Posted January 21, 2020 | 8:56 AM

County Grants Help Homes, Businesses, and Neighborhoods

Money is available for scholarships, business investments, historic preservation, and more

Hillsborough County offers financial assistance for a variety of community-based programs and endeavors.

These grants range from helping students from low-income families continue their studies, to enabling homeowners to make repairs, to supporting neighborhoods that want to plant trees in common areas.

The allocations are intended to improve the lives of individuals and groups, and to enhance communities. They are part of Hillsborough County's commitment to ensuring the area is a great place for all its residents.

Here are 14 recurring grants provided by the County:

  • Community Action Board scholarships help teens and young adults pay for higher education with awards of up to $5,000 for those who meet eligibility requirements.
  • Money is available to assist those seeking post-secondary or technical training. For residents who qualify, the grants help cover tuition, books, and other fees associated with Adult Continued Education.
  • Financial assistance is available to help residents prepare for or take the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test. Applicants must meet income requirements and provide various documents.
  • The Housing Rehabilitation Program helps arrange loans for income-eligible homeowners wishing to make certain repairs.
  • Eligible seniors and others who need a hand to remain safe in their own homes receive assistance through the Special Needs Housing Rehabilitation program.
  • The Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation program enables low-income homeowners to remain independent and live safely in their own homes.
  • Neighborhood Mini-Grants provide up to $5,000 to neighborhoods for beautification, programs, and special events.
  • The Community Clean-up Grant pairs residents' labor with County vehicles and equipment to rid neighborhoods of unwanted items, including large ones such as appliances and heavy yard waste.
  • To conserve water, the Low-Volume Irrigation Grant enables neighborhood associations to install efficient lawn and plant bed watering systems in community maintained areas.
  • Intended to encourage neighborhoods to plant trees in common areas or road rights-of-way, the Tree Grant program promotes trees as a way to beautify an area, help the environment, and muffle noise, among other attributes.
  • Historic Preservation Challenge Grant matching funds promote preservation of historic structures and sites, heritage tourism, and economic development.
  • As part of an effort to encourage entrepreneurship, particularly in technology and startup sectors, the County offers Economic Development Innovation Initiative (EDI2) grants with an emphasis on mentorship and support, and access to capital.
  • The Targeted Redevelopment Program provides grant money and support to encourage office and industrial redevelopment in four areas where infrastructure exists. Typically, these are areas where businesses once thrived but now are underutilized.
  • Landowners who restore and preserve not-for-profit properties may apply to receive partial financial reimbursement through the Historic Preservation Matching Grant program.

Search the Hillsborough County website ( for additional opportunities. For example, the Toilet Rebate program provides a rebate for residents who replace high-volume toilets with ultra-low flow models.


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