Clearwater ARPA Social Services Funding


Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) and the City of Clearwater are collaborating to distribute American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to expand emergency housing and social services programming in Clearwater.

Phase I of this funding provided relocation support to the residents of the recently closed Capri Mobile Home Park. PCF has created an archive of information about Phase I.

Information about Phase II is below.

Funding Overview

Phase II will fund organizations providing services in Clearwater to support individuals and families with emergency housing and social services needs. Qualifying program areas include:

  • Housing
  • Food security
  • Dental care
  • Mental healthcare
  • Substance use
  • Services for individuals with disabilities
  • Aging services and support
  • Legal aid
  • Youth & families

Your organization may request between $50,000 and $325,000 with a maximum grant period of 24 months. A total of $650,000 is available for award. Your grant request should be proportional to your annual budget. You may request a 5% indirect cost rate, though this should be included in your total amount requested. Proposals that request the full amount should be able to demonstrate how the funding will have a significant impact on Clearwater residents in need. You may include minor equipment purchases in your request, but such purchases should have a clear connection to the programming in your proposal.

The selection process will consist of the following steps:

  • Letter of Intent (LOI): PCF will collect information about your grant request, including background about your organization, a grant spending timeline, programming description, and a preliminary budget.
  • LOI Committee Meeting: A committee of Clearwater residents and professionals will review qualifying LOIs to determine those most qualified to move forward. The virtual committee meeting will be open to the public, and applicant organizations will be invited to answer questions the committee may have. Organizations denied at the LOI phase will be eliminated from further consideration.
  • Full Proposal: Organizations approved at the LOI phase will complete a full proposal that will give more detail on the proposed programming and impact of the grant.
  • Full Proposal Committee Meeting: A committee of Clearwater residents and professionals will review qualifying full proposals and make funding decisions.

PCF will establish contracts with those recommended for award.



To be eligible for this opportunity, your organization must be a 501(c)(3) public charity that has had such status for at least two years at the time of application. You must be providing programming to residents in Clearwater.

Schools, hospitals, institutions of higher education, and government entities are not eligible to apply.

Grantmaking public charities that also operate programming may only apply for client-facing programs.

Nonprofits whose sole mission is to support another institution financially are not eligible to apply. The organization/entity being supported must qualify to apply.​

Award Amount

Your organization may request between $50,000 and $325,000. The review committee reserves the right to partially fund requests.

Funding Timeline

Letter of Intent submission period
April 12 – May 12, 2023, 11:59pm
LOI committee meeting
June 21, 2023
Full proposal submission period for approved LOIs
June 23 – July 21, 2023
Full proposal committee meeting
August 2023
Contracting stage for awarded proposals
Late August 2023

Grant Payment and Reporting

Grants made through this process may be on a cost-reimbursement basis. PCF will have some flexibility in advancing payment for a portion of the grant award.

PCF will use verbal reporting for awarded grants. PCF staff will meet with each grantee to establish a meeting schedule and determine what types of information will be discussed at each reporting meeting. PCF staff will take notes which grantees will later approve.

Due to the public nature of these funds, PCF will still require invoices that document all expenditures on awarded grants. PCF staff will provide technical assistance on invoicing if needed.



In order to maintain transparency about the use of public funds, PCF makes available all qualifying requests to this grant program.

Status Description
In Review: Request has been sent to the committee for scoring
LOI Approved:
Organization has been invited to submit a full proposal after submitting a Letter of Intent
Awarded: The request has been fully approved
The application has been denied funding


OrganizationAmount RequestedStatusLetter of Intent (LOI)
360 Eats $ 118,226 In ReviewDownload
Adoption Related Services of Pinellas $ 63,000 In ReviewDownload
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast $ 100,000 In ReviewDownload
CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) $ 300,000 In ReviewDownload
Community Law Program $ 174,689 In ReviewDownload
Dr. Traci's House $ 195,500 In ReviewDownload
EmpowHERment $ 78,750 In ReviewDownload
FEAST $ 73,403 In ReviewDownload
Feeding America Tampa Bay $ 97,138 In ReviewDownload
Florida Dream Center $ 50,000 In ReviewDownload
Goodwill Industries - Suncoast $ 60,000 In ReviewDownload
Gulfside Healthcare Services $ 50,000 In ReviewDownload
Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas $ 140,320 In ReviewDownload
Homeless Leadership Alliance of Pinellas $ 315,900 In ReviewDownload
Homeless Empowerment Program $ 325,000 In ReviewDownload
Hope Villages of America $ 150,000 In ReviewDownload
House Of Mercy and Encouragement Foundation $ 50,000 In ReviewDownload
Inspire Equine Therapy Program $ 75,000 In ReviewDownload
Metropolitan Ministries $ 100,000 In ReviewDownload
Neighborly Care Network $ 325,000 In ReviewDownload
Pathway to Success Ministries $ 54,898 In ReviewDownload
Recovery Epicenter Foundation $ 325,000 In ReviewDownload
Safety Harbor Neighborhood Family Center $ 88,200 In ReviewDownload
St. Petersburg Free Clinic $ 325,000 In ReviewDownload
Suncoast Voices for Children Foundation $ 50,000 In ReviewDownload
The ARC Tampa Bay $ 57,264 In ReviewDownload
Up With Life Ministries $ 50,000 In ReviewDownload
Willa Carson Health and Wellness Center $ 50,000 In ReviewDownload

Committee Meeting

The virtual committee meeting to review qualifying Letters of Intent will take place on June 21, 2023 at 9:30 am. You can register to attend on Zoom.

Why is PCF using a Letter of Intent process?

A Letter of Intent allows organizations to express interest in the funding without having to complete a time-consuming full proposal. The LOI process then allows PCF to identify organizations that are best qualified for funding and invite them to submit a full proposal, creating a more efficient process.

Can my organization request funding for a new program?

Yes. However, your organization must demonstrate a very strong program design, including the outcomes you would measure and a clearly defined population to be served. If choosing between applying for a new program and an existing program, PCF would recommend you apply for the existing program.

What types of expenses are permitted?

While these funds are not general operating grants, PCF will allow a variety of program costs for direct services. Salaries and minor equipment purchases are permitted. Regardless of what you request, the strongest proposals will clearly demonstrate how these funds will impact your clients. If an additional staff member would strengthen your work, state the effect of that staff member’s presence on your team as it relates to your clients.

If your organization is going to claim the full indirect cost rate of 5%, the maximum direct award will be $308,750, with an indirect award of $16,250.

Will organizations be partially funded?

Review committees may consider partial funding, if they feel partial funding is the best use of resources. PCF urges applicant organizations to honestly address the impact that partial funding would have on their proposed programming.

How much can I request under this grant?

The request range is between $50,000 and $325,000.

My annual operating budget is smaller than the minimum grant request amount. Can I still apply?

Yes, though PCF strongly advises you speak with the Senior Program Officer to develop your proposal. It is unlikely that your organization would receive an award greater than $50,000.

I need financial assistance. Can PCF help?

PCF does not provide financial assistance to individuals. For assistance, you can dial 2-1-1 from your phone, or visit 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares.

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Jocelyn Howard

Jocelyn Howard

Senior Program Officer, ARPA

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