Youth Arts Miami (YAM) Grants Program

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Contact:  Francine M. Andersen | (305) 375-5024 | fran@miamidade.gov

Deadline:  Wednesday, March 8, 2017 4:00 PM

Maximum Request:

  • Category A Applicants:  $100,000
  • Category B Applicants:  $45,000
  • Category C Applicants:  $25,000

FY 2017-2018 Youth Arts Miami (YAM) Grants Program Guidelines


The Youth Arts Miami (YAM) Grants Program provides operational funding support to established non-profit youth arts organizations having a year-round presence in Miami-Dade County, whose primary mission is to create, present or exhibit cultural arts programs for and/or with children and youth. Applicants to this program must have at least a 3-year consecutive track record of providing a year-round season of youth arts activities for children/youth in Miami-Dade County. Programming must include public access components such as performances or exhibitions. Units of government and educational institutions such as schools, colleges and universities are not eligible to apply.

Category A (by invitation only):   funds large-sized professional youth arts organizations possessing the potential to achieve regional, national or international visibility as evidenced by the organization’s current programs and structure;  and demonstrating total prior year’s operating revenues of more than $500,000, (including in-kind services support not to exceed 25% of total cash operating revenues).

Category B:   funds mid-sized semi-professional and professional youth arts organizations demonstrating operating revenues of between $200,000 and $500,000, for the last completed fiscal year (including in-kind services support not to exceed 25% of total cash operating revenues), and that employs at least one paid professional administrator.

Category C:  funds small and/or developing youth arts organizations with annual operating revenues under $200,000 (including in-kind services support not to exceed 25% of total cash operating revenues).


Mandatory Pre-Application Requirements: 

All applicants are REQUIRED to schedule a pre-grant submission consultation at least one week prior to the application deadline, either in person or by telephone, with the YAM program administrator before access will be granted to the online application.

In addition, if you are a first-time applicant and/or a new staff member who is unfamiliar with the CGO grants system, your consultation appointment must be in person and will require additional time to cover the CGO system basics. 

There are no exceptions to these requirements.

To schedule your consultation, contact Francine Andersen at 305-375-5024, or via e-mail:  fran@miamidade.gov.


FY 2016-2017 Youth Arts Miami Grants Program Panel Members | FY 2016-2017 YAM Grantees List


Travel/Consultant Mini-Grant Program

As a component of the technical assistance offered through the YAM Program, grantees funded through Categories A and B are eligible to access additional monies from a designated pool of funds to be used exclusively for institutional and/or artistic advancement.  Funds may be applied to opportunities that directly enhance the artistic and/or administrative quality of the organization, such as conference travel, workshop attendance, board development consultants, etc.  Carefully review the YAM Travel/Consultant Mini-Grant Program Guidelines and the YAM Travel/Consultant Mini-Grant Application Form, and contact Francine M. Andersen at fran@miamidade.gov / 305-375-5024 with any questions.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR RETURNING APPLICANTS: The Department of Cultural Affairs is implementing a new application review policy for this grants program. Returning applicants will have the option to submit a completed application, including all required support materials, no later than one full calendar week in advance of the grant program’s published application deadline for a thorough “Courtesy Review” by the Program Administrator. Returning applicants who waive their option for a Courtesy Review and submit their applications by the grant program’s published deadline will receive a technical sufficiency review only. Applications received from first-time applicants by the grant program’s published application deadline will be reviewed by the Program Administrator and are exempt of meeting the program’s Courtesy Review deadline. For more information about the Courtesy Review policy, please refer to the DEADLINES section of the grant program guidelines.


YAM Grants Program Timeline*

Grant Funding Period October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018
Applications Available February 1, 2017
Consultation Period with Department Staff February 1 - February 24, 2017
Courtesy Review Deadline March 1, 2017, 4:00 PM
Deadline March 8, 2017, 4:00 PM
Application Comments / Corrections Issued March 29, 2017
Revised / Final Application Due

April 5, 2017, 11:59 PM

Panelist Site Visits April 7, 2017 - May 4, 2017
YAM Panel Meeting May 5, 2017, 2:00 PM
Cultural Affairs Council Approval May 17, 2017, 12:00 PM
Board of County Commissioners Approval September 2017
Award Notifications Issued October/November 2017
Availability of Grant Funds No earlier than January 2018

*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 / culture@miamidade.gov, five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).