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Community Grants Program

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Ocean Reef Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

11/01/17 Postmarked


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Grants to Florida nonprofit organizations to benefit residents of Key Largo, Florida City, and Homestead. Program areas include education, youth, community, and health and family services. The Foundation also welcomes applications from organizations addressing the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

The Ocean Reef Community Foundation grants programs are a direct result of the generosity of the Ocean Reef Community. The Community Grants Program provides support for qualified charities in the immediate and adjacent communities and prioritizes funding innovative approaches to address the root causes of community issues and empower neighbors to be self-sufficient and successful.

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.

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.

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.

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 Foundation's defined areas
4. Leverage other funding sources and partnerships to attract additional support to the Foundation's defined areas
5. Improve the ability of the organization to serve the community

Specific Geographic Limitations and Project Interest Areas:

Organizations not physically located within the geographic limitations below and/or those which serve a broader area must apply for a specific project which benefits the residents of the Foundation's defined areas. Such applications must make clear exactly how the funds requested will be directed to benefit the appropriate population to be considered.

A) Primary areas of interest within the confines of Ocean Reef Club include all existing 501(c)(3) charities.

B) Primary areas of interest for the surrounding communities of Key Largo, Florida City and Homestead:

-Education: preschool, primary, secondary and post-secondary education; job training, certification and continuing education; special needs education and other education issues

-Youth: youth needs and programs, child development, youth development and youth leadership development

-Health & Family Services: health care and human services which contribute to safe, healthy families

-Community: projects that identify and address community needs and/or improve the organization’s ability to serve the community

C) The Grants Committee may also identify other areas when emerging needs and/or opportunities justify special consideration.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175390

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Pre-Application Information:

The Grant Application form must be submitted by mail with all supporting documents postmarked by the annual application deadline of October 1st to be considered.

Due to Hurricane Irma the 2018 Community Grant Application Deadline has been changed from October 1 to November 1st.

If you are not able to make the extended deadline, please email the Foundation to discuss the issues. Please note that you are invited to submit the application you were planning prior to this disaster, regardless of any hurricane related issues you may have experienced.

If you also need to apply for hurricane related expenses, please clearly mark the application “Hurricane Irma” (no need to submit double support documents). The Foundation is currently looking at options to fund the hurricane related applications more quickly from other funds.

Requests are reviewed by the Grants Committee and representatives of the Foundation may schedule a site visit if applicable. Final decisions are made between mid-March and mid-April with notification by e-mail no later than April 30th of the next year.

An optional, online Pre-Application form to help determine an appropriate project prior to submitting the full application.

Contact Information:

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

Pre-Application (optional):

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

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

(305) 367-4707

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Key Largo, Florida City, and Homestead