspring. This treatment would actually benefit our entire community because it is a method that stops the bed bug production and transmittal to other programs, hospitals,doctor offices and other peoples homes. It is difficult times providing a roof over their head, we simply cannot provide some of the most basic essentials. Due to Covid19 we are in dire straits. Please help our Veterans.- they are so deserving of our support.$0.00$5,000.00VersaPro Bed Bug Heat Package $3,499.99 Treats up to 900sqft and is hands down the ultimate bed bug heat package designed specifically for the professional heat treatment company in mind. The heater can operate off both 120volt and 220volt power alone or at the same time!


$1501.00 would be for our maintenance department to study the process and then to administer the treatment.
09/13/2020227Active
Not Funded0%LIBERTY MANOR FOR VETERANS, INC.Liberty Manor for VeteransBasic Needs$20,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)1,000https://libertymanor.org/Liberty Manor is committed to making an impact on our veterans because when you make an impact on a single person, you have theoretically affected five generations. The first being the actual individual that was the benefactor of the assistance, their children and grandchildren, and in all probability surviving parent(s) and quite possibly grandparent(s). By helping men to become financially self-sufficient, it becomes possible for a father to contribute financially to the well-being of their dependents. This initiative can contribute to the stability of the family unit. Our objective is accomplished by reintegrating veterans into meaningful career opportunities, or if the veteran is disabled, we assist them to apply for a deserving disability pension to meet the objectives established. $0.00$20,000.00Our veterans need some of the most basic essentials such as toilet paper, paper towels, clothing, gas cards for transportation and food. It is difficult times providing a roof over their head, we simply cannot provide some of the most basic essentials. Due to Covid19 we are in dire straits. We have received limited funding and can only provide a roof over our veterans head. They have other needs such as food, clothing, laundry detergent, etc. Please help our Veterans.- they are so deserving of our support.09/13/2020227Active
Not Funded0%Victory High SchoolFlorida Recovery Schools of Tampa Bay, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$60,000.00Pasco200http://floridarecoveryschoolsoftampabay.comThe COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges for youth with substance use disorders. Adolescents struggling with substance use disorders or co-occurring disorders are at a greater risk of completing suicide, overdosing and/or death from overdoses due to the pandemic. In Pasco County alone, 15 youth ages 10-17 have overdosed January-July 2020 resulting in 2 fatalities. This pandemic has created a public health crisis during an opioid epidemic! Victory High School will be the first Recovery High School in Tampa Bay. Our non-profit tuition free school provides a healing centered educational environment with mental health services for ages 14-19 seeking recovery from substance use disorders or co-occurring disorders. We will reduce dropout rates, suspensions, truancy and criminal behaviors while restoring lost childhoods, rebuilding self-esteem and reviving gifts to offer this world. $0.00$60,000.00Our budget provides for a Licensed Mental Health Counselor to conduct mental health individual counseling and teach an Expressive Art Therapy class once a week with our students. A full-time teacher will provide instruction and academic advising to each student to ensure they are on level to achieve their GED or diploma. A Licensed Social Worker will help the families with basic needs (i.e. shelter, food, utilities and clothing). A Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor with provide counseling to build a solid foundation to live a substance free life. Two Certified Recovery Coaches and a Peer Recovery Specialist will advocate for our youth. A Recovery Coach will teach Creative Writing Classes. Our students will receive Yoga 4 Change by trauma informed trained instructors and physical fitness classes from The Phoenix a recovery centered non-profit and performing arts classes from Prodigy.09/11/2020229Active
Not Funded0%Salesian Youth Center after school care and tutoringSalesian Sisters of Tampa Inc d/b/a Salesian Youth CenterEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$48,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)180http://salesiansisters.orgAs the Salesian Youth Center is in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs, the Salesian Sisters cover the cost of the building and grounds, while Boys & Girls Club covers staffing. In order for the Salesian Sisters to
continue their mission for the children of Tampa at the Salesian Youth Center, expenses as electric, water, and maintenance must be kept up. Now that the after school program has started back up, tutoring must continue. Located in Tampa Heights on Villa Madonna School campus, the Salesian Youth Center/Boys and Girls Club is an inclusive youth development organization for ages 5 to 18, open from 2:30 to 7pm after school. The SYC is committed to helping children not only with schoolwork, but also to develop the character and qualities they need to become responsible citizens and good leaders. Since opening in 1995, the SYC has helped over 9,000 children.
$0.00$48,000.00All funds received will be used for programs during after school care to help the kids with tutoring and literacy, as the kids have returned and have gotten behind in their education due to COVID-19 and need additional help. Also, funds will be used for maintenance and cleaning of the buildings during these hard times. 09/11/2020229Active
Not Funded0%Covid-19 Feeding Pinellas CountyAdvantage Village AcademyBasic Needs$25,000.00Pinellas10,000http://advantagevillageacademy.comAdvantage Village Academy has fed over 5,527 individuals since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have given out 3,000 face-masks, 2,000 hand sanitizers and 1,000 set of gloves. We have surveyed the Midtown Community to find out more immediate needs from the families. We have uncovered additional needs including assistance with utility bills, baby items and more healthy food. We are asking for additional funding to help continue the fight against the Covid-19 Pandemic. We have exhausted our grants and the funding we have allotted in our budget. $0.00$25,000.00The funds will be used to continue feeding the community, assisting individuals with utility bills, and purchase baby items for families in need. 09/10/2020230Active
Not Funded0%College Scholarships for Financially Disadvantaged StudentsCollege Fund of Pinellas CountyEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$10,000.00Pinellas10http://collegefundpinellas.orgWe are currently helping 60 outstanding students who could not otherwise afford college with $1,000/year scholarships until they graduate. Due to the novel coronavirus, colleges are financially stressed and cutting scholarships they used to provide. Our donations are less than 2/3 of what they were last year at this time, and will likely get worse as donors choose not to take their IRA minimum distribution and donate it to a charity, as they would have done before the CARES Act waived it his year. We are in dire need of $10,000 to support 10 of our students with a scholarship for the Fall 2020-Spring 2021 school year.$0.00$10,000.00The funds will allow 10 outstanding students continue their college education this year.09/09/2020231Active
Not Funded0%Trailer to Help Kids with CancerKailani's Kloset, Inc.Basic Needs$5,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas50https://kailaniskloset.org/We provide free clothes to families who have had a child diagnosed with cancer. We oftentimes both pick up donations from members of the community and deliver clothes and other household items to multiple families in need across Tampa Bay on the same day, and currently we have no means of transporting these items other than the use of our own personal vehicles. We are applying for funds to purchase an enclosed cargo trailer to help us fulfill our mission and serve even more families more efficiently. $0.00$5,000.00Since the start of the pandemic we've seen an increase in requests for free clothes, as both word gets out about our mission and as families already facing a medical crisis are now faced with loss of income due to the pandemic. With an increase in requests, and oftentimes making multiple drop-offs in a day, we're in need of a larger mode of hauling the items to deliver to families in need. We often coordinate donation pickups at the same time we're delivering donations, and we are extremely limited in what we can transport. A trailer would allow us to serve more families in our community by giving us the freedom to bring as many items as we need to, as well as allow us to pick up more donations of clothing to donate to families affected by childhood cancer. If awarded, the funds will be used to purchase an enclosed cargo trailer in order to help us better fulfill our mission.09/09/2020231Active
