2022 COMMUNITY GRANTS PARTNERS

The Miami Foundation is constantly growing and evolving to strengthen Greater Miami. For over 50 years, we have been building endowment funds with generous donors to be a permanent community philanthropic resource. Each year through Community Grants, we use these endowments to address Greater Miami’s most pressing needs and opportunities while honoring the intent of the original donor. In 2022, through Community Grants we focused on making investments that would have the greatest impact for local residents by selecting nonprofit partners with clear visions for sustainable progress, an overarching commitment to advancing equity, and an unwavering dedication to collectively building a thriving Miami for all.

 

This year, we are also incredibly grateful to The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation and private donors who partnered with The Miami Foundation to support Community Grants, enabling us to invest additional resources throughout Greater Miami.

 

We are proud to share the incredible group of advocates, creators, and leaders that make up our Community Grants partners this year, and we invite you to get to know these organizations and join us in investing in them.

ACCESS TO HEALTH & WELLNESS

 

 

305 Pink Pack ($20,000)      

To improve access to cancer treatment and recovery by connecting women with cancer in Miami-Dade County to vital resources and support services, enabling them to focus on healing.

 

Arianna’s Center ($25,000)

To provide direct services and empowerment for transgender women of color living with and affected by HIV across Miami-Dade County.

 

Bridge to Hope ($30,000)    

To provide basic needs that support thriving, stability, and improved nutrition, health, and well-being in under-resourced communities across Miami-Dade County, particularly those with high rates of food insecurity.

 

Buddy System MIA ($15,000)

To expand the Food Access Program and reach more people who are experiencing food insecurity by launching a food pantry in Miami-Dade County and expand hyper-local distributions.

 

Camillus Health Concern ($30,000)

To develop an In-House Radiology Department in response to increased need for radiology services for people who are houseless, ensuring timely, accessible diagnoses and treatment.

 

Chainless Change ($20,000)

To support the organization’s mission to be a community of recovery, advocacy, and support for people who are impacted by the criminal legal system, particularly through expanded development and program evaluation resources.

 

Chapman Partnership ($12,000)

To support Mia Casa, an 118-bed ALF providing specialized care to elderly Miami residents who are houseless.

 

Children’s Bereavement Center ($30,000)

To expand grief support and education for children, youth, and adults who have lost a loved one in Overtown, Liberty City, Allapattah, Little Haiti, Miami Gardens, and Homestead/Florida City.

 

Curley’s House of Style ($20,000)

To distribute and deliver nutritious bulk food and hot meals to food-insecure clients across Miami-Dade County who cannot prepare their own meals, often because they are homebound, disabled, or homeless.

 

EatWell Exchange ($15,000)           

To support the organization’s mission to reduce the risk of diet-related diseases such as diabetes and improve the overall health of residents in Overtown, Liberty City, and Miami Gardens through community gardens, healthy cooking classes, and fitness programs.

 

Family Resource Center of South Florida ($25,000)

To support the Healthy Foster Kids program that provides medical, dental and mental health care to Miami-Dade foster youth who are under or uninsured.

 

Florida International University (Center for Women’s and Gender Studies) ($25,000)

To support the Black Mothers Care Plan – a joint initiative of CWGS, The Gathering Place, Southern Birth Justice Network, and Metro Mommy Agency – that will expand systems of maternal health care and shared resources for Black doulas/midwives as well as Black women and birthing persons across Miami-Dade County.

 

Food Rescue US – South Florida ($30,000)

To support daily food recovery and distribution collaborations that expect to provide 1.7 million meals and prevent 2.1 million pounds of edible food waste annually in Miami-Dade County.

 

Health in the Hood ($20,000)

To support the organization’s mission to expand food access for all residents through vegetable gardens, healthy food distributions, and wellness programs in local communities including Little Haiti, West Kendall, and Opa-Locka.

 

ICU Baby ($25,000)

To support the Transportation Assistance Program that offers travel stipends so families with low income levels can regularly visit their critically ill or premature babies and engage in their in-hospital care.

 

Latinos Salud ($20,000)

To increase access to PrEP, the medications that prevent HIV infection, for gay men of color, who face some of the highest rates of new HIV cases.

 

Mujeres Unidas en Justicia, Educacion y Reforma, Inc. (MUJER) ($30,000)

To support the organization’s mission to promote emotional wellness, empowerment, and healing from the trauma of domestic and sexual violence by offering direct therapy services to survivors in South Dade.

 

NAMI Miami-Dade ($25,000)

To address mental health disparities by providing mental health services and support in Miami Dade’s underrepresented and marginalized communities through the Black Communities Initiative.

