Operating Grants

Operating Grants
Deadline for all operating Grant Applications is October 1st.

Operating Grants are unrestricted and may be used by awardees for general operating expenses. An agency or organization receiving any type of Operating Grant (First-Time, Regular or Basic) is eligible to apply for a Competitive Grant. These latter grants are for special and capital projects and are awarded on the basis of merit or the project, as determined by a grants screening committee and by the Foundation’s Board of Governors.

Operating Grant Eligibility

Under these guidelines, an agency or organization must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for any type of Operating Grant.

  • Be a non-profit, 501(c)(3) with a Letter of Determination from the Internal Revenue Service
  • Be headquartered in Pinellas County
  • Provide social and human services in Pinellas County
  • Provide recent audited financial statements

Focus of Grant Making

In addition to the above requirements, the Board of Governors has determined to focus its grant making on the following areas:

  • Aging Out of Foster Care
  • Arts Education to Underserved Populations
  • Disabled (Physical and Behavioral)
  • Diverse Populations
  • Early Learning
  • Elderly Services
  • Physical and Behavioral Disabilities
  • Transitional Housing (with a focus on homeless families)

First Time Operating Grants

Funding is from $1,000 to a maximum of $6,000, in $1,000 increments.

Regular Operating Grants

Most of the agencies and organizations benefiting from the Foundation’s Discretionary Grants Program receive these $10,000 grants.

For information on how to apply, please call the Pinellas Community Foundation at 727.531.0058.

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