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Virtual sessions will teach Tampa Bay organizations how to apply for United Way grants

Money has been set aside to support programs for early learning and some that help working people who struggle to make ends meet.
The United Way Suncoast is holding virtual sessions over the next few weeks to teach nonprofits how to apply for its community investment grants. A pot of $6 million has been set aside.
The United Way Suncoast is holding virtual sessions over the next few weeks to teach nonprofits how to apply for its community investment grants. A pot of $6 million has been set aside. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Nov. 8
Updated Nov. 8

The United Way Suncoast is holding virtual sessions over the next few weeks to teach nonprofits how to apply for its community investment grants.

While the funding will be based on continued availability of funds, the organization did deliver $6 million to organizations this past fiscal year. The grants, on average, can range from $30,000 to $150,000, and will be doled out for up three years each, the organization said.

Of particular interest are programs that focus on early learning, youth success and “hardworking yet struggling residents who have little or no savings and are often one emergency from falling into poverty,” a United Way news release said.

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Earlier this year, it was revealed that MacKenzie Scott, the billionaire philanthropist and former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, had given United Way Suncoast $20 million as part of her effort to give $4.2 billion in unrestricted grants to 384 organizations nationwide.

The community investment grants will be doled out in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties.

There will be information sessions on Zoom today, Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Nov. 18. The application process begins Dec. 1. Funding will begin on July 1, 2022.

Information on the sessions can be found at unitedwaysuncoast.org or by emailing communityinvestments@uwsuncoast.org.