Grants and Distributions
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
Grant Informational Webinar
We invite to view a helpful video about our grant process. We will be offering a live webinar in the future.
The PCF Board of Governors has identified four core areas as priorities to be considered in this funding process:
- Access to healthcare
- Access to behavioral health
- Providing scholarships
- Outreach and community education
- Educational programming
- Early learning
Promoting Arts and Culture
- Improve cultural awareness
- Enhance public access to arts
Enhancing Quality of Life
- Access to affordable housing
- Financial assistance programming
- Food security
- Access to justice
- Access to resources
Grant Funding Tiers
Operating Grants funding request amounts will be based upon organizational operating budget size which serves Pinellas County and is not inclusive of major one-time or non-routine capital expenditures.
Organizations with budgets less than $500,000 may seek up to $10,000, but the average grant will be $5,000.
Organizations with budgets between $500,000 to $2,500,000 may seek up to $10,000.
Organizations with budgets greater than $2,500,000 may seek up to $20,000, but the average grant will be $15,000.
PCF will continue to fund Capital Improvement and Equipment grants up to $20,000.
Application Format and Access
Grant applications are based on storytelling, as our goal is to tell the stories of our community. Who can better tell the story of our communities than the organizations that work with them?
Access to the online application system can be found by clicking the APPLY NOW link at the bottom of this page.
Questions and Deadline
If you have any questions or technological problems, don’t hesitate to reach out to PCF staff. Please see the table below to view specific deadlines for each type of grant. Do not wait until the last week to begin the application.
Applications must be submitted by the date listed below in informational table. Only online submissions are accepted. Please remember to click the submit button prior to the deadline. Applications in the system that are not submitted will be marked abandoned at the deadline.
Pinellas Community Foundation Discretionary Grant Programs
Capital Improvement and Equipment Grants
Janet A. Huntley Arts Enrichment for Youth Grant
Theodore and Marian Tonne Grant for Cultural Outreach
Cathleen W. Grant Environmental Grant
Cathleen W. Grant Public Communications Grant
Faith Mission Fund
Donor giving translates to supporting Pinellas County needs through grants for a range of human services and cultural arts. Please see the new grant-making requirements and application process described below.
General Application and Eligibility Requirements
- Must be a 501(c)(3) organization
- Physical presence must be in Pinellas County
- All funds must be spent in Pinellas County
- Incorporated and operating for a minimum of one year
- Application completed online
- Overview of agency mission and operations, number of clients served per month or year
- Overview of intent and impact for use of fund
- Photos from completed work or supported program
- All funding is awarded on a competitive basis regardless of historical funding awards and based upon direct service
- Funds may not be requested for previously completed projects
- Must agree to acknowledge Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) in external communication (see “Minimum Required Acknowledgments”)
- Animal welfare organizations and hospitals are not eligible to apply
Minimum Required Acknowledgements
The following acknowledgements/actions must be completed after the awarding of a grant:
- PCF logo must be posted on grantee website with link to: https://pinellascf.org (new website address and new logo)
- The new PCF logo must appear on collateral, letterhead and other external marketing materials that feature sponsors (where appropriate). You will be given a copy of the PCF logo.
- Opportunity to present to the nonprofit agency’s board of directors regarding partnerships and opportunities with PCF
- Provide up to 3 PCF board members and/or staff with an annual tour of facilities
- Completion of an Impact Report, submitted one year from receipt of grant distribution
- Exceptions to the requirements must be made in writing with or before application
2018-19 Grants Overview
|Grant Type||Eligibility||Max Funding||Application Timeline||Award Notification||Payout||Project Timeline|
|Operating 2018-19||All but animal welfare||Varies||9/7/18– 10/15/18||1/10/2019||1/15/19||1/1/19–
|Capital Improvement 2018-2019||All but animal welfare||$20,000||9/7/18– 10/15/18||12/15/18||12/30/18||1/1/19–
|Cultural Education & Outreach 2019-20|
|Janet A. Huntley Music and Arts Public Education||By invitation only||$10,000||3/1/19–
|Theodore and Marian Tonne Grant for Cultural Outreach||By invitation only||$5,000||3/1/19–
|Other Areas of Interest 2019-20|
|Faith Mission||By invitation only||$10,000||9/1/19–
|Environmental Grant||Alternating Years||$3,500||8/15/17–
|Public Communications||Alternating Years||$3,500||8/15/18–
|Senior Citizens Services|
|Other Senior Services||501(c)(3)||$800-$20,000||7/1/19-7/31/19||8/15/19||9/1/19*||10/1/19-9/30/20|
*Senior Citizen Services grant checks are presented at an awards ceremony. For more details, please see the Senior Citizens Services page here
The appropriate board of governors’ grant committee reviews each application. For consideration, applicants must provide the following:
- Accurate and feasible grant proposals with budget and detail
- Complete applications, due to the high demand for funding, only complete applications will be considered
Contact us at 727-531-0058 or firstname.lastname@example.org.