 

Open Door Health Center ($20,000)

To improve access to health care by providing free health care services and referrals for uninsured households in Homestead and South Dade.

 

Overtown Youth Center ($20,000)

To support the OYC Mental Health Clinic Initiative that will expand the organization’s capacity to provide health resources and establish a Mental Health Clinic in the Overtown neighborhood that will tackle barriers to care such as trust, access, and racial disparities.

 

Pisgah Pantry Outreach ($20,000)

To establish a choice grocery store in Miami Gardens that will support clients who are facing food insecurity while maintaining their dignity and providing no-cost healthy food choices.

 

Showering Love ($22,500)

To provide regular mobile showers and supportive services for people who are homeless across Miami-Dade County.

 

The Roots Collective ($12,000)

To address the needs of youth and families in the Liberty City community through access to food, entrepreneurship and youth programming.

 

Transition ($30,000)

To support the launch of the One Umbrella Case Management Program that will expand Transition’s employment services by referring clients in-house to EZRI (Empowerment Zone Re-Entry Initiative) for services including individual/family counseling and intensive case management, ultimately improving the employment success of clients who were formerly incarcerated and reducing recidivism.

 

TransSOCIAL ($25,000)

To expand the local network of Trans-affirming providers through additional TLGBQ+ cultural sensitivity trainings and build a stronger presence in the Miami-Dade community through outreach events to help Trans folks find the care and services they need to thrive.

 

YES Institute ($30,000)

To support the Healthy and Inclusive Futures in Miami-Dade Project, which works with local health providers and training schools to reduce disparities in care and improve outcomes for patients who do not fit traditional expectations around gender or orientation by training practitioners to provide inclusive, affirming care.

 

YWCA South Florida ($30,000)

To provide direct services supporting the mental health and well-being of breast and cervical cancer patients, as well as develop the YWCA Community Healthcare Worker training program.

ARTS & CULTURE

 

 

Artefactus Cultural Project ($15,000)

To produce and promote theater, dance, music, visual arts, and literature with an emphasis on Hispanic culture.

 

Ayiti Community Trust ($10,000)

To educate young Haitian Americans on Haiti’s history and culture through the “TiKont” program that draws from Haiti’s rich story-telling traditions to shape a narrative about the lived experiences of Haitian immigrants, their contribution to the community, and their enduring connections to Haiti.

 

Bakehouse Art Complex ($30,000)

To provide affordable studio spaces and art-making facilities to over 100 local artists, contributing to sustainable artistic practices by ensuring that Miami’s artistic community has a permanent working home.

 

Context of a Generation ($10,000)

To cultivate four emerging recording or performing artists into professional artists through Project Realize, a development program for independent music artists based in South Florida.

 

Delou Africa ($30,000)

To support Arts and Culture in the Gardens, a multiyear arts engagement initiative providing residents of Miami Gardens with a series of traditional and folkloric African experiences.

 

E.V.E. Consulting Firm ($15,000)

To create a succession plan for the next generation of Black and Brown arts and cultural leaders in Miami.

 

Exchange for Change ($30,000)

To support the organization’s writing courses offered in prisons by developing a standardized curriculum to expand the organization’s reach and serve more people who are incarcerated.

 

Locust Projects ($30,000)

To build organizational capacity and awareness of LegalARTLink resources at Locust Projects, providing Miami-based creatives of all artistic disciplines access to pro-bono legal resources.

 

Miami New Drama ($20,000)

To support the organization’s mission for artistic excellence and vision of theatre as a powerful vehicle for social change and transformative educational experiences for youth.

 

New Canon Chamber Collective ($30,000)

To prioritize the voices of Black and other musicians and composers of color in order to educate audiences and communities about the full range of musical contributions of all races of people.

 

O, Miami ($30,000)

To support O, Miami Education, which provides a platform for all Miamians to learn creative self-expression from professional poets and participate in public arts and publishing projects.

 

Pioneer Winter Collective ($30,000)

To support the creation and performance of original contemporary dance works for the stage, screen, and non-traditional spaces; the facilitation of panels for the general audience and community workshops using dance, storytelling, and performance techniques.

ECONOMIC STABILITY

 

 

Affirming Youth Foundation ($15,000)

To develop a collective strategic approach to manage housing insecurity and poverty reduction initiatives in Liberty City by engaging additional families and planning for the sustainability of Affirming Youth’s Circles Miami chapter.

