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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Based on the continued seriousness of the COVID-19 health crisis, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council has resolved to continue the suspension the Tourist Development Council (TDC) Grants Program until further notice. This suspension affects both FY 2019-2020 TDC Grants (3rd and 4th Quarters) and the FY 2020-2021 TDC grants process.

The Tourist Development Council views the health, safety and well-being of our community as its top priority. The TDC will continue to assess the pandemic’s impact, the prospects for safely resuming public programming and events, and consequently, the resumption of the TDC grants program in support of cultural and special events in support of the tourism industry.

The Tourist Development Council and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs will continue to communicate information about status of the TDC grants program.


Contact:  Nikenna Benjamin | (305) 375-5092ndb1@miamidade.gov

Deadlines: 

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

  • SUSPENDED 

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

  • SUSPENDED

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

  • SUSPENDED

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

  • SUSPENDED

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 

FY 2020-2021 Tourist Development Council (TDC) Grants Program Guidelines - Suspended

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. 


COVID-19 Notice:  We understand our community is facing many uncertainties due to the impact of COVID-19, and this may require that projects / programs recommended for funding support be rescheduled or postponed to a later date(s). Department staff is committed to moving forward with the grant review process to the degree to which we can in order to ensure your program continues. As such, we are equally committed to working with any grantee who may need to extend grant periods or postpone events to a later date(s) in order to complete their work. Please be sure to keep in touch with us and let us know of changes any necessary to your programs so that we may assist you.


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 SurveyMonkey Apply (SMA), 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

SUSPENDED

SUSPENDED

SUSPENDED

SUSPENDED

Applications Available
SUSPENDED
SUSPENDED
SUSPENDED
 SUSPENDED
Courtesy Deadline

SUSPENDED

SUSPENDED

SUSPENDED

SUSPENDED

Deadline SUSPENDED
 

SUSPENDED

SUSPENDED
SUSPENDED
Application Comments / Corrections Issued SUSPENDED

SUSPENDED

SUSPENDED

SUSPENDED
Corrected / Final Application Due
SUSPENDED

SUSPENDED

SUSPENDED
SUSPENDED
TDC Panel Meeting Date SUSPENDED SUSPENDED SUSPENDED SUSPENDED
Board of County Commissioners Approval N/A N/A N/A N/A
Award Notifications Issued N/A N/A N/A N/A
Availability of Grant Funds N/A N/A N/A N/A

*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 305-375-4634culture@miamidade.gov, five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).