Application for Funding from Heroes of St. Pete Police, Inc.
The Heroes of the St. Pete Police, Inc. (“Heroes”) is a tax-exempt, Florida nonprofit corporation. The Heroes is an organization devoted to helping St. Pete Police Officers and their families in times of crisis or tragedy. The specific purposes of the Heroes are more specifically set forth in Article IV of its Articles of Incorporation, which are attached.
All funding from the Heroes is entirely discretionary with the Heroes Board of Directors (the “Board”). No person or organization has any vested right to receive any funding from the Heroes.
With that in mind, the following sets forth the Criteria that will be reviewed from time to time by the Heroes Board in determining whether or not to fund any particular request:
1. Eligibility. The only persons or entities eligible to receive funding from the Heroes (an “Eligible Party”) are the following:
(a) Sworn St. Pete Police Officers
(b) Direct Family Members of St. Pete Police Sworn Officers. Any direct family member of a St. Pete police sworn officer, for whom such sworn officer is financially obligated. For purposes of the foregoing, a “direct family member” means: (i) spouses, children, stepchildren, grandchildren, and step grandchildren; (ii) those individuals who are identified as a “domestic partner” of the sworn officer, as listed on the City of St. Petersburg’s Domestic Partners Registry; and (iii) such other persons as the Board determines are eligible as direct family members from time to time. For purposes of the foregoing, a sworn officer is “financially obligated” when such officer is legally obligated to provide financial support to such direct family member, as determined by the Board from time to time.
(c) Equipment for St. Pete Police Department (the “Department”). The request may also be made for Specialty Safety Equipment (“Police Equipment”) that is outside the ordinary City budgetary process, and which directly benefits the Department and its sworn officers.
2. Triggering Event for Funding. Other than a request for Police Equipment, in order for there to be a circumstance where a funding request can arise, there must first be a “Crisis”, or a “Tragedy”, that affects an Eligible Party. For purposes of the foregoing, the following definitions will be used:
(a) Crisis. A Crisis is something unanticipated, that arises unexpectedly. It cannot be the result of the intended beneficiary’s actions or inactions. That determination will be made solely by the Heroes Board. Further, the Crisis must be genuine; material; not capable of being easily resolved by othermatters or means; and very time sensitive. It should be in the nature of a force majeure, or an Act of God.
(b) Tragedy. A Tragedy is essentially the same as a Crisis, but a tragedy occurs where there has been a specific deed or act that precipitates the Tragedy (e.g., car accident; physical mayhem; officer hurt in the line of duty; etc.).
(c) Equipment Request. There must be an ongoing need for Police Equipment, that is unfunded by the City or the Department.
3. Level of Financial Assistance. The Heroes Board will decide in each case how much financial assistance (if any) to provide, and to whom, in its sole and absolute discretion. In all cases, the intended beneficiary should not be able to get the resources sought from another source (such as private insurance, a workers compensation insurance policy, disability insurance policy, etc.). The Heroes Board shall take into account such factors as it deems appropriate in making its funding determination.
4. Discretion of the Heroes Board. Any and all fundings, or denials of funding, will be made from time to time by the Heroes Board in its sole and absolute discretion. No person or entity has or will have a vested interest or an entitlement to receive funding from the Heroes. By signing below, the Applicant for funding acknowledges the foregoing, and agrees to such terms and conditions, and any additional terms and conditions imposed from time to time by the Heroes Board in its sole and absolute discretion.
5. Funding Request. Taking into account the foregoing information, terms, conditions, and limitations, the undersigned Applicant hereby requests funding from the Heroes Board as follows:
Attachment: Article IV of the ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION filed with the State of Florida on October 22, 2003 which discusses the purposes of the Corporation.
The general purpose of the Corporation shall be to operate for the benefit of and to lessen the burdens of the St. Petersburg Police Department.
Without limiting the generality of the purpose described in Section 1 above, the specific purposes of the Corporation are:
(a) To provide community support for the St. Petersburg Police Department.
(b) To undertake any activity that assists or contributes to the efforts of the St. Petersburg Police Department or the City of St. Petersburg.
(c) To provide funding for families of officers of the St. Petersburg Police Department in crises or with tragedies.
(d) To provide funding for a monument for slain officers of the St. Petersburg Police Department.
A. Notwithstanding any other provision in these Articles, all activities of the Corporation shall be carried on and all of the funds of the Corporation, whether income or principal and whether acquired by gift, contribution, or otherwise, shall be used and applied exclusively for charitable, scientific, or educational purposes, and so that no part of the net earnings of the Corporation will in any event inure to the personal benefit of any member, officer, director, or trustee of the Corporation (except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services actually rendered to or for the Corporation if such services are in furtherance of one or more of the Corporation’s purposes stated above and, excepting further that organizations and individuals may benefit from grants, scholarships, fellowships, and similar payments or contributions made for a charitable, scientific, or educational purpose and in furtherance of the exempt purposes of the Corporation).
B. The Corporation shall not engage, otherwise than as an insubstantial part of its total activities, in activities which in themselves are not in furtherance of one or more of the exempt purposes specified in Section 501(a), 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). No part of the principal assets or net income of the Corporation shall in any event be paid or contributed to any organizations or individuals, any substantial part of the activities of which consist of attempting to influence legislation by propaganda or otherwise or which participate or intervene (including the publication or distribution of statements) in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.