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Economic Independence

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ISSUE 

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.
 

WHY IT MATTERS 

The Foundation believes that by keeping working individuals and families from spiraling into economic despair, we stand a stronger chance of breaking 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.

OUR GOAL 

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

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR

Projects we will support must target heads of households by extending a helping hand through steady employment, access to higher education, career advancement pathways, stable and affordable housing and access to community resources for other basic needs that hold them back, such as access to quality childcare, transportation, and healthcare.

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 INFORMATION

Application Start: CLOSED
Application Deadline: CLOSED
Grants Awarded: CLICK TO SEE OUR 2018 ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE GRANT RECIPIENTS
Grant Range: Up to $100,000

Applications are only accepted online through PhilNet. 
Click here to start your application.

ELIGIBILITY 
  • 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 arosas@cfbroward.org for more information.

NON-DISCRIMINATON POLICY

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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