For nearly 50 years, our Fundholders’ generous contributions have enabled us to shape Miami’s brilliant future through grantmaking. We work with various entities – donors who endowed Funds and partners like the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney and the National LGBTQ Task Force – who make these grant programs possible. Through their philanthropy, we have granted $350 million to enhance quality of life for all Miamians. Scroll through this page to see our programs. Click here for a one-page summary sheet of the 2020 Grant Programs Schedule so you can see and save the information about each program and deadline.

The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically reshaped all our lives, communities, and plans. The Foundation is adapting our grant programs to provide flexibility and support to nonprofits facing unprecedented challenges. For 2019 grantees, we waived program-specific restrictions on any unspent funds as of April to use as they see fit and postponed April and May reports. We revised 2020 Community Grants Program guidelines since shelter-in-place orders forced changes for all in-person programs.

Important Grant Cycle Changes: The LGBTQ Community Fund and Miami Leaders programs

The Foundation will not conduct our traditional proposal open-call for the 2020 LGBTQ Community Fund Our partner, the National LGBTQ Task Force, has accelerated its 2020 contribution to respond to the urgent local needs created by COVID-19. The Foundation is working with the Fund Committee to determine and make general operating support distribution in June to LTGBQ mission-focused nonprofits with strong track records of working with and advocating for vulnerable populations.


The Foundation will not conduct the Miami Leaders Program in 2020, as it depends on leadership and management programs with local and national universities, which have put all such programs on hold.

Community Grants

Community Grants

Community Grants is the Foundation’s signature program through which we honor more than 100 donors who created permanently endowed funds, entrusting us to support issues that mattered to them.


The deadline to submit a Full Proposal has passed. All 2020 grantees will be notified of grant awards via email by Friday, May 29.


Download the 2020 Full Proposal Guidelines to learn more. For questions about this grant program, contact Alex Rosales, Programs Associate.


State Attorney’s Denise Moon Memorial Fund

Denise Moon grants allow us to help nonprofits assist victims of crime, reduce crime in communities and provide alternatives to criminal activity through job training, educational attainment and other efforts. These grant awards are made possible thanks to a partnership with the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney, 11th Judicial Circuit. Click here to see the 2019 grantees.


The deadline for the 2020 State Attorney’s Denise Moon Memorial Fund has passed. Applicants will be notified of their selection status via email by Friday, May 29th. Download the 2020 State Attorney’s Denise Moon Memorial Fund Guidelines to review program details.


For questions, please contact Alex Rosales, programs associate.


LGBTQ Community Fund

The LGBTQ Community Fund is a unique partnership between The Miami Foundation and the National LGBTQ Task Force to improve quality of life for LGBTQ residents in Greater Miami and strengthen organizations seeking to make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ people.


The deadline for the LGBTQ Community Fund Grants Program has passed. Download the 2019 program guidelines to learn more.


For questions about this grant program, contact Valerie Crum, senior programs associate.


State Attorney’s Fund for a Safer and Healthier Community

The State Attorney’s Fund for a Safer and Healthier Community strives to create a safer and healthier community for the residents of Miami-Dade County by supporting efforts that effectively curtail substance abuse and impaired driving as well as programs that assist survivors of human trafficking who require substance abuse treatment and counseling.


The deadline for the 2019 Safer and Healthier Community Fund grants program has passed. Download the 2019 program guidelines to learn more.


Please direct questions to Valerie Crum, senior programs associate.


Pérez CreARTE Grants

The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation aims to develop South Florida as a world-class urban center. A thriving arts community makes Greater Miami a vibrant, connected and culturally engaging place to live.


In 2019, from more than 200 applicants, the Pérez CreARTE Grants Program chose to invest $2 million into 23 Miami-Dade organizations in three focus areas: expanding access to the arts, providing spaces for creation and supporting top talent through residencies and fellowships. Learn more about this program.


CreARTE will not be open for submissions in 2020 as many of the 2019 investments were made as multi-year commitments.  The team will spend 2020 building the capacity of the current grantees and refining the program to be re-launched in 2021. The Foundation is not accepting unsolicited proposals at this point in time.


For questions about this grant program, contact Lindsey Linzer, senior director of programs and grants administration.


Miami-Dade Counts 2020 Grant Program

A collaborative of local and national funders have launched Miami-Dade Counts 2020, an outreach campaign to support census participation. Miami-Dade Counts 2020 has awarded $475,000 for efforts that encourage full participation in the 2020 Census in Miami-Dade County. Grants were awarded to nonprofit and governmental organizations in Miami-Dade County with thoughtful, culturally sensitive, innovative strategies for reaching communities that have historically low rates of participation in the Census.


Partners include the Allegany Franciscan Ministries, the Census Equity Fund, The Children’s Trust, the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, Health Foundation of South Florida, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, State Voices, Stearns Weaver Miller The Miami Foundation, the United Way of Miami-Dade, the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and Commissioner Eileen Higgins District 5.


The deadline for the Miami-Dade Counts 2020 grant program has passed. Download the 2019 program guidelines  to learn more.


For questions, please contact Lindsey Linzer, senior director of programs and grants administration.


Public Space Challenge

The Public Space Challenge is an ideas contest open to Miamians who want to create, improve or activate their local public spaces. This year, we asked residents to reimagine the way we move around our community.


The Miami Foundation, together with our partners, is investing nearly $250,000 in 12 winning ideas. Special thanks to Target for their generous support in helping to fund these ideas.


You can check out the winning ideas at


For questions about this grant program, contact Chelsea Clark, programs associate.


If you received an award through a Foundation Grant Program, visit our Grant Reports page to learn how to submit your required reports.


If you’re a Knight Arts Challenge winner, visit our winners page for details on receiving and managing your grant with us.

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