Tourist Development Council (TDC) Grants Program

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Contact:  Nikenna Benjamin | (305)


First Quarter  (projects taking place between October 1 - December 31)

  • July 15, 2019, 11:59 PM

Second Quarter (projects taking place between January 1 - March 31)

  • October 15, 2019, 11:59 PM

Third Quarter (projects taking place between April 1 - June 30) 

  • January 13, 2020, 11:59 PM

Fourth Quarter - (projects taking place between July 1 - September 30) 

  • April 13, 2020, 11:59 PM

Maximum Request:

  • Division A Applicants:  $5,000 
  • Division B Applicants:  $15,000
  • Division C Applicants:  $25,000 

FY 2019-2020 Tourist Development Council (TDC) Grants Program Guidelines - DRAFT

The Tourist Development Council (TDC) Grants Program is responsive on a quarterly basis to organizations/events which promote Miami-Dade County’s appeal as a tourist destination by sponsoring tourist-oriented sports events, cultural and special events (visual and performing arts, including theater, concerts, recitals, opera, dance, art exhibitions, and festivals) and television origination projects.  Applicants not meeting these criteria should consider applications to other Department programs. The TDC will provide priority attention to grant requests for activities and events that serve as major tourism generators in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year (July - September). The TDC, a nine member volunteer advisory board established by Florida Statute, meets as a panel to review and make funding recommendations to the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners with the idea of developing and enhancing the image of Miami-Dade County locally, nationally and internationally. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR RETURNING APPLICANTS: The Department of Cultural Affairs is implementing a new application review policy for this grants program. 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.

ALL APPLICANTSRequests to apply received at or after 5:00 PM on the program’s final deadline will NOT be accepted.

Mandatory Pre-Application Requirements:  All first-time applicants must attend a TDC Workshop to review program requirements, eligibility criteria and other program-specific information. Workshops will also cover user registration and navigation of Culture Grants Online (CGO), the Department's grants management system.

Returning applicants must schedule a consultation with the program administrator. 

Click here to RSVP to a TDC Workshop

Applicants may choose to, or be asked to address the Tourist Development Council. In accordance with Section 2-11.1(s) of the Code of Miami-Dade County, the Lobbyists Registration for Oral Presentation Affidavit must be completed, notarized and included with your application. The term “lobbyist” specifically includes the principal, as well as any agent, officer or employee of a principal, regardless of whether such lobbying activities fall within the normal scope of employment of such agent, officer or employee. Individuals substituted for or added to the presentation team after submittal of the proposal and filing by staff, MUST register with the Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Board (Form BCCFORM2DOC) and pay all applicable fees.

FY 2017-2018 Tourist Development Council Panel Members

TDC Grants Program Timeline*

  First Quarter 

Second Quarter

Third Quarter

Fourth Quarter

TDC Pre-Grant Submission Workshop

June 13, 2019

2 PM

September 12, 2019


September 13, 2019

2 PM

December 12, 2019

2 PM

March 12, 2020

2 PM

Applications Available
June 17, 2019

September 16, 2019

December 16, 2019
 March 16, 2020
Courtesy Deadline

July 8, 2019

11:59 PM

October 7, 2019

11:59 PM

January 6, 2020

11: 59 PM

April 6, 2020

11:59 PM

July 15, 2019
11:59 PM

October 15, 2019

11:59 PM

January 13, 2020
11:59 PM
April 13, 2020
11:59 PM
Application Comments / Correstions Issued August 9, 2019

November 8, 2019

February 7, 2020 May 8, 2020
Corrected / Final Application Due
August 16, 2019
11:59 PM

November 15, 2019

11:59 PM

February 14, 2020
11:59 PM
May 15, 2020
11: 59 PM
TDC Panel Meeting Date TBD TBD TBD TBD
Board of County Commissioners Approval TBD TBD TBD TBD
Award Notifications Issued TBD TBD TBD TBD
Availability of Grant Funds TBD TBD TBD TBD

*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, five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).