TAMPA KIWANIS FOUNDATION’S
CONTRIBUTION TO OUR COMMUNITY
Over the last few years, our Tampa Kiwanis Foundation has provided financial support averaging close to $140,000 per year to charities and for charitable activities throughout Tampa Bay. Since its inception in the early 1960’s until the end of 2020, the Foundation has contributed close to $3 million to the Tampa / Hillsborough community. This does not include the “in-kind” value of the time of our club members and youth volunteers.
Our community impact includes:
- Grants to local nonprofits that focus on serving children in Hillsborough County ($50,000 – $60,000 per year) as well as a one-time $100,000 grant awarded in
2019 to celebrate our Club’s 100th Anniversary.
- In 2020, targeted $35,000 in funds to local organizations that addressed
- College Scholarships ($20,000 – $25,000 per year).
- Support for the charitable activities of the Kiwanis Club of Tampa including the Club’s major emphasis programs ($40,000 -$50,000 per year)
- The Children’s Christmas Party
- Youth –Child Priority One
- Be Wise Immunize Back to School Program
- Citizenship services activities including:
- Building ramps for disabled citizens
- Youth leadership awards
- Support for the Elderly
- Sponsored youth programs
For more about our Foundation and grant opportunities, click here.
View the grant requirements here.
If you are interested in applying for a Tampa Kiwanis Foundation grant please complete the grant application here.
Foundation Grant Guidelines
Program areas and priorities:The Tampa Kiwanis Foundation has established these primary focus areas for funding through its Foundation Grant Program: Young Children/Families in Distress/Community Service.
Geographic focus: Grants focus on organizations in Hillsborough County that support children and the elderly.
Grant limitations:Grants are notmade to the following types of organizations or activities:
- Organizations that are not designated tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service
- Direct grants to individuals or families
- Political candidates or organizations
- Religious organizations
- Organizations with a limited constituency, such as fraternal or social groups
- Athletic organizations
- Operating funds for organizations
Guidelines for submitting proposals: There is no deadline for submitting proposals, which are reviewed on a monthly basis.
Please allow four to six weeks for a response.
Prior approval of grant requests does not guarantee continued funding or approval of subsequent requests.
If you are interested in applying for a Tampa Kiwanis Foundation grant please complete the grant application here.
The following information must be included in your proposal:
Official name of your organization
Complete mailing address
Brief general description of your organization’s purpose and major activities
Purpose of your request. Include target and projection of number of people to be served. Amount of funds being requested and the total project budget (We will not grant funding requests for operating expenses).
Dates and amounts of any previous grants from the Tampa Kiwanis Foundation
Also, please include the following items with your proposal:
Current Operating Budget
List of current board of directors
List of current corporate contributors
IRS letter of tax-exempt certification
Letter of support from a current member of the Kiwanis Club of Tampa
Describe if there is potential for the Kiwanis Club providing ‘hands on’ assistance with this project
Describe how the Kiwanis Club of Tampa will be recognized for providing a grant
Identify the measurement of success for your project. (NOTE: Successful grantees are required to providea 6-month report to document that the grant is being used ANDa 12-month report of progress in meeting the measurement of success. Grant recipients will be given directions for this reporting).
COMMUNITY GRANTS Awarded
The Evolution Institute Awarded Tampa Kiwanis Foundation $100,000 Grant Tampa, FL. – As part of The Kiwanis Club of Tampa’s 100th anniversary celebration, in 2019, the Tampa Kiwanis Foundation awarded a grant of $100,000 to a local not-for-profit organization. The grant criteria was that it must be used to improve the early childhood development and/or early childhood school readiness of Hillsborough County children
and must be for a capital expense and/or new program development to build additional
“We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the Tampa Kiwanis 100th Anniversary $100,000 Grant is: The Evolution Institute – an organization that targets working with students in East Tampa that are at risk for academic failure,” explained Mr. Dave Rogoff, President Tampa Kiwanis Foundation. “This approach is a means of reaching the long term goal of locally breaking the cycle of poverty.”
