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Grants to Florida Nonprofits for Projects to Improve
the Quality of Life in Miami-Dade County

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Miami Foundation

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Deadline Date:

04/12/18 4:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 to Florida nonprofits and IHEs in the greater Miami area for a wide rage of programs to improve the quality of life of local residents. Pre-proposals are due by February 15, 2018. Focus areas include arts and culture, housing and affordability, healthy lifestyles, human services facilities, the wellbeing of children and youth, and the environment.

The Foundation marked its 50th anniversary in 2017 and identified three key themes that defined its past work and will guide its future: Opportunity, Creativity, and Resiliency. The funds available through the Community Grants Program have been aligned with these areas as follows:

Opportunity - $880,000 Total
Greater Miami continues to surge forward as a rapidly growing, global city. As the city prospers, pathways to opportunity must develop so that all residents can benefit equitably and thrive. Opportunity grants will focus on enabling residents who face greater barriers to success to develop their abilities and talents and use them to overcome hardships, achieve their potential and aspirations. There are three Opportunity categories. Nonprofits will select which category their proposal will address. Within a category, a proposal can reflect any of the elements described.
- Wellbeing of Children and Youth - $570,000 - Enable at-risk, abused or neglected youth to advance their personal development and resiliency; physical health; educational readiness and achievement from cradle-to-career; or ensure their safety at home and in the community.
- Affordability and Housing - $210,000 - Enable households to gain financial stability and increase their earning potential; to prevent homelessness; provide safety-net basic needs (shelter, food and clothing); or expand affordable housing options in the community.
- Healthy Lifestyles - $100,000 - Promote adoption of healthy behaviors that support heart health and prevent heart disease among residents of all ages

Resiliency - $200,000 Total
The community must have the ability to adapt well to change, plan for threats and recover from adversity. Resiliency grants will focus on addressing challenges to the physical environment amid rapid growth, and also increasing civic involvement on social, economic and physical challenges that impact the community’s strength. The Foundation seeks efforts to achieve either of the following:
- Broaden public education on sustaining the environment, sea-level rise adaptation, or transportation options
- Foster civic engagement and action on critical social, economic or physical challenges faced

Creativity - $100,000 Total
Greater Miami is booming with arts and culture offerings that are shaping identity and vitality. The Foundation will focus its Creativity grants on harnessing the power of arts and culture to build community. The Foundation is looking for efforts that use arts and culture to achieve any of the following:
- Revive community life or business activity in dormant areas of the city and its neighborhoods
- Engage people, who typically lack access, in experiencing the arts or developing their own artistic abilities
- Raise the profile of less visible cultures and social issues
- Foster connections and exchange among residents from diverse cultures and walks of life

Grants may be used to support costs directly related to implementing a program, such as salaries of program staff or consultants, outreach, marketing, supplies, materials, events, local travel, and reasonable indirect costs.

Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate the strongest potential to achieve improvement in the lives of local residents and community, regardless of the theme or sub-issue they address. The greatest value is placed on:
- Progress: What and how much measurable improvement will result for people and communities reached, so they are not only better off now, but better prepared to succeed in the future.
- Innovation: How well the organization is using past and new knowledge to improve its approach to achieve better results (not necessarily new programs).
- Collaboration: How well the organization is leveraging its relationships to effectively and efficiently reach and serve those it seeks to benefit.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179168

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000, with an average award of $15,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period runs from June 1, 2018, to May 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or projects with an established fiscal agent serving Miami-Dade County. While preference will be given to strengthening nonprofits based in Greater Miami, the Foundation also encourages partnerships with those outside Greater Miami to bring high-quality programs to the local community. Current grantees must be in compliance with the terms of those awards to be considered.

Grants are not provided for memberships, fundraising events, annual campaigns, endowments, memorials or reducing deficits.

Pre-proposal Conference:

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Pre-Application Information:

Nonprofits may submit one proposal. If a program is a collaborative effort between two or more nonprofits, partners must select one nonprofit to serve as lead applicant. Colleges and universities may submit up to three requests from multiple departments, which will be considered competitively against each other and other applications.

Applicants must first submit a pre-proposal via the Foundation’s online grants application portal. Based on a review of pre-proposals, the Foundation will select applicants to submit full proposals with more implementation and financial details.

- Pre-proposals due: Thursday, February 15, 2018 by 4:00 PM
- Invitations to submit full proposals: Monday, March 26, 2018
- Full proposals due: Thursday, April 12, 2018 by 4:00 PM
- Estimated notification of grant awards: Thursday, May 31, 2018
- Grant period: June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Victoria Fear, Programs Officer

The Miami Foundation
40 NW 3rd Street Suite, 305
Miami, FL 33128

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Miami-Dade County