The Bell Tower Team wishes you and yours a joyous holiday season!  We want to bring to your attention,  Miami Dade County’s GREEN Grant formerly known as the Street Tree Matching Grant which has a quick turnaround time with a due date of December 31, 2021.  There are lots of grant opportunities to look forward to in 2022 from transportation to restoration and support for our children and families with the Children’s Trust. Feel free to reach out to us to discuss your project ideas.  Click the  “Schedule a call” button to reach us

Growing Roots for Environmentally Equitable Neighborhoods (GREEN)
Miami Dade County Due Date: December 31, 2021
Match: Applicants with less than 10% urban canopy require 25% match;  those with more than 10% urban canopy coverage require 50% match
Funding: $5,000 to $50,000

In an attempt to reach the Million Trees Miami goal of achieving a 30 percent tree canopy for Miami-Dade County, Neat Streets Miami created the Growing Roots for Environmentally Equitable Neighborhoods (GREEN) Miami-Dade County Matching Grant, formerly known as the Street Tree Matching Grant. Funded by Miami-Dade County, this grant engages municipalities, agencies, non-profits, foundations, and community groups in planting native or Florida-friendly trees on public land, including corridors, gateways, bus stops, libraries, schools, and parks. The goal of this program is to leverage the County’s Tree Trust Fund by encouraging investments on public land. GREEN Miami-Dade County Matching Grants will be awarded to Applicants that can demonstrate the greatest benefits for residents, employers, and visitors, and are able to provide a stewardship plan to help secure our joint investment.  

Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Due Date: January 28, 2022
Match: 1:1
Funding: $20,000 to $50,000

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seek to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds, and the species and habitats they support. Projects include a variety of ecological improvements along with targeted community outreach, education, and stewardship. Ecological improvements may include one or more of the following: wetland, riparian, forest, and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation, community tree canopy enhancement, water quality monitoring, and green infrastructure best management practices for managing run-off. Projects should also increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce the impact of environmental hazards and engage local communities, particularly underserved communities, in project planning, outreach, and implementation.

5310 Program
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
Due Date: February 11, 2022
Match: 50:50
Funding: To be determined

The 5310 Program provides capital and operation transportation funding to non-profit agencies and government agencies meeting the transportation needs of seniors, individuals with disabilities and the disadvantaged where public services are unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate.

Resilient Communities Program
Bank of America and National Fish and Wildlife Federation
Due Date: February 17, 2022
Funding: $3,000,000 a year in total

Wells Fargo and NFWF have partnered to create the Resilient Communities program. This $3 million per year program aims to help communities in the United States and territories, prepare, strengthen and bounce back more quickly after a disaster. Through preparedness and by taking advantage of natural and nature-based features like wetlands, resilient shorelines, urban tree canopies, natural forests, and healthy upstream watersheds, communities can accrue quality of life benefits today. In addition, these projects enhance fish and wildlife resources and avoid or reduce risk to life, and costly and devastating impacts from events such as sea-level rise, floods, droughts, fires, and more.

Innovation Fund
Children’s Trust
Due Date: February 2022
Match: Not available
Funding: No more than $100,000 per award

This solicitation will fund multiple entities, for up to $1,000,000, for innovative ideas and program designs that address existing community needs and have not previously been implemented in our community. Proposals should demonstrate the potential through research, education or program innovation to improve: a) Conditions in which children, families or communities live, work, play or learn, and/or b) Provision and/or coordination of services for children, families or communities. All proposed projects should demonstrate how they will benefit families with children within Miami-Dade County.

Family and Neighborhood Support Partnership (FNSP)
Children’s Trust
Due Date: February 2022
Match: Not available
Funding: $13,500,000

FNSPs offer comprehensive and individualized supports for children, youth and their families who are experiencing challenges that limit them from realizing their full health, social, educational and economic potential. FNSP’s aim to amplify strengths and build resilience through individualized wraparound service supports. Our belief is that if we promote positive childhood experiences, build family and youth strengths and relationships, as well as support basic needs, then children, youth and families will achieve better outcomes.

Specific populations intended to be served through this funding include any of the following:

  • Children and youth residing in neighborhoods affected by poverty, crime, unemployment, community violence or trauma
  • Children exposed to family conflict and domestic violence
  • Children of incarcerated parents
  • Youth involved in and/or transitioning out of the child welfare system
  • Families and/or youth experiencing homelessness or chronic housing instability
  • Youth affected by sexual abuse and/or human trafficking
  • Youth experiencing immigration challenges and/or in need of legal advocacy
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth
  • Families living with significant disabilities
  • High-ability or gifted students who lack enrichment opportunities and economic resources
  • Applicants may also propose to serve other high-need groups by presenting a clear description and justification of needs

RTP Recreation Trails Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: March 1, 2022
Match: Yes
Funding: $400,000 to $1,000,000

The federally funded Recreational Trails Program of the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides competitive, matching-grant funds to renovate, develop, or maintain recreationally motorized, nonmotorized, and mixed-use trails and trailside facilities.

A recreational trail is a thoroughfare or track across land or water, used for recreational purposes such as bicycling, hiking/jogging/running or similar activities, equestrian activities, overnight and long-distance backpacking, roller skating, in-line skating, non-motorized aquatic or water activities including canoeing and kayaking, and vehicular travel by motorcycle, four-wheel drive or all-terrain, off-road vehicles, or dune buggies.

Founded in 2009, BellTower Consulting Group has assisted nonprofit organizations and municipalities in securing grant funding for youth programs, social services, infrastructure, parks and recreation, arts programming and much more.


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