Accepting the award on behalf of The Evolution Institute was Dr. Jerry Miller, the Executive Director of the Evolution Institute, and Ms. Michelle Shimberg, Board V.P.
The Evolution Institute will use the grant to expand their early child development programming and the space for these programs. They have a tuition-free school, The East Tampa Academy, for 4-8 year old children – a school that is demonstrating excellent outcomes in academic performance with most of the children at or above grade level. In addition, they train other organizations serving the young children in East Tampa on how to infuse resiliency skills in these children.
“We were extremely impressed by the application of The Evolution Institute, not just for their proven outcomes but also their approach of working with community partners such as Feeding Tampa Bay and the Tampa Housing Authority to take a holistic approach to the needs of the children and families of East Tampa,” said Tampa Kiwanis Foundation Treasurer Mr. Bob Singleton.
Kiwanis Club of Tampa is celebrating their 100th year of public service impacting the local Tampa community. Originally chartered on October 24th, 1919, they are the oldest Kiwanis Club in the state of Florida. For more information about the Kiwanis Club of Tampa please visit their website www.TampaKiwanis.org Or the Facebook page for club photos and updates: https://www.facebook.com/TampaKiwanis/ #TampaKiwanis
PARTNERING TO HELP ADDRESS FOOD NEED DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic has left many Hillsborough families in need of assistance to obtain food. In 2020, to help address this community need, the Tampa Kiwanis through its Foundation has provided a total of $35,000 to support the programs of two organizations that feed the needy of Hillsborough County – Feeding Tampa Bay and Metropolitan Ministries. This support was accomplished through a combination of direct grants and partnering with these organizations as part of Tampa Kiwanis’ annual fundraisers, the Incredible Duck Race and our Chicken Barbeque.
OTHER GRANTS AWARDED BY THE TAMPA KIWANIS FOUNDATION FROM 2007 -2020
From 2007 – 2020, the Tampa Kiwanis Foundation awarded grants to the following organization (in alphabetic order):
- A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay: Half of the cost of building a storage facility (2010-2011)
- Academy Prep Center of Tampa: Purchase new refrigerator and freezer to provide healthy meals to students (2019-2020).
- Alpha House of Tampa Bay: Renovations to Maternity Residence (2014-2015), Paint & Materials (2015-2016), and Renovations to Building (2013-2014)
- Bailey Elementary: ELL Program (2016-2016)
- Bartel’s Elementary School: Two smart boards for the media center (2011-2012)
- Bay Area Youth Services: Gym Shoes/Uniforms/School Supplies – 20 Students (2015-2016)
- Beat NB: Support a Child’s Drug Costs for One Year (2016-2017)
- Bob Gilberton YMCA: Y Achievers Program (2016-2017)
- Bob Sierra Family YMCA: Infant Swim Program (2013-2015), Remodel a teaching kitchen (Year 1-5) (2007-2012)
- Bowers/Whitley Career Center: HART Bus passes for disadvantaged students (2012-2013)
- Boy Scout Troop #315: Funding for weekend camping trip due to economic hardship (2008-2010) and Washington DC Trip (2014-2015)
- Boys & Girls Club: Expand “Tune in to Reading” program to two more Boys/Girls Club locations to reach students, grades 2-5 (2017-2018), Kiwanis Reading Room – Wilbert Davis Boys & Girls Club (2013-2016), Healthy Habits Culinary program (2012-2013) and Project Learn (2011-2012).
- Brandon Kiwanis Club: Stuff the Bus Campaign (2008-2010)
- CDC of Tampa / Safe & Sound Hillsborough: Materials to fund “train the trainer” workshop sessions to identify mental health concerns in students
- Champions For Children: Kids on the Block Program (2015-2016)
- Children’s Cancer Center: Honorarium for Jesuit Key Club 50-year anniversary to fund their Outreach program (2017-2018) and General Fund Donation (2013-2014)
- Children’s Home Network: Upgrade Vocational Tech Learning Center (2016-2017)
- Connected by 25 (CBY25): Reach for the Stars Scholarship (2013-2014) and GED Scholarships (2013-2014)
- Crisis Center of Tampa Bay: 2014 Counseling/Therapy Grant for 2 Families (2013-2014)
- Cristo Rey Tampa High School : One student scholarship for Step Up For Students program (2017-2018) and Installation of mobile Wi-Fi hotspots for four buses / vans to allow students to extend their school day when traveling to / from home and work locations (2019 -2020).
