by Matt Spence in Giving
Apply now for Big Idea Grant 2017 to support nonprofit social enterprise
Applications are now available for the 2017 Big Idea Grant: Nonprofit Social Enterprise.
Our next Big Idea grant will provide seed funding for innovative ideas that help nonprofits establish or expand a social enterprise. A social enterprise marries the social mission of a nonprofit with the market-driven approach of business. The goal is to build sustainable revenue streams for nonprofits through business activities that support the organization's mission.
Applications are available now. If your organization is not registered with the Community Foundation, you will need to create an account. Select one login email address/password to be used for all your submissions. Provide the email address of the person ultimately responsible for the grant administration. CFTB will communicate all pertinent information to this email address.
Once you log into our online grants site, you can get to the Big Idea application by clicking the "Apply" button at the top of th page.
Deadline for submission is March 3.
We are looking for proposals for new projects or expansion of existing ventures that include:
Up to $50,000 is available to fund the top proposal.
More information is at www.cftampabay.org/request/bigidea.
This is the second Big Idea Grant by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. The first, awarded in 2015, called on nonprofit organizations to propose collaborative projects that could make a real difference in the lives of those who struggle for food and housing.
The Big Idea proposals were so strong that, with the help of its donors, the Community Foundation tripled its original commitment and awarded three grants of $50,000 each. All three projects successfully launched in 2016:
Directions for Living, (whose proposal was No. 1) partnered with the Homeless Empowerment Program and Catholic Charities’ Pinellas Hope to bring behavioral health services directly to homeless shelters in Pinellas County.
MORE Health Inc., partnered with Tampa Bay Harvest, Boys & Girls Clubs, Layla’s House and All Nation’s Church to build community gardens and a sustainable food infrastructure – including an aquaponic tilapia farm — in the Sulphur Springs area of Tampa.
Feeding America Tampa Bay, partnered with Goodwill Suncoast and the Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally Association to establish My Mobile Market, a mobile grocery to bring fresh produce and low-cost staples to low-income neighborhoods through the region.