Community Grants Program

Grants to Florida Nonprofits for Education,
Youth, Community, and Health

GrantWatch ID#: 175390
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Ocean Reef Community Foundation

11/01/16 Postmarked

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Grants to Florida nonprofit organizations to benefit the funding source’s communities of Key Largo, Homestead, Florida City, and the surrounding communities. An optional pre-application may be submitted prior to the deadline. Program areas include education, community, health and family services, and youth. Priority is given to programs that address root causes of community problems and promote self-sufficiency.

Primary Interest Areas:

1) Education - Preschool, primary, secondary and post-secondary education; job training, certification and continuing education; special needs education and other education issues

2) Youth - Youth needs and programs, child development, youth development and youth leadership development

3) Health & Family Services Health care and human services which contribute to safe, healthy families

4) Community - Projects that identify and address community needs and/or improve the organization’s ability to serve the community

The Community Grants Program prioritizes requests which:

1) Address the root causes of community issues

2) Empower people to be self-sufficient and successful

3) Initiate new programs and/or expand services throughout the defined areas

4) Leverage other funding sources and partnerships to attract additional support to the defined areas

5) Improve the ability of the organization to serve the community

The Foundation will consider Community Grants where a need for funding for building, equipment, improvements, increased efficiency, growth, programs, services, education, collaboration and innovation within the geographic limitations and project interest areas is presented through the annual application process. In considering requests, the Foundation will show preference for projects which relate directly or indirectly to the Ocean Reef employee base.

The Community Grants Program seeks to fund projects which add to what a stable, established organization is able to offer the community and therefore does not fund grants to cover general operating/overhead or administrative expenses unless these are one-time requests in initial stages of growing the organization or offering new programs. In such a case, this must be acknowledged and plans for how the organization anticipates funding these costs going forward should be included in the request.

Organizations must be classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code guidelines to apply.

Not Funded:
-General operating/overhead or administrative expenses
-Endowment or memorial funds
-Those outside the geographic limitations set under these guidelines
-Those normally fully funded by government
-Religious activities or programs that serve predominantly one denomination
-Political organizations or campaigns

A request which asks the Foundation for a portion of the support for a project, and includes documentation of the other sources from which it has requested and/or obtained funds, will receive greater priority than one which looks to the Foundation as the sole funding source. The Grants Committee also prioritizes offering match grants in which each Foundation dollar granted will attract donations from other sources and will look favorably on organizations which maximize the opportunity.

Applicants may submit a Pre-Application to determine eligibility prior to applying. Pre-Applications are optional.

The Grant Application form must be submitted by mail with all supporting documents postmarked by the annual application deadline of November 1 to be considered. Grants are awarded in the spring of the following year.

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

Pre-Application Form:

Yurianna Mikolay, Executive Director
P: (305) 367-4707
F: (305) 367-6327 fax

Ocean Reef Community Foundation
35 Ocean Reef Dr., Ste. 148
Key Largo, FL 33037

Key Largo, Homestead, Florida City, and the surrounding areas

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