Each year through Community Grants, we use funds endowed to our Foundation to address Greater Miami’s most pressing needs, while honoring the intent of funds donated to us. The COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice reckonings of 2020 led us to listen deeply and learn with our community about how to better help nonprofits in their work to build a stronger Miami. We are excited to share this year’s Community Grants program, which reflects the collective wisdom of so many of our staff, board, grantees, and community partners. Read our full message to the community.
Please carefully review the program guidelines and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), as the program has changed from previous years. The guidelines outline the 2021 program, application process, and how to connect with Foundation team members.
We welcome your feedback and look forward to working and learning together.
Review the program guidelines for everything you need to know about the program and what’s new this year.
Have a question about this year’s program? This resource may be able to help.
In 2021, we will invest a total of $1.25 million across the categories below.
Our priorities are what we will look for to evaluate a proposed program, project or community work. These priorities will serve as criteria during the review process.
Eligibility Requirements: Eligible applicants are nonprofits with an active 501(c)(3) status as a public charity or projects with an established fiscal sponsor that has this status. The proposed work must primarily serve Miami-Dade County residents. If you have a current grant through any Foundation program, you must be in compliance with that grant to apply.
Grant Size: Our maximum grant award is $40,000.
Types of Funding: For greater flexibility, nonprofits can select from two options. For both types, nonprofits will have discretion in proposing how funds are used to advance their goals that align with the program guidelines.
Community Grants will have a two-stage process: an initial Idea Stage and a Full Proposal Stage for invited applicants based on review of the submitted applications.
Idea Stage: To respect your time investment, this first stage is brief. Organizations will submit a standard profile, answer brief narrative questions, and provide any supplementary materials they would like to share. View the program guidelines and Online Application Worksheet for more details.
Review and Application Process: Applications will be evaluated according to Review Criteria and Metrics that align with the program priorities. We will consider applications on both their individual strength and in the context of other submissions. Nonprofits that reflect the strongest potential will be invited to submit a full proposal. The Foundation will engage full proposal review committees to guide grant selection to ensure rich perspectives from people with personal and professional experiences related to each funding category.
Questions? Please contact Valerie Crum, program officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org