Each year, Tampa Bay Water’s Source Water Protection Mini Grant Program offers $20,000 to help fund projects and events sponsored by local community groups, non-profit groups, schools and universities that help promote protection of the region’s drinking water sources.
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 2.4 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.
In 2011, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful was awarded a $5,000 mini-grant from Tampa Bay Water to help fund their environmental education program. The grant allowed Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful to reach out to schools and teach students about environmental stewardship. The environmental education program’s goal is to educate residents and volunteers about the impacts of stormwater runoff on the Hillsborough River Watershed, Alafia River Watershed and Tampa Bay/Anclote River Watershed.
“Protecting the regional drinking water supply is not just a task for utilities and regulators," said Ivana Blankenship, Senior Environmental Planner at Tampa Bay Water. “The Source Water Protection Mini-Grant Program was developed to help residents be a part of the process too.”
Tampa Bay Water’s mini-grants are available for 2013 and the last day to apply is October 31, 2012 by 5:00 p.m.
For more information about applying visit http://www.tampabaywater.org