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Miami-Dade Counts 2020 Grant Program

Grants to Miami-Dade, Florida Nonprofits and Agencies
for Outreach to Encourage Census Participation

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Miami Foundation

Conf. Date:

07/17/19

Deadline Date:

08/15/19 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to Miami-Dade, Florida nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs that encourage citizens to participate in the 2020 Census. Funding is intended to support innovative and culturally sensitive programs for reaching communities with historically low participation rates.

Historically, some populations – including communities of color, low-income households, people experiencing homelessness, renters, college students, immigrants, and young children – have been undercounted in the census. Undercounts happen for many reasons. People may not understand the census, may not trust the government, or may not want to share their information. Whether the citizenship question will be included in the 2020 Census has contributed to confusion and fear around census participation. Whatever the reason people don’t participate, undercounts deprive communities of necessary resources and representation.

The collaborative will offer grants to community-based organizations working in the targeted communities to do any of, but not limited to, the following. The below bullets are intended to provide guidance, not limit and/or exclude future approaches to the program’s purpose:

- Convene Community Complete Count groups
- Provide for organizational capacity to support Census 2020 work
- Support collaborations between local community groups to engage in outreach
- Establish community sites to provide information and assistance
- Organize events to promote participation
- Conduct targeted communications efforts
- Secure support of elected officials and municipalities

The collaborative will prioritize proposals that demonstrate the following:

- A feasible work plan that builds on an understanding of effective strategies to reach hard-to-count communities
- Demonstrated ability to reach individuals or institutions trusted by hard-to-count communities
- An understanding of and history of involvement with the populations the program aims to reach
- General knowledge about the census process, uses of census data and requirements regarding filling out the form
- Organizational capacity to implement the proposed plan of action
- Evidence of strong networks and partnerships with others in the field
- Plans to utilize outreach resources available through reputable national networks or other sources to avoid duplication of effort (e.g., message testing and materials development for specific population groups)
- A sound approach for measuring progress of outreach efforts

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186422

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$400,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts will vary, depending on proposed activities and the organization’s capacity. Grant awards will likely range from $5,000 to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant period: October 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and governmental entities serving Miami-Dade County that show a strong track record of providing quality programs that reflect the program’s purpose.

Pre-proposal Conference:

For more information, join a Webinar Info Session on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/348487311163516418

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit the application is August 15, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. The estimated date to announce grant winners is October 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: https://themiamifoundation.submittable.com/submit/f30a8299-279b-4e57-96fa-6b8ed6c5f4e4/miami-dade-counts-2020-grant-program

For questions, contact Lindsey Linzer, senior director of programs and grants administration at The Miami Foundation, at LLlinzer@miamifoundation.org.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Miami-Dade County