Not Funded0%Porch Pups Reading ProgramKids and CaninesEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$3,600.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)120http://kidsandcanines.orgThe children in our reading programs are some of the most vulnerable, selected by therapists, counselors and teachers. Our readers struggle with learning disabilities and other challenges that have set them back, often by years. With COVID-19 many families are choosing to keep their children home. This new program, Project Porch Pups Reading Program, will serve Title I school children who do not have access to our programs at the schools. We bring our services (trained dogs and books) to the child’s porch, or other nearby outdoor location. Those selected, by the schools, will participate in a one-on-one weekly reading session and earn books for their personal libraries as an incentive to continue their reading. The reading sessions with the dogs help with the child’s well-being, provide socialization, encourage the joy of reading and increases reading comprehension. $0.00$3,600.00Staffing is our biggest cost. It takes, on average and with transportation, one and half hours per child for each reading session. We plan to conduct 10 reading sessions a week for 3 months. This comes to 180 staff hours. In total the budget includes staff time ($2700), transportation costs ($300) and books ($600). Each child's reading session, which is conducted at their home, will cost around $30. Porch Pups follows our successful in-school Furry Tales Program which costs $10.78 per session and uses volunteers. For safety issues (both the virus and being off site) home visits can only be conducted by staff, increasing the costs. However, these children are at the highest risk, and are already falling behind, so we feel it worth the extra funds. The pilot will be modified to continue to serve low income, at-risk children, beyond the three months.09/09/2020231Active
Not Funded0%Providing Service Hours to High School Students for Florida Bright Futures ScholarshipsSouth West Florida Therapy AnimalsEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$11,200.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)400http://floridatherapyanimals.comThroughout the pandemic, high school students from Hillsborough County have been struggling to find non-profit organizations to accommodate them for their service hours because of closings or restricted access. Each high school student who qualifies for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship is required to perform 100 service hours (https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/PDF/BFHandbookChapter1.pdf).
This summer we had over 100 high school students volunteer at the South West Florida Therapy Animals (SWFTA) ranch, and we are looking for funding to support a full-time volunteer coordinator in order to accommodate more students. On the 12-acre ranch, we have many outdoor activities that will allow students to obtain their service hours in a safe environment with appropriate social distancing and other safeguards.
$0.00$11,200.00Hiring of a full-time, volunteer coordinator:
3 months (14 weeks) x $20/hour X 40 hours a week = $11,200
09/08/2020232Active
Not Funded0%I AM THE FUTURE TAMPA TOURS FOR YOUTH 12-22Future You Network Inc.Health and Wellbeing$25,000.00Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)1,000http://focnw.orgAs a nonprofit we are faced with hardships due to COVID-19 and the interruptions to programming and fundraising required to generate funding to achieve our missions. It is as important as ever for our organization to maintain its people-centered approach for culturally diverse youth from families with fewer resources who have been hit the hardest. The Future You Network is committed to staying vigilant to ensure equitable outcomes for youth who still have dreams for their future in spite of the scarcity they see around them. We are already seeing how this pandemic disproportionately affects low-resource and at-risk families. Our org. wants to bridge gaps to the future of marginalized youth ages 12-22 in Hillsborough County w/ online and in-person activities to help them identify what their next steps are in their personally, academically, and professionally-to reengage, excel w/ support.$0.00$25,000.00Funding is intended to be used to cover expenses such as outreach, marketing, supplies, materials, events, or local staff to present researched community workshops, career labs, and educational supports to enable marginalized students in Hillsborough County grades 6- 12 and college to engage in educational projects that will enhance their future goals & aspirations based on our collaborative LEAD Models:
*LEADERSHIP
1. Workshops and trainings that will promote leadership skills in youth.
2. Nonviolence trainings focusing on communication and intervention skills
*EDUCATION
1. Virtual College and Career Workshops,
2. SAT & ACT Testing Prep Services,
3. Sports Recruiting/ Scholarship assistance
ARTS
1. Discovering Passion workshops
*DEVELOPMENT
1. Conflict resolution and interpersonal skills training
2. Personal development Assessments
3. Pairing youth with mentors and caring adult supports
09/04/2020236Active
Not Funded0%Human Trafficking Behavioral Analyst Operation Light ForceDomestic Abuse and Human Trafficking$15,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)10,000http://operationlightforce.comDue to COVID we are in need of an additional Behavioral Analyst to accommodate
the back log of victims waiting on treatment. Out of 89 victims 71 have been human trafficked.
For more information, just give me a call. Thank you for your consideration.
$0.00$15,000.00We do not charge the victims. We need the funds to hire a Behavioral Analyst
to help as many victims as soon as possible.
09/03/2020237Active
Not Funded0%Human Trafficking Non-Profit in Need of Assistance Operation Light ForceDomestic Abuse and Human Trafficking$17,500.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)10,000http://operationlightforce.comDue to COVID we were unable to provide ministry to victims due to shut down.
Out of 89 of our current victims, 71 have been human trafficked.
$0.00$17,500.00The funds would help replenish some of the loss of income we incurred. 09/03/2020237Active
Partially Funded4%Great Futures ScholarshipBoys and Girls Clubs of Citrus CountyEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$24,000.00Citrus70http://www.bgccitrus.orgDue to the COVID pandemic, Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County have had to halt all fundraising events that are used to support our Great Futures Scholarship. In 2019, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County served over 700 youth and issued 65 Great Futures Scholarships that equaled approximately $115,000. Without these scholarships, children and families could not afford to join our Club, receive our services, or develop the lasting relationships. Boys & Girls Clubs are proud to promote that 75% or our members stated college is in their plans for the future but 100% stated they have a plan that includes a trade, job, or military service. A staggering 79% of regular attending youth improved their English, Math, and Science grade in 2019. Also to note: in our 25 year history we have never had a regular attending member become an underage parent. $1,000.00$25,000.00Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County has taken it upon ourselves to never turn a child away from our Clubs due to the family's inability to pay the monthly or yearly fees. To maximize our impact of providing quality summer or after school care, Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County is requesting funding from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to provide Great Futures Scholarships to families struggling financially. We are requesting the amount of $25,000 to be used to offer full or partial scholarship assistance to children of disadvantaged families attending our Clubs.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County seek to help our community’s youth become responsible, caring, productive citizens. Boys & Girls Clubs has the staff and tools necessary to see this vision come to life. Thank you for your consideration and together we can ensure that our community’s youth go on to have great futures.
