The Safe Communities Program

The Safe Communities Program is currently accepting applications through September 28.

The Safe Communities Program strives to ensure safety and opportunity for all Greater Miami residents. We do this by investing in education and economic mobility; health services to overcome substance dependence; and collective action to improve community safety. The Fund is particularly focused on supporting survivors of human trafficking, gun violence, and other crimes as well as people who were previously involved in the justice system.


The Miami Foundation collaborates with over 1,000 fundholders that seek to invest in the Greater Miami community. Among those, we manage two field of interest funds set up with the State Attorney’s Office for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Known as the Denise Moon Memorial Fund and the Safer and Healthier Communities Fund, these funds previously operated individual competitive grant programs.


In 2021, to effectively invest these community resources, the State Attorney’s Safe Communities Program is now one comprehensive grant program that will pursue the Funds’ shared mission. We invite you to review the materials below to learn more. Translated guidelines available in Spanish here and in Creole here.

The program guidelines are your one-stop resource to apply!

Your destination for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and application questions.

All organizations interested in the program, especially first-time applicants, are encouraged to sign up for an optional 20-minute meeting with Foundation staff to share their work and learn more about the funding opportunity.

We recommend reviewing this resource as a reference for how proposals will be evaluated.

Please note that the process to submit proposals has changed. All proposals to the Safe Communities Program must be submitted online through the Foundation’s Submittable platform.

What we fund


The Safe Communities Program will invest $600,000 across the five categories below. The descriptions are intended only to provide guidance and do not exclude other potential approaches. Proposals in each category will be considered equally.


Eligible organizations may submit only one application in only one category.


  • Crime Prevention and Deterrence |Build a safe community that offers opportunity for all people by activating residents to improve community safety as well as investing in economic and educational mobility to develop alternatives to illicit activity, particularly for people who were previously incarcerated or involved in the justice system. This may include job training or placement programs as well as educational programs about illicit substances to prevent impaired driving.


  • Human Trafficking | Support minors or adults who are survivors of human trafficking through high-quality services such as health care, substance abuse treatment, mental health services, housing, immigration services or other critical needs.


  • Substance Dependence Services | Guide people to overcome substance dependence or misuse by providing wraparound services that may include substance abuse counseling and treatment, mental health services, or support strategies to develop personal resilience.


  • Survivor Assistance | Help survivors and their loved ones overcome the financial, health, or other challenges they face as a result of being victims of gun violence or other crimes. This may include education assistance.


  • Youth Development | Prepare youth to successfully reach their full potential in academics, career, and life by supporting youth whose life experiences or environments put them at risk for becoming involved in crime or violence. This may include mentoring, educational support, employment and career preparation, or personal development.
Eligibility & Use of Funds


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.


Each nonprofit may submit one proposal. We welcome collaboration – for collaborative efforts between two or more nonprofits, the partners should select one nonprofit to serve as lead applicant. Colleges and universities may submit up to three proposals, and each proposal should be from different departments or colleges.


Approaches: We welcome a variety of program approaches within the funding categories including direct services, community organizing, partnerships, and others as appropriate to your mission and vision.


Grant Amounts: Requested grant amounts may range from $10,000 to $30,000.


Use of Funds: All grants are one-year program support grants. This means grant funds are to be used only for expenses directly related to implementing the proposed work as well as related overhead costs.

How to apply


Please note that the application submission platform is different from previous grant cycles. Applicants will now submit their proposal through the Foundation’s Submittable platform (click here to access). Each applicant will sign in with an existing Submittable account or create a free account by providing a name and email address.


All eligible applicants may submit only one application in only one category. All application questions are shared in the program guidelines.


Office Hours

All organizations considering a proposal, especially first-time applicants, are encouraged to sign up for an optional 20-minute meeting with Foundation staff to learn more about the funding opportunity, share their work and impact, and discuss any questions they may have. Click here to schedule via Calendly.



  • RFP released: August 30, 2021
  • Proposals due: September 28, 2021, 4 p.m.
  • Estimated notification of grant awards: Week of November 15, 2021
  • Grant period: January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022
Connect with us


Questions? Please contact Valerie Crum, program officer.


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