News to Use – Vol 156

News to Use – Vol 156



Schedule of Grant-Specific Workshops Also Available

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs has released guidelines and deadline schedules for the fiscal year 2016-2017 spring cycle of arts and cultural grants programs available to Miami-Dade County based non-profit cultural groups. Guidelines containing information regarding eligibility requirements, funding requests and other detailed program criteria can be downloaded at by clicking Grants/Grants for Organizations. Grant guidelines can also be requested by calling the Department of Cultural Affairs at (305) 375-4634, or via email at


Grant application forms will be available beginning February 1, 2016, with the exception of the Major Cultural Institution (MCI) Grants Program (available January 5, 2016) and the Youth Arts Enrichment (YEP) Grants Program (available March 2016).



The program is designed to provide stable and substantial funding to fully professional institutions with year-round programs and annual fiscal operations specifically in Miami-Dade County that satisfy the eligibility requirements.  The objective of this program is to help support the annual operations of and programming provided to the community by Miami-Dade’s largest, exemplary cultural organizations.

Program provides significant grants and technical assistance to a designated group of Miami-Dade County’s mid to large size, artistically excellent and culturally diverse performing, visual, literary and presenting arts organizations. Qualifying organizations are engaged year-round in the creation or presentation of art, within or across artistic fields and disciplines, and demonstrate the potential to achieve regional, national, or international visibility as evidenced by current artistic programs and management structure.

Program supports non-profit organizations presenting major annual festivals and special events in Miami-Dade County which have an established reputation for excellence and credibility, are capable of attracting visitors on regional, national and/or international levels, and have a significant and positive impact on the perception of Miami-Dade County as a dynamic cultural community.

Provides grants to small and mid-sized, semi-professional and professional organizations whose primary mission is the year-round creation, presentation, exhibition or performance of cultural activities. Applicants to this program must have a total prior year’s organizational budget of $100,000 or more.


Provides operational funding support to non-profit youth arts organizations having a year-round presence in Miami-Dade County, whose primary mission is to create, present or exhibit cultural programs for and/or with children and youth. Applicants to this program must have at least a three-consecutive year track record of providing a year-round season of youth arts activities for children in Miami-Dade County.

The objective of the YEP Grants Program is to enrich the lives of children through the arts by making the arts available to more children and families throughout Miami-Dade County, whereby, children will have opportunities to have positive live arts experiences through:  Arts Instruction;  Arts Intervention;  Healing/Expressive Arts;  In-school Performances;  or Public Performances/Exhibitions.


The Capital Development (CAP) grants program provides funding assistance to non-profit cultural organizations for capital improvement projects that are designed to expand, renovate, construct, and/or equip cultural facilities located within Miami-Dade County. These capital projects assist the nonprofit cultural community in providing increased public service, greater access, enhanced exhibition or performing space and in developing cultural facilities that can be operated more effectively and efficiently. Programs in facilities for which grants have been provided must be ADA accessible and promoted to the general public.


The Audience Access Grant Program is designed to provide funding to promote and 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 provide assistance in funding capital/facilities projects or improvements, such as construction, renovation or major equipment purchases.

Provides grants to Miami-Dade County-based professional cultural organizations to support meaningful artistic exchange, partnerships or collaborations with professional artists, arts professionals and/or organizations abroad.

The program aims to elevate Miami-Dade County’s image abroad and to support the efforts of Miami-Dade’s artists and cultural organizations to improve their work by engaging in meaningful arts activities with artists, arts professionals (such as curators, historians, designers) and/or organizations abroad.


All applicants (both new and returning) are required to schedule a pre-grant submission consultation and/or attend a program specific workshop. Refer to the individual grant program guidelines to determine your specific workshop/consultation requirements.

Applicants must be registered as a Culture Grants Online (CGO) user in order to apply for a Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs grant program. Workshops on registering and using the CGO grant system are incorporated as part of each grant-specific workshop/consultation.

First-time applicants and/or new staff members who are unfamiliar with the Department’s CGO grants system must schedule an in-person consultation and/or plan on attending the first-time user portion of the grant-specific workshop, as noted in the guidelines and workshop schedule.

To schedule pre-grant consultations, contact the grant program administrator directly.

To RSVP to attend any of the pre-grant submission workshops, visit

For more information about the Department of Cultural Affairs and its programs, please visit Grant funding for FY 2016-2017 is contingent upon the approval of Miami-Dade County’s FY 2016-2017 budget by the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in any Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs program or meeting, please contact Francine Andersen at 305-375-4634 at least five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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