Building Philanthropy for a Better Florida

For Good: Major grants invest in St. Pete projects designed to create healthy communities

June 28, 2016

South St. Petersburg entrepreneurs launching new businesses. A mobile community resource clinic that travels to impoverished neighborhoods by bus. An initiative that educates Pinellas County students about the benefits of staying active and eating healthy foods.

Those are just a few samples of dream projects that will soon be underway, thanks to $3.9 million in grants from the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg to 19 local organizations.

This is the inaugural wave of charitable giving by the foundation, which has an endowment of more than $150 million and is the largest grant making foundation in St. Petersburg. The foundation was formed three years ago when the not-for-profit Bayfront Medical Center was bought in a multi-hospital deal by the for-profit Community Health Systems Inc. chain.