 

Americans for Immigrant Justice ($30,000)

To support the organization’s mission to assist the low-income immigrant community in Miami-Dade County by helping people through education, outreach, and legal assistance to obtain lawful status or work authorization as the first step to break the cycle of poverty.

 

Beyond the Bars ($20,000)

To support the organization’s mission to build the collective power and self-determination of incarcerated people and their families in Miami, including through judicial and jail accountability programs, leadership development, and policy work.

 

Catalyst Miami ($30,000)

To support leadership development programs that create pipelines of local leaders who are equipped to advocate for solutions to Miami-Dade’s most pressing challenges including climate change impacts, housing affordability, and health inequities, ultimately improving the resilience of low-wealth residents and people of color.

 

Enterprise Community Partners ($30,000)

To support the Keep Safe Miami Initiative, designed to protect Miami’s existing multifamily affordable homes and their residents from the risks of displacement by hurricanes and sea level rise by helping affordable housing owners assess and improve building resilience.

 

Florida Immigrant Coalition ($25,000)

To support the Florida New Americans Campaign in Miami-Dade County, which will increase the earning potential of immigrants by increasing naturalization through no-cost Citizenship Clinics.

 

Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council ($25,000)

To support the organization’s mission to bridge the racial wealth gap and build minority-owned small and micro businesses toward stability and growth by providing technical assistance, access to capital, and other resources.

 

Ladies Empowerment and Action Program ($30,000)

To provide comprehensive, wrap-around services to formerly incarcerated women including education, trauma-informed and addiction therapies, transitional housing, paid job training internships, job placement, and health care access, all with the goal of empowering them to successfully rejoin their communities and become self-sufficient.

 

Legal Services of Greater Miami ($30,000)

To provide direct legal services to low-wealth residents in Miami-Dade County who have unsecured debts that they are unable to pay due to limited income by providing legal assistance in cases where Chapter 7 Bankruptcy may be the most effective way of resolving debts.

 

Live Healthy Little Havana ($25,000)

To launch the Small Business Leadership Program, a tailored program dedicated to the prosperity and development of small businesses in Little Havana through resources including active mentorship and financial literacy training.

 

Miami Homes For All ($15,000)

To expand the membership of the Greater Miami Housing Alliance to increase representation across Miami-Dade County and develop next-phase goals to create and preserve affordable housing at scale.

 

Miami Workers Center ($30,000)

To support the organization’s mission to build the power of working-class Black and brown women to transform the housing ecosystem and care economy in Miami-Dade County.

 

Miami-Dade Transit Alliance ($30,000)

To launch a user education campaign for the new Better Bus Network (BBN) in Miami-Dade County, particularly serving people of color, non-English speakers, immigrants, low-income people, and people with disabilities to connect with safe, reliable and efficient public transit.

 

Refugee Assistance Alliance ($20,000)

To provide wrap-around support services for refugees in crisis in Miami-Dade County so they can overcome barriers to housing, education, and employment and increase earning potential.

 

South Florida Community Land Trust ($25,000)

To develop a collective Community Vision, Equitable Plan, and Project Mission with the Overtown community to guide a community land trust that will build and protect hundreds of local affordable homes.

 

The Capital Good Fund ($30,000)

To support the Residency Loan program that helps low-wealth households in Miami-Dade County access affordable housing, pay past-due rent or utilities, or cover moving expenses while building credit and avoiding high-interest debt.

 

The Office of New Americans of Miami-Dade ($20,000)

To support the organization’s mission to ensure aspiring Americans in Miami-Dade County, particularly new Afghan, Ukrainian, Haitian, Cuban, and Venezuelan community members, can achieve economic stability, immigrant integration, and civic engagement in order to be full US citizens and thrive.

 

Thelma Gibson Health Initiative ($25,000)

To recruit Miami-Dade residents to complete job training, certification, and work placement in the home healthcare industry in partnership with United HomeCare.

INCLUSION OF PEOPLE WITH DIVERSE ABILITIES

 

 

CCDH (The Advocacy Network on Disabilities) ($30,000)

To support the organization’s mission to champion the rights of people with disabilities in Miami-Dade County by increasing access to CCDH services by updating the organization’s systems and expanding training for mental health professionals.

 

City of Hialeah ($15,000)

To support and expand enrichment and skill-building opportunities for adults with disabilities served by the City of Hialeah Therapeutics Enrichment Program.

 

DMF Employment Opportunities ($30,000)

To create employment opportunities for young adults with disabilities in Miami-Dade County through long-term partnerships with local employers and providing ongoing support for employees.

