TAMPA, Fla. – Today, the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee announced that it selected 28 local nonprofits to receive microgrants through its Forever 55 Legacy Microgrant Program. The grants, which total nearly $280,000, are part of a $2 million commitment by the NFL through the NFL Foundation and the Host Committee alongside community and civic partners collaboration to create, support and implement long-lasting initiatives throughout Tampa Bay.
“It warms our hearts to provide these exemplary nonprofit organizations the opportunity to build upon their own legacy, addressing some of our community’s greatest needs made even more critical now as a result of the pandemic,” said Claire Lessinger, Chief Operating Officer of Super Bowl LV Host Committee. “Together, along with the NFL and the NFL Foundation, the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee is committed to lifting up our community leaving a lasting impact and contributing to transformative change, forever.”
“We’re proud to partner with the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee on the Forever 55 Legacy Grant Program and to provide these microgrants to 28 extremely deserving nonprofits,” said Alexia Gallagher, NFL Vice President of Philanthropy and Executive Director of NFL Foundation. “Facing a pandemic and numerous racial injustices this year, so many people’s lives have been devastatingly impacted and we know how important it is to help those who need it the most at this time, and that’s exactly what these nonprofits are doing in the Tampa area.”
The legacy grant program was created to provide additional opportunities to deserving local nonprofit organizations that have missions, goals and programs that align with Forever 55’s six pillars: Early Childhood Education, Food Insecurity, Families, Health & Wellness, Sustainability, and Systemic Justice.
The following organizations will receive grants:
- AMIkids Inc.
- Bullard Family Foundation
- Champions for Children, Inc.
- Derrick Brooks Charities
- Dr. Traci’s House, Inc.
- Dress for Success Tampa Bay
- Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc.
- Enterprising Latinas, Inc. - Empowering Women’s Mobility from Poverty
- Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Inc.
- Gamma Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
- H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
- Housing Authority of the City of Tampa
- MORE HEALTH
- New Life Village
- Oasis Pregnancy Care Centers
- Preserve Vision Florida
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay
- Ryan Nece Foundation
- Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation
- Sidewalk Stompers, Inc.
- Special Olympics Florida, Inc.
- St. Petersburg College
- Tampa General Hospital Foundation
- Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA - Diversity, Inclusion, and Global Education
- Tampa Museum of Art, Inc.
- The Florida Aquarium
- USF Foundation, Black Leadership Network (BLN)
- Water Smart Tots, Inc.
The selected programs will utilize funding towards projects such as promoting healthy lifestyles for children (Health & Wellness), providing holiday meals to those in need (Food Insecurity), and building solid communication between youth and their community (Systemic Justice). The microgrant program will ultimately expand the reach, communities served and overall impact of Forever 55 in the Tampa Bay community to move “Forward. Forever. Together.”
About Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee
“Forward. Forever. Together.” The Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee, a private, nonprofit 501 (c)(6), represents local community leaders in business, tourism, sports, entertainment, and government and serves as the direct liaison to the National Football League for the region’s collective hosting effort. The Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee’s focus is on raising the bar for the fan experience in the Tampa Bay region during Super Bowl week, creating a lasting legacy through our Host Committee’s primary social legacy project, Forever 55, showcasing the destination’s recent progress and exciting future, all while delivering a fifth world-class Super Bowl. For news and event information, follow us on social at @TampaBayLV or visit TampaBayLV.com.
About the NFL Foundation
The National Football League Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities that support our game. For more information on the NFL Foundation, visit: www.NFLFoundation.org.