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Economic Independence

Economic Independence


Wages in Broward are the lowest in South Florida, despite cost of living increases well above the national average. 

More than half of Broward workers are employed in low-wage jobs with stagnant income growth. In the last five years, the cost of basic housing, child care, transportation, food, and health care in our community has increased by 13%. These factors make the cost of living in our community difficult to meet for the 15% of Broward residents living in poverty and leads many into a cycle of financial dependency.
Federal, State and local research tells us that when we reduce the numbers of residents living in poverty, crime goes down, education levels go up, residents are healthier and future generations are more likely to be financially independent.
Stabilize adults in crisis and provide support systems to improve their economic situation to break the cycle of dependency and move toward economic independence.

Projects we will support must target heads of households before they fall into despair and avoid the spiral into impoverishment, and stabilize the crisis situation using solutions that will advance their economic situation, both short-term and long-term. 

Preference will be given to programs that focus on improving outcomes for individuals who fall into the 
ALICE population (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed)


Application Start: June 30, 2017
Application Deadline: August 11, 2017
Grants Awarded: October 2017
Grant Range: Up to $100,000


The eligibility criteria:
  • Nonprofits with 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status that serve Broward County
  • City or county agencies with projects that demonstrate charitable intent in Broward County
  • Individuals are not eligible to apply
  • Previous or current grantee organizations must be in good grant standing and have submitted all required reports and documentation for all prior grants from the Foundation. A current grantee must be in compliance with the terms of those awards to be considered and eligible to apply.

If you are considering multi-year funding, please view the grant cycles and multi-year bundle information. Please email Angelica Rosas at for more information.

Other Grant Opportunities

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Click here for a complete list of the 2016-17 grant recipients.


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