Higher Education Grants in Florida
Higher Education Grants in Florida
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American Express Foundation
It is our mission to support our customers, colleagues and communities by helping them achieve their aspirations and helping their communities thrive. This shapes our work as a responsible corporate citizen. We deliver high-impact funding and initiatives that support people, businesses and non-profit partners so that together, we can make a meaningful difference in the world.
USDA: Rural Development (RD)
NOTE: Contact your local office to discuss your specific project. Applications for this program are accepted year round.
What does this program do?
This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.
What is an eligible area?
Rural areas including cities, villages, townships and towns including Federally Recognized Tribal Lands with no more than 20,000 residents according to the latest U.S. Census Data are eligible for this program.
How may funds be used?
Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and / or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment and pay related project expenses.
Examples of essential community facilities include:
- Health care facilities such as hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics, nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
- Public facilities such as town halls, courthouses, airport hangars or street improvements.
- Community support services such as child care centers, community centers, fairgrounds or transitional housing.
- Public safety services such as fire departments, police stations, prisons, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles or equipment.
- Educational services such as museums, libraries or private schools.
- Utility services such as telemedicine or distance learning equipment.
- Local food systems such as community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs or greenhouses.
Applicant must be eligible for grant assistance, which is provided on a graduated scale with smaller communities with the lowest median household income being eligible for projects with a higher proportion of grant funds. Grant assistance is limited to the following percentages of eligible project costs:
Maximum of 75 percent when the proposed project is:
- Located in a rural community having a population of 5,000 or fewer; and
- The median household income of the proposed service area is below the higher of the poverty line or 60 percent of the State nonmetropolitan median household income.
Maximum of 55 percent when the proposed project is:
- Located in a rural community having a population of 12,000 or fewer; and
- The median household income of the proposed service area is below the higher of the poverty line or 70 percent of the State nonmetropolitan median household income.
Maximum of 35 percent when the proposed project is:
- Located in a rural community having a population of 20,000 or fewer; and
- The median household income of the proposed service area is below the higher of the poverty line or 80 percent of the State nonmetropolitan median household income.
Maximum of 15 percent when the proposed project is:
- Located in a rural community having a population of 20,000 or fewer; and
- The median household income of the proposed service area is below the higher of the poverty line or 90 percent of the State nonmetropolitan median household income. The proposed project must meet both percentage criteria. Grants are further limited.
Elinor & T.W. Miller Foundation
NOTE: After reviewing the grant criteria, if you feel you are still eligible, please send a letter of inquiry with general grant information to the foundation.
The Elinor & T.W. Miller, Jr. Foundation
The Elinor & T.W. Miller, Jr. Foundation is dedicated to the causes Bill and Elinor loved most: education, health care, athleticism, spiritual health, and community engagement.
The foundation commenced operation in 2004 after Bill passed away, and today, the board continues to follow the Miller’s leadership, honoring their vision and legacy through a commitment to serving the people and institutions of Winter Park and Ashland.
The Miller Foundation accepts applications from 501c3 organizations that align with the mission of the foundation.
Based on the lifetime interests of the Miller family, the Elinor and T. W. Miller, Jr. Foundation shows special consideration to projects focused on education, health care, athleticism, and spiritual health and community engagement.
As a way of engaging the community-at-large and helping organizations increase donors, many of our grants are given as a “dollar for dollar” match. In all cases we want to see our support helping your organization attain a higher level of service to t he community they serve.
Florida Blue Foundation
Healthy Communities Grant Program
(Formerly known as "Build Healthy, Strong Communities")
Our commitment to making a positive impact in the community is firmly rooted in our mission to help people and communities achieve better health. Working in partnership with nonprofit organizations, the Florida Blue Foundation addresses critical issues in local communities, opening new windows of opportunity to better enable our neighbors to reach their potential.
B. Thomas Golisano Foundation
NOTE: LOI submission is required in the online grant portal to start the application process. LOI’s can be submitted at any time for review. Upon receipt, the LOI will be reviewed and you will be contacted by staff at the foundation within a few weeks with feedback. If completing a full application is suggested, at that time you will be given access in the online portal to the full application. Quarterly deadlines will be assigned depending on request volume and submission timing.
What We Fund
Our founder, Tom Golisano, has deep and personal interest in supporting projects and initiatives that enhance the dignity and independence of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and that build inclusive communities. The Golisano Foundation is committed to improving the lives of people with IDD through transformational investments in organizations working to create inclusive communities where all citizens are valued as productive members of society.
With this in mind, the Foundation has adopted the following areas for funding consideration:
- Holds the principles of social justice in highest regard as demonstrated by agency’s mission, work and proposal; believes people with disabilities are powerful agents of change and that society as a whole benefits when all individuals reach their full potential and become contributing members of their community.
