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Public Space Challenge

Grants to Florida Individuals, Nonprofits, and Agencies to
Create and Enhance Public Spaces in Miami-Dade County

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

05/16/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Florida individuals, nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, groups, and government entities to create, improve, or activate public spaces in Miami-Dade County. Applicants must submit their idea prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support ideas that make public spaces more safe, fun, and easier to use.

There are four categories in this year's Challenge: walking, biking, streets and sidewalks, and public transit.

The Foundation gives priority to projects that:
- Create, activate or improve how residents move around the community
- Provide access to public spaces where little or no access existed before
- Improve usability of existing public spaces
- Show potential to benefit a broad range of residents, especially in neighborhoods with limited public spaces
- Have a solid execution strategy and plan to increase awareness about how public spaces can enhance communities and enrich the quality of life for nearby residents

Funds may be used for costs directly related to implementing a project, such as permitting, materials, supplies, outreach, events, marketing, staff or consultants.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149999

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Number of Grants:

There is no preset number of ideas that will be selected. For reference, there were 22 winning ideas in the 2018 Challenge.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant size is $25,000.

Winning applicants will receive specialized technical support, mentorship and assistance from The Miami Foundation and its partners in order to implement the idea.

Term of Contract:

Grant period: October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Anyone can post ideas: individuals, groups, for-profit companies, nonprofit organizations, or government entities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

2019 Public Space Challenge Webinar
Thursday, April 25th from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM

2019 Public Space Challenge Workshop #1
Saturday, April 27th from 2:00 PM until 3:30 PM
Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 Northeast 59th Terrace, Miami

2019 Public Space Challenge Workshop #2
Tuesday, May 7th from 5:00 PM until 6:30 PM
Space Called Tribe Co-Work and Urban Innovation Lab
937 Northwest 3rd Avenue, Miami

2019 Public Space Challenge Workshop #3
Thursday, May 9th from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
South Florida Center for Percussive Arts
12600 Southwest 130th Street #10, Miami

2019 Public Space Challenge Workshop: South Miami
Tuesday, May 14th from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM
Gibson-Bethel Community Center
5800 Southwest 66th Street, South Miami

Pre-Application Information:

The idea submission phase closes on Thursday, May 16, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET.

Finalists Timeline:
- Finalist proposals due: Friday, July 19, 2019
- Estimated notification of winners: Mid-September 2019

There is no limit to the number of ideas that can be submitted.

Projects that are already in progress and that have previously received some amount of funding may submit a component of that project to the Public Space Challenge.

About the program:
Workshops and resources:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit an idea:

For questions about this grant program, contact:
Chelsea Clark, Programs and Grants Administration Associate

The Miami Foundation
200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 505
Miami, FL 33131

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