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NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Brandon Moore
bmoore@tampabaywater.org
(727) 791-2304

$30,000 available to community groups, nonprofits and school groups

CLEARWATER, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2021) – Time is running out to apply for a share of $30,000 in grant funding for projects that help protect the Tampa Bay area’s drinking water sources. Grant applications are due by Nov. 12, 2021, at 5 p.m. Community groups, school groups, nonprofits, service organizations and educational institutions located in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties are eligible to apply. The program is sponsored by Tampa Bay Water, the region’s drinking water provider, to help protect drinking water sources by safeguarding watersheds, preventing pollution and cleaning waterways.

It’s easy to apply on-line at tampabaywater.org/grant.

Grants range from $2,000 to $10,000 per organization. To qualify, the proposed projects must relate to protecting Tampa Bay area drinking water sources including the Hillsborough River, Alafia River, Tampa Bypass Canal, Tampa Bay, and several groundwater wellfields in Hillsborough and Pasco counties.

Projects can include activities that directly impact drinking water sources or educational activities aimed at teaching about drinking water sources and how to protect them such as:

  • River and wetland cleanups
  • Pollution prevention
  • Public awareness and outreach campaigns
  • Classroom, campus or field activities

Interested organizations can contact Tampa Bay Water’s grant administrator, Lorrie Belovich, at LBelovich@tampabaywater.org or 727.791.2315 for more information and feedback on project ideas.

These projects can be opportunities for students to earn volunteer hours, scouts to earn merit badges, community organizations to get involved and teachers looking for hands-on STEM activities.

Tampa Bay Water started the grant program in 2008 to support community organizations committed to protecting the environment but need additional resources. Since the start of the program, Tampa Bay Water has provided more than $250,000 to organizations that share its commitment to protect and conserve our water sources. Clean, safe water starts at the source, and everyone has a role to play in protecting the region’s natural resources.

About Tampa Bay Water

Tampa Bay Water is the largest wholesale water supplier in Florida, providing high-quality drinking water to its members, who in turn, supply water to more than 2.5 million residents of the Tampa Bay area. Tampa Bay Water’s member governments include Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties and the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa. To learn more, visit tampabaywater.org.