Peacock Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder awards grants in South Florida in the areas of children/youth, elderly, programs for people with disabilities, arts for educational purposes, environmental education, health/hospitals, medical research, and human services.

FUNDING AREAS: Children/Youth, Elderly, Programs for People with Disabilities, Arts for Educational Purposes, Environmental Education, Health/Hospitals, Medical Research, Human Services

IP TAKE: Miami-Dade County nonprofits of all sizes and issues should get to know this funder. Grant seekers can submit letters of inquiry at any time. The foundation supports children's issues.

PROFILE: The Peacock Foundation was established in 1947 by Henry B. Peacock Jr. It seeks to “enhance and promote the good health and well-being of children and families through contributions, gifts, and grants to eligible nonprofit organizations located in and/or of significant benefit primarily to residents of Miami-Dade County.” Peacock was born in Opelika, Alabama, and started his business career in Atlanta. He moved to Miami to invest in real estate. During his lifetime, he contributed to the foundation, as well as the Miami Heart Institute, Miami Kiwanis Club, Grand Jury Association, and the Salvation Army. Much of Peacock's estate was endowed to the foundation upon his death in 1994; the foundation has given out over $40 million to charitable causes.

The foundation prioritizes South Florida, and its funding areas are broad: children/youth, elderly, programs for people with disabilities, arts for educational purposes, environmental education, health/hospitals, medical research, and human services. Previously, Peacock supported local organizations including Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Greater Miami, Communities in Schools of Miami, Inc., Humane Society of Greater Miami, and Miami Theater Center, Inc. View a list of past grants and amounts here.

Many grants averaged between $10,000 and $50,000, for program support. To apply for a grant, organizations should be located in and/or provide benefit to the residents of Miami-Dade County. To apply for a grant, the foundation requires a letter of inquiry, but there are no deadlines. Letters of inquiry must be mailed—not emailed—to the staff. The board reviews proposals three times per year. Peacock reported total assets in a recent year at over $43 million. View current financial data on the funder’s Form 990.

The foundation is governed by three board officers and four other board members. It has a small staff consisting of an executive director, administrative assistant, and operations and program assistant. 

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