09/02/2020238Active
Partially Funded20%Legal Support for Domestic Violence SurvivorsCASA - Community Action Stops Abuse, Inc.Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking$20,300.00Pinellas180https://www.casa-stpete.org/Local match for Florida Bar attorneys who represent survivors of domestic violence during injunction for protection/ restraining order request cases. CASA houses three Florida Bar Association attorneys and one paralegal under a federal agreement that is distributed through the state Office of the Attorney General. These professionals represent survivors of domestic abuse in injunction for protection (IFP) hearings at no charge to the survivor. As a result of restrictions and stress caused by COVID-19 precautions, CASA has experienced an increase in the number of persons asking for this service. The federal monies require a 25% match in local funding, which would be about $28,071 without the salaries, fringe, and indirect expenses. Certain line items are not covered, and certain services are needed more than ever, not just due to more demand but a need to serve remotely.$5,000.00$25,300.00CASA is under contract with the Victims of Crime Act via state Office of the Attorney General to provide free legal representation in court hearings for injunction for protection or restraining orders in domestic violence cases. There is now a greater need for transcripts (180 cases x 3 transcripts each x $40/ transcript = $14,400), and for supoenas (180 cases x 2 supoenas each x $25/ supoena = $9,000). These services are limited by the federal grant to $300 and $2,800 respectively for the entire year. Additionally, the four professionals require continuing education (CLEs) that they can attend online in order to meet state requirements for practice (4 professionals x $300/ each = $1,200). Some legal references are only available in hard copy, such as the Florida Evidence Courtroom Manual and will help support the basis of these cases (2 manuals x $300/ each = $700). 09/02/2020238Active
Not Funded0%Ecked Connects Raising Hope- Room of Hope inventoryEckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc.Basic Needs$5,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas200http://eckerd.org/Eckerd Raising Hope is a privately funded/donation based program of Eckerd Connects. Raising Hope operates 5 Rooms of Hope in Tampa Bay to serve the basic needs of children entering our foster care system (Largo, Tampa, New Port Richey, Dade City, Trinity). When children are removed from their homes due to child abuse and/or neglect, they often have little belongings with them, and what they do have is often shoved in a trash bag. Rooms of Hope are set up like stores where the kids can come and pick out items they need and deserve. These items include clothes, new shoes, underwear, socks, hygiene items, school supplies and baby care items, all packed in a new duffel bag for them. We serve children newborn to 18 years old, and are available 24/7 to child safety workers. Raising Hope fills the gap of basic need items that the State of Florida funding does not provide.$0.00$5,000.00Inventory of clothing and new shoes is needed to keep our Rooms fully stocked for the children we serve. Pre-COVID-19, we accepted donations of clothing at 10 different locations each weekday. Now, we are restricted to only accepting donations on 2 days a month, by appointment, and only at our Clearwater office. This is so we can quarantine the donations for 2 weeks prior to sorting and stocking. This has caused a major decrease in the clothing donations we receive, particularly from Hillsborough and Pasco County. Funding would be used to purchase new sneakers and new tops/bottoms for toddlers, children and teens to fill gaps in inventory at our 5 Tampa Bay locations.09/02/2020238Active
Partially Funded47%Economic Fraud Educational Materials for Vulnerable Age GroupsHillsborough County Sheriff's OfficeEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$8,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)467,000https://teamhcso.com/The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) is committed to educating vulnerable age groups about potential scams that compromise their security and safety. Through advertisements, mailers, and magnets, an HCSO Deputy and Community Service Aide provide information about how vulnerable age groups can recognize economic scams and fraud and how to report them to the HCSO. In 2019, there were an estimated 95,000 residents in Hillsborough County between the ages of 15 and 19, and approximately 372,000 residents that were age 55 or older. Funding would allow the HCSO to reach communities in Hillsborough County that are at-risk for economic scams and fraud. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted a need for vulnerable populations to continue receiving education and information focusing on preventing economic crime. $7,000.00$15,000.00The funding will be used to educate vulnerable populations throughout Hillsborough County about economic fraud schemes that target financial information. Recent types of fraud have included computer scams, romance scams, grandparent scams, and even ruses to get victims to sell their debit and checking account information to money laundering organizations, who then use the accounts to accumulate illicit money. Specifically, funding for this initiative will be used by an HCSO Deputy and Community Service Aide to provide awareness and educational materials, such as brochures, mailers, magnets, and media advertisements to teenagers and seniors/senior community centers in an effort to prevent these types of fraudulent activities. The medium through which education and awareness is provided may change due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 09/02/2020238Active
Not Funded0%Stage West COVID Relief RequestStage West, Inc.Arts and Culture$100,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Pasco75,000http://www.stagewestflorida.comWe are addressing loss of revenue due to COVID 19 shutdowns and limited ticket sale opportunities going forward.$0.00$100,000.00These funds will be used to replace lost revenue from cancelled shows, cancellation of summer children's workshops/ shows, loss of rental opportunities and reduced seating for upcoming season under COVID guidelines.09/02/2020238Active
Not Funded0%Stage West Engagement, Education and Outreach Wing Stage West, Inc.Arts and Culture$1,500,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Pasco75,000http://www.stagewestflorida.comThe specific need that we are addressing is the loss of Cultural and educational programs due to budget cuts and the resulting impact from COVID in the underserved areas of Hernando, Citrus, Pasco and North Hillsborough counties.$0.00$1,500,000.00Build 6000 square foot education/ multipurpose facility on existing footprint. This wing will house classrooms that will be used for music, dance, and theatre classes. In addition, there will be practice studio rooms as well as meeting rooms. Classes will support youth, adult, seniors and special needs programs. 09/02/2020238Active
Not Funded0%Help the Masks for All chapter in Florida to sew and distribute protective masks to help fight against COVID-19!Masks for AllHealth and Wellbeing$8,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas5,000https://www.masksforallca.org/The Masks for All FL organization is asking the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay for funding towards the necessary materials and supplies such as fabrics, elastics and threads for our volunteers to utilize to cut and sew masks to be distributed to the Florida community. We will also use the funding towards packaging and delivery such as Ziploc bags and shipping fees, in which we have a supplier that we buy the bulk of materials from. We have a large volunteer group in Florida that are willing to help out such as college and high school students. Therefore, we need to acquire as much materials we can afford for the long term run for Masks for All FL.

