Community Grants for Source Water Protection | Tampa Bay Water

Joining Forces for Cleaner Sources

Tampa Bay Water is dedicated to protecting our region’s drinking water sources and we need your help. Communities and individual citizens have an important role in keeping our water clean and safe. In the Tampa Bay area, our drinking water comes from groundwater, river water and Tampa Bay.

Protecting these sources from pollution is the smart thing to do because it safeguards the environment where we live and helps save money too. The cleaner the source water, the less energy and fewer chemicals are needed to treat the water before it gets to you.

That’s why Tampa Bay Water offers the Source Water Protection Mini-Grant Program with $30,000 in grant money available to help fund projects and events by local community groups, non-profit groups, schools and universities. Grants range from $2,000 to $10,000 for activities that help protect regional drinking water sources and the ecosystem.

Applications for the 2019-2020 grant cycle are due by 5 p.m. on November 15.

Grant recipients are announced each December at Tampa Bay Water’s Board of Directors Meeting.


The Source Water Protection Mini-Grant Program is a great way for the community to get involved in keeping our environment and drinking water supplies safe for years to come.

Examples of Qualifying Projects

  • River and stream clean-ups, including restoration and stabilization of river banks
  • Protection and conservation of the region's watersheds and aquifer recharge zones
  • Innovative solutions to reduce pollution in wetlands, rivers and coastal areas
  • Educational resources such as trainings, workshops, signage or exhibits, and the development of Florida-standards-based curriculum about drinking water and the environment

Everyone can do their part each day to protect the sources of our drinking water. Remember, everything that happens on the ground eventually makes its way to the water. By joining forces together, these simple actions can make a significant difference in the quality of our water resources.