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 2023 application period will be open until July 31 at 5 PM.
Please complete the application form.
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 non-profit to apply?
- Yes, but the lead applicant would have to be a 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.
- What supporting documents do I need to submit?
- All applicants must submit the application, detailed budget sheet, proof of their 501(c)(3) status, and verification of coverage/certificate of insurance.
- Who do I contact If I have questions about the grant or application?
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 305.673.7084
Pelican Harbor Seabird Station - Wildlife Protection ($18,000) - 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 over 430 patients. Grant deliverables will include funding wildlife conservation, rescue, and educational efforts for animals within the City of Miami Beach. This will involve continuing fishing abatement programs, hosting community events, organizing bird releases, and working with local schools on education.
Surfrider Foundation - Home Composting ($16,200) - For over 15 years, Surfrider has dedicated itself to protecting and enjoying the world's ocean, waves, and beaches. They have been an instrumental partner in restoring the city's dune system and reducing pollution and waste in the community. Their deliverables include promoting food waste diversion efforts by assisting homeowners in setting up their own backyard composting bins. Deliverables include installing 250 backyard composting bins and providing education.
Debris Free Oceans - #PlasticFreeMB ($15,000.00) - Debris Free Oceans (DFO) is the City's lead partner in the #PlasticFreeMB Businesses Certification Program. Deliverables include continuing to expand the #PlasticFreeMB program by educating more students about plastic pollution and engaging them in assessing #PlasticFreeMB businesses through plastic pollution presentations; bringing the community together at sustainability-focused lifestyle awareness events; providing personalized sustainability consulting to the 149 existing businesses and further advancing the reach of the #PlasticFreeMB certification to new businesses. This includes promoting the reach of the program through social media and making it uniquely identifiable on common search platforms, such as Yelp, Google, and Uber Eats. This will simplify consumer support of #PlasticFreeM B businesses and enhance the desirability for businesses to sign up for the program.
Clean Miami Beach - Community Cleanups ($11,300) - Clean Miami Beach is a volunteer-based environmental-action group full of educational opportunities. Deliverables include year-round beach cleanups and demonstrating the negative effects of plastics on ecosystems through education. Their programs will provide volunteers, and passers-by, with a rotating schedule of interesting events, education, and exposure to unique situations. Classroom on the Sand, Land & Sea, Clean the Beat and Sunset Meditation Cleanup/Sunrise Yoga Cleanup, are just a few examples of the weekly cleanup events.
Food Rescue - Food waste reduction ($10,000) - Food Rescue US Miami is helping reduce food waste and hunger. In Miami Beach, they partner with 45 food donors including Centerplate, Miami Beach Convention Center, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Fontainebleau, 1 Hotel, Red Steak South Beach, and the Strand Bar & Grill. They are requesting funding for a two-part project to increase awareness and reduce food waste. This includes expanding upon their existing school program by partnering with additional schools and collaborating with the Cleo Institute to launch a series of workshops in local hotels and restaurants to educate their staff on the importance of reducing food waste.
Citizens for a Better South Florida - Dune Signage and Data Collection ($10,000) - Citizens for a Better South Florida partnered with a team of Miami Beach residents to develop an interpretive signage trail to showcase the biodiversity of coastal dune ecosystems along the Beachwalk. Combining scientific data with attractive displays, they will design a set of informational panels that will educate and intrigue residents and visitors about the fragile, yet resilient coastal dune ecosystems.
VolunteerCleanup.org - Marine Debris Student Training ($10,000) - 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. Through the grant, they will formalize an "Environmental Change-Maker" after-school mentorship program, where high school students acquire and practice valuable activism skills through the process of learning how to organize and lead their shoreline cleanup. Phase 1 of the program will include a background primer on the marine debris problem, and its sources and solutions. Phase 2 will plan, promote, market and execute a local shoreline cleanup. Phase 3 will lead a broader discussion (including guest speakers) on ways they can further engage individuals, businesses and government on marine debris or other issues they care about.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden - Native Orchid Display ($6,000) - The Miami Beach Botanical Garden (MBBG) will work on populating the garden with endangered or critically imperiled native orchids which will spread throughout the city through seed dispersal. Deliverables include the curation of educational materials and an art exhibit in the Garden and Collins Canal of photographs of these plants in the wild to bring awareness to the community by showcasing their beauty in their native ecosystems.
Friends of the Everglades - Everglades Curriculum ($5,000) - Friends of the Everglades was founded in 1969 by Marjory Stoneman Douglas to preserve, protect and restore the only Everglades in the World. Through this grant, they will revive their 'Young Friends of the Everglades' youth education program. Deliverables include creating lesson plans to provide information on the importance of the Everglades and Marjory Stoneman Douglas's teachings which are based on social equality and environmental stewardship. Lesson plans will be available to elementary school teachers.
Blue Scholars Initiative - Modeling a Reef ($5,000) - Blue Scholars Initiative is partnering with ARTSail to harness the power of visual art for environmental stewardship. Modeling the Reef, by artist Beatriz Chachamovits, is an interdisciplinary public education and art project designed to provide access to and awareness of the decline of coral reef ecosystems, and craft knowledge by youth in under-served communities. The project consists of three phases with distinct learning and material outcomes. Students will first discover Miami's underwater ecosystems through an interactive marine ecology lesson followed by a coral sculpting workshop led by the artist to craft their own ceramic coral sculptures.
South Pointe Elementary - School Composting Program ($3,500) - Miami Beach South Pointe Elementary has always prided itself on being a Green School and was the first school to join the City's #PlasticFreeMB program. The grant will allow the school to continue the maintenance and operations of its very successful compost program within the school. Students learn about composting while composting their food scraps during their lunch/snack breaks. Parents are also able to drop off food scraps throughout the school day.
The City of Miami Beach has launched our Fight The Flood Private Property Adaptation (PPA) Program, a competitive grant for residential and commercial property owners in Miami Beach.
Selected applicants may receive up to $20,000 in funding to go towards a property risk assessment, in addition to the design and construction of resilient flood mitigation improvements.* The improvements can include a variety of projects such as floodproofing, home elevation, green infrastructure, and more. We want to help your property begin to adapt to the effects of climate change, like storm surges and increased rainfall, along with rising groundwater and sea levels.
For more information, please contact MBRisingAbove@miamibeachfl.gov