We are in a fiscal sponsorship with the Richmond Community Center. The grant money will be spent on whatever needs purchasing through Executive Director Michelle Cusano of Richmond Community Center in CA.
$0.00$8,000.00There is a universal budget for the materials and shipping from our supplier:

Fabric: $0.44
Elastic: $0.07
Thread: $0.00
Packaging: $0.03
Shipping: $0.05
TOTAL: $0.58 (per masks)

With that said, we will asks many different organizations such as hospitals, schools, daycares, etc for their requested amount of masks and that all depends on the funding. Materials will be sent to our volunteers and the finished product (masks) will be sent to the organizations.

In the long run, we hope to find funding for our long term goal as financial troubles derived from the COVID-19 pandemic.
09/01/2020239Active
Not Funded0%Feeding and Hoteling overflow families with sick kidsRonald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay, Inc.Basic Needs$40,250.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas240http://rmhctampabay.org/Ronald McDonald House Charities provides housing, food and support to families of children receiving medical treatment.
Covid-19 has changed the way we provide services. Our houses have a limited capacity to allow for social distancing and additional safety criteria. To accommodate more families, we are also providing an additional 260 hotel nights a month (About 9 families at a time at a rate of $75/night for 30 nights). Additionally as our volunteer meal groups can still not come to our houses, we are purchasing food for in-house families and hotel families. The cost of meals for all families is about $5,000 a week.
$0.00$40,250.00When your child is sick and needs the best care, parents go to the hospital with the specialist needed. This often means crossing county lines or traveling from outside our area. RMHC provides for health equity and availability and affordability of care by taking the burden off of the cost of essential needs. Additionally, many parents have lost jobs and other resources due to Covid on top of their child's illness. We know that parents and siblings need their basic needs met all the time, and especially when fighting childhood illness. Funding will be used to feed families and, due to our reduced occupancy for safety, to provide overflow rooms at hotels at a discounted rate.

Meals: 60 people x 2 meals/day x 7 days = $5,000/week (About $6/meal/person); $20,000 a month
Hotel Rooms: (when houses are full at Covid-19 occupancy): 9 hotel rooms/week x $75/room x 30 nights = $20,250
09/01/2020239Active
Not Funded0%Babysitting and Childcare classSWIM for CJ Inc.Workforce Services and Career Development$2,000.00Hernando20https://swimforcj.org/More families are juggling working from home and having to get creative with childcare, and many times may be relying on their older children to help with their younger siblings. There may be parents in our community who are also needing to consider hiring teen babysitters to help with their children. We want to ensure these newly appointed babysitters have the tools they need to safely care for their younger siblings, and to be able to care for children in the community.
The Child and Babysitting Safety (CABS) program from the American Safety Health Institute gives teenagers and young adults (ages 11-15) everything they need to know for safe and successful babysitting.

All students who attend will achieve three certifications: Babysitting Safety with recognized 2-year certification, 2-year CPR adult, child, and infant certification, and 2-year basic first aid certification.
$0.00$2,000.00Funds would directly impact 20 children by allowing them to take this course. These children will then be able to safely babysit for parents and caregivers in our community, potentially impacting hundreds of people. The cost of this six hours class is $75 and must be taught by a certified CPR instructor, which we have already lined up. This leaves $500 left to buy lunch or dinner for the children who attend (so they don't have to bring a meal from home) and to be able to provide prizes for participation and correct answers. This is a fun and informative class and prizes are a great way to keep the students engaged in the lesson and eager to participate. 09/01/2020239Active
Partially Funded20%American Stage - Creating Sustainable Professional Theatre, with Innovation, Inspiration & Inclusion for all. American Stage Company, Inc.Arts and Culture$80,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas35,000https://americanstage.org/In a July 2020 press release, Jon Moses, president of the Florida Professional Theatres Association (FPTA) said, “Florida theatres are bracing themselves for what could be up to 18 months of limited or altered programming.” When live performances halted, American Stage pivoted from on-site to online programming, launching the Virtual Stage & Academy in June 2020.

While digital innovation provides work for artists and enriching cultural experiences for community, the absence of on-site and in-classroom engagement has created a sustained impact on staff & fiscal resources.

To realize a safe return to live events & a new season of virtual programming, essential expenditures include: new technologies to produce theatre & provide digital inclusion & access for artists, students & audiences; PPE for safety protocols; programmatic payroll for those who create & deliver cultural enrichment.
$20,000.00$100,000.00$50,000 helps fund the artists, educator & arts administrators who are creating and connecting our community with accessible, enriching theatrical & learning experiences.

$20,000 in support of new technologies essential for presenting theatre & arts education virtually, while ensuring a viable and safe return to on-site performance, including hardware, software and digital production elements.

$15,000 helps sustain digital inclusion & access for our artists. students and audiences for our Virtual Stage and Academy performances, classes and outreach.

$10,000 helps fund the implementation of essential safety and sanitation protocols, inclusive of staff and PPE supplies necessary to bring artists,audiences, students and staff together again.

$5,000 in support of marketing communications necessary to promote, connect, educate, & engage with our community.
08/31/2020240Active
Not Funded0%Director of Behavioral Health/Case WorkerOperation Light ForceDomestic Abuse and Human Trafficking$50,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)500http://operationlightforce.comDue to COVID 19 the requests for help have increased and so we need to expand. Operation Light Force provides support, care, counseling, and training for survivors of human trafficking, rape, long term sexual abuse, PTSD, and other traumas. 800,000 people are trafficked every year globally. Right now, 71 of our 89 clients have been human trafficked. These clients come with many behavioral health challenges including suicidal thoughts and self-harm, addictions, relationship issues, and abuse issues. Currently, our ministry staff has trained pastoral ministers. With the needs of our current clients and the addition of residences, we need to add a professional behavioral therapist to train our staff and provide direct services to our residential clients and our current clients. We will need a caseworker to care for our residential clients and our long term non- residential clients. $0.00$50,000.00A behavior therapist who has volunteered part time with our organization for the last 3 years has agreed to work full time for us at a salary way below typical market prices for her profession as a Behavior Analyst. She has the degrees, certifications, and experience that is needed to fulfill a unique role in our organization. We will use this money to hire her to become director of behavioral health and case worker. Our ministers and staff are lacking the training that we need. If we hire this person she will be able to increase our training and we can provide more care and improved care. She will also lead support groups, and provide group sessions for current clients and future residents and provide individual and group support for families of survivors. In addition, she will be the case worker for our residential clients and longer-term non-residential clients.08/30/2020241Active
Not Funded0%Executive Ministry Team TrainerOperation Light ForceDomestic Abuse and Human Trafficking$60,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)10,000http://operationlightforce.comDue to Covid 19 Operation Light Force has experienced a marked increase in requests for help and we have a backlog. Operation Light Force is a 501 c 3 Ministry that ministers to, cares for, nurtures and trains people who have experienced severe trauma. This includes victims of human trafficking, people who have been victims of childhood and adult sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional and spiritual abuse. Of our current 89 clients 71 have been human trafficked. We currently have 12 ministry team members. We need to multiply our team and provide more training. This position will be responsible for:
1. Marketing, training and new team members.
2. Doing personal one on one training with clients while training others.
3. Helping develop and present training resources to double our ministry team over the next 2 years.
$0.00$60,000.00These funds will be used to hire someone who is well suited for our current need to help expand the ministry team. They will help recruit and train new ministers providing one on one training, small group training, and training conferences. They will also provide Individual and group pastoral support for our clients and our client’s families.

