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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 more healthy 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 demonstrate impact as follows:
  • Stabilize adults and their families that are in a crisis situation using short and long-term solutions that help them retain or gain independence/self-sufficiency and avoid a spiral into impoverishment.  Education, job training, short-term aid, and other service provisions must advance their economic situation.

Download grant cycles and eligibility document. If you are considering multi-year funding, please email Angelica Rosas at for the multi-year budget bundle.

The eligibility criteria:
Eligible applicants include:
  • 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
  • If applicable, organizations must have submitted required evaluation reports for all prior grants from the Foundation
  • Current grantees must be in compliance with the terms of those awards to be considered

Animal Welfare, Dignity in Aging, Economic Independence
Application Starts: September 22, 2016
Application Deadline: November 4, 2016
Grants Awarded: February 2017
Grant Range: Up to $100,000o combat the cultural, physical and economic barriers in Broward that prevent access to healthy, nutritional choices and active lifestyles.

View Animal Welfare  |   Apply
View Dignity in Aging
View Economic Independence  Apply
Eligibility and Multi-year bundle
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Hispanic Unity, $75,000
The Bridge Program
This project will enhance a current program through additional workforce education, vocational training, job placement and financial wellness services to 100 participants who are either unemployed or underemployed. By collaborating with community partners, participants will obtain the hard skills necessary to acquire or improve employment in the Customer Service, Retail Sales and/or the Banking Industries. The goal of the project is for participants to obtaining a degree or credential that leads to gainful employment what will increase their net income and pave the way for economic independencE.

House of Hope, $45,000
Vocational Training
This project will provide job skills and coaching to 75 clients coming out of incarceration due to charges related to their addiction.  The clients are most often homeless and in need of a hand up to re-enter society productively and drug-free. This project will address the post discharge hurdle of unemployment and provide clients with the tools needed to become self-sufficient.
At the Table: Issues that Matter 

What can your organization do to positively impact our residents? Local nonprofit leaders and residents from the community engaged in lively discussions about Economic Independence at the Community Foundation of Broward. Download topics discussed, the event presentation and view photos.

Click on the links below to download the following:
  • Topics we uncovered in group sessions  |  Download
  • Power Point presentation  |  Download
Economic Independence #1 
Tuesday, January 5 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Economic Independence #2 
Friday, January 8 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
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