2021 Grants Program: “Moving Forward, Better Together”
The Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling $215,266 to 35 Keys nonprofits for community collaborative projects that will directly benefit residents from Key Largo to Key West. Due to the generosity of donors and fund holders, the Community Foundation has significantly increased the amount of funding and number of projects supported from previous years through its annual grant program. More than one-third of the recipients are new to the annual grant program this year.
Read the list of grantees and their collaborative projects here.
The 2021 “Moving Forward, Better Together” Grants Program is boosting Keys communities with creative, interesting new activities to help communities move forward from the pandemic, support local nonprofits, and serve residents. The grants, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 each, provide needed support in areas including health and human services, arts, education, environment, and more.
Among the projects receiving support are housing assistance programs, outreach for homeless youth, environmental restoration projects, creation of community gardens, construction of new affordable housing units, technology training for seniors, literacy programs for new immigrants, youth sailing and science classes, culinary education programs, access to arts opportunities, pet care services for victims of domestic abuse, and much more.
“The Community Foundation is very excited to support these nonprofits working collaboratively in new and innovative ways,” said Jennifer McComb, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “These projects show not only the breadth of the programs and services offered by our incredible nonprofits in the Keys, but also the many ways we are working together with donors to help our residents, communities and environment.”
“Moving Forward, Better Together” grants are funded through generous donations to the Future Fund, as well as legacy and field of interest funds.
A number of this year’s grants are also supported by five Donor Advised Funds at the Community Foundation, including a significant contribution from the Driftwood Fund, along with very generous support from the Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Fund, the Beverly and Bill Goldner Charitable Fund, the Landau Family Fund of the Upper Keys, and the Ron and Joyce Burd Fund.
The Community Foundation’s Grants Committee, comprised of board and community members, reviewed and selected the proposals for funding.
Eligible applications were required to include a collaboration with another nonprofit serving the Florida Keys. Projects needed to have a new or different component from the nonprofit’s regular activities, including reaching new audiences, introducing new services, or implementing new strategies.