This person will also hold conferences for the general public that will bring awareness to the general public of the needs and challenges of human trafficking victims and other trauma and abuse victims. They will educate and empower others to rise up and help meet the needs.
08/30/2020241Active
Not Funded0%Housing for Survivors of Human Trafficking, PTSD and other AbusesOperation Light ForceDomestic Abuse and Human Trafficking$890,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)500http://operationlightforce.comDue to COVID 19 we have experienced a marked increase in people requesting a place to stay while receiving ministry. Operation Light Force is a non-profit 501 c 3 that provides care, nurture, ministry, and training to people who have experienced trauma as a result of Human Trafficking, physical abuse, sexual abuse, spiritual abuse, satanic ritual abuse, and PTSD. Currently, 71 out of 89 clients have been human trafficked. The people we minister to need long-term care, community, training, support, and ministry. We do not have a place to house people when they come, so they would stay in hotels. We have also had to turn many away because we were unable to accommodate them. We have an incredible opportunity to purchase a mobile home park next door to our facility that we would like to refurbish and transform so that we can provide affordable housing for these overcomers.$0.00$890,000.00We plan to purchase a 21-unit mobile home park for $840,000 and transform it into a much nicer park that will provide low income housing for survivors of abuse and their families. The park currently provides over $150,000 in annual revenue. Over the next 5 years, we will use this revenue to refurbish and transform the park. We will also need an additional $50,000 to make a few immediate improvements to the property. Also located on the property is a 3-bedroom home that is structurally in good condition, but it will need to be refurbished for staff housing and to house our first guests. We would also like to repair the roadwork and clean the park up and deal with all needed repairs to establish good faith with the current renters. This park will also provide residual income for the ministry, so that it will be self-sustaining. 08/30/2020241Active
Not Funded0%Human Trafficking Survivor Housing and Community/Arts Event CenterOperation Light ForceDomestic Abuse and Human Trafficking$180,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)10,000http://operationlightforce.comDue to COVID, we've had an increased number of requests for long-term ministry by survivors. Operation Light Force counsels and provides extensive care, training, nurture, and ministry for clients who have been through severe trauma due to sexual, emotional, physical, and spiritual abuse. We also deal with many clients who are dealing with PTSD from military, those growing up in war torn areas, as well as survivors of many other aspects of trauma. We recently had a young woman who was being human trafficked by her parents. She had reached out to us from a safe house. She had to move to another safehouse, but those environments were not good for her. She ended up returning to her family out of desperation. We would love to be able to respond to people in situations like that. She is not the only one, but that was the most recent tragic situation we would like to be able to address.$0.00$180,000.00We plan to purchase a 2 acre lot for $110,000 directly behind our current property to be able to provide additional parking, housing for survivors, and a community event facility. The property has a large derelict pole barn that we will refurbish into a beautiful community center. There is also a home on the property that has not been lived in for 3 years. It needs a large amount of work to refurbish it, but can be beautiful. We would use this home to house clients who come to us in need of healing from trauma, sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, spiritual abuse and those dealing with PTSD. The additional $70,000 would provide for the immediate refurbishing of two buildings, and clearing the land.08/30/2020241Active
Not Funded0%Making our Ministry Center ADA compatibleOperation Light ForceDomestic Abuse and Human Trafficking$15,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)10,000http://operationlightforce.comDue to the increased demand for ministry we are having to expand the number of rooms for counseling and ministry. Operation Light Force is a 501 c 3 non-profit ministry that provides care, nurture, training and ministry to people who have endured a significant amount of abuse and Human Trafficking. Our current facility needs some critical updates immediately to be more ADA compatible so that we can set up some new counseling/ministry rooms. We have marked off parking places for handicapped parking, but they are not cemented. Our lobby area is also currently gravel. It needs to be turned into a concrete pad. We have several clients that come every week who are handicapped.$0.00$15,000.00The funds will be used to provide concrete parking spaces, a concrete entryway as well as sidewalks. We will also change out some of the doors to make them more ADA compliant. This will help us to double our ministry capacity rather quickly.08/30/2020241Active
Not Funded0%Covid- 19 - Food for Foster Children and FamiliesI Matter Too CorporationBasic Needs$3,720.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas350http://imattertoo.orgI Matter Too foster families are in need of additional financial and food assistance in Hillsborough and surrounding counties. In March 2020, I Matter Too launched our "Weekly Manna" outreach in partnership with Panera Bread.

Every week, we select several foster children and their foster family to receive a bag of breads, pastries, additional groceries like pasta and soups or diapers and needed supplies and a $25 gift card for groceries. Each foster child and family is the recipient for one month, providing total of $100 in gift cards and a weekly drop off delivery of breads and other groceries.

This has provided a needed encouragement to families facing crisis who are caring for foster children. Our families are appreciative and volunteers are enthusiastic to deliver and drop off Weekly Manna bags.
$0.00$3,720.00Funds would be used to purchase $25 grocery cards for weekly distribution to places such as Publix, Walmart and local grocery outlets. In addition, a coordinator is contracted to do all scheduling of recipient foster children/families, and coordination of the volunteers delivering.

This outreach was launched in response to Covid 19 and the increased need for financial and food assistance to those children and families we already serve at I Matter Too through our mentoring and tutoring services. During this time of social distancing, it has provided an exceptional way for our mentor and tutors to connect within guidelines and provide for their most basic needs.

Covid Weekly Manna Outreach - 3 families/wk - 6 mos. - approx. 350 ppl.
Groceries/Gift Cards 1800.00
Family/Child Coordinator 1920.00
Breads/pastries provided by Panera Bread partnership - donated already by Panera Bread
08/29/2020242Active
Not Funded0%Covid UPLIFT Child Literacy - I Matter TooI Matter Too CorporationEducation: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$3,180.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas25http://imattertoo.orgSeverely abused and orphaned children (including those rescued from sex trafficking and other horrific crimes) growing up in the state's foster care system, ages 5-12 (on average) who are 1-3 years behind level in Reading, Reading Comprehension, and other important early skills will have the opportunity to learn through I Matter Too's Covid UPLift Child Literacy Program. All tutors and teachers are the highest level qualified professionals and FDLE background checked.

Children growing up without access to libraries or parents at home to read to them are at a disadvantage in their education. This specific and immediate request will fund an online, virtual after school literacy program hosted 3 days a week where any child qualified can have the same opportunity as their peers to learn to read and write.
$0.00$3,180.00Rest assured your donor funds will be used move children forward in reading, reading comprehension, and other core competencies so they can read and write. An estimated 25 children (broken into smaller group online classes) will be accepted through our referring partners through agencies such as Youth and Family Alternatives, Gulf Coast Jewish Community, Devereaux, Lutheran Services Florida and other Eckerd Connects partnerships.

Costs will be allocated:
After School Literacy Virtual Program - up to 25 students, 12 weeks
Books/Supplies/Curriculum 1500.00
Literacy/Reading Teacher 1440.00
Talk Interactive Account - Technology w/Zoom 240.00
08/29/2020242Active
Not Funded0%Covid 19 Student Emergency Fund Stetson University College of LawBasic Needs$25,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas300https://stetson.edu/portal/law/Currently enrolled Stetson Law students and recent graduates (due to The Florida Bar Examiners delay of the bar exam) will be eligible for this grant award, based on financial need. The criteria will consist of students showing proof of financial disruption due to COVID-19. The fund will be to assist students who are currently experiencing an unexpected financial or medical situation.
Awards will be based on needs related to, but not limited to, rent and mortgage payments, increased bar prep costs, health insurance, loss of income, etc.

