Empowerment Grants

The Foundation’s vision of health equity for all in South Pinellas County can only be realized with the help of a strong multi-sector community. Empowerment Grants are to help strengthen the social and public sectors so the Foundation’s mission of improving population health can be realized. These grants are a direct response to what many nonprofit leaders have told us about the needs and priorities of their organizations.

Empowerment Grants offer small-to-midsized organizations an opportunity to enhance the impact of their work in one or more areas of the social determinants of health, with a focus on improving population health. The one-year grants are designed to support organizations with an operating budget less than $2 million a year and range from 40,000 to $100,000 each.

Bright Community Trust, Inc.

Grant will be used to to add a new full-time staff position, an equity hire from the South St. Petersburg CRA, and implement business and leadership succession planning for the organization.

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Inner Explorer, Inc.

Funding will support promoting health and well-being at 24 Head Start and Early Head Start centers in the St. Petersburg area through a daily mindfulness practice.

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League of Women Voters of Florida Education Fund, Inc.

Grant will be used to create the St. Petersburg Civic Health Index Report and fuel community solutions to the identified challenges. In addition, the efforts will provide civic education to the community as well as advocacy training with students to develop civic engagement leadership skills.

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Lighthouse of Pinellas Inc.

Funds will be used to hire a full-time staff person who will help clients find employment, and with input from the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, create a database of businesses that use Assistive Technology (AT) and are prepared to employ blind and visually impaired residents as well as train potential employers for LHP clients.

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Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board, Inc.

Grant will help pilot an assessment and diversion program that offers flexible financial assistance to allow south county emergency shelters (St. Vincent de Paul Center of Hope Family Shelter; The Salvation Army St. Petersburg Emergency Shelter for Families; St. Petersburg Free Clinic Family Residence; and Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA) Shelter) to locate immediate, alternative housing for families with minor children, instead of using shelters or other homeless housing resources.

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Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg, Inc.

Grant will support opening a satellite location in the Jordan Park Housing Development for its residents and the surrounding community, in partnership with the Pinellas County Urban League and the Pinellas County Housing Authority. The efforts will provide afterschool programs for youth and pre-teens in the Jordan Park community.

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Project Prosper, Inc.

Funds will be used to to hire the first Executive Director for the organization, which provides financial services to support immigrants and refugees. The grassroots organization has served the community for 10 years and is ready to employ full-time leadership to serve the community and ensure sustainability of the organization.

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Start Right, Now

Funds will be used to develop a five-year strategic plan and improve the social media strategy for the organization that addresses youth homelessness in Pinellas County.

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