Disaster Relief Initiative

The Community Foundation has provided $1.4 million to date to our nonprofit partners for direct assistance to individuals in need throughout the Keys for relief and recovery following Hurricane Irma. Funding is made possible through generous contributions to the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund at CFFK and the Landau Family Hurricane Relief Fund for the Upper Keys at CFFK.

At this time, all deadlines for support for Hurricane Irma recovery assistance have passed.

Click here to see the list of  grants awarded following the June 15th, 2018 deadline.

2018 Grant Program

The 2018 Grant Program supports the innovative projects of nonprofit organizations serving residents and visitors throughout the Florida Keys.

Grants for Arts and Culture Organizations — click here to see the list of grants awarded.

Florida Keys Future Fund

The Florida Keys Future Fund is a permanent, general purpose Field of Interest Fund. The Fund’s purpose is to expand CFFK’s outreach and impact. The Fund increases its resources and ability to make grants throughout the entire Florida Keys. It is truly the power of collective giving in action.

Grants from the Future Fund are made in all areas of the Foundation’s primary Fields of Interest, including but not limited to, Arts and Culture, Health and Human Services, Environment, Education, Recreation, and Animal Welfare.

Grant announcements, including deadlines and application forms, will be posted here and distributed through CFFK communications.

Individuals may make a current gift to the Future Fund or leave a legacy gift.

Grants Overview

Since 1996, CFFK has dedicated itself to distributing grants to our community’s nonprofits, primarily through its Donor Funds. The grants benefit thousands of individuals and hundreds of nonprofit organizations and causes.

CFFK has more than 140 Funds and Endowments under management totaling more than $15 million in assets. Grants from these funds are made at the recommendation of the individual Fund Advisors and support an average of $1 million in grants annually to the community.

CFFK grants its unrestricted grant funds to benefit all local nonprofits by underwriting the operations of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (Click here for a list of CNPE programs and services). Any available grant programs are listed on this page.

2017 Grants

The 2017 Grant Program awarded $125,000 total through two grant rounds in fields of interest served by the Community Foundation.

  • Round 1 — Environment, Health and Human Services, Recreation, and Animal Welfare programs — Click here to read about the grants awarded
  • Round 2 — Arts and Culture programs — Click here to read about the grants awarded

2016 “Vision 20/20” Grant Program 

The 2016 “Vision 20/20” Grant Program funded $184,500 in grants through three rounds covering fields of interest served by the Community Foundation.

Click here to read about the funded projects from Round One in the area of Health and Human Services.

Click here to read about the funded projects from Round Two in the area of Arts and Culture.

Click here to read about the funded projects from Round Three in the areas of Education, Environment, Animal Welfare and Recreation.

Community Support Through Grants

CFFK has granted more than $26 million since 1996 through its 145+ Donor Funds and Agency Endowments under management. During 2017, CFFK and its Donor Funds awarded 253 grants, scholarship and awards in the amount of $2.19 million. Below is a list of the grant recipients in 2017:

A Positive Step


The Allegro Foundation

American Contract Bridge League, District 9

American Legion Post 154

American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys

Anchors Aweigh Club


Autism Society

Bahama Village Music Program

Bethel AME Church

Big Pine Academy

Big Pine United Methodist Church

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Keys

Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys

Catholic Charities, Archidiocese of Miami-Monroe

Child Care Aware of America

Congregation B’Nai Zion

Coral Isles Church

DOLPHINS to Stop Domestic Violence

Early Childhood Initiative Foundation of Miami-Dade/Monroe

Equality Florida


FKCC Foundation

Florida Keys Area Health Education Center

Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association

Florida Keys Council of the Arts

Florida Keys Educational Foundation

Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association

Florida Keys Foster Adoptive Association

Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition

Florida Keys Land & Sea Trust at Crane Point Hammock

Florida Keys Outreach Coalition

Florida Keys SPCA

Friends of Mallory Square

Friends of the AIDS Memorial

Friends of the Monroe County Public Library in Key West

Fringe Theater of Key West

Gerald Adams Elementary School

Glad Tidings Tabernacle Assembly of God Church

The Good Health Clinic

Grace Church of Gwinnett, dba Bluewater in the Keys

Growing Hope Initiative

Guidance Care/Center

Habitat for Humanity of Key West and the Lower Florida Keys

Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys

Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys

The Hammock House

History of Diving Museum

Hospice of the Florida Keys & Visiting Nurse Association

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Independence Cay

Island Community Church

KAIR (Keys Area Interdenominational Resources)

