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Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund for Capital Projects

The Mary N. Porter Capital Projects RFP is now open. 

Application Starts: June 5, 2017
Application Deadline: October 9, 2017
Application Review: October 9 - November 20, 2017
Grant Recipients Announced: December 2017
Official RFP: Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund RFP
Additional Forms:
Budget Bundle and Fiscal Accountability

Official applications are accepted through PhilNet. Please visit the link and login or create an account to apply.

Questions regarding the Mary Porter grant cycle will be fielded by Justine Morgan on Fridays between 2 - 3 p.m. Please feel free to email questions to and she will respond at that time.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Visit this link to find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Mary Porter Grant: Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund FAQs

Informational Session:

All organizations interested in applying for the Mary N. Porter Grant are invited to attend an informational session on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, from
3 - 5 p.m. in the Porter Riverview Ballroom at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Parking is available in the Arts & Entertainment Garage on SW 5th Avenue. See map for parking directions.


About the Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund for Capital Projects

Supporting Capital Projects

Mary N. Porter
Mary Porter was a philanthropist and humanitarian who lived in Broward.  She believed that giving back is a part of who we are as a people.  Mary’s giving spanned the range of all issues in Broward including the arts, animal welfare, health and human services and more.  She enjoyed investing in community solutions and was excited to be a part of a community of active givers.  Mary worked with the Community Foundation in her philanthropy during her lifetime and wanted us to be the stewards of her giving after she was gone. 
One of three Funds created in the fall of 2012 from her estate, the Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund at the Community Foundation of Broward is designed to support capital projects including new construction, renovations and other major capital initiatives to improve the quality of services in Broward.  This is the first Fund of this kind in Broward, specifically addressing the capital needs of our community. 


May 28, 2013: 

Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund Awards $1.6 Million in Capital Grants 

Fort Lauderdale, FLA -- The Broward Center for the Performing Arts has received a $1 million grant from the Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation to aid in a 36,500 sq. ft. campus expansion that will integrate new technologies and increase education, dining and entertainment facilities.  The grant creates a permanent legacy for the Porter name and generates a $1 million match.

After reviewing more than 26 applications, totaling $11.6 million the  Foundation's Board also approved a $500,000 grant to the Urban League of Broward County to create a high-tech learning hub for minority populations. 

The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival received a third grant of $150,000 for a new cinema to support emerging artists and educators in downtown Hollywood.  Each project will bear Mary's name. 

See the Sun-Sentinel coverage of this story here and a video of Mary's life and legacy here.  

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