- Supports throughout the life span and transitions for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers including but not limited to the following areas: Educational support at various stages of development as well as life-long learning opportunities; employment services including supported, career development, vocational and life skills training; year-round preventative health services, fitness activities, physical and emotional wellness; expanded residential options for community living; caregiver respite; recreation; transportation, assistive technology, community awareness and advocacy.
- Community-wide strategies that can grow best practices and effective programs to transformative scale; are easy to replicate and share broadly with the field.
- Interdisciplinary and interagency alliances/collaborations/coalitions that bring together the expertise and perspectives of various disciplines including non-traditional human services providers such as businesses, higher education institutions, health systems, and government.
- Initiatives that target individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are underserved, isolated and/or have difficulty accessing services and programs; work to eliminate structural, economic or cultural barriers to services.
- Person-directed services and planning with individuals and families involved in the selection, implementation and monitoring of one’s supports and services.
- Applications for programs, capital projects and community planning initiatives related to the field of developmental disabilities will be given consideration.
We are willing and eager to partner with grantees, as appropriate, to achieve thes goals and maximize impact. Therefore the approval of a grant will be followed up with careful monitoring of the project as it unfolds. The devil is in the details, and to give responsibly means remaining involved as the project proceeds. While we rely on competent agency staff, outside consultants, and expert advisors to help us make reasoned decisions on funding and monitor the implementation of funded projects, we believe that the Foundation’s involvement in the details of a project is important to the beneficiary and the community we serve.
Malone Family Foundation
The mission of The Malone Family Foundation is to promote positive changes in the lives of people, who in turn can build and enhance the communities in which they live. We support initiatives that improve the quality of education, the motivation and the self-esteem of students from pre-kindergarten through higher education. The Foundation has an especially strong interest in supporting innovative endeavors that lead to a better-educated population and a higher standard of living.
In carrying out its mission, the Foundation seeks to
- identify critical projects consistent with its mission that resonate with its trustees;
- establish goals in identified and promising areas;
- support these promising areas through grants and related activities; and
- focus efforts to achieve these goals.
The Foundation also seeks to learn from its investments, share what it has learned and inspire others in the public and private sectors to make similar and supporting commitments.
The following are qualities the Trustees and Staff of The Malone Family Foundation favor when reviewing grant requests:
- Maximum Impact - Our goal is to improve the lives for the largest number of people.
- Innovative Solutions - The creativity and adequacy of the proposed action must be meaningful in the problem undertaken.
- Long Term Value - The program or project must have longer-term value.
- Superior Management - The capability of organization and its personnel will be evaluated in terms of experience, past performance and creativity.
- Realistic Planning - The applying entity should be able to demonstrate its ability to develop meaningful and attainable objectives within practical timeframes and to operate within a predetermined budget.
- Financial Capability - Programs and projects should be supported by realistic budgets and demonstrate that the entity has support from other organizations.
- Trackable Results - The organization must have procedures in place for periodic program evaluation.
- Reliability of Information - Grants will only be made where there is fiscal responsibility including adequate accounting procedures and an annual audit.
Primary Program / Project Focus
The Malone Family Foundation primarily, but not solely, focuses on programs and projects that expand the horizons of and opportunities for children and young adults. Those programs and projects whose direct objectives are providing better education, promoting self-esteem and instilling in its beneficiaries a desire to improve oneself are of great interest to the Foundation.
Preference will be given to creative programs that directly and positively impact the future of children and young adults in the area of education. The Foundation feels that a well-educated and motivated population promotes an economically strong community and, thereby, improves everyone's standard of living while simultaneously expanding opportunities for everyone.
Horizon Foundation Inc
Since its founding in 1997, Horizon Foundation has funded non-profit organizations that meet the mission goals in places where our trustees live and work. Grant funding concentrates on building organizational and community-wide effectiveness, developing opportunities, raising aspirations, and generally making a positive and lasting difference.
Horizon Foundation supports non-profit organizations that aspire to create and maintain sustainable, vibrant and resilient communities by:
- Enabling children and adults to lead their communities in creative, healthy and thoughtful ways;
- Educating citizens to be good stewards of the environment;
- Conserving land and water resources;
- Encouraging service to others;
- Promoting visual arts and music, and;
- Teaching appreciation of and preserving historic assets.
Outside of Maine
Outside of Maine, Horizon is particularly focused on identifying and supporting organizations that:
- Encourage learning in the classroom and beyond;
- Help to build self-esteem;
- Motivate individuals to reach for higher levels of educational proficiency and competency, and;
- Strive to increase the number of safe places for children to learn, share, and ultimately become stronger leaders for the future.
Outside of Maine, our grants will support organizations that strive to keep educational opportunities vital and operational by maintaining critical connections through distance learning as well as in person.
