GRANT PROGRAMS CREATING ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITY

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, accelerated its 2020 contribution to respond to the urgent local needs created by COVID-19, enabling the Foundation to work with the Fund Committee expedite strategic investments around critical needs. 

 

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.

Miami Music Access

In an effort to bring the power of music to every child in Miami-Dade County, we’ve launched the Music Access Fund, a multi-million-dollar initiative, in partnership with philanthropist Daniel R. Lewis. The fund will support three initial areas of work: 

 

  • Strengthening a network of leaders working toward the common goal of music access for all youth in Miami-Dade
  • Expanding a regional asset map to identify where students have access to programming
  • Investing in the Miami Gardens Music Alliance, a cohort of six visionary organizations and twelve principals to partner and expand their capacity to serve more students within Miami Gardens

 

We are focusing our pursuit of music access for all youth, with a continued focus on collaboration and collective impact.  To get involved in this effort or to learn more, please contact Kunya Rowley, Music Access Miami Manager.

ARTS FOR LEARNING/MIAMI, A MEMBER OF THE MIAMI GARDENS MUSIC ALLIANCE

LGBTQ Community Fund

The LGBTQ Community Fund is a unique 15-year 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 urgent needs created by COVID-19 called upon us to accelerate our 2020 grantmaking and to modify our process to increase speed and leverage insights from our long history doing this work. We are pleased to announce 2020 awards totaling $200,000. Click here to read more. 

 

For questions about this grant program, contactCharisse Grant, senior vice president for programs and grants administration.

MAVEN LEADERSHIP COLLECTIVE, 2020 LGBTQ COMMUNITY FUND GRANT RECIPIENT

State Attorney’s Fund for a Safer and Healthier Community

The State Attorney’s Fund for a Safer and Healthier Community seeks to reduce substance abuse and impaired driving in Greater Miami. Created in partnership with the State Attorney’s Office for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, the Fund supports substance abuse treatment services, education and prevention initiatives, and programs serving victims of human trafficking.

 

The deadline for the 2020 Fund for a Safer and Healthier Community has passed. Applicants will be notified of their selection status via email by Friday, October 2. Downloadthe 2020 Fund guidelines to review program details.

 

For questions, please contact Valerie Crum, Senior Programs Associate. 

PHOTO COURTESY OF MIAMI BRIDGE, 2020 SAFER AND HEALTHIER COMMUNITY FUND GRANT RECIPIENT 

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. Read more about the new Javier A. Soto Community Fund for Inclusion of Diverse Abilities.

 

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.

KAREN PETERSON DANCERS, 2020 COMMUNITY GRANTS RECIPIENT

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 2020 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.

5000 ROLE MODELS OF EXCELLENCE PROJECT, 2019 DENISE MOON MEMORIAL GRANT RECIPIENT

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.

GUITARS OVER GUNS, 2019 PÉREZ CreARTE GRANTS PROGRAM RECIPIENT

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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