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Quarterly and Project-based Grants Program Guidelines & Deadline Schedule Available – FY 2020-2021

Quarterly and Project-based Grants Program Guidelines & Deadline Schedule Available – FY 2020-2021

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
Grants Program Guidelines and Deadline Schedule Available for FY2020-2021

The Department is proceeding with grant applications under the working assumption that programs and activities now affected by the COVID-19 pandemic may be able to resume in FY 2020-2021. Once we know more about essential health and safety factors, and requirements to operate under the New Normal, the Department is prepared to exercise appropriate contractual flexibility for approved grants to include rescheduling activities, converting projects into virtual programs, and developing other program delivery strategies, as may be necessary.

Quarterly and Project-based Grant Program Guidelines

The Department of Cultural Affairs has released guidelines and deadline schedule for the fiscal year 2020-2021 fall cycle quarterly and project-based arts and grants programs available to Miami-Dade County based non-profit organizations.  Eligibility requirements, funding requests  and program criteria can be downloaded at  https://miamidadearts.org/organizations/grants-organizations.  You may also request guidelines via email at  [email protected].


Quarterly Grant Programs Deadlines

Community Grants Program (CG)
Graham Winick / [email protected]

A quarterly program for non-profit organizations developing community-based cultural programs, projects and events, such as fairs, parades, neighborhood festivals, conferences and publications.

First Quarter
Workshop:          May 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM –  RSVP
Courtesy Review Deadline: June 18, 2020, 11:59 PM
Application Deadline: June 25, 2020,11:59 PM

Second Quarter
Workshop:          July 30, 2020 at 2:00 PM –  RSVP
Courtesy Review Deadline: August 20, 2020, 11:59 PM
Application Deadline: August 27, 2020, 11:59 PM

Third Quarter
Workshop:          November 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM –  RSVP
Courtesy Review Deadline: December 3, 2020, 11:59 PM
Application Deadline: December 10, 2020, 11:59 PM

Fourth Quarter
Workshop:          January 28, 2021 at 2:00 PM –  RSVP
Courtesy Review Deadline: February 18, 2021, 11:59 PM
Application Deadline: February 25, 2021, 11:59 PM



Based on the continued seriousness of the COVID-19 health crisis, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council has resolved to continue the suspension the Tourist Development Council (TDC) Grants Program until further notice. This suspension affects both FY 2019-2020 TDC Grants (3rd and 4th Quarters) and the FY 2020-2021 TDC grants process.

The Tourist Development Council views the health, safety and well-being of our community as its top priority. The TDC will continue to assess the pandemic’s impact, the prospects for safely resuming public programming and events, and consequently, the resumption of the TDC grants program in support of cultural and special events in support of the tourism industry.

The Tourist Development Council and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs will continue to communicate information about status of the TDC grants program.

Tourist Development Grants Program (TDC)
Nikenna Benjamin / [email protected]

A quarterly program which provides support to nonprofit and for-profit organizations presenting significant cultural and/or special events, including sports activities and television/film origination projects that promote Miami-Dade County’s appeal as a tourist destination. Activities must be able to stimulate tourism and have significant media impact for Miami-Dade County.


First Quarter  (projects taking place between October 1 – December 31)


​Second Quarter (projects taking place between January 1 – March 31)


Third Quarter (projects taking place between April 1 – June 30)


Fourth Quarter – (projects taking place between July 1 – September 30)



Youth Arts Program

Summer Arts and Science Camps for Kids Grants Program (SAS-C)
Katherine Revell /  [email protected]

The guidelines for the SAS-C Grant Program will be released mid-September 2020.
This annual program helps non-profit organizations provide underserved children in Miami-Dade County with opportunities to attend high quality cultural arts and science summer camp programs at little or no cost. Funding is intended to supplement established, high quality programs, providing more children with the opportunity to participate in cultural arts and science summer camps.

October 6, 2020 at 3:00 PM – RSVP
October 8, 2020 at 10:30 AM – RSVP

Courtesy Review Deadline: November 9, 2020, 11:59 PM
Application Deadline: November 16, 2020, 11:59 PM


Outreach Program

Audience Access Grants Program (AUD)
Francine Andersen / [email protected]

Provides funding to help pay for arts program ADA/access technology and services, such as American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, captioning, audio description, materials in accessible format, ADA/access training, and other such services to ensure programmatic access for audiences of all abilities. This program is not intended to fund capital/facilities projects or improvements, such as construction, renovation or major equipment purchases.

Applications for this program are accepted on a year-round basis, subject to the availability of funds.  Funding is limited, and eligible projects will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.  Funded projects are paid on a reimbursement basis.

Application Submission

Grant applications and supporting documentation will be submitted online at  www.miamidadearts.smapply.io.  The system offers users a friendly interface where applicants can easily submit grant applications, upload, and track support documents, and generate final reports.


First-time applicants must participate in mandatory pre-application grant workshop held online or schedule a phone consultation with the Grant Administrator. Applicants must be a registered user of SurveyMonkey Apply to apply for a Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs grants. To attend a workshop, RSVP via the link(s), contact the grant program administrator directly or visit the program specific page at  https://www.miamidadearts.org/organizations/grants-organizations.  Please review each program’s guidelines for specific instructions regarding this requirement.

For more information about the Department of Cultural Affairs and its programs, please visit  www.miamidadearts.org.  Grant funding for FY 2020-2021 is contingent upon the approval of Miami-Dade County’s FY 2020-2021 budget by the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.


Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
Call for Grant Panelists

Every year the Department of Cultural Affairs relies on the services of volunteer panelists who review and evaluate cultural grant applications and make funding recommendations. Currently all grant panels are held on online. Panelists play a key role and help maintain a fair and open process and assist in the continuous development of Miami-Dade County’s artistic and cultural communities by bringing their expertise to the panel review process. Panels are comprised of artists, arts-related professionals, educators, community members, business leaders and others with current or prior active involvement in the arts. Many panelists are arts professionals who are qualified by their activities, training, skills, and/or experience in one or more art forms; however, we equally welcome arts enthusiasts, advocates, and supporters to apply. Click  here  for more information and to fill out the Grant Panelist Nomination Form online.

The most reliable way to contact us continues to be through email. You can find a staff directory at  https://www.miamidadearts.org/about/staff-councils.

Please check the County’s web site for more COVID-19 information and for regular updates:  miamidade.gov/coronavirus.

Originally published at https://miamidadearts.org/news/quarterly-and-project-based-grants-program-guidelines-deadline-schedule-available-fy-2020-2021

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