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 Community Grants Program Guidelines

The Ocean Reef Community Foundation grants programs are a direct result of the generosity of the Ocean Reef Community. The Community Grants Program provides support for qualified charities in the immediate and adjacent communities and prioritizes funding innovative approaches to address the root causes of community issues and empower our neighbors to be self-sufficient and successful.

The Foundation will consider Community Grants where a need for funding for building, equipment, improvements, increased efficiency, growth, programs, services, education, collaboration and innovation within our geographic limitations and project interest areas is presented through the annual application process. In considering requests, the Foundation will show preference for projects which relate directly or indirectly to the Ocean Reef employee base.

A request which asks the Foundation for a portion of the support for a project, and includes documentation of the other sources from which it has requested and/or obtained funds, will receive greater priority than one which looks to the Foundation as the sole funding source. The Grants Committee also prioritizes offering match grants in which each Foundation dollar granted will attract donations from other sources and will look favorably on organizations which maximize the opportunity.

The Community Grants Program seeks to fund projects which add to what a stable, established organization is able to offer the community and therefore does not fund grants to cover general operating/overhead or administrative expenses unless these are one time requests in initial stages of growing the organization or offering new programs. In such a case, this must be acknowledged and plans for how the organization anticipates funding these costs going forward should be included in the request.

The Ocean Reef Community Foundation policy is for staff and Grants Committee members to vet grant applicants, visiting personally whenever possible, and then to monitor recipients to verify that funding is being used in accordance with the terms of the Grant Agreement.



The Community Grants Program prioritizes requests which:

1. Address the root causes of community issues

2. Empower people to be self-sufficient and successful

3. Intiate new programs and/or expand services throughout our defined areas

4. Leverage other funding sources and partnerships to attract additional support to our defined areas

5. Improve the ability of the organization to serve the community


General operating/overhead or administrative expenses
Endowment or memorial funds
Those outside the geographic limitations set under these guidelines
Those normally fully funded by government
Religious activities or programs that serve predominantly one denomination
Political organizations or campaigns


Organizations not physically located within the geographic limitations below and/or those which serve a broader area must apply for a specific project which benefits the residents of our defined areas. Such applications must make clear exactly how the funds requested will be directed to benefit the appropriate population to be considered.

A) Primary areas of interest within the confines of Ocean Reef Club include all existing 501(c)(3) charities.

B) Primary areas of interest for the surrounding communities of Key Largo, Florida City and Homestead:

Education: preschool, primary, secondary and post-secondary education; job training, certification and continuing education; special needs education and other education issues

Youth: youth needs and programs, child development, youth development and youth leadership development

Health & Family Services: health care and human services which contribute to safe, healthy families

Community: projects that identify and address community needs and/or improve the organization’s ability to serve the community

Note: Requests related primarily to the environment should be submitted directly to the Ocean Reef Conservation Association (www.oceanreefconservationassociation.org) and will not be considered unless they have a component which meets the above criteria.

C) The Grants Committee may also identify other areas when emerging needs and/or opportunities justify special consideration.


Organizations must be classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code guidelines to apply. The Grant Application form must be submitted by mail with all supporting documents postmarked by the annual application deadline of October 1st to be considered. Grants are awarded in the spring of the following year.

Requests are reviewed by the Grants Committee and representatives of the Foundation may schedule a site visit if applicable. Final decisions are made between mid-March and mid-April with notification by e-mail no later than April 30th of the next year. Award checks are distributed upon the return of the signed Grant Agreement (and additionally, in the case of match grants, upon return of proof of meeting the match requirement). Grant Recipient Reports are due postmarked by March 1st of the year following the award. The completed report is mandatory to be considered for additional funding in subsequent grant cycles.

An optional, online Pre-Application form to help determine an appropriate project prior to submitting the full application is available in the column on the right side of this page, along with the Grant Application and Grant Recipient forms. Announcements of grants awarded in the past can be found on the "News" page. To discuss potential application projects and/or for more information, please contact the Foundation directly at foundation@oceanreef.com or (305) 367-4707.





  • The deadline for the annual Community Grant application is Oct. 1st for grants awarded in the Spring of the following calendar year.  

  • Pre-Application
    OPTIONAL. Find out if your project is eligible to be considered prior to submitting a full application with a faster online form.

  • Grant Application
    Please submit a hard copy complete with all supporting documents postmarked by October 1st, 2018 for consideration for 2019 Grants.

    Applying organization must be classified as a tax-exempt entity under Section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code guidelines.

  • Grant Report Form
    Click the link above to access the required form to report back the results of your grant. Reports for 2018 Grants are due postmarked by March 1, 2019. DO NOT EMAIL YOUR REPORT. It is important to note that your organization will not be considered for further funding if you have an outstanding grant report.