Cultural Advancement (ADV) Grants Program

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Contact:  Gilda B. Mooney | (305) 375-2131 |

Deadline:  Monday, April 5, 2021, 11:59 PM

Maximum Request: $125,000

FY 2021-2022 Cultural Advancement (ADV) Grants Program Guidelines

The Cultural Advancement (ADV) Grants Program operates on a three-year review cycle with a pre-application qualification and invitation to apply, comprehensive application submission, and a panel review completed in the first year (FY 2019-2020) and a more streamlined application form and review process for the subsequent two years (FY 2020-2021 and FY 2021-2022).

ADV 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.

Provides grants to professional, mid to large size arts organizations for the year-round creation or presentation of art. Applicants must have a historical organizational budget over $500,000.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR RETURNING APPLICANTS:  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.


As a component of the technical assistance offered through the ADV Program, funds for travel or consultant expenses are available in each fiscal year to all grantees. Funds may be applied to opportunities which will enhance the artistic and/or administrative quality of the organization, such as conference travel, workshop attendance, board development consultants, etc. Carefully review the ADV Travel/Consultant Assistance Program Guidelines and the ADV Travel/Consultant Assistance Program Application and Final Report Form, and contact Gilda Mooney at (305) 375-2131 with questions.

ADV Grants Program Timeline*

Grant Funding Period October 1, 2021 - September 30, 2022
Applications Available March 1, 2021
Consultation Period with Department Staff March 1, 2021 - March 29, 2021
Courtesy Deadline March 29, 2021, 11:59 PM
Deadline April 5, 2021, 11:59 PM
Application Comments / Corrections Issued April 23, 2021
Corrected / Final Application Due April 30, 2021, 11:59 PM
ADV Panel Meeting May 26, 2021, 10:00 AM
Cultural Affairs Council Approval June 16, 2021, Noon
Board of County Commissioners Approval September 2021
Award Notifications Issued October 2021
Availability of Grant Funds No earlier than December 2021

*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).