Apply for a Community Cleanup Grant


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The Community Cleanup Grant aims to engage residents in the upkeep of their community, preserve property values within neighborhoods, and reduce factors that contribute to crime.

The program encourages members of neighborhood associations to conduct cleanup projects in their community. We invite neighborhood leaders to propose projects that will beautify their area and provide residents an opportunity to dispose of large household items not eligible for normal trash pick-up. Residents must provide the labor as an in-kind contribution to proposed projects. 


Things to Consider

Cleanup grant information

  • We accept applications on a continuous basis
  • You must submit your application by Sept. 30 of each year
  • We will consider only one application per association per fiscal year
  • We will award a maximum of 5 roll-off dumpsters per application
  • The bins are strictly for homeowners
  • Commercial services or sub-contractors can't dump any items

What we will accept:

  • Refrigerators, ovens, water heaters, steel and other metals, furniture, construction debris, and tires
    • Separate all items by type and placed into separate roll-off trash bins
  • You can dispose of yard waste, if you order a separate container for it
    • Do not put yard waste in plastic bags
    • If there are any plastic bags for the yard waste, we will not pick-up that roll-off
  • Put appliances and other metal items in one roll-off
  • Place appliances containing Freon either in a separate container, or grouped in one area of the appliance container

What we can't accept:

  • Items normally picked upon regular trash days 
  • Televisions
  • Microwaves
  • Computers
  • Radios
  • Waste from commercial activity
  • Hazardous waste such as:
    • Paint
    • Household chemicals
    • Batteries
    • Propane tanks

Additional information

  • For further help with the rules, contact Patti Conover at (813) 272-5977 ext. 43924


Evaluation criteria

The review committee uses questions to evaluate each application and awards points for the following:

  • Is the applicant applying for the first time? (10 points)
  • If the applicant was funded in previous cycles was the final Performance Report submitted on time? (6 points)
  • Does the application clearly describe the project and its goals? (7 points)
  • Does the application communicate a community need? (8 points)
  • Does the project address the community need? (8 points)
  • Does the project have the potential to strengthen the community? (10 points)
  • Does the project have the potential to strengthen the applying association? (10 points)
  • Does the application show evidence of community consensus for the project? (10 points)
  • Does the application show evidence of community involvement in the implementation of the project? (10 points)
  • Are the budget revenues and expenses clear and justifiable? (6 points)
  • Is this the most appropriate source of funding? (5 points)
  • Does the applicant show sufficient evidence of leveraging of community resources (cash or in-kind)? (10 points)

How To

  1. Read each question carefully and respond in the space provided
  2. Allow at least 30 days between submission of your application and the date of your planned neighborhood cleanup
  3. Submit the completed application by dropping-off or mailing to:
    County Center
    Office of Neighborhood Relations
    601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 28th Floor
    Tampa, FL 33602

  4. You can also email or fax your application
    • Email
    • Fax: (813) 272-7078
    • If you fax or email your application, you still must also mail or deliver the original to the above address
  5. You can provide back-up materials on 8-1/2 x 11 paper

What's Next

  1. We will review the application and contact you with our decision
    • If you meet all of the criteria, we typically award the grant
  2. We can only schedule one community cleanup per date
    • If there is another community already scheduled for the date you requested, we will work with you to find an alternate date
  3. We will order the roll-off containers and make the arrangements with Republic Services
    • If you receive an invoice:
      • don't pay it
      • forward it to the Office of Neighborhood Relations
  4. We will forward disposal waiver letters to Republic Services to waive the disposal fees at the County facilities

Get Help

(813) 272-5860

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