Grants and Distributions

Operating Expenses

Capital & Equipment

Cultural Outreach

Special Interests

Senior Citizens

Note: Capital Improvement awards will be announced December 9, and Operating grant awards will be announced January 3, 2020.

Overview

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) is changing lives and improving the quality of life in Pinellas County through grants to a variety of nonprofit organizations. The diversity of nonprofit agencies and the causes PCF supports are a reflection of the deep and broad-ranging charitable visions shared by benevolent PCF donors like you.

The Pinellas Community Foundation provides grants to carefully vetted 501(c)(3) nonprofit agencies right here in our community that support:

  • Affordable housing initiatives
  • Youth and families
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Women’s issues
  • People with disabilities
  • College scholarships
  • Arts, education, and cultural enrichment programs
  • Childhood hunger

Funding Priorities

The PCF Board of Governors has identified four core areas as priorities to be considered in this funding process:

Improving Health

  • Access to healthcare
  • Access to behavioral health

Advancing Education

  • Providing scholarships
  • Outreach and community education
  • Educational programming
  • Literacy
  • Early learning

Promoting Arts and Culture

  • Improve cultural awareness
  • Enhance public access to arts

Enhancing Quality of Life

  • Aging
  • Access to affordable housing
  • Financial assistance programming
  • Food security
  • Homelessness
  • Access to justice
  • Access to resources
  • Trauma
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Application + Follow-up Reports

You can begin submitting required information or access your organization’s past applications through our online grant portal.

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David Bender

David Bender

Manager of Grants and Projects

Frequently Asked Questions

What does PCF fund?

The PCF Board of Governors have identified four funding areas that are considered priorities: improving health, advancing education, promoting arts and culture, and enhancing quality of life. If you have any questions about whether your program or organization would fit within PCF’s mission, please reach out.

Does PCF fund organizations located outside of Pinellas County?

While an organization may be physically located elsewhere, our grants are only awarded to fund activities in Pinellas County. Due to funding limitations and a commitment to our mission, priority will always be given to activities taking place in Pinellas County by organizations in Pinellas County.

Who will review our grant application?

Each grant application is reviewed by a committee consisting of members of the PCF Board of Governors. We will sometimes invite experienced community members to evaluate applications as well, provided their experience will lead to a positive contribution.

I need a copy of Pinellas Community Foundation’s logo to acknowledge a grant we were given. Where can I get the most recent version?

You can find our logo and guideslines for its usage on our Agency Resources page here

How does my organization apply for funding?

PCF uses an online grants portal for the entire application process, which you can access by clicking here. When the application time period opens, simply click “Apply” from your Applicant Dashboard to begin. If someone from your organization already has an account in our system, you may need to reach out to us to allow you to create another.

Who is eligible to apply for grant funding?

All applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization with a physical presence is in Pinellas County. Except for our Venture Philanthropy grants, all applying organizations must be at least one year in operation at the time of application. Furthermore, our Cultural Outreach and Special Interest grants are by invitation only.

Government entities will only be considered for funding through Senior Citizens Services grants, provided that the proposed project serves the 55+ population.

Please note that we do not grant to individual persons.

When can we expect to hear a decision about our grant application?

Please consult the individual grant pages linked above for dates about grant applications and award notifications.

If more than seven days since the award notification date have passed and you have received no communication from us, please reach out for further assistance.

What are the reporting requirements for my organization’s grant?

For the majority of our grant programs, a final report is due one year after awards are granted. For Senior Citizen Services grants, a report is due at both 6 months into the granting period and one year after funds are awarded. Specific reporting requirements will be given in your organization’s award agreement.