Tourist Development Council (TDC) Grants Program

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Contact:  Nikenna Benjamin | (305) 375-5092 |


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

  • July 23, 2018, 11:59 PM

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

  • October 22, 2018, 11:59 PM

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

  • January 14, 2019, 11:59 PM

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

  • April 15, 2019, 11:59 PM

Maximum Request:

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

FY 2018-2019 Tourist Development Council (TDC) Grants Program Guidelines

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.

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


New dates for the Tourist Development Council Program's second quarter reflect adjustments due to Hurricane Irma.

TDC Grants Program Timeline*

  First Quarter 

Second Quarter

Third Quarter

Fourth Quarter

TDC Pre-Grant Submission Workshop

June 11, 2018

2 PM

September 20, 2018

2 PM

December 13, 2018


December 18, 2018

2 PM

March 14, 2019

2 PM

Applications Available
June 25, 2018

September 24, 2018

December 17, 2018
 March 18, 2019
Courtesy Deadline

July 16, 2018

11:59 PM

October 15, 2018

11:59 PM

January 7, 2019

11: 59 PM

April 8, 2019

11:59 PM

July 23, 2018
11:59 PM

October 22, 2018

11:59 PM

January 14, 2019
11:59 PM
April 15, 2019
11:59 PM
Application Comments / Correstions Issued August 17, 2018

November 16, 2018

February 8, 2019 May 10, 2019
Corrected / Final Application Due
August 24, 2018
11:59 PM

November 28, 2018

11:59 PM

February 15, 2019
11:59 PM
May 17, 2019
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 305-375-4634 /, five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).