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KBCF Discretionary Grant


The Key Biscayne Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity founded in 2004 to enable, facilitate, and empower Key Biscayne residents to make a positive difference in the local, greater, and global community through programs, grant-making, fiscal sponsorship, and community leadership. The Key Biscayne Community Foundation:

  • supports programs and organizations that raise the quality of life and serve members of the local, greater, and global community;
  • designs special initiatives that respond to local, greater, and global community-specific issues;
  • encourages cooperation and collaboration among groups within the local, greater, and global community; and
  • assists donors in achieving their charitable goals to benefit the local, greater, and global community.

The application period for the Key Biscayne Community Foundation Discretionary Grant is January 1 to March 31. 

Foundation Priorities

The Foundation is most likely to fund projects that:

  • enhance the quality of life in the local, greater, and global community (for example, the arts, the environment, and educational programs for persons of all ages);
  • build on the strengths and assets of people and organizations of the local, greater, and global community and engage in effective community development and problem solving;
  • promote cooperation and collaboration among the organizations of the local, greater, and global community;
  • promote the leadership and development of resources in identifying and meeting local needs; and
  • respond creatively and in a timely manner to existing or emerging community interests and challenges.

Grant Range

Grants range from $500–$2,500.

Special Initiative Grants

The Key Biscayne Community Foundation will, on occasion, develop special initiatives that address a community issue or need. Information regarding these initiatives will be available on the Foundation website as they are developed.

Eligibility & Limitations

Nonprofit, tax-exempt community-based organizations are eligible for the KBCF Discretionary Grant. Programs generally not considered include:

  • programs involving specifically religious or sectarian activities;
  • political activities or organizations.

Review Process

Grant applications will follow the following procedure:

  • Applications will be screened by staff or grants committee members.
  • The grants committee will thoroughly review the applications.
  • A site visit or meeting with the applicant will be scheduled if necessary.
  • A recommendation will be brought to the full board of directors for a vote.
  • Applicants will be notified in writing of the board’s decision.

Types of Grants

Discretionary Grants: Provided for programs that further the goals of the Key Biscayne Community Foundation. Grants range from $500-$2,500.

The Community Building Initiative: Established by the Key Biscayne Community Foundation. Funds programs that specifically focus on developing a sense of community for those who live and work on Key Biscayne. Programs may explore issues of diversity, focus on building community, and encourage residents to invest in the community by donating their time, talent, and treasure. Grants range from $1,000-$2,500.

Application Instructions

To apply, fill out the form below and attach all of the following requested documents. All documents must be in PDF format. Proposals should be concise and fit the parameters outlined below.

Click to download the Grant Overview (PDF).

Please attach the following documents in PDF format:

  • A list of the governing board and its officers and mission statement.
  • A copy of the IRS Determination Letter of 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal agent’s letter.
  • Evidence of registration as a charitable organization with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
  • A copy of the organization’s current fiscal year operating budget.
  • A copy of the most recent 990 tax form and audit (if available).

The project narrative should be no more than two typed pages using 12-point font and should include:

  • The history and mission of your organization;
  • An in-depth description of the proposed project including: How your proposal will enhance the quality of life for the Key Biscayne community; your project’s objectives and proposed strategies, activities, and timeline for achieving; them; an estimate of how many volunteers will be involved in your project; how you will measure your success; and if applicable, list any organizations you will be partnering with in the project.

The Project Budget should include:

  • The total cost of the project. This should include the amount sought from the Foundation, as well as other planned sources of support, if necessary, and the status of these requests, as appropriate, for sustaining the project when grant funds expire;
  • A line-item budget reflecting all expenses and income for the project; and
  • Identification of how the Foundation money is to be spent.

Authorized Certification

The individual certifying and submitting this application form must be legally authorized to enter into contracts on behalf of your organization.

Authorized personnel are accountable for the information contained in the application form and its attachments, responsible for assuring performance of activities contained in the application and compliance with Key Biscayne Community Foundation policies and procedures. Authorized status is mandated by the organization’s official policy and action is conveyed in written documents authorizing named individuals to sign specific types of agreements on behalf of the organization and its board. Authorized personnel typically include the organization’s executive staff and executive Board positions such as: executive director, CEO, CFO, board chairperson, etc.

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Click here to download the PDF Application or apply online below.