Pinellas Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Pinellas Community Foundation supports animals, environment, faith, health, senior citizens, education, public communications, youth in Florida.

FUNDING AREAS: Animals, environment, faith, health, senior citizens, education, public communications, youth

IP TAKE: The foundation offers several discretionary grant programs for human services and arts groups. It also features an accessible online application system.

PROFILE: Established in 1969, the Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) is a community foundation based in Clearwater, Florida. Ralph Richards is the founder of PCF who passed away in 1980. The foundation began by assisting students with scholarships and has since expanded to support various interests. Grantmaking includes animals, environment, faith, health, senior citizens, education, public communications, and youth.

As a community foundation, PCF provides grants through discretionary grant programs, field of interest grants, distributions from donor-advised funds, and distributions through designated and agency endowment funds. In the past, the foundation awarded grants for emergency food relief during the federal government shutdown. Recently, the foundation has been addressing the needs of older adults in the areas of housing, wellness, and social engagement. More than 130 local charities rely on the support of donors who give through PCF. Past support has gone to the PACE Center for Girls Pinellas, Lighthouse of Pinellas, the Florida Orchestra, and the Tampa Korean United Methodist Church.

Foundation grants are often approximately $10,000 to $12,000 each. View information about past grantees in the grant recipient directory. This foundation focuses much of its giving on the Clearwater, Florida community but elsewhere in Pinellas County, Florida too. Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg groups also receive PCF grants.

Some PCF grant opportunities are open to unsolicited applications, such as the Senior Citizens Services Program. Other opportunities are available by invitation only. The application system is all online. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at 727-531-0058 or info@pinellascf.org.

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