Hello from the Bell Tower team! Here is the November newsletter. This month features the Children’s Trust whose application has finally been released. We hope you were able to attend the Bidder’s Conference on November 4th if you are looking to pursue this grant as it was highly informative. This month’s newsletter also features grants to foster safe neighborhoods and reduce crime, and address public housing in distressed neighborhoods. On the horizon are grant opportunities for land and water recreation and urban water restoration. If you have any project ideas you would like to discuss with us, you can reach out at the “Schedule a Call” button below.

Children’s Trust RFP-2023-01 Youth Development
Children’s Trust
Due Date: December 14, 2022
Match: Not required

High-quality after-school programs and summer camps can increase school attendance, improve academic performance, decrease risky behaviors, prevent summer learning loss, and support working families. 

Youth development programs will be funded throughout Miami-Dade County, with a concentration on under-served communities with high proportions of children and youth experiencing poverty. Services during the school year and summer will serve children and youth in kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as young adults transitioning from foster care and youth with disabilities through age 22. Programs will be inclusive of and fully accommodate children and youth with disabilities and will also be encouraged to support other vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations who may be negatively impacted by poverty, lack of opportunity and related neighborhood and social factors.

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Due Date: December 9, 2022
Match: Not Applicable
Funding: $312,597

The Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) Program is designed to create and foster safe neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in violent crime, including but not limited to, addressing gangs and the felonious possession and use of firearms. A unified approach through the coordination, cooperation, and partnerships of local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as the communities they serve led by the Southern District of Florida is crucial to program success.

Program objectives include:

  1. Implement effective programs and strategies enabling PSN task forces to prevent, respond to, and reduce violent crime,
  2. Effectively use intelligence and data to identify high crime areas and prolific violent offenders;
  3. Foster effective collaboration and effective communities; and
  4. Create and maintain ongoing coordination among federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials.

Choice Neighborhoods
Housing and Urban Development
Due Date: January 11, 2023
Match: 5%
Funding: up to $50,000,000

Program Description: The Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program leverages significant public and private dollars to support locally-driven strategies that address struggling neighborhoods with severely distressed public housing and/or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation as outlined in a local comprehensive plan. The plan should involve various stakeholders such as public housing authorities, cities, schools, nonprofits, police, and business owners.

Choice Neighborhoods focus is on three core goals:
1.) Housing
2.) People
3.) Neighborhoods


On the horizon…

Land and Water Conservation Fund
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: January 31, 2023
Match: 50:50
Funding: Up to $1,000,000

The Land and Recreation Grants staff administers grants to local governments through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF is a federal competitive program that provides grants for acquisition or development of land for public outdoor recreation.

Eligible participants include all county governments, municipalities in Florida and other legally constituted local governmental entities with the responsibility for providing outdoor recreational sites and facilities for the general public.

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Due Date: January 31, 2023
Match: TBD
Funding: Up to $1.6 million

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks 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. 
Eligible 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, habitat, water quality and wildlife monitoring and green infrastructure best management practices for managing run-off. 
Projects should increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce impact of environmental hazards, and engage local communities, particularly underserved communities, in project planning, outreach, and implementation. 


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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