Miami-Dade Art Support (MAS) Grants Program

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Contact:  Grants Administrator for Annual Support Program 

Deadline to Apply:  August 31, 2020, 11:59 PM

Awards:  Category A - Pre-Established Maximum / Category B - Maximum Requests (based on budget size) up to $5,000 / up to $10,000 / up to $15,000


The Miami-Dade Arts Support Grants Program (MAS) utilizes resources from the Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to help provide relief to arts and cultural businesses impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Grants will be provided to Miami-Dade-based arts and cultural businesses that have had to cease operations, lay off employees or whose operations and programming have been severely diminished due to locally mandated closure orders. Financial support will enable those organizations to provide continuity of compensation and other benefits to employees who have been furloughed, laid off or whose incomes have been significantly reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cultural organizations can apply to one of two categories: 

Category A -  an organization must have received a notification from the Department of Cultural Affairs with an invitation to apply to this category and meet other requirements listed in the guidelines under eligibility.

Category B -  an organization must be based in Miami-Dade County; be legally incorporated in Florida; have a primary arts and culture purpose and function; have at least a one-year track record of creating, producing or presenting cultural programs and activities; and be presenting activities and/or programs that are located within Miami-Dade County, that benefit local audiences and that are open and accessible to the general public. Individual departments of colleges and universities are eligible to apply; restrictions apply.

DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM

Miami-Dade Arts Support (MAS) Program Guidelines


CRF funds can be used for one or more of the following demonstrated financial impacts that have occurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020: Applicants may not submit financial losses already covered by financial assistance from other emergency county, city, state, or federal forgivable loan or grant programs established in response to COVID-19 or by insurance.

  • Business Interruption Costs. Support to cover general operating expenses related directly to required closures due to COVID-19. (e.g., staff position support (including W-2 employees and 1099 independent contractors) for salaries and related benefits for employees on payroll at the time of closing; facilities overhead costs, such as utilities, security, insurance, maintenance, etc.; rent or mortgage payments; paid expenses for programs and events that did not occur, such as non-refundable deposits; cultural organizations that have physically re-opened to the public and are affected by decreased customer demand may apply for support for all of the costs listed above)
  • Mitigation Expenses for Re-opening. Expenses incurred directly in response to COVID-19 related to re-opening of facilities and offering of public activities. (e.g., staff (including W-2 employees and 1099 independent contractors) costs related to preparations for re-opening; COVID-19 training and health testing of staff (including W-2 employees and 1099 independent contractors); contracting additional personnel required to manage re-opening health and safety requirements (such as professional cleaning companies, pandemic rules enforcement, etc.); communications and marketing efforts specifically to address compliance with COVID-19 requirements; purchase of materials including personal protection equipment (PPE), disinfecting supplies, hand sanitizer, and signage production; purchase and implementation of physical accommodations that are mitigation measures specifically in response to COVID-19 and related construction costs for these accommodations (physical barriers and plexiglass protective screens, touchless fixtures and equipment such as faucets, toilets and water fountains, markers for social distancing)
  • Program Transition Support. Funding support to transition to virtual, online public cultural and educational programming. (e.g., salaries (including W-2 employees and 1099 independent contractors) and costs incurred for the purpose of transition to an online platform; equipment, systems, and devices purchased specifically to facilitate the COVID-19 related move to virtual programming, including computers, tablets, and video cameras; increased broadband capability/speed (communications services), software apps like (Zoom, GoToMeetings), monthly charges streaming services, etc.)


Applicants will receive staff support from the Department of Cultural Affairs grants administrator who manages their annual operating grant. Click here for a staff directory. Category B applicants without a designated grants administrator will work with Nikenna Benjamin ( who will  provide assistance. 


The program is funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and has strict requirements for the use of the grant funds for expenses directly related to COVID-19. To apply organizations must participate in an online grant workshop to learn about the process and approved expenditures. Click here to download the MAS workshop presentation. Click here to watch the MAS workshop presentation.


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