CLEARWATER, Fla. – April 2, 2019 – Online grant applications to help fund wellness programs for the ACT II generation (residents age 55 and older) in Pinellas County are being accepted until April 31 by Senior Citizens Services, Inc. (SCS) in coordination with Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF). Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) or a government agency.
Funds for organizations providing wellness services may use grants for needs such as wellness services, health-related activities or education, other wellness-related services such as nutrition, mental health counseling, adult day care or disaster preparedness.
To review grant criteria and to apply using the PCF online application system, visit pinellascf.org/scs.The current grant cycle is awarding up to $12,000 in funds per organization per project. A total of $70,000 in wellness grants are available for 2019.
SCS grants for organizations assisting seniors are available each quarter. Summer (July) applications are for other senior services such as transportation, legal services, utilities assistance, elder abuse prevention or homemaker/personal care. Fall (October) grants will be awarded for social activities to help reduce the social isolation of seniors.
Nonprofit and government agencies with questions regarding SCS wellness or other grants are invited to call Pinellas Community Foundation at 727-531-0058.
Senior Citizens Services, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1960, partnered with Pinellas Community Foundation in November 2018, to manage and administer the SCS $10 million donor-advised charitable fund. SCS selected PCF due to its extensive grant management expertise for the benefit of seniors age 55 and older in Pinellas County.
From June 2016 through March 2019 (11 grant cycles), SCS has awarded 110 grants to 43 agencies, ranging from $800 to $25,000 and totaling $1.187 million. As of January, 2019, grants helped 13,738 persons age 55 and older, primarily in Pinellas County. SCS also provided rent subsidies for Prospect Towers residents totaling $523,853 from November 2015 through March 2019. In 2018, along with Pinellas Community Foundation, SCS funded the first pantry for incontinence products in Tampa Bay.
Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) was founded in 1969. With over $100 million in charitable assets, PCF seeks effective solutions for Pinellas County’s most challenging social, environmental and educational issues, while supporting the advancement of arts and culture. PCF is the only charitable foundation providing donors with customizable giving opportunities to enhance the quality of life for Pinellas County residents.
Over the last 50 years, more than 260 charitable organizations have received donor-funded grants from PCF. In total, PCF has distributed over $55 million to support community programs. The PCF mission is only possible thanks to the generosity of donors. Visit www.pinellascf.org for more information or call 727-531-0058.