Application Procedure

The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation will accept letters of inquiry for the 2018 grant cycle between February 1, 2018 through April 13, 2018.

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation, Inc., is to provide funding for programs and projects designed to improve, preserve or restore the health and healthcare of the people in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Our Funding Priorities

  • Projects that promote health education, prevention, and early detection of disease.
  • Health-related projects that assist children and the economically disadvantaged.
  • Projects that target medical care.

Qualified, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organizations which propose to conduct projects or programs related to the health needs of the citizens of Miami-Dade County, and are seeking funding support from the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation should first submit a letter of inquiry. Letters of inquiry for the 2018 grant cycle will be accepted from February 1, 2018 through April 13, 2018. Letters of inquiry will not be accepted after 5:00 P.M. on April 13, 2018.

Programs and projects are funded, depending upon the budget, in the $5,000 to $50,000 range with an occasional exception for a program that the Board of Trustees finds particularly meritorious.

Step 1:  A brief and concise letter of inquiry should clearly provide the following information:

  • A description of the applicant organization and its activities
  • The amount of the grant request
  • A brief statement of the need or problem to be addressed by the organization/project
  • The target population to be served by the project/program
  • A description of the project or program for which a grant is requested
  • A draft project budget and a copy of the organization’s tax determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service.

Apply Now

General Online Instructions:  When clicking on the “Apply Now” button for the first time, you will be asked to create an account. Once you create an account and a password, you will be able to log in using your email address and the password you created. If you have questions during the application process, please e-mail

Step 2:  The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation will make an initial review. If the request is felt to be of interest, an organization will then be asked to submit a complete grant proposal for consideration by the Board of Trustees.

Grants are not awarded for:

  • National projects which would result in funding leaving Miami-Dade County
  • Projects that require multi-year funding
  • For-profit organizations
  • Support of political candidates or campaigns
  • Projects that promote a religious faith
  • Direct support of individuals
  • Other grant-making foundations.

Once an organization has been asked to submit a complete proposal, it should not be inferred that a grant will be approved. Unfortunately, the Foundation receives many more grant requests than it has funds to disburse in any one fiscal year. If a request is declined, it should not necessarily be inferred that the Board of Trustees is making a negative judgment relative to the merits of the applicant organization or institution.