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Inaugural online grant round makes Florida a priority
Tampa, Fla., June 26, 2012 – The Mosaic Company Foundation today announced community investments totaling $2.79 million to organizations serving Florida’s Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, Hardee, DeSoto, Sarasota and Charlotte counties as part of a global launch of the Foundation’s new online grant system.
Mosaic has awarded grants to Florida organizations implementing initiatives focused on hunger relief, agricultural research and development, water conservation and stewardship, and community enrichment.
“Mosaic is proud to support these organizations that are on the front lines of fighting hunger, conserving resources and ensuring our communities thrive,” said Gary N. “Bo” Davis, Mosaic senior vice president, head of its Florida-based phosphate operations, and a Foundation board member. “We are grateful for their tremendous service and partnership.”
Mosaic is committed to investing at least one percent of its profits into its communities globally, Davis said, noting that, with the Foundation’s new online grant system in place, it will make community investments in several grant rounds each year. The inaugural grant round, completed in May, invested in 37 Florida organizations, including the Florida Association of Food Banks, Tampa Bay Watch, Mote Marine Laboratory and Florida Agriculture in the Classroom.
The Florida Association of Food Banks received a grant for its Farmers Feeding Florida program, which will enable it to collaborate with Florida produce growers, producers, packers and distributors to deliver more than 1.25 million pounds of fresh produce to Central Florida food banks.
Tampa Bay Watch will use its grant funds to support a three-year, comprehensive, community-based oyster habitat and water quality initiative that promotes watershed protection and supports youth education programs. Schools, community groups, corporations and individuals will be able to participate in hands-on oyster restoration activities as part of the initiative.
Mote Marine Laboratory received a grant for its SeaTrek interactive program, a live-televised distance-learning program for K -12 students on ocean science education that will reach more than 2,000 students and provide 100 in-school SeaTrek experiences in the coming school year.
Florida Agriculture in the Classroom was awarded a grant to support its K -12 school-garden program that uses a science-based curriculum to grow Florida fruits and vegetables. The program will fund over 60 school gardens with this grant.
“The strength and vibrancy of our local communities are the roots of our success, and Mosaic has a long history of investing in Central Florida,” said Chris Lambe, Executive Director of The Mosaic Company Foundation. “We are proud to support these very worthy organizations, and many others, with this recent investment by the Foundation.”
Over the past year Mosaic and its Foundation have donated more than $8.4 million to community organizations focused on Central Florida.
To read more about Mosaic’s focus on food, water and local community investments and its online grant system, visit: http://www.mosaicco.com/sustainability/givingmap/index.htm.
About The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation
The Mosaic Company is the world’s leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash. Driven by its mission to help the world grow the food it needs, Mosaic is committed to strengthening global food security and protecting critical water resources. The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation make investments in and partner with best-of-class leaders in the focus areas of food, water and local community investments. More information about Mosaic is available at www.mosaicco.com.