In this unprecedented time, Stetson Law has seen a significant increase in requests for financial aid to cover basic housing and food needs, over the past four months.
Requests have come through a variety of departments: including, the business office; housing; student affairs; financial aid; and alumni relations.
$0.00$25,000.00The funds will be used to help with the top needs we have seen specifically at Stetson:
Rent/Mortgage payments - due to the Florida Bar exam delay, graduates are unemployed.
Food – Stetson has a food pantry on campus, but the needs have significantly increased.
Income Loss – Students and family members.
Cost of online education – Internet data usage increases and/or the inability to access campus facilities have caused students to have to buy or pay more for internet service. Many have also had to purchase equipment and supplies to make online learning at home possible.
Health Insurance – Some students have lost their health insurance coverage due to the loss of their job, their spouse/partner’s loss of job, or their parent’s loss of job.
Illness/Medical Bills – Self, dependents, caregivers to parents/other family members.
08/29/2020242Active
Not Funded0%low income housingANGEL MINISTRIES OF SPRING HILL INCBasic Needs$500,000.00Hernando50https://start.cortera.com/company/research/m1o4jsr8j/angel-ministries-of-spring-hill-inc/WE PROVIDE LOW INCOME HOUSING TO GIVE FAMILIES WHO HAVE RECOVRED FROM DRUG ADDICTION TO HAVE A NEW START IN LIFE. WE HAVE 2 HOMES ON A 10 ACRE LOT AND LOOKING TO BUILD 10 MORE HOMES. THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO OVERCOME DRUG ADDICTION AND HAVE A JOB, BUT CAN'T AFFORD HOUSING. WE PROVIDE A SOLUTION TO THEM FOR $300 PER MONTH PLUS THEY PAY UTILITEIS, THEY CAN RENT AN ENTIRE HOME FOR 1 YEAR. WE RANDOM DRUG TEST THOUGHOUT THE YEAR, IF THEY STAY DRUG FREE FOR 1 YEAR, WE REFUND THEIR ENTRE COST OF RENT FOR THE YEAR. $0.00$500,000.00WE WILL USE THE PROCEEDS TO BUILD MOBILE HOMES ON THE PROPERTY, WE SEEK $500,000 WHICH WOULD BUILD 10 NEW HOMES, BUT WE ARE SEEKING $50,000 NOW TO BEGIN THAT PROCESS AND CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THIS SERVICE. CURRENTLY WE HAVE 2 HOMES ON OUR PROPERTY. THIS MAY SEEM ALOT BUT EACH HOME COSTS $50,000 TO BUILD AND CAN HOLD UP TO A FAMILY OF 4.08/28/2020243Active
Not Funded0%Adaptive Reading Program that Prevents Academic Regression for Students with Special NeedsLiFT Inc, (Learning Independence For Tomorrow)Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$9,770.00Pinellas100http://liftacademy.orgLiFT empowers neurodiverse learners, providing them with education, independent living skills, and workforce development so they may achieve successful independence. Unexpected change can have significant negative impacts on the behaviors, academic performance and emotional well-being of those with neurodiversities (autism, Down syndrome, learning disabilities and more). Summer is known to be a time of academic regression for all students; but (particularly during a pandemic) it puts students with disabilities in a more vulnerable position than ever before. Our students already experience significant challenges with reading and processing; and we seek to offer a digital curriculum that targets the root causes of reading difficulty while strengthening fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension; so students may achieve grade level proficiency and confidence as they work towards graduation.$0.00$9,770.00I. $8,450: 1-year subscription to Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant Plus (for use by LiFT students in grades K-12)
The total cost for the 1-year subscription is $9,450; and LiFT has received a $1,000 grant towards this cost at this time. These adaptive digital computer-based programs can be utilized by both traditional/face-to-face students, as well as those participating virtually from home. The evidence-based, adaptive reading programs are designed to target individual students' weaknesses; delivering 1-2 years gain in 40-60 hours of use. Students receive real-time corrective feedback as they read aloud with a virtual personal reading tutor; and teachers are able to track individual student progress and gains.

II. $1,320: One quarter (3 months) of Internet use, to be used with the Reading Assistant Plus and Fast ForWord programs in the classroom

Total Funding Request: $9,770
08/28/2020243Active
Not Funded0%Hope At The City InitiativeShiloh Restoration TabernacleBasic Needs$11,250.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)6,000http://thecityofrestoration.orgWe are in need of purchasing an Enclosed Cargo Trailer, an Industrial Forklift & Pallet Jack. This will allow for us to better easily serve, transport and distribute items throughout building spaces, too assisting agencies and transporting food to areas of need.

