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Economic Independence



People are struggling in Broward to keep their heads above water. In some cases they are already underwater and need a life raft! That is where the Foundation has stepped in. Through the support of 11 unique nonprofits, great strides are being made to move individuals from struggling to thriving.
Over the past three years, we have helped more than 600 Broward residents gain employment, earn their GED, professional certificate or vocational degree, and/or secure affordable and stable housing. For example, homeless individuals now have stable housing and jobs thanks to HOPE South Florida and House of Hope/Stepping Stones programs that provide job coaching and matching as well as skills development.


How will your organization strengthen
Broward's economically challenged adults?


54% of Broward workers are employed in low-wage service sector occupations with hourly wages and live paycheck to paycheck.  Their income does not match Broward’s high cost of living and the American Dream is simply out of their reach.


To alleviate the cycle of poverty, the Foundation believes we must work to strengthen Broward’s economically challenged adults.   By supporting individuals and families from spiraling into economic despair, we stand a stronger chance to break the cycle of poverty for the next generation.  Federal, state and local research tells us that when we reduce the number of residents living in poverty, crime rates go down, education levels increase, residents are healthier and future generations are more likely to be financially independent. The Foundation will help create pathways for generational stability and prosperity to increase the number of self-sufficient residents.


To move struggling families from struggling to thriving by providing a hand up and not a handout.


The Foundation seeks to support long-term solutions that will provide concentrated, direct services for adults in the targeted zip codes (33023, 33069, 33309, 33311, 33313, 33319) that will remove barriers for people to gain: 

  • Steady employment
*That includes access to higher education/career training that will lead to a job
  • Stable and affordable housing


Click here to download the Economic Independence RFP.

Application Start: Now open
Application Deadline: Aug. 5, 2019 at 11:59pm
Panel Interviews: Week of Sept. 3 and/or Oct. 7, 2019 
Grants Awarded: Week of Dec. 2, 2019
Grant Range: Up to $100,000
Official applications are accepted only through PhilNet.

Click here to apply.

  • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status to provide services to 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 standing with the Foundation and have submitted all required reports and documentation for all prior grants per the grant agreement.

Please email Angelica Rosas at for more information.


The Foundation will not provide support to organizations which, in their constitution or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of: age, political affiliation, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religious belief, ethnicity or national origin.

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Broward County Inspiring Philanthropy over 25 years