Request for Proposal:

Social Justice and Diversity Grant

On behalf of the Michael Dively Social Justice and Diversity Endowment, the Community Foundation is seeking proposals for a grant up to $5,000 for a project(s) serving audiences in Key West which promote and strengthen the Key West commitment to equality and human rights.

Application Deadline: September 15th, 2017

Grant Announcement: October, 2017 (funds to be distributed in January 2018)

Grant Range: Up to $5,000

Project period: Begins January 1, 2018, and must be completed in the 2018 calendar year.

Project Requirements:

  • Projects should raise community awareness and promote an appreciation for the equality and rights of all human beings regardless of race, gender identification, sexual orientation, class, religious preferences or other differences.
  • An End of Grant Report is required. Delivery must be no later than 45 days after the project completion.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a Key West tax exempt, nonprofit organization.
  • Eligible organizations may include, but are not limited to, the Monroe County School District, Florida Keys Community College, other education-focused organizations, ministerial associations, human rights and arts and culture organizations.


  • CFFK and the Michael Dively Social Justice and Diversity Endowment must be included in all advertisements, print and audio.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify that all documentation was received and is correct.
  • Applications must be submitted using the online application form below. Applications submitted via email, fax, US Postal Service, courier or hand delivery will NOT be accepted.

The Michael Dively Social Justice and Diversity Endowment was established in 2012 by Michael Dively. Michael was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1938 and graduated from University School in Cleveland, OH, Williams College in Williamstown, MA, and the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, MI.   He served as a Michigan State Representative and also as a state government administrator. He worked in higher education as a college professor, teaching American government at Albion College and American University where he also obtained a graduate degree. Michael is one of the founders of the Community Foundation, the Gay Lesbian Community Center and the Key West AIDS Memorial. After living in Key West for more than 20 years, he established the fund to promote commitment to equality of all human beings.


For questions or more information, please contact Mary Beth Hurd, CFFK Program and Development Coordinator, at or 305-292-1502.



The 2017 Grant Program is supporting innovative projects serving residents and visitors throughout the Florida Keys. We have awarded $125,000 total through two grant rounds this year 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

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.

See below for a list of grants made in 2015.

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.

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 $21 million since 1996 through its 140+ Donor Funds and Agency Endowments under management. During 2016, CFFK and its Donor Funds awarded 227 grants, scholarship and awards in the amount of $1.63 million. Below is a list of the grant recipients in 2016:

The Allegro Foundation

American Contract Bridge League, District 9

American Red Cross/Greater Miami & Keys

Anchors Aweigh Club

Anne McKee Artists Fund of the Florida Keys

Hanna Antonides

Raymond Archer

Bahama Village Music Program

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Keys, Inc.

Enrrique Boza

Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys, Inc.

Jesse Cheung

City of Key West

Cleveland Clinic Florida

Community Foundation of the Florida Keys

Kevin Coward

Traci Culiver

Tami Dannacker

Equality Florida

FIRMKeys, Inc.

Florida Keys Community College

Florida Keys Community Concert Band

Florida Keys Council of the Arts

Florida Keys Educational Foundation

Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition

Florida Keys History & Discovery Foundation

Florida Keys Land & Sea Trust, Inc.

Florida Keys Outreach Coalition

Florida Keys SPCA

Florida Keys T.R.E.E.

James Forbus

Friends and Volunteers of Refuges

Friends of the AIDS Memorial Inc.

Friends of the Mon County Public Library

Fringe Theatre of Key West, Inc.

Glad Tidings Tabernacle Assembly of God

Growing Hope Initiative

Guidance Care/Center Inc.

Habitat for Humanity of Key West and the Lower Keys

Sydney E. Hamilton

Historic Florida Keys Foundation

History of Diving Museum

Hospice of the Florida Keys, Inc.

International Association for Medical Assistance

KAIR (Keys Area Interdenominational Resources)

Key West Art & Historical Society

Key West Art Center, Inc.

Key West Botanical Garden Society

Key West Community Sailing Center

Key West Council on the Arts – Impromptu Concerts

Key West Film Society/Tropic Cinema

Key West Garden Club

Key West Girls Softball Recreation League

Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation, Inc.

Key West Literary Seminar

Key West Maritime Historical Society

Key West Rotary Club Foundation, Inc.

The Rotary Club of Key West

The Keys Children’s Foundation

Kids Come First in the Florida Keys, Inc.

Robert “Kip” Kiever

Leadership Monroe County

Literacy Volunteers of America

Marathon Community Theatre, Inc.

Marathon Wild Bird Center Inc.

Masonic Chip Child ID Program

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jane McGill

Shiloh McPherson

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society

Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens

Monroe County Education Foundation

Montessori Children’s School of Key West

Mystery Fest Writers Forum, Inc.

Navy League Key West Council

Old Island Restoration Foundation

One Island Family

Peace Covenant Presbyterian Church

Pigeon Key Foundation

Red Barn Theater

Reef Relief

Samuel’s House, Inc.

South Florida Symphony Orchestra

Southernmost Homeless Assistance League

St. Francis College

St. Mary Star of the Sea Basilica

St. Mary Star of the Sea Basilica School

St. Paul’s Church

Star of the Sea Outreach Mission

The Studios of Key West

Kaci Sublette

Tennessee Williams Theatre

TheatreXP, Inc.

Trinity Presbyterian Church

Unity of the Keys Spiritual Center

University of Florida

Upper Keys Artificial Reef Foundation

Upper Keys Rotary Foundation, Inc.

USCGC Ingham Memorial Museum

Waterfront Playhouse/Key West Players

Wesley House Family Services, Inc.

Dennis Whaley

Wheaton College

Brianna Willett

Judd Wise

Womankind, Inc.

Women in Military Service for America Memorial

Zonta Club of Marathon

Zonta Foundation of Key West, Inc.