Covid-19 has increased demands for food assistance from both the homeless, low and middle income class families. We have had to increase our staff of volunteers, add extra distribution days and times, travel and additional 2hrs monthly to another county to acquire additional food and resources. We have increased from 6 refrigeration units to an additional 4 (10 total). Funding campaigns have had to be shifted from quarterly to monthly, to meet the growing demands. Outside agencies, such as churches, daycares and local feeding programs have begun to seek assistance from out of our monthly initiatives. Marketing has increased.
$0.00$11,250.00The acquisition of an Enclosed Cargo Trailer will allow us to transport grocery items from Distributor in Citrus County to our location safely. In addition, we will be able to use this means to make mobile our ability to serve remotely. The acquisition of an Industrial Forklift and Pallet Jack will allow for food items to be delivered to us directly through our partnership with Farm Share, Inc. of whom would donate approx. 42k pounds of food monthly. This enables us to serve other local agencies, more of our community on a more frequent basis. Presently, we travel to pick up food items monthly approx. 4hrs.08/28/2020243Active
Not Funded0%Grant requestSpiritual Family Church of God IncBasic Needs$20,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)15https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxJ4BeAdhR-qaB4PYoCVoTwAs the covid-19 has an impact on every organization around the country, it also affects our church's contribution. As a result, we are unable to pay our land's mortgage, continue our food pantry, take care of our pastor as we should, and other bills. Our congregation is newly founded, we don't have a lot of members to support our church's needs in this crucial circumstances.$0.00$20,000.00Pay mortgage, buy food for family, help the pastor, and take care of other bills.08/28/2020243Active
Partially Funded1%The Florida OrchestraThe Florida Orchestra, Inc.Arts and Culture$148,667.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas200,000https://floridaorchestra.org/The Florida Orchestra (TFO) is the largest performing arts organization in Tampa Bay and the largest professional orchestra in the State of Florida. TFO’s mission is to enrich the life of the Tampa Bay area as it inspires, entertains, and educates a wide and diverse audience with the unique experience of live symphonic music, ensuring that future generations will continue to enjoy this legacy that so magnificently celebrates the human spirit. In response to the Covid-19 crisis, TFO launched TFO at Home in April 2020 to ensure our community had access to digital music resources such as performances, educational opportunities and more. We plan to expand our online offerings during the 2020-2021 season in order to build community through the transformative power of music.$1,333.00$150,000.00TFO is planning the 2020-2021 season with everyone’s safety and comfort in mind, without sacrificing the triumphant and inspirational music our community needs at this challenging time. We are diligently exploring options that include spaced seating, no-touch experiences in the lobby, smaller orchestra performances and outdoor venues. In addition, TFO will offer digitally streamed concerts to ensure that everyone has access to music, whether or not they feel comfortable attending concerts in person. TFO’s costs for digitally streaming concerts this season will be $150,000, a vast reduction from the normal cost for this type of endeavor. We hope our generous supporters will help keep the music going at a time when the unifying and healing power of music is more important than ever before.08/27/2020244Active
Not Funded0%COVID-19 Community Recovery EffortsFlorida Dream CenterWorkforce Services and Career Development$60,000.00Pinellas150http://www.floridadreamcenter.orgThe COVID-19 pandemic decimated the American workforce. This year unemployment reached its highest in over 28 years at 14.1% in Pinellas county. We went from 2.9% unemployment in February to 14.1% in April. The slow and steady decline to 9.0% in June shows that companies are beginning to open their doors and hire again. Recovery will be a process of stabilizing dislocated workers as businesses have trimmed their employment dockets. Our Work Readiness Training program teaches current, valuable skills that give previously, and suddenly, jobless new opportunities in an ever-changing workforce. Classes include coursework from a retired military instructor in the fields of construction, soft skill reintegration, and forklift operation and certification. Readiness advocates incorporate essential job placement skills to further educate clients and prepare them for the job world.$0.00$60,000.00Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak we initiated a Lealman Workforce Committee. This collaboration was intent on bringing local social services and stakeholders together in a joint effort to tackle employment barriers, but progress halted in light of the pandemic. Your funding will support reinvigoration efforts to bring local businesses together with our Work Readiness Training program and provide class materials, course tools, certification costs, forklift upkeep (fuel and rental) fees and instructor salaries. Additionally, we provide initial employee assistance with work uniforms, food, hygiene and transportation (as needed).08/26/2020245Active
Not Funded0%Ortholinks Care Foundation COVID-19 Initiative Ortholinks Care FoundationHealth and Wellbeing$25,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas75,000http://ortholinkscare.orgOrtholinks Care Foundation was formed to financially support orthopedic care for patients who lost jobs or insurance coverage because of the pandemic. These families will still have a mechanism to receive the best orthopedic care. All funds raised will be used for surgeries, rehab, and treatment for those affected. $0.00$25,000.00Funds will be used to pay for surgeries, rehab, and treatment of families who have lost their job and insurance coverage because of COVID-19. Injuries and medical conditions include but not limited to treatment of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Families impacted by COVID-19 will receive free orthopedic care. 08/26/2020245Active
Not Funded0%High-quality Breast Ultrasound Imaging MachineUniversity Community Hospital, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$121,040.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)400http://uch.orgAdventHealth Carrollwood’s (AHC) outdated ultrasound machine increases the risks for breast cancer patients to be exposed to COVID-19. Due to the 10-year old machine’s poor specificity and false-negative results evaluating breast tissue, patients must often travel to other locations for further testing. AHC estimates that 40% of the machine’s ultrasounds are inconclusive, requiring additional testing and delaying diagnosis. Any delay in breast cancer diagnosis can exacerbate or further complicate patient outcomes. The current machine interferes with an immediate diagnosis and increases patient exposure to COVID-19 with the potential to compound health problems. Given that Florida has the second-highest rate of breast cancer deaths in the US, and the state has been a hotspot for COVID-19 cases, it is imperative to limit COVID-19 exposure for these patients with already compromised health.$0.00$121,040.00With funds received, AHC will purchase a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine specific to improving the accuracy of breast cancer diagnosis through high-quality imaging capabilities. Equipped with advanced software specific to breast imaging, our clinicians will perform exams efficiently with a higher level of diagnostic confidence. The machine will improve the delicate performance of precision biopsies increasing the clinician’s confidence during interventional procedures. Ultimately, the new machine’s high quality imaging capabilities will reduce time patients spend being screened, treated, and will limit their exposure to the virus by eliminating the need for further testing at other locations.

AHC is committed to reducing breast cancer deaths in Hillsborough County with state-of-the art equipment that will provide the most efficient path to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.
08/26/2020245Active
Not Funded0%LUCAS Resuscitation Device saves lives while reducing the spread of COVID-19 University Community Hospital, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$18,896.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)12http://uch.orgIn the face of this pandemic, AdventHealth Carrollwood (AHC) is committed to providing all individuals care that gives them the highest chance of survival. On August 19, the reported number of new COVID-19 cases on a single day in Hillsborough County was 4,115. As of August 20, 35,061 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the county, up from 1,300 cases on May 5. Critically ill COVID-19 patients reportedly have a 10 times greater risk of having a cardiac arrest than hospitalized patients with less severe COVID-19 infections. To address the most severe cases, AHC requests funding to support its purchase of a LUCAS Resuscitation Device. With the severity of the illness, a resuscitation device is paramount in saving the lives of individuals with the virus in AHC's service area. Fatigue, individual variations, and psychological factors are removed from CPR administration with this machine.$0.00$18,896.00Due to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in AHC’s service area, and the increased number of severe cases with cardiac arrest, the LUCAS Resuscitation Device has been purchased to save lives. Funds received will reimburse AHC’s purchase of the LUCAS Device. In contrast to manual CPR, the LUCAS™ Device does not fatigue or interrupt compressions. It provides consistent depth and rate of chest compressions while sustaining life-saving circulation during prolonged resuscitation. It frees up the healthcare provider to focus on other care critical to the patient’s survival. It is beneficial when conducting CPR while transporting the patient safely within the hospital or to another location via ambulance. It is also designed to perform defibrillation when indicated. Other benefits include reduced staff exposure to COVID-19 and conservation of Personal Protective Equipment.08/26/2020245Active
Not Funded0%ISTG Tampa Bay Program SupportFor the Girls, Inc. DBA I Support the GirlsHealth and Wellbeing$5,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas10,000http://www.isupportthegirls.orgAs COVID-19 continues to spread and wreak havoc on our communities, more neighbors are facing the threats of unemployment, eviction, utilities being shut off, and food scarcity in the home. I Support the Girls provides menstrual products, bras and underwear, and other essential items through partnerships with organizations providing more comprehensive wrap-around services. This both allows the organizations to cross a line item off their budget as they no longer have to acquire these items, and provides a modicum of dignity for the recipients. Without access to these products, menstruators may utilize menstrual hygiene products beyond their recommended time limits, or may substitute other unsanitary items such as an old sock or paper towel. It is a matter of health and comfort for folks in need.$0.00$5,000.00The funds will be used for the following purposes, as needed:
- Storage unit to allow for reception of pallets of donated items
- Purchasing of discounted or wholesale products to supplement donations in the face of great need
- Items to allow for distanced drop-off centers, such as tents, tablecloths, bins, etc.
- Volunteer engagement and appreciation items to encourage and thank distanced volunteers
- Online posts for greater visibility and donation requests
- Staff time to coordinate donations, deliveries, research and connect with discounted opportunities, and more
ISTG Tampa Bay is headed by a volunteer, and has used minimal funds in the past. However, there has been a surge in requests, up more than 38%, since COVID-19 hit in March, and we are struggling to meet the incredible need.
08/25/2020246Active
Partially Funded40%First Night St Petersburg-funding to support this years artistsFirst Night St PeteArts and Culture$3,000.00Pinellas10http://www.firstnightstpete.comFirst Night St Petersburg has a 28 year tradition of bringing a wide variety of artistic mediums to the hearts center of downtown St Petersburg. The event supports over thirty artists each year as we all bring the City a variety of performance and interactive arts.$2,000.00$5,000.00First Night St Petersburg is the largest family friendly New Year's Eve celebration of the arts and each year over 30 artists participate in the event. Due to the pandemic, our 28th annual event will not be able to be held live, so in order to continue to support our artists and to carry on the tradition First Night will go virtual. One hundred percent of the contributions will go towards our artists and their performance during the two hour virtual celebration.08/24/2020247Active
Not Funded0%Homeless & Low-Income Students COVID 19 Assistance Reach Services Inc.Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary$25,950.00Pinellas132http://reachstpete.orgA digitally inclusive city is one where all individuals have access to online resources, as well as the skills to use them meaningfully. This is necessary for lifelong learning, employment, civic participation, and the ability to reach essential services.??