Horizon generally will make grants in the $5,000 to $20,000 range, with an average grant size of about $12,500. While many grants will be for onetime projects, multi-year support will be considered. The Foundation will consider proposals for both challenge or matching grants, and encourages collaborative efforts with other grant makers.
South Arts, Inc.
NOTE: A limited number of applicants will then be invited to submit a full application. Preceding the deadline for a full proposal, all invited applicants will be required to schedule a virtual meeting with South Arts to discuss their project.
Cross-Sector Impact Grants
South Arts recognizes that as our communities continue to change, the arts play an incomparable role in addressing many of our communal and individual challenges and strengths. Further, the value of partnership and working together across sectors brings new opportunities, increased effectiveness, and greater depth to our collective work. Through this program, South Arts seeks to provide significant support to projects developed by partners that harness the power of “Arts & …”.
South Arts is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Cross-Sector Impact Grants are open to all art forms, for partnership projects taking place in South Arts’ nine-state region. Eligible projects will continue to feature “Arts & …”, for example, arts and the military, arts and equity, arts and aging, arts and community revitalization. Applicants may be organizations, units of government, higher educational institutions, or artists.
For applicants new to this program that did not receive a Cross-Sector Impact Grant in FY20, FY21 or FY22, matching grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded. For these projects, South Arts encourages applications for new projects. However, projects that deepen and expand existing partnerships may also apply. For applicants/projects that did receive funding through this program in FY20, FY21, or FY22 matching grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded in order to continue or advance the project. South Arts anticipates that this grant program will be highly competitive and that successful applications will be fully funded.
South Arts’ mission is advancing Southern vitality through the arts. This program addresses two of South Arts’ strategic goals:
- Connect artists and arts professionals in the South to resources that will increase opportunities for success within and outside the region
- Advance impactful arts-based programs that recognize and address trends and evolving needs of a wide range of communities in the South
South Arts welcomes proposals from partnering entities working together on a project that addresses arts and community impact through cross-sector partnership. Projects must utilize the arts as a tool in creative approaches to address and advance an issue that is of importance in their community. Projects should also establish or advance relationships across at least two different sectors, one being in the arts.
Arts disciplines may include, but are not limited to:
- Performing arts, including dance, music, theater, musical theater, and opera;
- Literary arts, including fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry;
- Visual arts, including craft, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media;
- Film or media;
- Traditional and folk arts, including music, craft, storytelling, dance; or
- Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary artforms.
Community impact areas may include, but are not limited to:
- Education, including literacy, youth development;
- Environment, including sustainability, weather impact;
- Health and human services, including aging, prisons and rehabilitation, military;
- Infrastructure, including housing, community revitalization, food and nutrition; or
- Social justice, including immigration, community activation, equity and accessibility.
For applicants/projects that are new to this program, the minimum grant request for this program is $5,000; the maximum request is $15,000. For applicants/projects that did receive funding in FY20, FY21 and/or FY22, the minimum grant request for this program is $5,000; the maximum request is $10,000.
A match of at least 1:2 is required, meaning for each grant-funded dollar, the grantee must provide $.50 towards the project.
Up to half of the match may be comprised of in-kind contributions such as donated materials, donated services, or other contributed non-cash assets or staff time diverted to this project. At least half of the match must be cash and cannot include salaried staff time allocated to this project. However, contracted services specifically for this project may be included in the cash match.
Volunteer Florida Foundation Inc
Volunteer Florida is the Governor’s lead agency for volunteerism and national service in Florida, administering more than $22 million in federal, state, and local funding to deliver high-impact national service and volunteer programs in Florida. Volunteer Florida promotes and encourages volunteerism to meet critical needs across the state. Volunteer Florida also serves as Florida’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after disasters.
Volunteer Generation Fund
Volunteer Florida administers the Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF), an initiative of AmeriCorps that focuses investment on volunteer management practices that increase volunteer recruitment and retention. Volunteer Florida seeks to support local organizations to increase their capacity to recruit, manage, support, and retain skills-based volunteers to serve in high-value volunteer assignments.
Volunteer Florida’s VGF program will provide sub grants to an estimate of twenty-five (25) organizations serving the needs of Floridians, and will also provide each organization with relevant, comprehensive training with an emphasis on increasing the number of skillsbased volunteers, service hours, and types of activities. Funding will strengthen the capacity of volunteer organizations to identify resources, challenges, and areas of need. Subgrantees will receive comprehensive training, funding for program enhancements and ongoing technical assistance, and coaching to establish or strengthen a skills-based volunteer program.
Volunteer Florida is soliciting proposals from Florida organizations that use volunteers to provide services in the following six (6) AmeriCorps priority areas:
- Disaster Services
- Economic Opportunity
- Environmental Stewardship
- Healthy Futures
- Veterans and Military Families
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