Grants Available for Community Safety Projects
Application deadline for the Community Builder Award is April 12

TAMPA, FLA. (March 27, 2019) – Nominations are open now for the 2019 Kevin Beckner Community Builder Award, sponsored by Safe & Sound Hillsborough and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Tampa Bay Citizens Academy Alumni Association.

Four community heroes who have promoted safety in their communities will receive the award, which was named after former Hillsborough County Commissioner and Safe & Sound Hillsborough founder Kevin Beckner. A grant of up to $750 will be given to each winner to fund a crime prevention project of their choice.

The nomination form and eligibility criteria is available online at:

All nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12.

Community Builder Award recipients will be announced at the Safe Summit Violence Prevention Conference (SafeSummit’19) on Saturday, May 4 at Middleton High School.

About Safe & Sound Hillsborough:

Safe & Sound Hillsborough, formerly The Hillsborough County Community Violence Prevention Collaborative was created as an initiative to transform the way local policy makers address violence. This initiative shifts policy from a public safety to a public health model and aligns community and professional stakeholders to develop a comprehensive prevention and intervention approach.

Established in 2013, the collaboration includes the mayors and police departments of Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace; the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office; the School Board of Hillsborough County; the 13th Judicial Circuit Court; the State Attorney’s Office; the Public Defender’s Office; Hillsborough County government; the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County; the Health Department; the University of South Florida; and numerous agencies and faith-based organizations that do vital work in our community.

Janelle H. McGregor, SafeSummit’19
Communications Committee Chair
(813) 276-3773