Audience Access (AUD) Grants Program

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Contact:  Francine Andersen | (305) 375-5024 |

Deadline:  Ongoing - Applications must be submitted at least one month prior to the project/event start date.  Refer to the AUD Program Guidelines for additional information.

Maximum Request:  $5,000

Audience Access (AUD) Grant Program Guidelines

The Department of Cultural Affairs is committed to continuing its collaborative efforts in working with people with disabilities and cultural/community organizations to help address ADA compliance issues, programmatic accessibility, and audience development and outreach efforts. The Department strives to ensure that all of its grantees are likewise committed to making their facilities and programs accessible to people of all abilities.

The Audience Access (AUD) Grant Program is designed to provide 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 provide assistance in funding entire projects/productions or capital/facilities projects or improvements, such as construction, renovation or major equipment purchases.

Applications must be submitted at least one month prior to the project/event start date.  Applicants may apply once per fiscal year.  Applications 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.  This program does not require panel review.

The AUD grant has no matching funds requirement.  Funded projects are paid on a reimbursement basis.

AUD Workshop:  TBA

The AUD workshop is designed to provide information about the Audience Access (AUD) grant program as well as ADA/Accessibility resources and requirements.

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For more information and resources to help cultural organizations make programs and facilities accessible to audiences and visitors with disabilities, visit

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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, CART, 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).