Marlins Foundation to accept applications for the Charity Partner Empowerment Fund

Four local charities will each receive $25,000 and be selected as 2016 Marlins Charity Partners.

MIAMI - The Marlins Foundation is now accepting pre-proposals for the 2016 Charity Partner Empowerment Fund. To be considered as a 2016 Marlins Charity Partner, organizations must provide direct and unique programming for youth through education, arts and baseball-related programming. In addition to a charitable contribution of $25,000 for each Charity Partner, additional benefits include recognition throughout the season at Marlins Park, exposure with media partners and player involvement. Former Marlins Charity Partners have provided experiences for children in schools, parks and on the water. The deadline for submittals is Friday, November 6.

"Philanthropy and service are the guiding principles of the Marlins Foundation," said Marlins President David Samson. "To continue our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, and in recognition of the vital role non-profits play in South Florida, the Marlins will work alongside our new Charity Partners to make a difference."

In addition to $100,000 for next year's Charity Partners, the Marlins Foundation and Marlins Ayudan will continue to support other South Florida charities, schools and neighborhood organizations throughout the year with other programs and fundraising initiatives.

Timeline for Marlins Charity Partner Empowerment Fund:

•     Pre-proposal live (online): Thursday, October 1, 2015

•     Pre-proposal due (online): Friday, November 6, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.

•     Notification and invitation to full-proposal: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

•     Full- proposals due (by invitation only): January 8, 2016 by 5:00pm

•     Announcement of 2016 Charity Partners: February 2016

For more information on how to apply, please visit Marlins.com/EmpowermentFund.

Past Marlins Charity Partners include: Boys & Girls Club of Miami, Breakthrough Miami, City Year Miami, Feeding South Florida, Miami Children's Museum, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired, the Miracle League of Miami-Dade, Shake-A-Leg Miami, Special Olympics Florida-Miami-Dade, Teach for America-Miami-Dade and Young At Art Museum, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, Up2Us Sports.

About Marlins Foundation

The Marlins Foundation supports the Charity Partners of the Miami Marlins through philanthropy and service. The Foundation is committed to improving the lives of our youth through education, the arts and baseball, with a focus on children with special needs. The funds raised by the Foundation provide unique experiences for kids in our schools, parks and on the water. The Foundation community partnerships and outreach efforts demonstrate the Marlins' leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility and civic engagement.

For additional information please visit www.marlinsfoundation.com.

About Marlins Ayudan

Marlins Ayudan (Spanish for "help") is the signature outreach initiative of the Miami Marlins. The purpose of Marlins Ayudan is to provide a sustainable corps of volunteers willing and ready to effectuate positive change in the South Florida community. It is the fabric of the Club's corporate culture and engages every front office employee with schools and charities throughout South Florida. The goal of Marlins Ayudan is to leave a lasting legacy through impactful service activities that tackle the community's most pressing needs. The three-tier Ayudan methodology consists of organizational service days, team events and individual volunteer opportunities. Since its inception in 2010, Marlins Ayudan has contributed over 30,000 hours of service and established partnerships and traditions of giving that inspire employees to pursue their passions and contribute their time and talents year-round.