Tampa Bay Water Accepting Source Water Protection Mini-Grant Applications from Local Organizations

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Tampa Bay Water is currently accepting applications for $20,000 in mini-grants to fund future projects and educational events hosted by local community groups, non-profits, schools and universities that strive to protect and promote the safety of the Tampa Bay region’s drinking water sources.

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Tampa Bay Water Accepting Source Water Protection Mini-Grant Applications from Local Organizations

The mini-grant program helps community groups, non-profits, schools and universities who are dedicated to protecting regional drinking water sources.

Tampa Bay Water is currently accepting applications for $20,000 in mini-grants to fund future projects and educational events hosted by local community groups, non-profits, schools and universities that strive to protect and promote the safety of the Tampa Bay region’s drinking water sources.

The deadline to apply for a grant is October 31, 2013 at 5 p.m. Applications can be submitted online at tampabaywater.org/source-water-protection-mini-grant-funding or by contacting Ivana Blankenship, Tampa Bay Water’s Planning & Outreach Program Manager, at 727-796-2355 or 813-996-7009.

To qualify for the grant, applicants must provide a plan for a project or event that is related to source water protection in the Tampa Bay Water service area. The program grants funds from $500 to $5,000 for community-based activities including but not limited to: river clean-ups, storm water nature walks and educational field trips.

“Tampa Bay Water looks to partner with our community to guard our most precious resource,” said Blankenship. “The mini-grant program helps those who are dedicated to protecting our region’s drinking water sources.”

Past recipients have used the mini-grants to improve stormwater runoff, reduce litter going into waterways and educate students on the importance of protecting drinking water. Recipients have included Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, St. Cecelia Interparochial School, Lake Highlander Resident Owned Association, Tampa Bay Living Green Expo and Tampa Bay Beautification Environmental.

Tampa Bay Water is the largest wholesale water supplier in Florida, providing high-quality drinking water to its members, who in turn, supply water to more than 2.3 million residents of the Tampa Bay area. Tampa Bay Water member governments include the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa, and the counties of Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas. tampabaywater.org

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