The Miami Beach Rising Above grants were created with the goal of promoting sustainability, environmental stewardship and conservation.
Local non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply for projects and programs with an emphasis on the environment including:
- Sustainable innovation,
- Restoration/conservation of wildlife or habitats,
- Energy efficiency and/or renewable energy,
- Waste reduction, recycling, and/or repurposing,
- Low impact development,
- Green infrastructure,
- Marine environments,
- Environmental justice,
- Water quality, and
- Education and Outreach.
The application period for the 2021 grant cycle is now closed.
For questions on the grants, contact: email@example.com
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What types of organizations are eligible to apply?
- The Miami Beach Rising Above grants are specifically for non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status.
- If I am a private organization or I am not a registered non-profit, can I partner with a with non-profit to apply?
- Yes, but the lead applicant would have to be the non-profit.
- What is the max amount that can be requested in our proposal?
- Proposals should range from $2,000 to a maximum of $30,000.
- What is the timeline for proposed projects/programs to be completed?
- Ideally, all proposals should have programs/projects that are completed within one year of the grant agreement approval.
- When will awardees be announced?
- Awardees will be announced on September 24. However, this date is subject to change.
- What costs are not funded through the grant?
- The Miami Beach Rising Above grants will not fund executive salaries.
- How are the funds dispersed?
- 50% of the funds will be given upon execution of the grant agreement, the remaining 50% will be given after the initial grant report is submitted.
- Where do I submit my application?
- All applications must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org via email by August 20, 2021 at 5PM.
- What supporting documents do I need to submit?
- All applicants must submit the application, detailed budget sheet, and proof of their 501(c)(3) status.
- Who do I contact If I have questions about the grant or application?
- Email: email@example.com or call: 305.673.7084
- Pelican Harbor Seabird Station – Wildlife Protection
Pelican Harbor Seabird Station (PHSS) has served as the only full-service native wildlife hospital within Miami-Dade County for the past 40 years. Roughly 14% of the 2,364 injured or orphaned native birds and wildlife were rescued from Miami Beach since 2020. This represents 433 patients. PHSS has also hosted several community events to educate the public about the environment, sustainability, and marine conservation as it relates to trash, pollution, and fisheries entanglements workshops. PHSS led public releases of seabirds, raptors and songbirds as an opportunity to highlight partnerships and collaborative efforts with Miami Beach
- Debris Free Oceans - #PlasticFreeMB
Debris Free Oceans (DFO) is the City’s lead partner in the #PlasticFreeMB Businesses Certification Program. This past grant cycle, DFO developed a user-friendly webpage for their Vendor Product Guide, which provides businesses with an easy way to access sustainable plastic-free alternatives and a cost-benefit “calculator” for businesses, to assess cost and landfill savings when switching from single-use plastics to reusables/compostables. Other deliverables include recruiting additional members, providing sustainability consultation services to businesses, engaging Miami Beach students on plastic pollution and promoting top tier #PlasticFreeMB businesses through events and social media.
- North Beach Elementary PTA – Vegetable & Fruit Garden
The North Beach Elementary Parent Teacher Association (PTA) proposed the creating of vegetable and fruit garden on the campus of the school which would be tied to educational on sustainable gardening and health.
- Volunteercleanup.org – Waterway Clean-ups
Volunteercleanup. org engages volunteers to clean their neighborhoods, shorelines and waterways, to raise awareness about marine debris and encourage people to reduce their reliance on single-use disposable plastics. Grant deliverables included leading beach cleanups and waterway cleanups. All cleanup events will utilize the Clean Swell app to gather data on the amount and types of litter found in our City.
- Miami Beach Botanical Garden – Bee Hives at the Garden
The Miami Beach Botanical Garden (MBBG) worked with professional beekeepers from the South Florida Beekeeping Association to set up and maintain an apiary at the garden. The apiary has a total of four hives. Each hive holds 10-20,000 honeybees. The grant has allowed MBBG to hire a professional beekeeper for maintenance health checks of the hive, safe relocation of feral hives into the apiary and outreach to community. Deliverables included the planting of a demonstration pollinator garden complete with educational signage and edible plants.
- Surfrider Foundation – Dune Restorations
For over 15 years, Surfrider has been an instrumental partner in the restoration through maintenance, the removal of invasive species and the planting of native species in the City’s dune system. With their grant, they have hosted dune restoration events to remove non-native vegetation and hosted native planting events.
- Dream in Green – Energy & Water Efficiency Education & Outreach
Dream in Green's (DIG) leads organizing and implementing workshops in local communities and will include dissemination of money saving initiatives and tools to implement in their households that will lead to lower utility bills. Grant deliverables include the designing and planning of three WE-LAB workshops in the city. In addition to a virtual We-Lab workshop which included distributing toolkits to participants, DIG led two separate workshops with the Chamber of Commerce.
- Miami Waterkeeper – Biscayne Bay & Water Quality
Miami Waterkeeper (MWK) proposed a strategic outreach and education campaign related to nutrient pollution, fertilizers, and water quality in Biscayne Bay. Deliverables included providing marketing material on fertilizer use and hosting one virtual training for the community. The trainings targeted property managers, landscapers, and contractors. The goal of this effort is to increase awareness of water quality impacts to Biscayne Bay and promote environmental stewardship.
The City of Miami Beach is developing a competitive grant program for Miami Beach property owners. This program will support property owners in assessing their flood risk and making flood mitigation improvements to their own properties through a 50/50 matching grant, with up to $20,000 available per property. No match will be required for low to moderate income properties. Only proposed projects that directly address flooding mitigation will be funded.
For more information, please contact MBRisingAbove@miamibeachfl.gov