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Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Quarterly Grant Programs Deadlines

Community Grants Program (CG)

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A quarterly program for non-profit organizations developing community-based cultural programs, projects, and events, such as fairs, parades, neighborhood festivals, conferences, and publications.

First Quarter
Courtesy Review Deadline: June 18, 2020, 11:59 PM
Application Deadline: June 25, 2020,11:59 PM

Second Quarter
Workshop:          July 30, 2020 at 2:00 PM -  RSVP
Courtesy Review Deadline: August 20, 2020, 11:59 PM
Application Deadline: August 27, 2020, 11:59 PM

South Arts Resilience Fund

Submit Nomination by June 23, 2020

The South Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, will provide grants of $30,000 - $100,000 to small and mid-sized organizations to support the long-term resilience of under-resourced, visionary, and impactful arts and culture organizations across the nine-state primary service area, including Florida. Applications to the program will be accepted on an invitation-only basis. The primary method with which South Arts will invite organizations to apply is through a nomination process. Organizations may self-nominate themselves for an invitation by visiting

Important Dates & Deadlines
•Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 23, 2020.
•Invitations to apply and full program guidelines will be sent to accepted nominees on July 6, 2020.
•Applications from invited nominees are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 24, 2020.
•Applicants will be notified of their status within 8 weeks of the deadline.
•Projects and funded activities must occur between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021.

All self-nominations must be submitted online using the nomination form. For assistance, contact  Ivan Schustak  at 404-874-7244 ext. 29. Access the self-nomination portal here.


Miami-Dade Artist Support! (MAS) Grants Program 

A Joint Initiative of The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation and The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Deadline: June 24, 2020 at 11:59 PM


The  Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation  and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs have launched this joint initiative to help working artists survive the impact of COVID-19 and in recognition of the contributions of Miami-Dade’s outstanding artists to the fundamental vitality and creativity of our cultural life.  Click here for information and application.

CERF+ Covid Relief   

COVID-19 relief grant program for professional artists

As part of CERF+’s broader COVID-19 crisis response, it is launching a COVID-19 relief grant program for professional artists working in craft disciplines. This special program will provide one-time $1,000 grants to meet urgent food, housing, and/or health insecurities. Application opens July 8th. The grants will be awarded in two cycles: the deadline for the first round will be July 29, and the second will be September 9.

Important Dates

Cycle 1:

July 8, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (ET) – Application Cycle Opens
July 29, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. (ET) – Application Cycle Closes
July 30, 2020 through August 6, 2020 – Application Review
August 7-12, 2020 – Notifications Made

Cycle Two:

August 19, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (ET) – Application Cycle Opens
September 9, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. (ET) – Application Cycle Closes
September 10 through September 17 – Application Review
September 18-23, Notifications Made

Questions? Visit and or Click here for eligibility and application details.


Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

What’s New in Greater Miami and the Beaches

Deadline: Tomorrow, June 17, 2020

The GMCVB is updating the quarterly "What's New in Greater Miami and the Beaches" news release, which will be sent to domestic media as a source of story ideas. This is one of the most frequently requested releases, so it is important that the information be as up-to-date and inclusive as possible.

Request Details:
Requesting infrastructure information on new visitor features for the Winter season – with specific interest in hotel, shopping mall, attraction, parks, and transportation upgrades, along with dollars invested (if applicable) in upgrading these products.  The GMCVB will include as many newsworthy developments as possible.

How to Participate:
The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, June 17, 2020. No submissions will be accepted after this date. Please do not send information on promotions such as discount packages or personnel announcements.

Please follow the sample included in the submission form and return your completed form via e-mail to  Stephanie Figueroa.   Click here to download submission form.

Life is Art Inc. and Venture Café Miami

COVID-19 Artist Resource Workshop

June 18, 2020 at 6 PM


Learn about the resources available to artists in all disciplines to recover from the hardships of the COVID-19 lockdown. Get expert answers live to your questions.
The workshop will cover specific resources for artists, and it will also include information about programs such as PPP and SBA programs for small businesses.
A panel of experts will help you understand how to access these resources. This session is presented in partnership with Venture Cafe Miami during its Thursday #VCMVirtual  gatherings. The program is free and open to all artists of all disciplines. More information on Facebook at


MAMP Lab: Covid-19 Tips, Tools & Advocacy

June 24, 2020 – 9:30 to 11:00 AM


The pandemic has created substantial disruption to revenue and operations for the arts. Join ABC for “Covid-19 Tips, Tools & Advocacy” featuring an interactive discussion about the billions of stimulus dollars awarded to the arts and entertainment sector, success stories and best practices. Get the latest news on applying for the CARES Act, advocacy tips to ensure the arts are included in pending stimulus funding and ideas to amplify the arts for upcoming elections. We are excited to showcase Nina Ozlu Tunceli from Americans for the Arts in this session. Scholarships are available to designated arts organizations. Register now


Americans for the Arts Action Fund Updates  

Application deadline to for Paycheck Protection Program is June 30, 2020


If you're still considering   applying for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loan,  do not delay (this application reflects the new flexibility forgiveness rules). You should submit your application this week because the loan must be APPROVED by your bank by June 30th. This allows enough time for your financial institution to process and get your loan approved.  After June 30th, this program will be will closed.

For those of you who were awarded a PPP loan before June 5th, your deadline to get your employee headcount and expenses reconciled for forgiveness is June 30th, unless you proactively request a "coverage period" extension from your financial institution to expand from 8 weeks to 24 weeks. SBA will soon release a revised PPP Loan Forgiveness Application if you plan on sticking with your original June 30th deadline. In the meantime,  SBA has released updated interim rulings  following the passage into law of the Paycheck Flexibility Act.

Additionally, if you anticipate not getting 100% of your loan forgiven, you can either return the unused portion or allow it to become a true loan with only 1% interest and monthly repayments would automatically be deferred for at least 6 months. You should also formally request from your bank, if desired, to extend the maturity of the loan from 2 years to 5 years, based on the newly enacted Paycheck Flexibility Act.

Mainstreet Lending Program Expansion

For those of you needing additional and/or larger loans with more flexibility on how you use the funds, the Federal Reserve recently announced the expansion of the Mainstreet Lending Program to accommodate small and medium-size businesses, while also confirming that they will soon announce an additional loan program specifically for nonprofit organizations.


Pandemic Unemployment Compensation

For those of you claiming Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) benefits, the White House is indicating very strongly that that there are no plans to extend benefits beyond July 31, 2020.  If you have not claimed benefits yet, remember that you can receive retroactive amounts as far back as March 15, 2020, if eligible.  Please make sure that your PUC claims do not overlap with your PPP coverage period, if applicable.


Complete the 2020 Census online now

The 2020 Census is here, and data will impact our community for the next 10 years. The  U.S. Census Bureau  conducts this nationwide count to determine the number of people living in the United States, and everyone in your household should be included. It provides the basis for distributing billions of dollars in federal funding for hospitals, schools, roads, public works, reapportioning Congressional seats. Due to the widespread effect of COVID-19, the dates have been shifted and residents have more time to respond. You now have through October 31 to respond online, via phone or by mail. Visit  for more information.


The most reliable way to contact us continues to be through email. You can find a staff directory at

Please check the County’s web site for more COVID-19 information and for regular updates: