SOLVE THIS MIAMI! $25,000 grant application

 

Got a beef about Miami? And better yet, an idea that can fix or improve the situation? The Power of Design 2014 festival’s Solve This Miami! $25,000 grant competition wants to hear from you.

Applying is simple. In 300 words or less, tell us how your not-for-profit organization would use $25,000 to rectify a local problem.

OK, so $25,000 isn’t nearly enough to fix traffic. But there’s plenty it can do.

The solution doesn’t have to be related to visual design; any solution is a "design" of a sort. The grant might be used to add beds to a shelter, feed the hungry, spruce up a decaying park, add activities to an after-school program or prep students for SATs in an underperforming school. Or any other project that improves the lives of Miamians.

The requirements are short and sweet:

  • Qualifying organizations must be legally recognized not-for-profits with a proven track record of success.
  • Proposals of 300 words or less must explain how the organization will use the $25,000 to solve a community problem.
  • Proposals must be submitted via the online form below between Feb. 2 at 12:01 a.m. and midnight Feb. 25.
  • The project must take place in and benefit Miami-Dade County.
  • The project must create measurable results by March 31, 2015.

Submissions meeting the above requirements will be judged on the basis of practicality and impact.

Submissions will be judged by Miami Herald journalists and a panel of Community Judges, who will narrow the field to five finalists. Those finalist proposals will be posted online at MiamiHerald.com, along with video pitches from the submitting organizations. The public will chose the winner via an online vote.

COMMUNITY JUDGES

And the judges are:

Amelia Balonek Amelia Balonek, a private wealth advisor with Goldman Sachs.
Ali Codina Ali Codina, award-winning documentary filmmaker.
Jaret Davis Jaret Davis, co-managing shareholder, Greenberg Traurig Miami.
Adler Guerrier Adler Guerrier, visual artist.
Javier Soto Javier Soto, president and CEO of the Miami Foundation.
Benoit Wirz Benoit Wirz, director of business consulting, the Knight Foundation.

THE RULES

And now, the fine print for the Solve This Miami! grant competition:

  • Qualifying organizations must be legally recognized not-for-profits with a proven track record of success. Sponsoring entities — including Friends of WLRN, the Knight Foundation, Intelligence Squared and Wolfsonian-FIU — cannot qualify for the grant; however, past and present grantees of those organizations are eligible.
  • Proposals of 300 words or less must explain how the organization will use the $25,000 to solve a community problem.
  • Proposals must be submitted via the online submission form below between Feb. 2 at 12:01 a.m. and midnight Feb. 25. No purchase necessary. None of the competition entities are responsible for late, incomplete, void, corrupted, garbled, misdirected or otherwise unintelligible submissions and for any problems, bugs or malfunctions entrants may encounter when submitting their submissions. Incomplete, garbled, corrupted or otherwise illegible submissions are void and will not be accepted. Miami Herald Media Company reserves the right to disqualify false submissions or submissions suspected of being false. MHMC will not verify receipt of submissions.
  • The project must take place in and benefit Miami-Dade County.
  • The project must create measurable results by March 31, 2015 and deliver a report on those results to the Wolfsonian-FIU director.
  • The Solve this Miami! grant competition is administered by the Miami Herald Media Company on behalf of the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum. The $25,000 grant will be made by Wolfsonian-FIU Museum via the FIU Foundation.
  • Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of Miami Herald staffers and narrowed to a field of 20 semi-finalists. A community panel will narrow the field to five finalists. The winner will be determined by popular vote via the online voting feature posted at MiamiHerald.com. Voting will be open at 12:01 a.m. March 12 and will close at midnight, March 20. Voting is limited to one vote per email address per day.
  • The Miami Herald, WLRN and Wolfsonian-FIU Museum reserve the right to use the selected winner(s)’ name, likeness and hometown name for publicity purposes only in connection with the contest and for no other reason. Selected winner(s)’ full name, project description and hometown will be announced live on March 22 at the 2014 Power of Design Festival, published in the Miami Herald and posted on MiamiHerald.com and powerofdesign.wolfsonian.org.
  • All personal information collected by the Miami Herald will be used for administration of the competition and in accordance with the Miami Herald’s privacy policy.


Entry Form

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The entry date has passed. To see the finalists and vote, please go to http://www.miamiherald.com/solve-this-miami

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