 

Easter Seals South Florida ($30,000)

To support and empower young adults with disabilities in Miami-Dade County through hands-on life skills and job training, real-world work experiences, job coaching, and transition planning.

 

Parent to Parent of Miami ($15,000)

To support the organization’s mission to empower and support families that have children and adults with disabilities in Miami-Dade County by expanding outreach capacity, allowing for more families to benefit from information, workshops, and community resources.

 

Radical Partners ($30,000)

To expand programs that pursue the integrated participation of people with disabilities in Miami-Dade County through social impact networks.

 

The Key Clubhouse of South Florida ($30,000)

To build staff capacity and expand program offerings and outreach to continue supporting mental health recovery for low-income adults living with serious and persistent mental illness in Miami-Dade County through permanent supportive housing and reintegration in the community and workplace.

 

University of Miami (Linda Ray Intervention Center) ($30,000)

To expand operating hours and enhance developmentally appropriate interventions for young learners with disabilities, providing flexibility for families and caregivers in Miami-Dade County to access high-quality childcare.

SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT

 

 

Everglades Law Center ($24,000)

To improve water quality in Biscayne Bay by reducing the amount of pollution in stormwater discharged by municipalities and industrial facilities, while also working with state and federal water managers to improve the timing, quality, quantity, and distribution of water entering Biscayne Bay.

 

Farmworker Association of Florida ($20,000)

To center farmworker voices in addressing the impacts of climate change and workplace exposures to extreme heat through a Youth Climate Justice Organizer engaged in local organizing and coalition building, farmworker leadership development, and advancing FWAF’s agroecology, food sovereignty and community garden programs.

 

Love The Everglades Movement ($15,000)

To redevelop an area of Miccosukee Tribe land on Tamiami Trail using traditional methods and native plants to filter stormwater runoff, minimize heat impacts, and expand education about the climate crisis and strategies for resilience.

 

Miami Waterkeeper ($30,000)

To support the organization’s mission to defend, protect, and preserve South Florida’s waters through citizen engagement and community action rooted in sound science and research.

 

Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida ($30,000)

To expand clean energy improvement loans for low-income homeowners and develop homeowner education on climate-adaptive rehabilitation and resilience.

 

WeCount! ($30,000)

To conduct worker-led outreach, education, and grassroots advocacy to raise awareness about the impacts of extreme heat on outdoor workers and to win enforceable, life-saving protections in Miami-Dade.

THRIVING YOUTH AND FAMILIES

 

 

Achieve Miami ($30,000)

To support Achieve Miami’s high school programs that set students in Miami-Dade County on a path to success through leadership development, service opportunities and college readiness programs.

 

Adrienne Arsht Center ($10,000)

To support the necessary transportation, dance attire, and musical instruments for AileyCamp Miami, increasing opportunities for over 100 historically underserved middle school students to become independent, fearless, resilient and caring global citizens.

 

Amigos Together For Kids ($25,000)

To support a free 8-week summer program at Jose Marti Park that includes a series of service-learning projects to encourage children to become more engaged in their community.

 

Be Strong International ($30,000)

To provide after-school programming for low-income, minority middle school students in Miami-Dade County with a focus on differentiated instruction, social emotional wellness, and enriching art experiences to help students excel academically and build personal resilience.

 

Camillus House ($25,000)

To support the Camillus Youth Housing Initiative (CYHI) that provides transitional housing and social support systems for unaccompanied youth (ages 18-24) who are houseless.

 

Catholic Charities Legal Services ($30,000)

To support legal representation of asylum-seeking immigrant parents with minor children who are subject to deportation proceedings and complex procedural issues before the Miami-Dade immigration court.

 

Children of Inmates ($30,000)

To provide opportunities for children in Miami-Dade County with incarcerated parents to be cared for and supported in their development through bonding trips to visit incarcerated parents, parenting education for incarcerated parents, care coordination, and healing and enrichment activities for children separated from parents due to incarceration.

 

CMB Visions Unlimited ($20,000)

To support the Project ACCESS family preservation and stabilization program that provides care coordination for disadvantaged youth and families in Miami-Dade County as well as needed resources and wraparound services.

 

Cuban American Bar Association Pro Bono Project ($30,000)

To sustain and expand the Immigrant Children’s Program that provides holistic, vigorous legal representation to undocumented immigrant children in Miami-Dade County.

 

Dibia DREAM ($20,000)

To support DREAM Academy, a STEM-based afterschool youth development program as well as hands-on activities during STEM Saturdays.

