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$30,000 in Grants Available to Help Protect Tampa Bay’s Drinking Water Sources

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Community groups, nonprofits, schools and universities are encouraged to apply

CLEARWATER – Community groups, nonprofits and educational institutions can receive a share of $30,000 in grant funding for protecting the Tampa Bay area’s drinking water sources. The program is sponsored by Tampa Bay Water, the region’s drinking water provider, to help protect drinking water sources by educating the community, safeguarding watersheds, preventing pollution and cleaning waterways.

Grant applications are due by Nov. 11, 2022, at 5 p.m. The grant application packet is available at Awardees are notified in December 2022 and funds are available in 2023.

“Protecting the region’s drinking water sources is important, and we can’t do it alone,” said Brandon Moore, Tampa Bay Water’s public communications manager. “So, we’re providing 30,000 reasons to partner with us.”

The grants range from $2,000 to $10,000 per organization, for a total of $30,000 available annually. To qualify for a grant, the proposed projects must relate to protecting Tampa Bay area drinking water sources that include the Hillsborough River, Alafia River, Tampa Bypass Canal, Tampa Bay and several groundwater wellfields in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

Grant projects can include a variety of actions, activities and public awareness efforts aimed at understanding, safeguarding, maintaining or improving the quality of drinking water sources and the watershed areas in which they are located.

Tampa Bay Water is looking for a variety of projects, which are ideal for scouts to earn merit badges, students to earn volunteer hours, and community organizations to get involved in protecting local waterways. Source water protection projects are great for educators looking to combine science, technology, engineering and math concepts and lessons with hands-on experience to supplement classroom learning about the water cycle and the environment.

Interested organizations can contact Tampa Bay Wa