In the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area (CRA), 44.4% of households with income of less than $20K are without an internet subscription and 27% of households with income of $20K to $75K are without an internet subscription.??

We are looking to meet students' needs with access to computers, laptops, school supplies, internet to help them succeed amidst COVID 19. COVID 19 has left many parents and students to learn from home and we want to ensure they have the tools to be successful and motivated.
$0.00$25,950.00$15,570: 30 students to receive refurbished MAC laptops, mouse, and headphones costing $519.95 per bundle

$10,380: 102 students to receive supplies, aid, requested items needed to be successful while learning at home.
08/24/2020247Active
Partially Funded93%Tuition/Grant Program Academy of Ballet Arts Inc.Arts and Culture$67.37Pinellas10http://academyofballetarts.orgMany of our Academy of Ballet Arts Families were affected by the Covid 19 crisis and lost their jobs. The Academy would like to sponsor their children with a tuition/grant , which would allow the students to continue training at the Academy until their parents secure new jobs. The Academy feels that continuity in their training helps these students overcome the insecurities of their current lives. Dance provides focus, self-discipline, team building, self-esteem and a means to express feelings that they are not ready to speak about. The Tuition/Grant program also includes new studes from economically disadvantaged families.$932.63$1,000.00These funds would pay for tuition for students who parents lost their jobs during the Covid 19 Pandemic and for economical challenged families. When necessary, it would also pay for dance supplies:shes, tights, leotards, and boy's supplies. 08/22/2020249Active
Not Funded0%Support for Abused and Human Trafficked Homeless Moms and Babies During PandemicALPHA House of Pinellas CountyDomestic Abuse and Human Trafficking$24,215.00Pinellas32http://www.alphahousepinellas.orgALPHA House of Pinellas County’s mission is to prevent the cycle of homelessness and child abuse by providing a safe shelter and residence along with supportive services to homeless pregnant teens, women, and their babies. Since the COVID-19 crisis, we have taken drastic and costly measures to protect the health and well-being of the pregnant women, moms and babies in our care. We have been on lockdown since the outbreak and have been impacted by the additional resources required to maintain 24-hour care for our clients. We have incurred additional costs for increased demand in food, electricity, biweekly sanitizing, cleaning supplies, water consumption, activities to occupy restless moms and babies, and compensation for staff to perform regular COVID testing. We also lack devices & stable internet connection to support our residents as they must now participate in online schooling. $0.00$24,215.00Requested funds will be used to support the increase in costs from April through September (anticipated) 2020 due to COVID-19. Our expenses have increased in food, water & electricity, sanitizing & cleaning supplies, activities to help with restlessness, pay for staff to take COVID tests outside of working hours, improvement for adequate internet connection for studies, electronic devices for residents to continue schooling, and the Life Skills Counselor position which lost funding due to the crisis. The consumption and supplies required for the pregnant women, moms and babies to be housed at the facility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week has resulted in an increase in costs from April through July 2020 of $13,510 compared to April through July 2019. The projected increase in costs from April 2020 carrying through September 2020 that were not anticipated in the budget totals $24,215.08/18/2020253Active
Not Funded0%Maple Tree Cancer Alliance Maple Tree Cancer AllianceHealth and Wellbeing$5,000.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas25https://mapletreecanceralliance.orgA cancer diagnosis during a global pandemic exacerbates one of the most difficult times in a person’s life. Maple Tree Cancer Alliance has partnered with Moffitt Cancer Center to offer critical virtual support to cancer patients isolated by COVID-19. Maple Tree offers free individualized exercise oncology training and nutrition education programs, to improve the quality of life for individuals battling cancer. A cancer diagnosis during COVID-19 places patients at high risk for isolation. Our evidence-based exercise oncology has had proven results not only for physical health as a resiliency to treatment, but also decreased feelings of depression and anxiety, empowering cancer patients and fostering emotional well-being. Third party research demonstrated these virtual sessions decreased feelings of loneliness, fatigue and improved fitness. $0.00$5,000.00Maple Tree Cancer Alliance is responding to the isolation of cancer patients in the Tampa Bay area through requesting funds to support individual oncology exercise trainers to offer virtual exercise oncology sessions designed to decrease the side effects of treatment, facilitate their rehabilitation and recovery, and improve their quality of life. Our request for $5,000 would support 12 weeks of individual sessions for 25 cancer patients, while also connecting them to virtual resources, including supplemental exercise instruction, nutrition education and resources, and an online community for support.

The funds provided will directly impact Tampa Bay area cancer patients referred through Moffitt Cancer Center. In partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center, Maple Tree Cancer Alliance will bridge the gap between these critical support services and cancer patients currently in isolation.
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Not Funded0%COVID Relief Request- Junior League of Tampa Diaper BankThe Junior League of TampaBasic Needs$4,500.00Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)1,000http://jltampa.org/The mission of The Junior League of Tampa’s Diaper Bank is to combat diaper need by providing necessary supplies such as diapers, ointment and wipes to our nonprofit community partners that directly support families in need. Our goal is to improve the overall health of children at the poverty threshold. 1 in 3 families in the US report having diaper need and lack sufficient supplies to keep a child clean, dry and healthy. Daycare providers also have a minimum diaper requirement in order to provide care. In some cases, this can lead to stretching the use of diapers, affecting overall health and well being of the child or parents missing work due to lack of care. JLT has seen an increase in requests for assistance and has distributed over 207k diapers during the crisis. Further assistance would help us reach more families in need, especially those affected by unemployment due to COVID.$0.00$4,500.00The JLT Diaper Bank is requesting $4500 to cover the cost of one pallet of 30,000 diapers, our minimum bulk order, which we are able to obtain below cost, allowing us to further stretch any grants funded. As the first and only diaper bank serving Hillsborough county and the only National Diaper Bank network initiative in the City of Tampa, our volunteers work to provide supplies to pre-screened families in need. Due to COVID, we have seen an increase in requests for assistance. Our ability to fulfill these requests depends on our budget constraints and present inventory. We do not anticipate having the necessary funds to fulfill the amount of requests coming in without help. Your assistance would allow us to purchase an additional palate of diapers, provide roughly 30 additional diapers per child at minimum and reach more families in our community that need one less thing to worry about.08/18/2020253Active