Volunteer Florida 2017-2018 Funding Opportunity For Rural Communities

Volunteer Florida’s Rural Community Assets Fund (RCAF) allows grantees to recruit, equip and mobilize volunteers in eligible rural areas across the state to address the acute educational needs of underserved children and youth in early childhood education settings and within the K-12 education system.  RCAF is open to any community or faith-based organization that maintains 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, or government entity in Florida.

Volunteer Florida will distribute a total of $100,000 through the Rural Community Assets Fund. Respondents may request between $5,000 and $10,000 and must provide a 25% cash or in-kind match.

Grantees will receive funding as well as training and support for their participation in the FY2017-2018 RCAF program.

Proposals are due by 5:00 PM EST on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

To Apply

The full proposal package includes the following documents:

  1. Download the Rural Community Assets Fund Request for Proposals here. Note: Additional rural counties in Florida are eligible for RCAF funding this year.
  2. Download Appendix A: Eligible Counties and Municipalities here.
  3. Download Appendix B: Reporting Requirements (3): Pre-Assessment, Volunteer Demographics and Reporting, Data and Activities here.
  4. Download Appendix C: Proposal Budget Worksheet and Sample here.
  5. Download Appendix D: Proposal Narrative here.

Technical Assistance

RCAF 2017-2018 Technical Assistance Call: Thursday, May 25, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST

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To ensure that this funding process is carried out in a fair and equitable manner, all questions concerning the application should be submitted to

Florida Disaster Fund Notice of Funding Opportunity

Volunteer Florida is pleased to announce the availability of Florida Disaster Fund grant funding. Proposals are due by June 9, 2017.

The Florida Disaster Fund, which is administered by the Volunteer Florida Foundation, is the state’s private official fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover from emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. Established in 2004, the Florida Disaster Fund has received almost $27 million in private contributions and allocated funding to more than 300 nonprofit organizations working on response and recovery across Florida’s disaster-impacted communities.

The Volunteer Florida Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for nonprofits, service organizations, and faith-based organizations to meet disaster recovery needs resulting from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. The total funding available for this RFP is $100,000. Grants will range from $10,000 to $25,000.

Eligible applicants must be a long-term recovery, faith-based or community organization that maintains a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and participates in an existing or developing long-term recovery committee or organization. Additional eligibility requirements can be found within the RFP.

To download the Florida Disaster Fund Hurricane Matthew RFP click here.

Technical Assistance:

Deadline to Submit Technical Questions - May 17, 2017, 12:00 PM EDT
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Applicant Technical Assistance Call - May 22, 2017, 2:00 PM EDT
Call: 1-888-670-3525
Passcode: 3822432866#

Proposal Due Date - June 9, 2017, 5:00 PM EDT
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Americorps Grantees

Grantee Grant Amount Match Counties Served
After-School Allstars $198,030 $92,865 Hillsborough
Big Brothers Big Sisters St Lucie, Indian River & Ockeechobee $143,421 $275,994 St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee
Branches $261,322 $261,322 Miami-Dade
Breakthrough Miami $169,372 $152,488 Miami-Dade
CareerSource Broward $280,424 $195,328 Broward
Central Florida Urban League $30,000 $15,005 Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia
Centro Campesino $100,333 $290,035 Miami-Dade
Children of Inmates Inc. $143,297 $75,733 Miami-Dade
City of Orlando $523,291 $236,691 Orange
City of Orlando $892,301 $306,579 Orange
City Year, Inc. $1,210,000 $1,210,000 Duval
City Year, Inc. $1,306,800 $1,306,800 Miami-Dade
City Year, Inc. $854,000 $0 Miami-Dade
City Year, Inc. $217,800 $0 Orange
City Year, Inc. $605,000 $605,000 Orange
Communities In Schools Jacksonville $314,925 $314,925 Duval
Communities In Schools Miami $356,115 $372,394 Miami-Dade
Firewall Centers, Inc. $136,733 $162,107 Broward
Florida Department of Environmental Protection $620,858 $620,858 Statewide
Goodwill Industries Big Bend $135,890 $99,683 Bay, Leon
Heart of Florida United Way $279,780 $159,484 Orange
Jacksonville Children's Commission - City of Jacksonville $29,464 $10,254 Duval
Leon County School District $319,175 $0 Leon
Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County $549,736 $495,458 Palm Beach
Metropolitan Ministries, Inc. $30,000 $16,012 Hillsborough, Pasco
Miami Children's Initiative $211,530 $236,277 Miami-Dade
Northwest Florida State College $211,950 $128,794 Okaloosa, Walton
Peacemaker Family Center $231,099 $231,099 Miami-Dade
Polk Education Foundation $277,531 $310,507 Polk
Public Defenders Office - Judiciary Courts of the State of Florida $15,253 $15,284 Clay, Duval, Nassau
Reading & Math, Inc. $417,900 $294,216 Miami-Dade
School Board of Gadsden County $321,092 $327,001 Gadsden
Teach For America $133,000 $0 Duval
Teach For America $154,401 $66,172 Miami-Dade
The Arc Jacksonville $217,473 $135,014 Duval
University of North Florida $172,326 $180,405 Duval
Total $12,071,622 $9,199,784 30 Counties Served



Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)/Citizen Corps Grantees

Grantees Grant Amount
Cape Coral Florida CERT Program $7,600.00
CERT of The Villages $7,800.00
Charlotte County Emergency Management CERT $7,600.00
Citrus County Sheriff's Office Citizen Corps $7,000.00
Citrus County Sheriff's Office CERT $7,000.00
City of Orlando Office of Emergency Management CERT $9,800.00
City of Pensacola CERT $7,000.00
City of Pensacola Citizen Corps $7,000.00
City of Seminole CERT $7,600.00
East Lake Tarpon Fire District CERT $7,400.00
Escambia County Citizen Corps $7,000.00
Flagler County Citizen Corps $7,800.00
Flagler County Emergency Management CERT Program $7,800.00
Franklin County Emergency Management CERT $7,600.00
Hernando County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management CERT $7,800.00
Hillsborough County CERT $7,400.00
Hillsborough County Citizen Corps $7,400.00
Indian River State College CERT $7,400.00
Indian River State College Citizen Corps $7,600.00
Lealman Special Fire Control District CERT $7,400.00
Lee County Emergency Management Volunteers Citizen Corps $7,000.00
Nature Coast Citizen Corps Council $7,800.00
Orange County Office of Emergency Management CERT $7,800.00
Orange County Office of Emergency Management Citizen Corps $7,800.00
Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management CERT $7,600.00
Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management Citizen Corps $7,400.00
Pasco County Office of Emergency Management CERT $7,800.00
Pasco County Office of Emergency Management Citizen Corps $7,600.00
Pinellas County Citizen Corps Council $7,600.00
Polk County Emergency Management CERT $7,000.00
Polk County Emergency Management Citizen Corps $7,800.00
Santa Rosa County County Division of Emergency Management CERT $7,600.00
Santa Rosa County County Division of Emergency Management Citizen Corps $7,600.00
Taylor County CERT $7,400.00
Town of Century CERT $7,000.00
Town of Century Citizen Corps $7,400.00
Town of Davie Fire Rescue Department CERT $7,400.00
Town of Davie Fire Rescue Department Citizen Corps $7,400.00
Walton County CERT $7,000.00
Walton County Citizen Corps $7,000.00