Eight Nonprofits Will Create New Initiatives, Enhance Innovative Collaborations With the Help of “Empowerment Grants”

Pinellas County has a wealth of nonprofit organizations that are poised to take their work to the next level but need a bit of a boost to fuel their efforts. This week, eight small-to-mid-sized nonprofits received Empowerment Grants from the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg for their community enhancing programs.

The Empowerment Grants are designed to support nonprofit and public organizations with operating budgets of less than $2 million. The grant awards range between $40,000 and $100,000 and will be used to launch a new initiative, build organizational capacity, expand or sustain a successful project, start or strengthen a collaboration or convene and plan a future collaboration. Awarded organizations serve residents of South Pinellas County, defined as south of Ulmerton Road and east of Seminole Boulevard.

The grants represent the type of flexible funding that most nonprofit leaders identify as a significant need to help their organizations grow in size, mission and impact. Only 39 percent of Pinellas County nonprofits report having ample resources to meet annual needs, according to the Foundation’s 2018 Nonprofit Assessment report.

“The Foundation’s mission of advancing health equity depends on strong nonprofit and public sector partners,” said Randall H. Russell, the Foundation’s President and CEO. “Modestly scaled organizations do much of the heavy lifting in our communities to address the underlying conditions that contribute to good health. The Empowerment Grants give them the space to innovate, experiment and build worthwhile initiatives and collaborations.”

View a complete list of how the eight organizations will use a total of $569,142.

About the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg is a private foundation formed in 2013 following the sale of the nonprofit Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. It is the steward of almost $180 million in assets to support health equity in Pinellas County. The Foundation inspires and empowers people, ideas, information exchange, organizations and relationships to end differences in health due to social or structural disadvantages and improve population health.