Tourist Development Council (TDC) Grants Program

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Contact:  Nikenna Benjamin | (305) 375-5092 |


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

  • July 25, 2016, 4:00 PM

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

  • October 17, 2016, 4:00 PM

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

  • January 9, 2017, 4:00 PM

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

  • April 17, 2017, 4:00 PM

Maximum Request:

  • Division A Applicants:  $5,000
  • Division B Applicants:  $15,000
  • Division C Applicants:  $25,000 


FY 2016-2017 Tourist Development Council (TDC) Grants Program Guidelines

The Tourist Development Council (TDC) Grants Program is responsive on a quarterly basis to organizations/events which promote Miami-Dade County’s appeal as a tourist destination by sponsoring tourist-oriented sports events, cultural and special events (visual and performing arts, including theater, concerts, recitals, opera, dance, art exhibitions, and festivals) and television origination projects.  Applicants not meeting these criteria should consider applications to other Department programs. The TDC will provide priority attention to grant requests for activities and events that serve as major tourism generators in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year (July - September). The TDC, a nine member volunteer advisory board established by Florida Statute, meets as a panel to review and make funding recommendations to the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners with the idea of developing and enhancing the image of Miami-Dade County locally, nationally and internationally. 

Mandatory Pre-Application Requirements:  All first-time applicants must attend a TDC Workshop to review program requirements, eligibility criteria and other program-specific information. Workshops will also cover user registration and navigation of Culture Grants Online (CGO), the Department's grants management system.

Returning applicants must schedule a consultation with the program administrator. 

Click here to RSVP to a TDC Workshop

Applicants may choose to, or be asked to address the Tourist Development Council. In accordance with Section 2-11.1(s) of the Code of Miami-Dade County, the Lobbyists Registration for Oral Presentation Affidavit must be completed, notarized and included with your application. The term “lobbyist” specifically includes the principal, as well as any agent, officer or employee of a principal, regardless of whether such lobbying activities fall within the normal scope of employment of such agent, officer or employee. Individuals substituted for or added to the presentation team after submittal of the proposal and filing by staff, MUST register with the Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Board (Form BCCFORM2DOC) and pay all applicable fees.

FY 2015-2016 Tourist Development Council Panel Members

FY 2014-2015 TDC Grantees Lists - First Quarter | Second Quarter | Third Quarter | Fourth Quarter

TDC Grants Program Timeline*

  First Quarter 

Second Quarter

Third Quarter

Fourth Quarter

Applications Available June 27, 2016 September 19, 2016 December 12, 2016 March 20, 2017
TDC Pre-Grant Submission Workshop
June 23, 2016
2:00 PM
September 15, 2016
2:00 PM
December 8, 2016
2:00 PM
 March 16, 2017
2:00 PM
July 25, 2016
4:00 PM
October 17, 2016
4:00 PM
January 9, 2017
4:00 PM
April 17, 2017
4:00 PM
Application Comments / Correstions Issued August 12, 2016 November 14, 2016 February 3, 2017 May 5, 2017
Corrected / Final Application Due
August 19, 2016
4:00 PM
November 21, 2016
4:00 PM
February 10, 2017
4:00 PM
May 12, 2017
4:00 PM
TDC Panel Meeting Date TBD TBD TBD TBD
Board of County Commissioners Approval TBD TBD TBD TBD
Award Notifications Issued TBD TBD TBD TBD
Availability of Grant Funds TBD TBD TBD TBD

*Dates/times subject to change.

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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 Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs sponsored programs or meetings, please contact Francine Andersen 305-375-4634 /, five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).