Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

OVERVIEW: The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg supports South Pinellas County, Florida, in the areas of healthy behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors of health, and physical environment.

FUNDING AREAS: Healthy behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors of health, physical environment

IP TAKE: This funder is responsive to local needs and has been putting more effort into its flexible funding and capacity-building support based on community feedback.

PROFILE: Formed in 2013, the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg (FHSP) is a health legacy funder that resulted from the sale of the nonprofit Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg, Florida. The funder’s history dates back to 1906, when St. Petersburg received its first centralized health facility with 15 clinic beds. The foundation aims to “end differences in health due to social or structural disadvantages to improve population health.” Grantmaking includes tobacco cessation, diet and exercise, alcohol and drug addiction, sexual activity, access to and utilization of care, quality of care, education, employment, income, family and social support, community safety, and air and water quality.

FHSP awards grants in three main ways. It awards capacity-building mini-grants to support short-term activities and projects that strengthen local nonprofits. These grants should be used within three to nine months. The funder awards empowerment grants to small and mid-sized organizations that work in the realm of social determinants of health and improving population health. Eligible organizations must have annual operating budgets of less than $2 million. Finally, FHSP awards transformative grants to collaborative, cross-sector projects.

The foundation’s mini-grants range from $10,000 to $20,000 and empowerment grants range from $40,000 to $100,000, while transformative grant support varies based on the project and organizations involved. View lists of recent grantees by year on each of the grant program pages of the funder’s website. Funding is restricted to South Pinellas County, defined as south of Ulmerton Road and east of Seminole Boulevard. The zip codes in FHSP’s service area are 33701, 33702, 33703, 33704, 33705, 33707, 33709, 33710, 33711, 33712, 33713, 33714, 33716, 33762, 33772, 33773, 33777, 33778, 33781, and 33782.

FHSP accepts unsolicited grant requests from nonprofits and uses an online grants portal to accept applications. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at 727-865-4650, by email at, or via online form.


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