- Crossover Center: New fencing for the center (2007-2008)
- Current of Tampa Bay, Inc.: Support 2 Laundry Projects in the Bears/22nd Ave Area (2016-2017)
- DACCO: Civil Citation Pilot Program (2015-2016)
- Early Childhood: Council of Hills. County (2016-2017)
- Easter Seals Florida, Inc.: Strengthen young children’s skills at Murray Child Development Center (2017-2018) and STEM Program and Supplies (2014-2016)
- Eckerd Youth Alternatives: Tutor stipend funding for GED students (2008-2009)
- Eddie Taghap: Fund Key Club member trip to Green Mountain Music Camp (2010-2011)
- Family Healthcare Foundation: Financial assistance for families struggling to pay health insurance (CHIP coverage for 1 or 3 months) (2017-2018
- Florida Key Club: Send Key Club presidents to the annual convention (2007-2008)
- Foster Grandparent Program: Seniors in service program (senior volunteers at schools) (2007-2008)
- Friends of Joshua House Foundation: Remove old playground (2012-2013) and Life Enrichment Program (2016-2017)
- Gift of Adoption: Assist with adoption costs for Hillsborough couple (2009-2010)
- Girl Scouts of West Central Florida: Get Real Program – Young Middle School (2015-2016)
- Giving Hope Through Faith: Funded 49 “Box of Smiles” for pediatric cancer patients (2010-2011)
- Good Samaritan Mission: Children’s Christmas Presents (2015-2016)
- GracePoint Foundation: Update the outdoor play areas of the Menendez Exceptional Center to be used by middle school children, i.e. play-courts, benches, tables, fences. (2017-2018)
- Greater Tampa Bay Area Council: Flaming Arrow Archery Range Rehabilitation (storm damage) (2017-2018)
- Gulf Ridge Council Boy Scouts: Equipment and uniforms for underprivileged troops (2009-2010)
- Habitat for Humanity: Collaboration with Jesuit Key Club to build “Nancy’s Home” (2008-2009)
- Haines Project: Air Conditioning for Ramp Family (2013-2014)
- HCPS Security & Emergency Management,: Purchase 600 Teddy bears for children that have been traumatized (2017-2018)
- Hillsborough Assoc. of Retarded Children: Carpeting removal and flooring replacement (2011-2012)
- Hillsborough Community College: 2 Scholarships for low-income single parents (2008-2009) and Conscious Discipline Learning Model (2016-2017)
- Hillsborough Education Foundation: One four-year scholarships (Years 1- 3 – 1 from misc. grants & 1 from scholarship budget) (2010-2013), STEM Fair (2012-2013), Stock the Shelves for Teaching Tools Store (2013-2014), Scholarship funding (2008-2010), Brewster Tech Center- 20 computers (2010-2011), and Hugo Schmidt FirsTech Learning Lounge (2010-2011); as well as other annual scholarships.
