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02/10/12 4:14 PM EST

Rays offering grants to local nonprofit groups

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays Baseball Foundation, the charitable arm of the Tampa Bay Rays, is now accepting applications for its Community Fund Grant Program.

Applications for the Community Fund Grant Program are currently available on raysbaseball.com.

The Rays Baseball Foundation Community Fund Grant Program provides financial support to local nonprofit institutions in the Tampa Bay region. These funds will support current youth and/or education programs offered by community-based nonprofit organizations. Grants up to $5,000 are awarded through this program.

For more information on the Community Fund Grant Program or the Rays Baseball Foundation, please contact the Rays Community Relations department at (727) 825-3137 or e-mail community@raysbaseball.com.

Applications must be received by mail no later than March 1. Applications can be sent to:
Rays Baseball Foundation Attn: Rays Community Fund Grant
One Tropicana Drive
St. Petersburg, Fla., 33705

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.