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$20,000 in Source Water Protection Mini-Grants Available

Tampa Bay Water is once again offering $20,000 in mini-grants to fund events and projects sponsored by local community groups, non-profit groups, schools and universities that promote protection of our region’s drinking water sources. The agency is accepting applications until 5 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2015.

Mini-grants from $2,000 to $10,000 are awarded for community-based activities such as river clean-ups, educational field trips and public outreach events. To qualify, applicants must provide an event or project plan related to source water protection in Tampa Bay Water’s service area that includes Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

“Tampa Bay Water delivers high quality drinking water and we always say, clean water starts at the source,” said Michelle Stom, chief communications officer at Tampa Bay Water. “The mini-grants help those who are dedicated to keeping our region’s drinking water sources clean.”

Applications are available online at, or by contacting Michelle Stom at 727-796-2355 or 813-996-7009.

In 2014, Tampa Bay Water awarded $10,000 to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and to Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo used funds to make source water protection a consistent theme in its education and outreach efforts. Grant funding went toward source water protection research, messaging and educational materials.

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful used funds for educational initiatives that included interactive presentations to schools and community groups. This included the organization’s annual Youth Environmental Education Conference that hosted regional high school and college students. Its education and outreach programs focus on litter prevention, waste reduction, conservation and beautification, and also work to cultivate and support environmental citizenship, awareness, understanding and appreciation for Florida’s fragile ecosystem.

All mini-grant applications will be reviewed and screened against the program’s selection criteria. Organizations receiving a mini-grant will be notified before the end of 2015 and funds will be granted in 2016