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Hillsborough County Accepting Applications For Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program

County is now accepting applications for the Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program for the Fiscal Year 2017 cycle of grants. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, June 7 at 3 p.m.

The Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program promotes historic preservation, heritage tourism, and economic development within Hillsborough County. Available grant funds are awarded to selected applicants on a minimum of one-to-one matching basis, not to exceed an award of more than $250,000 per applicant, per project in any County budget year.

Projects eligible for funding must be located in Hillsborough County (incorporated or unincorporated), and fall within one or more of the following non-residential project types: rehabilitation or restoration of historic structures, compatible additions to historic properties, improvements to historic sites or grounds, and architectural heritage tourism projects. An applicant may be an eligible nonprofit or private individual or entity.
It may not be a federal, state, or local government, other public body, agency, department, instrumentality, political subdivision, municipality, or district thereof.

The grant application, submission instructions, and a summary of past awards are available online at

For additional Historic Preservation Challenge Grant information, visit or contact Marilyn Hett, Economic Development Department at 272-6212.

The Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Review Committee will hold a workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27 in Conference Rooms A and B on the 26th Floor of Frederick B. Karl County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa. The purpose of the workshop is to review requests for funding applications received for the 2017 Historic Preservation Challenge Grant program. If needed, a second, tentative workshop is scheduled from 1- 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12 in the same location.

Cinco de Mayo Events Highlight Activities At Hillsborough Senior Centers

Hillsborough County Aging Services offers a variety of activities for adults 50 and over. Visit to view activity calendars and additional center information or call Aging Services at 272-5250.

The Brandon Senior Center is located at 612 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon. Call  635-8066 for more info on activities.

Elderly Affairs Day, May 11 – Older Americans Month: Age Out Loud -To celebrate National Older Americans Month, Aging Services partners with Tampa Housing Authority to host Elderly Affairs Day on May 11. The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and Tampa Housing Authority will recognize outstanding seniors in the community who give of themselves for the enrichment of others. The event is invitation-only but includes members of Aging Services Senior and Dining Centers. To become a member of Aging Services Active Senior Program, we encourage you to telephone the Customer Care Team at 272-5250.

National Senior Health and Fitness Day 2017 – With Movement … There’s improvement 

National Senior Health and Fitness Day is the largest national health event for older adults. On Wednesday, May 31 over 100,000 older adults will celebrate the 24th National Senior Health and Fitness Day. See specific centers for activity details.

Benefits/Economic CheckUp -Having trouble paying bills, buying food, or paying for medications? Millions of older adults are missing out on an estimated $20 billion in free and low-cost support. Hillsborough County Senior Centers can help you find benefits for which you may be entitled. Call one of the centers listed below to set up your appointment.

Volunteer Opportunities-Looking to volunteer? Aging Services Nutrition sites located throughout Hillsborough County are seeking food service assistant volunteers to assist in serving hot, nutritious midday meals to citizens 60 and older. Volunteer benefits include flexible schedule, engagement with seniors in a fun, social environment, and the opportunity to impact the community in a positive way. For more information, contact Kimberley Trusty-Doughty at (813) 744-5867 or apply online.

All centers are closed May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.