Key Bridge

Key West Art & Historical Society

Key West Botanical Garden Society

Key West Community Sailing Center

Key West Film Society/Tropic Cinema

Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation

Key West Impromptu Classical Concerts

Key West Literary Seminar

Key West Police Athletic League

Key West Police Department Love Fund

Key West Pre-School Cooperative

Key West Rotary Club Foundation

Key West Theater

Keys Advocacy Center, dba Center for Independent Living of the Keys

The Keys Children’s Foundation

Last Stand

Leadership Monroe County

Legal Services of Greater Miami.

Literacy Volunteers of America

Marathon Community Theatre

Marathon Elks Club

Mark Sorensen Youth Sailing Program

Marr Velous Pet Rescues & Adoptions

Matecumbe United Methodist Church

Middle Keys Community Land Trust

Middle Keys Marine Association, Inc.

MM50 Relief Project

Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens

Monroe County Education Foundation

Monroe County Firefighters Benevolent Association

Montessori Children’s School of Key West

Morada Way Arts & Cultural District

Navy League Key West Council

New Life Assembly of God

Ocoee River Jam

Old Island Restoration Foundation

One Island Family

Peace Covenant Presbyterian Church

Pigeon Key Foundation

Reef Relief

The Rotary Club of Key West

Rural Health Network of Monroe County, FL

Samuel’s House

Seacamp Association

Sister Season Fund

South Florida Symphony Orchestra

Southernmost Coconut Castaways

Special Olympics Florida – Monroe County

St. Columba Episcopal Church

St. James Children’s Shelter

St. Paul’s Church

St. Peter Catholic Church

Star of the Sea Outreach Mission

The Studios of Key West

Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit Fund

Tennessee Williams Theatre

Treasure Village Montessori School

Unity of the Keys Spiritual Center

Upper Keys Humane Society Inc.

Waterfront Playhouse/Key West Players

Wesley House Family Services

Wheaton College


Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation

Zonta Foundation of Key West


Antonio Fernandez Cardenas – 2017 First State Bank Diego L. Caso Scholarship

Brian Coward – 2017 Hamilton Family Award – Valedictorian

Firdavs Yuldashev – 2017 Floy V. Thompson Community Awareness Scholarship

Jason Sonnenfeld – 2017 Franko Richmond Music Scholarship

Tristin Blackwell – 2017 Hamilton Family Award – Salutatorian

Anoom Yasmin – 2017 Boyd’s Key West Campground Award

Hanna Antonides – 2017 Jeff MacNelly Memorial Award

Kara Haughey – 2017 Andrea Staci Carbonell Scholarship

Liana Blanco – 2017 David Wolkowsky Teacher of Merit Award – English

Mary Swan – 2017 David Wolkowsky Teacher of Merit Award – Exceptional Student Education

Melanie Alvarez Velazquez – 2017 G. Ross McKee, Jr. Scholarship

Nora Laubenstein – 2017 David Wolkowsky Teacher of Merit Award – Social Studies

Sarah Sheer – 2017 David Wolkowsky Teacher of Merit Award – Student Services

Sarah Smith – 2017 David Wolkowsky Teacher of Merit Award – Reading

Shannon Martin-Perkins – 2017 David Wolkowsky Teacher of Merit Award – Humanities

Tara Whitehead – 2017 David Wolkowsky Teacher of Merit Award – Science

Valerie Mathijsen-Palay – 2017 David Wolkowsky Teacher of Merit Award – Language