The Foundation’s top priority is to listen and engage with our community to ensure that we earn the right to help convene and support interventions to improve population health. We are focused on making these improvements through addressing the social determinants of health. The Foundation makes grants in a responsive manner. This means that we will award funds based on the ideas that we collect from the community to start, rather than funding specific elements. This is another way to engage and listen to the wisdom of the providers who have been serving the community or have ideas to serve the community.
In keeping with the work the Foundation began last year, the goal of our second year of grantmaking is to invest in the work of the community and support the capacity of the nonprofit sector.
We place a high priority on strengthening the nonprofit sector because nonprofit organizations are essential to leading and driving the work to improve health and well-being in South Pinellas County. Our core approach to social change is collaborative collective strengthening of the nonprofit organizations that serve our area of focus, and grantmaking is an important way we can help.
Capacity Building Mini Grants
In 2018, the Foundation made 21 grants from $10,000 to $20,000 to help local nonprofit organizations meet their capacity building needs. The duration of funded projects is expected to range from three to nine months.
This grantmaking initiative supports organizations, with an operating budget under $2 million, that were ready to take its work to the next level. In 2018, the Foundation funded eight grants between $40,000 to $100,000.