TAMPA, Fla. (July 9, 2019) – The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay has selected three local nonprofits to receive more than $32,000 in grant funding. The organizations will use the grant funding to address animal welfare and environmental conservation in the Tampa Bay region.
The Community Foundation has a history of supporting nonprofit programs with a focus on environmental conservation and animal welfare. The $32,000 awarded in the competitive grants process is in addition to more than $836,700 in grants to environment and animal welfare organizations by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay during this fiscal year, which ends June 30.
“The Foundation invests in efforts to preserve, protect and enhance our natural environment and protect the well-being of animals,” said Marlene Spalten, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. “We’re proud to grant these programs with necessary funding to help improve the quality of life in the Tampa Bay region.”
Humane Society of Tampa Bay was awarded $10,000 to support its trap/neuter/vaccinate/return (TNVR) program in South Shore neighborhoods. TNVR aims to reduce overpopulation of feral cats by trapping feral cats, transporting them to the Humane Society’s animal hospital, performing the spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinating the cats and returning them to their neighborhoods.
The Greener Side Haven, Inc. was awarded $7,000 for its Seniors Helping Seniors Forever Foster program. The program matches senior pets who have been surrendered to local animal shelters with senior citizens who are unable to afford a pet, but can care for it and enjoy its companionship.
The Florida Aquarium received $15,553 to help support its Watershed Investigations program at the Florida Center for Technology and Conservation (FCTC). The program teaches students about watersheds, environmental change and the role they play in protecting our resources. Students in the program gather data to capture a snapshot of the conditions of diverse habitats at the Center, and use STEAM critical thinking to predict how the region might change over time.
In total, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay awards about $15 million each year to nonprofit organizations and, since its inception in 1990, has granted more than $215 million.
About the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
Founded in 1990, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay connects donors, nonprofits, community and business leaders, professional advisors, volunteers and residents to make the maximum positive impact in the Tampa Bay region. For more than 25 years, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay has been dedicated to making giving easy and meaningful for donors as a way to strengthen nonprofit organizations and build a better, more vibrant community. Since its inception, its donors have enabled the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to award nearly $215 million in grants to nonprofit organizations across the country.