 

Educate Tomorrow ($20,000)

To sustain the organization’s program model that centers on individualized goal planning and coaching for high school and college students who experienced foster care or homelessness.

 

Fanm Saj ($30,000)

To build a Restorative Justice Ecosystem in South Florida by providing directly impacted Black families and youth with wellness tools for self and communal care through the process of restorative justice circles.

 

Genesis Hopeful Haven ($30,000)

To support vulnerable foster youth in Miami-Dade County to overcome past trauma, improve existing conditions, and successfully age out of the foster care system by providing life skills and enrichment programming, transitional housing, and wraparound services.

 

Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida ($25,000)

To support the Community Troops program in Miami-Dade County that provides equitable access to a unique leadership experience, opening career pathways and network-building opportunities with intentional mentorship around targeted interests.

 

Kristi House ($20,000)

To support focused, intensive work around diversity, equity, and inclusion to improve services for racial and ethnic minority youth and their families who need mental health services to overcome abuse, trauma and related Adverse Childhood Experiences.

 

Mahogany Youth Corporation ($30,000)

To support the Teach a Child to Fish program that connects youth with nature to produce long-term improvements in educational achievement, social-emotional well-being, drug and gang resistance, appreciation of the environment, and motivation for personal success.

 

MCCJ ($20,000)

To create safe havens for dialogue, trainings for inclusive leadership, and highlighting the benefits of diversity through education, advocacy, and conflict resolution through collaborative, community-based actions in Miami-Dade County.

 

Mexican American Council ($30,000)

To support programs serving farmworker youth and their parents, ensuring equitable access to quality education, the arts and technology.

 

Miami Children’s Initiative ($30,000)

To expand and improve educational outcomes, health and nutritional supports, access to social services and parenting resources through a strategic planning process for established community networks in Liberty City.

 

Miami Diaper Bank ($27,500)

To support vulnerable families by sustaining expanded diaper distribution services in Miami-Dade County and strengthening internal systems over the next year.

 

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired ($25,000)

To support the Heiken Children’s Vision Program, providing eye examinations and prescription eyeglasses for low-income children in Miami-Dade County.

 

National Voices for Equality Education and Enlightenment ($20,000)

To support capacity-building efforts for programs to prevent bullying, violence, and suicide among youth and communities through direct services, mentoring, and prevention education.

 

Nora Sandigo Children Foundation ($30,000)

To support after-school programing for children in Miami-Dade County who at risk of separation from undocumented immigrant parents.

 

One Hundred Black Men of South Florida ($15,000)

To support the Mentoring Leadership Academy program to provide development opportunities for Black youth in Miami-Dade County.

 

PACE Center for Girls Miami ($23,000)

To support the organization’s mission to connect girls and young women in Miami-Dade County with opportunities for a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy.

 

Recapturing the Vision International ($30,000)

To expand afterschool programming hours, providing a safe learning environment for students in South Dade to increase academic performance, social and emotional skill development, and college readiness.

 

S.E.E.K Foundation ($30,000)

To support the Build-Code-Grow program in Miami Gardens that fosters knowledge, interest, and passion for the growing field of STEM.

 

The Allapattah Collaborative ($30,000)

To support the Community Fellows Program, a civic educational outreach program that empowers the next generation of local advocates and civic leaders in Allapattah.

 

The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth ($30,000)

To support the ChangeMakers Leadership Institute led by LGBTQ youth to develop leadership and critical thinking skills while creating community and joy in pursuit of queer liberation.

 

The Education Fund ($27,500)

To provide educational materials for in-school learning, after-school programs, and summer lessons at no cost to public school teachers and nonprofits, fulfilling the needs of Miami-Dade’s most marginalized students and families.

 

The SEED School of Miami ($10,000)

To support the college-preparatory public boarding school for under-resourced youth.

 

The Motivational Edge ($20,000)

To provide wrap-around services for youth and the community through an integration of health and human services within culturally responsive music and arts programming for youth with adverse childhood experiences and those in crisis.

 

The Optimist Foundation of Greater Goulds ($15,000)

To advance advocacy for the Goulds community, expand programs for youth and families, and empower residents through increased participation and knowledge of information that affects their daily lives.

 

Touching Miami with Love Ministries ($20,000)

To expand access to robust experiences through artistic, athletic, and professional growth programming for youth in Overtown and West Homestead.

 

Voices for Children Foundation ($25,000)

To support the Miami Guardian ad Litem Program to help abused and neglected children in the child welfare system to thrive.

MIAMI WATERKEEPER, A 2022 GRANT PARTNER
The Miami Foundation