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FBA Announces Application Period for 2023 Community Grant Program

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The Florida Beverage Association (FBA) today announced the opening of the application period for its Community Grant Program, a competitive grant funding initiative focused on advancing environmental sustainability and health and wellness programs across Florida.

PHOTO: Last Year's Grant recipient
benefited Bill Baggs Florida State Park

ST AUGUSTINE, FLA. - In its eighth year, FBA’s Community Grant Program is open to 501(c)(3) charity organizations or a state or local governmental entity that will use the grant funds for a charitable purpose. The Florida Beverage Association, the state trade association representing non-alcoholic beverage producers, marketers, bottlers and distributors, has operated the grant program. It employs nearly 19,000 Floridians across the state and has a direct economic impact of $12.3 billion. In addition to the statewide grant program, Florida's beverage companies and their employees generously contribute $113.2 million to charitable causes across the state.

“FBA and its members recognize the importance of building upon our commitment to the communities we serve by awarding grants to local programs that advance issues important to Floridians - environmental sustainability, health and wellness,” said Elizabeth DeWitt, president and CEO of the Florida Beverage Association. “We believe these partnerships are essential to educating and inspiring individuals about the choices they can make to positively impact the environment and their health.”

Previous community grant recipients focused on environmental and sustainability programs include Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, the City of Coral Gables, Sea Grant Florida, Santa Rosa County, The Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, the City of Orlando, Orange County Public Schools and the City of Miami. Additionally, The Children’s Home Society of Florida, The Florida Recreation and Park Association Foundation, The City of Tampa, the “I’m a STAR” Foundation, and Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces have received grant funding for their work on promoting nutrition and active lifestyles.

Grant applications should be submitted online through FBA’s website by Tuesday, January 31, 2023. To be considered for a grant, all nominees must meet the requirements listed in the “Grant Program Criteria” found on the FBA website at Grants awarded through the FBA program are generally capped at $25,000; however, flexibility can be considered for unique situations. In addition, some grant applications may be eligible for a matching grant from the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA). Learn more about ABFHA grants HERE.-

All applications will be reviewed by the FBA Board Grant Subcommittee. FBA Community grant recipients will be selected and notified by the FBA Board of Directors by March 15, 2023. The FBA will submit their selections for award to the ABFHA matching grants program. Matching grants from the ABFHA will not be announced until May 2023. General questions may be directed to FBA president and CEO Elizabeth DeWitt by phone at 407.385.2708 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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