The two are jointly awarding $4.8 million to 30 nonprofits working in South St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, FL – The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg and Bayfront Health have jointly awarded $4.8 million in grants to 30 community organizations for 2023 and 2024. The grant awards, which are the result of a partnership announced last summer, will support work in the zip codes of the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area (33705, 33711, 33712) focusing on the funding priorities of Mental Health and Wellness for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and Economic Equity and Justice.
Grant awards range from $10,000 for capacity-building to $500,000 for multi-sector collaboration. Visit the Foundation’s grantmaking page for a full listing of the partners and projects funded, which include the creation of a BIPOC doula network, early childhood literacy and wrap-around services, and more.
“Bayfront Health is excited to support the impactful community work that will result from this partnership with the Foundation for a Healthy St Petersburg,” said John Moore, Senior Vice President, Orlando Health West Region and President, Bayfront Health. “These grants represent a significant investment in our local community to improve the health and wellbeing of residents we’re proud to serve.”
The grant application for the 2023 and 2024 funding cycles opened on August 8, 2023, and closed on October 6, 2023.
“We’re thrilled to fund and support these phenomenal community projects and partners, who will make our local community healthier and more racially equitable,” said Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kanika Tomalin. “Grantmaking is a key pillar of our work to achieve health equity through racial equity. We’re truly appreciative of this continued partnership with Bayfront Health, which allows us to deepen our impact and investment in the city we’re so honored to serve and proud to call home.”
Click here for photos from the joint grant award announcement on January 24.
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 an endowment to support health equity in Pinellas County. The Foundation achieves health equity through racial equity by listening humbly, learning fearlessly, and leading courageously to impact systems change. In 2019, it opened the Center for Health Equity to invite people to learn, connect, and create together in order to advance racial equity and transform our communities. To learn more, visit https://healthystpete.foundation/
About Bayfront Health
The 480-bed Bayfront Health St. Petersburg was founded in 1910. It was acquired October 1, 2020 by Orlando Health, a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $9.6 billion of assets under management. The hospital’s areas of clinical excellence include heart and vascular, surgical services, rehabilitation services, neurosciences, maternity care and – as home to the only state-accredited Level Two Adult Trauma Center in the St. Petersburg region – emergency services and trauma care.
Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is integral to the 3,429-bed Orlando Health system that includes 29 hospitals and emergency departments – 25 of which are currently operational with four coming soon. The system also includes nine specialty institutes, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility under the management of Acadia Healthcare, and more than 375 outpatient facilities that include physician clinics, imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with FastMed Urgent Care. More than 4,750 physicians, representing more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which employs more than 27,000 team members and more than 1,500 physicians.
Orlando Health’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program hosts more than 350 residents and fellows including more than 40 who are enrolled at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg’s OB/GYN, Family Medicine, Sports Medicine and Pharmacy programs.
In FY 23, Orlando Health cared for 197,000 inpatients and 6.6 million outpatients. The healthcare system provided nearly $1.3 billion in total impact to the communities it serves in the form of community benefit programs and services, Medicare shortfalls, bad debt, community-building activities and capital investments in FY 22, the most recent period for which this information is available.