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Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs
Florida CARES Program – Deadline June 8, 2020

The Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs is the recipient of funding through the National Endowment for the Arts through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  The Florida CARES program will be carried out through one-time grants with no match requirement. The funding allocation will be based on prior panel adjudication that determined FY 2019-2020 General Program Support grants.  Awards will start at $1,000 and total no more than $3,000 each.

PLEASE NOTE: All applicants must be exclusively FY 2019-2020 General Program Support Grantees of the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs that are NOT public entities or multipurpose public or private nonprofit organizations, including support organizations for these entities.


• Must be an active Florida nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) whose mission directly support arts and cultural programming.
• Must have an award in the General Program Support Program for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year.
• Must be in good standing with the Division.

Please see “Applicant Eligibility” in the  PROGRAM GUIDELINES  for more information. All Miami-Dade County cultural organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.

Support is limited to the following:
• Salary support, full or partial, for one or more positions that are critical to an organization’s mission.
• Facilities costs such as rent and utilities.
For more information, please visit the  Florida CARES grant program webpage  and Frequently Asked Questions. Applications must be submitted through no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on June 8, 2020.

Please also remember that June 1st is the deadline for FY 2021-2022 grants from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs for General Program Support, Specific Cultural Projects and Cultural Facilities.

$15 Million in IMLS CARES Act Grants Now Available for Museums and Library Services 
Deadline June 12, 2020

In response to COVID-19, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced  two new funding opportunities  for museums, libraries, federally recognized tribes, and organizations that primarily serve Native Hawaiians.

IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries  supports museums and libraries in addressing their communities’ immediate and future needs caused by the pandemic. Projects may focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, or providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement. Applicants are encouraged to prioritize services for high-need communities.

IMLS CARES Act Grants for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services assists tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in responding to the urgent and future needs of their communities. Applications focused on digital inclusion, technical support, rehiring or retraining staff, reopening planning, and other pandemic-related priorities are welcomed.

These webinars will be through GoToMeeting, and advance registration is required. Recordings will be made available on-demand on the IMLS website.


Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
Art in Public Places Artist Call
Vox Miami At South Miami Metrorail Station - Phase I

Request for Qualifications Deadline: Monday, May 25, 2020, 11:59PM
Budget:  $360,000
Eligibility: Open to professional visual artists based in South Florida
Apply at:

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs through its Art in Public Places Program and Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works with partners The TREO Group and architects Perkins + Will request qualifications from professional artists and/or artist teams to commission artworks for the façade of the garage in conjunction with the VOX Miami development at the South Miami Metrorail Station. The selected artist(s) will design unique artwork(s) that will contribute to the identity of this facility and engage employees, visitors, and passers-by in unexpected and delightful ways.  Click here for additional details.

Axis South Florida
South Florida Creatives Emergency Response Program

Award-winning startup accelerator gener8tor and Axis South Florida are co-hosting a free series of webinars and one-on-one consultations for South Florida artists and creatives impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Open to artists in all fields.

Help artists, musicians, and creatives identify, understand and secure resources to withstand the current crisis.
Free, one-on-one consultations will be available for participants to ask specific questions about various federal, state, local and private programs (loans/grants/deferrals/law changes)

Register for one-on-one consultations and webinars by signing up below.
Participants will be accepted on a rolling basis. After you sign up, you will receive an email within 24 hours with the full program agenda and details, webinar links and calendar invites.

Program participants are invited to attend daily, lunch-time webinars with experts in the following topics.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 1:00 p.m., Updating Your Online Presence- with Maureen Ragalie,
Tuesday, June 3, 2020 at 1:00 p.m., TBD
Provided in partnership with The Miami Foundation, Guitars Over Guns and Knight Foundation. Click here to register.


Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
Call for Grant Panelists

Every year the Department of Cultural Affairs relies on the services of volunteer panelists who review and evaluate cultural grant applications and make funding recommendations. Currently all grant panels are held on online. Panelists play a key role and help maintain a fair and open process and assist in the continuous development of Miami-Dade County’s artistic and cultural communities by bringing their expertise to the panel review process. Panels are comprised of artists, arts-related professionals, educators, community members, business leaders and others with current or prior active involvement in the arts. Many panelists are arts professionals who are qualified by their activities, training, skills, and/or experience in one or more art forms; however, we equally welcome arts enthusiasts, advocates, and supporters to apply. Click  here  for more information and to fill out the Grant Panelist Nomination Form online.

MAMP Lab: Fundraising During COVID-19
May 26, 2020 at 9:30 AM

The May Miami Arts Marketing Project LAB has pivoted to addressing what is happening to the arts now and designed a topic around fundraising.  The goal for Fundraising in the Time of COVID is twofold - showcase innovative outreach and fundraising activations and discuss how arts organizations should focus their fundraising strategies. The program will feature a super star panel discussing corporate giving, virtual fundraisers, patrons, donors and membership. Registration is $25. Members of the Miami Emerging Arts Leaders can attend with promo code EML20 for your complimentary tickets. Space is limited.   Click here to register.

MAMP Sessions for Miami's Arts Community

The Arts & Business Council is hosting small group sessions on Zoom, featuring a business expert with vital information to support the arts & non-profit industry in Miami-Dade County. Limited to just 10 attendees, these valuable conversations will feature a presentation on relevant best practices and Q&A sessions with an expert.

MAMP Session: Maximizing Volunteers Now
May 28, 2020 at 10 AM

Nicole Smith presents: Maximizing the Potential of Your Underestimated Workforce. Learn how to discover and implement the hidden skills of volunteers and interns to maximize the productivity of your organization.
Nicole has prepared more than 500 interns to enter the workforce and has inspired crowds upwards of 2,000. In November 2019, she was selected as one of Legacy Miami’s Most Prominent and Influential Black Women in Business & Industry of 2019. Click here to register.

Americans for the Arts
Has the CARES Act helped you?

Congress passed a historic $2.3 trillion CARES Act package to financially support small businesses and gig workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 21st, additional funds were added to replenish the most popular programs.

Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund need your help in capturing data on how arts groups and individual artists have tapped these funds, including IRS stimulus funds, SBA loans, and pandemic unemployment.  Please take five minutes to complete the Americans for the Arts’  CARES Act Arts Funding Tracker.  This data is being collected from arts and cultural nonprofit organizations and commercial companies, as well as self-employed arts workers and independent arts contractors

This data will help AFTA quickly inform Congress and other decision-makers on how the CARES Act impacted the arts sector and what the needs are for the future. This is also the place for you to  tell YOUR story  about how the arts are being engaged in your community’s COVID-19 response or recovery effort.

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: