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.
We’re happy to provide accessible and translated versions of the guidelines to support your application process. Please contact Valerie Crum, programs officer.
Have a question about this year’s program? This resource may be able to help.
We recommend reviewing this resource as a reference while developing full proposals.
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 is a two-stage process: an initial Idea Stage and a Full Proposal Stage for invited applicants based on review of the submitted applications.
Review and Application Process: Selected organizations have been notified of their invitation to submit a full proposal. Organizations applying for program support will need to use the Foundation’s budget template and full proposal application worksheet. 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.