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Be Bold Prize

Award to a Florida Nonprofit, For-Profit, or Agency in Eligible Areas for Solutions to Unemployment Resulting from the Coronavirus Crisis

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Broward

Deadline Date:

04/09/21 11:59 PM


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Award to a Florida nonprofit organization, business, or government agency for innovative programs that address unemployment and social inequity resulting from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. The award is intended to tackle pandemic-related job loss, with a focus on employment for people of color who have been most impacted. Eligible programs benefit the residents of Broward County.

The Community Foundation of Broward launched the Be Bold Prize, with a goal to help as many Broward County residents, especially people of color, who have been displaced from the workforce due to the Coronavirus, to gain stable employment within the next two years. The intent is to encourage new ways of thinking that move beyond traditional workforce development programs and expand the potential for transformative community impact. 

The following are the Be Bold Prize objectives:

  1. Secure employment for a significant portion of currently unemployed Broward residents who were displaced due to coronavirus (after March 17, 2020).
  2. Focus on employment for people of color who have been most impacted.
  3. Create a unique and/or scalable idea that is sustainable beyond the two-year time period of the grant.

Priority will be given to solutions that approach the issue through a racial equity lens and address disparities in opportunities and access (that are caused by structural and systemic issues rooted in racism and other forms of oppression) to afford people of color impacted by the pandemic the opportunity to regain to employment.

For information about application evaluation criteria, see Page 6 of the guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167122

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Range: $1 million

Term of Contract:

The goals and metrics determined by the awarded initiative will be measured over a two-year period to determine its success.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Bold solutions that are submitted must have a charitable intent and assist those who have been hit the hardest by the pandemic and systemic inequities.
1. The challenge is open to organizations (non-profits, government, and for-profit entities) that can directly impact Broward County residents
2. While preference is given to organizations located in Broward County, organizations outside of Broward may also apply as long as they can demonstrate high-quality programs and a direct impact on getting Broward residents employed. The program must have a proven track record of success or be evidence-based and have the ability and capacity to expand to a new region.
3. Projects are highly encouraged to include collaboration with other organizations to tackle the wide array of issues it will take to employ individuals.
4. The lead non-profit applicant should either have a minimum operating budget of $500,000 and have been in operation for a minimum of five years or must have historically demonstrated the capacity to manage a $1 million grant. For-profit applicants must have a sound business purpose, a minimum of 10 full-time employees, and a minimum of $1 million gross revenue annually. Government municipalities must have an investment-grade bond rating.
5.Organizations that are not current Community Foundation grantees are encouraged to apply.

Ineligible projects include fundraisers or events, requests for advertising expenses, capital campaign requests, endowments, academic research without a clear objective to solving the problem, and/or lobbying activities. Project funds may not be used to reimburse expenses incurred prior to the project start date.

Collaboration with other organizations is highly encouraged, and employer involvement is a critical element. Collaborative partners may be included in your budget for the role they play in your bold solution.

An organization may lead the submission of only one proposal, although you may be a collaborative partner on another applicant’s proposal.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by April 9, 2021, by 11:59 PM.

The top finalists will be notified in early to mid-May and may be invited to make a live, 10-15 minute pitch to the judges with potential for public viewing, as to why their solution will be the most effective to reduce unemployment in Broward County over the next two years.‍ The announcement of winners will be made at the end of May.

An applicant may submit only one proposal.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Sheri Brown, Vice President of Community Impact
954-761-9503 x 103

Community Foundation of Broward
910 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 200
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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