Miami Foundation: Community Grants Program

The Miami Foundation

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Next anticipated deadline: Feb 14, 2021 1:00pm PST (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Apr 10, 2021 1:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $30,000

Fields of work: Diversity & Inclusion Cross-Cultural Understanding & Exchanges Community Culture & Heritage Climate Change Resilience Arts / Culture Access & Participation Community Development & Revitalization Civic Engagement & Education Environmental Conservation Heart Disease Healthy Habits & Behaviors Career/College Preparation Early Childhood Development Child Abuse & Neglect Youth Development & Leadership Economic Services & Development Affordable Housing Basic Human Needs Academic Success & Enrichment Education - Preschool / Early Learning Children’s Mental Health Youth Services Environment Public Transportation & Mass Transit Systems Homelessness Services Children’s Health & Pediatrics Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Miami-Dade County, Florida

Location of residency: Preferred: Miami-Dade County, Florida Other eligible locations: United States

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About this funder:



Community Grants is The Miami Foundation’s signature program through which we honor more than 100 donors who created permanently endowed funds, entrusting the Foundation to support the issues that mattered to them, forever. Thanks to their generosity, the Foundation awards more than $1 million each year through the program.

The Foundation marked its 50th anniversary in 2017 and identified three key themes that defined its past work and will guide its future: Opportunity, Creativity and Resiliency. The themes speak to the quality of life the Foundation strives to make a reality in Greater Miami. The funds available through the Community Grants Program have been aligned with these areas. Opportunity and Creativity include issues that have long been a part of Community Grants. Resiliency has been added through gifts from new donors and is based on current Foundation priorities.


Greater Miami continues to surge forward as a rapidly growing, global city. As our city prospers, we must develop pathways to opportunity so all residents can benefit equitably and thrive. Opportunity grants will focus on enabling residents who face greater barriers to success to develop their abilities and talents and use them to overcome hardships, achieve their potential and aspirations.

  • Well-being of Children and Youth | $583,000 - Enable at-risk, abused or neglected youth to advance their personal development and resiliency; physical health; educational readiness and achievement from cradle-to-career; or ensure their safety at home and in the community
  • Affordability and Housing | $215,000 - Enable households to gain financial stability and increase their earning potential; to prevent homelessness; provide safety-net basic needs (shelter, food and clothing); or expand affordable housing options in the community
  • Healthy Lifestyles | $100,000 - Promote adoption of healthy behaviors that support heart health and prevent heart disease among residents of all ages

Resiliency | $200,000

To be more resilient our community must both address threats to our physical environment and build civic engagement in shaping policy, planning for and recovering from adversity. Resiliency grants will focus on strengthening Greater Miami’s ability to adapt to our unique environmental, growth and socio-economic challenges. The Foundation seeks efforts to achieve any of the following:

  • Advance solution for threats to our physical environment - protecting our environmental resources, adapting to sealevel rise, or improving transportation options
  • Increase public engagement in understanding and taking action on critical environmental, growth and socioeconomic challenges we face
  • Encourage residents to take ownership of a civic issue through organizing, advocacy, or other engagement tools

Creativity | $100,000

Greater Miami is booming with arts and culture offerings that are shaping our identity and vitality. The Creativity grants focus on harnessing the power of arts and culture to build community. The Foundation is interested in efforts that use arts and culture to achieve any of the following:

  • Revive community life or business activity in dormant areas of our city and its neighborhoods
  • Engage people, who typically lack access, in experiencing the arts or developing their own artistic abilities
  • Raise the profile of less visible cultures and social issues
  • Foster connections and exchange among residents from diverse cultures and walks of life

Grant amounts and use

Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000. The average is $15,000. Grant size will be based on how strongly a proposal advances the Foundation’s priorities, its scale, budget, and the nonprofit’s capacity to implement the program. Funds may be used for costs directly related to implementing a program, such as salaries of program staff or consultants, outreach, marketing, supplies, events or local travel. Proposals may include reasonable indirect costs. 

Number of requests

A nonprofit may submit one proposal. If a program is a collaborative effort between two or more nonprofits, partners must select one nonprofit to serve as lead applicant. Colleges and universities may submit up to three (3) requests from multiple departments, which we will consider competitively against each other and other applications. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible applicants include nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or projects with an established fiscal agent serving Miami-Dade County.
    • While we will give preference to strengthening nonprofits based in Greater Miami, we also encourage partnerships with those outside Greater Miami to bring high-quality programs to our community.
  • Current grantees must be in compliance with the terms of those awards to be considered.
  • Funds may be used for costs directly related to implementing a program, such as salaries of program staff or consultants, outreach, marketing, supplies, events or local travel.


  • Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate the strongest potential to achieve improvement in the lives of our residents and community, regardless of the theme or sub-issue they address.
    • Progress: What and how much measurable improvement will result for people and communities reached, so they are not only better off now, but better prepared to succeed in the future.
    • Innovation: We don’t mean a new program. We mean how well the organization is using past and new knowledge to improve its approach to achieve better results.
    • Collaboration: How well the organization is leveraging its relationships to effectively and efficiently reach and serve those it seeks to benefit.


  • Funds cannot pay for memberships, fundraising events or campaigns, endowments, memorials or reducing deficits.