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Learn How to Apply for County Grants for Arts and Cultural Activities

Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime, District 2, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs invite you to a free workshop for artists, cultural and community non-profit organizations to introduce and demystify the County's cultural grant programs.The Department of Cultural Affairs' grants team will provide detailed information about the competitive funding opportunities and services offered, grant application strategies and best practices and share helpful resources available for the cultural community.
Who should attend these sessions? Non-profit groups and artists who have never applied for grant funding from Miami-Dade County and non-profit groups and artists who have received grant funding but wish to expand and learn more about the programs that are available, specifically to support arts and cultural activities.
The workshop is being offered free-of-charge, however, you must reserve your space by calling the Office of the Chairman Jean Monestime, District 2, at (305) 694-2779 or online:

Monday, March 7, 2016 at 3:00 PM

PAN, Performing Arts Network

13124 West Dixie Highway

North Miami, FL 33161

Register online:


Organizations and artists not able to attend the workshops are encouraged to visit to access the cultural grant programs guidelines and applications.


Education, Outreach and Access -

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs


ADA Access Statements for Cultural Organizations

As a follow up to our ADA Summit, we want to kindly remind you that as you create/generate marketing pieces, an ADA/access statement must be included in your materials and website.

The following are examples are provided for use by cultural organizations:

*BASIC VERSION (no specific ADA accommodations being offered at your performance):

To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any disability accommodation, please contact [NAME, TELEPHONE NUMBER AND E-MAIL ADDRESS OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON] five days in advance to initiate your request.  TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

*SPECIFIC ACCOMMODATION(S) OFFERED VERSION (such as American Sign Language (ASL), Open Captions (OC), etc.:

This event will be presented with [ACCOMMODATION(S) BEING OFFERED].  To request materials in accessible format, and/or any disability accommodation, please contact [NAME, TELEPHONE NUMBER AND E-MAIL ADDRESS OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON] five days in advance to initiate your request.  TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

Please note that the use of an access symbol on your brochures/Website does not take the place of the required statement.

For additional resources, please visit the following link on our Department's webpage ADA/Accessibility Resources & Links for Cultural Organizations .



Miami-Dade County Community-Based Organizations Grant
Miami-Dade County announces the release of its Human and Social Services CBO Funding RFP. Click here for details, preproposal conference and deadline dates, and to download an application.

CommunityWINS Grant Program

Deadline: March 18, 2016

The United States Conference of Mayors has partnered with Wells Fargo for CommunityWINS, a program providing grants to communities in support of neighborhood stabilization, economic development and job creation plans. Multiple awards totaling $3,000,000 will be disbursed; application deadline is on March 18, 2016. For more information, visit



Application Period: April 4 - May 2, 2016

Are you ready? Starting April 4, the Knight Arts Challenge will open for applications, offering a share of $8 million to the best ideas for the arts in Miami, Detroit, St. Paul and Akron.

There are a few things new about the arts challenge this year: For the first time, all four challenge cities will submit ideas during one application period: April 4 - May 2, 2016.

Also, Knight is answering your questions in more ways this year, through Community Conversations with Knight staff and past grantees, in addition to office hours, where one-on-one feedback about your application will be provided. The list of Miami events is below; check it out and RSVP.

One thing, though, remains the same. There are three simple rules for submissions, and they are:

1.     The idea must be about arts.

2.     The project has to take place in or benefit the community in which the challenge is based (i.e. Akron, Detroit, Miami or St. Paul).

3.     You must find other funding to match the Knight Foundation grant.

Attend an upcoming Community Conversation, to gain insights on the challenge from Knight Foundation staff and former winners. They are: 

  • March 16: Freedom Tower; 600 Biscayne Blvd., 2nd floor, Miami; 6:30 PM RSVP
  • March 17: Overtown Youth Center, Auditorium, 450 NW 14th St., Miami; 6:30 PM RSVP
  • March 21: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Black Box Theater, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay; 6:30 PM RSVP
  • March 22: Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment, Garden Plaza Room, 4800 Palm Ave., Hialeah; 6:30 p.m. in English; 7:30 p.m. in Spanish RSVP
  • March 23: The Projects Space @ FATVillage, FATVillage Arts District, 521 NW 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 6:30 PM RSVP
  • March 24: West Dade's Artefactus Theater, 12302 SW 133 Ct., Miami, 6:30 PM in English, 7:30 PM in Spanish; West Kendall
  • April 5: Islamorada's History of Diving Museum, 82990 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada; 1:15 PM RSVP
  • April 6: Key West, Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St., Key West; 1:15 PM  RSVP


Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Joins Americans for the Arts' National Study of the Economic Impact of Spending by Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences

We are excited to announce that Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs has officially joined Americans for the Arts’ latest national economic impact study, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5)!  Our participation in this important research project will allow us to quantify the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry in Miami-Dade County.
TO COMPLETE THIS STUDY, HOWEVER, WE NEED YOUR HELP!  The study requires that we collect detailed financial and programming information from all of the nonprofit arts and culture organizations serving Miami-Dade County, as well as a minimum of at least 2500 audience surveys from people who are attending arts and culture events.  So we will be asking you to help us with both of these two tasks during the course of calendar year 2016.

The AEP5 study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America.  Americans for the Arts has conducted similar economic impact studies in more than 400 U.S. communities since 1994.  Their methodology is sound.  In fact, their economic impact data is used consistently by the Congressional Arts Caucus on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to support federal arts support.


Thank you in advance for your support and participation in this very important study!  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our AEP5 project manager, Kelly Allocco at (305) 375-4636 or



New Grant Deadlines


The Florida Humanities Council has announced new grant deadlines for community organizations interested in designing and implementing a variety of public humanities projects.


Mini Grants - up to $5,000

Deadlines: April 1, 2016 and June 1, 2016

Mini Grants provide financial support for the planning and implementation of public humanities programs and resources that meet the needs and interests of local communities.  Projects may include lecture series and panel discussions, reading and discussion groups, film series, oral history projects, exhibitions, and the development of cultural resources that complement public programming.


Museum on Main Street - up to $5,000

Deadline: March 11, 2016

The program provides high-quality Smithsonian exhibits to small communities. Two-year contracts are available to small museums, libraries, historical societies and other interested small cultural organizations that would like to host the traveling Smithsonian exhibition, The Way We Worked.

For detailed information on both programs and application requirements visit


Contract Manager - Small CBOs

The Children's Trust

Program Assistant

Arts for Learning


Tutors (Part-Time)

Arts for Learning


General Manager

Aventura Arts and Cultural Center


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