2019 Community Grant Program

26 Nonprofits Receive $160,000 for New Community Initiatives — Read the complete list of grant awards here.

CFFK seeks to fund a wide range of programs and organizations that contribute to the quality of life and positive outcomes for individuals and families in Monroe County, Florida, especially for low-income and vulnerable populations.

In 2019, CFFK will conduct one competitive grant round to award $160,000+/- in grants up to $10,000 each that align with the Foundation’s funding priorities and focus areas.  Types of support may include general operating, program or project grants for ongoing or expanding programs, or development of a new program or project. One application per organization, please.



  • Cultivate and support appreciation of diverse cultures and art forms, including visual and performing arts, music, theater, study and performance
  • Enhance organizations’ ability to diversify and expand audiences


  • Increase environmental awareness for people of all ages
  • Provide access to and opportunities to enhance and improve the Florida Keys ecosystem
  • Support the provision of care for animals


  • Increase access to services that address health and wellness through all stages of life
  • Increase awareness and activities that support healthy lifestyles and community well-being
  • Support programs that address and serve an identified need within our community

Highest priority will be given to applications that reflect evidence of the following:

Organizational Capacity

  • Past performance
  • Stability of organization’s leadership and staff
  • Ability to successfully execute the program

Proposed Program/Grant Use

  • Proposed grant has a clear goal that is consistent with the organization’s mission
  • Focus on solutions to address a problem, need or enhances the quality of life in Monroe County
  • Includes a plan to evaluate and learn from the outcomes or results of the grant

Collaboration and Community Impact

  • Collaborates with other organizations in program execution (minimizing duplication of existing programs and resources)
  • Demonstrates cost sensitivity and efficiency in budget planning; including in-kind contributions
  • Addresses a need within our community and how the community will benefit


  • Clear and realistic program/project budget
  • Expenses seem mission aligned
  • Funding provided by additional sources

Questions? Contact us here or call (305) 292-1502.

Disaster Relief Initiative

In 2017-2018, the Community Foundation provided $1.4 million  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 Grants 

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.

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

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