- Hillsborough Scholarship Foundation: Provide several HCC students with enough funds to complete their last class required for graduation(2017-2018)
- Hope International Ministries: Toddler Playground (2014-2015)
- Idlewild Baptist Church: Seeton home improvement project (2011-2012)
- Jesuit Key Club: Reimburse key club member for toys to Costa Rica children (2007-2008)
- King High School: Reading ROCKS! Program (2015-2016)
- Kiwanis Club Division #14: Assist with disaster relief trailer purchase (2008-2010)
- Kiwanis Read ‘n’ Rise/Scholastic books: Build Reading Rooms at Local Schools – St. Peter Claver (2012-2013)
- LaVoy Exceptional Center: Supplement Cost to Construct New Playground (2013-2014)
- Lifelink Legacy Fund: Memorial contribution for Sam Choate (2012-2013)
- Mental Health Care, Inc.: Window treatments for the center (2007-2008)
- National Organization for Transplants: To purchase a computer system, software and printer (2009-2010)
- New Life Village: Partner with Jesuit Key Club to complete/furnish one apartment at New Life Village (2012-2013)
- NextGen Alliance: Purchase Curriculum for Teen Pregnancy Education (2014-2015)
- Olin Mott Tutor-a-Bull: Incentive to USF College Students to work with at risk students (Olin Mott Foundation match) (2013-2014)
- Ophelia Project: Fund marketing budget for Boy’s Initiative (2007-2008)
- Playsmart, Inc: Summer Program for Lower Income Middle-School Kids (2013-2014)
- Project Link: Here I Stand Conference and Here I Stand Conference (2014-2015)
- Ramp and Construction Committee: Purchase of construction tools (2009-2011)
- Salesian Youth Center: Summer Camp Sponsorship’s (2009-2010 & 2013-2017)
- Salvation Army Hope House: Purchase of Beds for Hope House (2014-2015)
- Scholarship Committee: Scholarship presentation guest lunches and recipient plaques (2009-2010)
- Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay: Foster grandparent program/seniors volunteer in schools (2009-2010)
- St. Peter Claver Catholic School: Rebuild Pre-School Playground (2013-2014) and Partial Fund Intercom Safety System (2015-2016)
- Starting Right, Now: Fund 37 Children to Attend Mindfulness Rational Living Class (2016-2017) and , Furnish/Remodel Haven Poe Runaway Shelter (2013-2014)
- Success 4 Kids & Families: Toys for 200 infants to Healthy Start families to keep engaged with the program (2017-2018)
- Tampa Bay Tech Key Club: Send Tampa Bay Tech Key Club members to the Intl. Convention (2009-2010)
- Tampa Family Health Centers: Purchase one otoacoustic emissions (hearing) testing equipment and supplies (2019-2020).
- Tampa Crossroads: Athena House remodeling of front porch and balcony (2009-2010)
- Tampa Heights YMCA: Transportation to HCC Ybor City Campus Teen Achiever’s Summer Camp (2011-2013)
- Tampa Housing Authority: Academic Assistance Through Tutoring (2014-2015)
- Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA: To build a playground at Layla’s House Learning Center (Years 1-2) (2010-2012)
- The Children’s Home: Build ‘Ropes course’ (2012-2013) and 10 Week Summer Program for 25 Kids (2013-2014)
- The League of Women Voters: Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women (2012-2013)
- University Area CDC: Support 70 Children to Attend Dreamcatchers Camp (2016-2017)
- University of South Florida Foundation: Sligh Middle School Tutorial program (2007-2010)
- USF CKI: Zone E Eliminate Project luncheon (2011-2012)
- USF College of Education: Children’s Festival for Hillsborough County (2010-2011)
- USF Tutor a Bull: Sligh Middle School tutoring program with USF Education students (2011-2012)
- USO Tampa: Children’s Corner at VA Hospital (2012-2013)
- Visions of Hope: Emergency Fund for Everyday Expenses (2014-2015)
- Voices for Children of Tampa Bay: Guardian ad Litem program (2007-2009)(2015-2016), General donation to Children’s Needs fund (2012-2013), Fund Guardian ad Litem Training Program (2013-2015)
- Warming the World: Purchase Yarn, Looms, Shipping Costs for Premature baby head caps in US & Africa (2013-2014)
- Wheels of Success: Provide 1 Family with a Vehicle (2016-2017)
- Ybor Museum: Donation for Kiwanis lunch (2007-2008)
- YMCA: Renovation of outdoor field (2007-2008)
- YMCA Teen Achiever Program: Summer Program Transportation Costs for 20-30 Kids (2013-2014) and 7 Week Summer Program (2014-2015