Supporting HCC Faculty and Staff

The HCC Foundation engages individuals and organizations to support a variety of faculty and staff programs, ranging from funding global study opportunities to underwriting employee recognitions and years-of-service awards.

The Foundation secures private support for special initiatives designed to connect HCC with the Tampa Bay community. These are as varied as events like the Regional Science Olympiad and Hawk Run 5K, initiatives that promote entrepreneurship and innovation, and programs that serve our region’s many veterans. We were also proud to play a role in honoring our first-ever class of Professors Emeriti at the college in 2019.

Resources for Excellence Grants – Spring 21 Cycle due April 6, 2021

The HCC Foundation’s Resources for Excellence Grants program provides funding for faculty and staff to broaden the scope of the curriculum, enhance the college experience, and/or improve student achievement and retention. Resources for Excellence grants are designed to help advance HCC’s mission and goals by funding a one-time project or a pilot project. Faculty and staff may apply for grants ranging from $500 – $2,500 to support projects that would otherwise not be possible via the College budget or other sources. Recurring annual funding is not possible currently. The Foundation will award 8 -12 projects per year, depending on size.

There are two deadlines per year, in October and in April.  The upcoming deadline is  April 6th, 2021.  Submissions are reviewed by a committee made up of 2 representatives from each campus.

Completed attached application can be emailed to or sent via interoffice mail to HCC Foundation, District Office, 7th floor.  Be sure your application is properly approved and received in time!For additional information, please contact Pam Sundown at

Download Application for Resource for Excellent Grant here

Resources for Excellence Fall 2020 Awards

Podcast Studio & Multimedia Lab, Ybor Campus- Jeremy Bullian

Jeremy Bullian, Ybor City, was awarded for his proposal to create a podcast studio and multimedia lab in the campus library. Funds will be used to purchase equipment for use by students and will present opportunities for collaboration with faculty and their classes.

Outdoor Benches, Plant City Campus- Molly Coufal & Natalie Powell

Molly Coufal and Natalie Powell, Plant City, will use funds to purchase much needed outdoor benches for the campus.

Expanded Seed Libraries- Paul Rabaut

Paul Rabaut, Sustainability Coordinator, will use funding to expand seed libraries to the Dale Mabry, Brandon and Plant City campuses. Free seeds for food crops and planting instructions will be offered to anyone at HCC or the community. Recipients will be encouraged to save and dry seeds their plants produce for return to the seed libraries.

Videotaping & Tripod kits for Nursing program- Jennifer Reyes, Laura Lewicki, Sheila Hajari, Marianna Fiata

Jennifer Reyes, Laura Lewicki, Sheila Hajari and Marianne Fiata, DM, SS and PC, will provide videotaping kits and tripods to allow nursing students to validate their skills at home. Videotaping of skills is required and there are multiple skills each student needs to perform outside of the clinical setting.

Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic participation- Anthony Spatola

Anthony Spatola, Plant City, was awarded for his proposal to allow Vet Tech students the opportunity to participate in a spay/neuter clinic on feral cats in the community, providing students with real experience while conducting an important community service.

Paralegal Digital Badges- Mark Sandag

Tom Tankersley and Mark Sandag, Ybor, will use funding for Paralegal students’ digital badges. The digital badges, once earned, will demonstrate to potential employers that students possess a high level of competence in a number of high-demand skills.