Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund?
The Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund (TBRF) is a new strategic collaboration of the Pinellas Community Foundation, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg and United Way Suncoast. This unique partnership has been launched to help the critical nonprofit organizations that provide assistance to the most vulnerable of our local residents being affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis.
How much assistance is available through the TBRF?
Currently, the total of the fund is nearly $1 million. This total comes from the contributions made by the four organizations collaborating to assist the agencies providing help to our communities. Donations and distributions will be made so the total of the fund will change. The organizations will mutually collect donations and provide assistance through this resiliency initiative.
What organizations are able to receive assistance?
Nonprofit 501(c) organizations and governmental agencies will be eligible to receive assistance.
Are there specific agencies that the Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund will support?
Funding allocations will be prioritized generally among the following three categories: protection of human life, mitigation of additional harm, and strengthening nonprofits related to critical intervention services to the community.
What are some examples of uses of the funding?
Examples of uses are emergency food, shelter and other basic needs, increasing health service capacity through alternative quarantine locations, and technology funding to allow delivery of critical services during emergency situations. More specific examples can be found on the Apply page.
Is the funding limited to certain cities or counties?
This resiliency initiative that will support organizations in DeSoto, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.
How do individuals get help from the Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund?
The Fund will support existing programs that provide direct support to individuals.
Has funding already been distributed?
Yes. The fund has made a distribution to Pinellas County to assist in retrofitting vans for transportation of medically vulnerable citizens from homeless shelters and programs to medical appointments. Additional funds were given to provide 14 days of meals for quarantined patients who are discharged from the hospital to safe lodging while they recover.
How will the fund be managed?
This is an evidence-informed response to a public health crisis, and our response will be led by the public health department’s epidemiology and staying abreast of the growing knowledge of best responses. Distribution of funds will be overseen through a collaborative process by the funding partners to ensure the funds are distributed fairly and equitably to address the community’s most serious needs. The Tampa Bay Resilience Fund provides a trusted and reliable way to donate to recovery efforts and 100% of the funds collected thorough this effort will be directed to address immediate and mid- to long-term needs through the provision of grants to select nonprofits.