MCI Selected By Citi Foundation's Community Progress Maker's Fund Grant Program To Accelerate Economic Opportunity In Liberty City
Miami Children's Initiative was selected as a recipient of the Community Progress Makers Fund, a $20 million grant initiative to support 40 visionary nonprofit organizations nationwide in their efforts to establish new approaches to long-standing urban economic challenges including economic development, environment sustainability, urban infrastructure and affordable housing.
As part of the program, Miami Children's Initiative will receive a core operating support grant of $500,000 over the course of two years to continue its work in Liberty City of transforming lives by providing a unified system of support, education and care that begins before birth, through college and career.
This new injection of funds will help bolster existing initiatives while opening up the door to additional programs such as opening a new MCI Community Space in the Impact Zone and expanding much needed services to middle and high school students' as well young adults (18-24 years old). In addition to the grant, Miami Children's Initiative will also have access to technical assistance from leading national researchers and experts and will be provided opportunities to connect with other grantees to share and learn best practices.
President of MCI, Cecilia A. Gutierrez, commented, "It is such validation for our work! We at MCI are determined to fulfill the promise that the future of Liberty City's children will not be defined by their zip code. We believe that our children and families must have access to the best educational opportunities possible, and this Community Progress Makers Fund will make a world of difference in MCI's work in Liberty City. We are beyond thrilled!"
The Community Progress Makers Fund builds upon the Citi Foundation's commitment to identify and support innovative solutions and organizations that are helping build stronger, more resilient cities that are engines of economic opportunity for all. The flexibility of core operating support will allow organizations and their visionary leaders to deploy solutions that address a range of issues.