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Breaking Barriers Awarded MicroGrant from Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee

Feb 03, 2021
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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.

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