Youth Arts Enrichment (YEP) Grants Program

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Contact:  Dana Pezoldt | (305) 375-2161 |

Deadline: Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 11:59 PM

Maximum Request:  

  • Category A Applicants:  up to $30,000
  • Category B Applicants:  $10,000 fixed award amount
  • Cateogry C Applicants:  up to $20,000

FY 2024-2025 Youth Arts Enrichment Program (YEP) Grant Guidelines

The Youth Arts Enrichment Program (YEP) was created as a joint initiative of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and The Children’s Trust.  The YEP Grants Program is funded by The Children’s Trust.  The Children's Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their future.

The objective of the YEP Grants Program is to enrich the lives of children through the arts by making the arts available to more children and families throughout Miami-Dade County, whereby, children will have opportunities to have positive live arts experiences through:

  • Arts Instruction
  • Arts Intervention
  • Healing/Expressive Arts
  • In-school Arts Programs, Exhibitions and/or Performances
  • Out-of-School/Public Arts Programs, Exhibitions, and/or Performances

Applicants to this program must have a minimum one-year track record of producing high quality, cultural arts programs for children and/or youth in Miami-Dade County. Applicants to this program must be the entity directly responsible for managing, overseeing and implementing ALL administrative aspects of the proposed project, including but not limited to:  data collection, reporting, scheduling, program design, production, implementation, contracting for artists/services, etc.;

Applications from educational institutions (other than university-operated cultural institutions) and fiscal agents will not be accepted.

CATEGORY A – Ongoing/Long-Term (Registration-Based) Projects:   Provides project-based funding support to non-profit organizations for projects that provide children and youth the opportunity for ongoing/long-term direct participation in the arts, such as sequential arts instruction, after-school arts programs, in-school arts residency programs, winter and spring break camps, etc.  These projects must be able to measure the impact of repeated participation in these programs on the students over the project period and document measurable outcomes.

CATEGORY B – Arts Enrichment:     Provides project-based funding support to non-profit organizations for programs that provide children and youth the opportunity to participate in exceptional, innovative and transformative live arts experiences.

CATEGORY C – All Kids Included:    Provides project-based funding support to non-profit organizations for projects that serve children, youth and young adults with disabilities through inclusive arts and cultural programs so that kids of all abilities and their families can participate fully in the arts.

Mandatory Pre-Application Requirements:  All applicants (both new and returning) must attend one of the YEP specific workshops prior to submitting an application.

Click here to RSVP to a YEP Pre-Grant Submission Workshop

Advance notification regarding changes to eligibility requirements for the 2021-2022 SAS-C grant & 2022-2023 YEP grant programs.

Contract Compliance and Reporting Requirements for YEP Grantees:

A Final Report is required within thirty (30) days of the project completion date. In addition to the Final Report forms in SurveyMonkey Apply and accompanying documentation required, grantees awarded through YEP Category A (for registration-based projects) shall:

  • utilize pre- and post- assessments and submit documentation to measure the specified outcome indicators;
  • submit the student roster documenting the participant demographics specified, attendance, and performance measures;  and
  • utilize the electronic parent satisfaction surveys at the completion of the funded project.

Click here to download the YEP reporting forms and review complete reporting instructions. The forms can also be accessed by clicking:  Grants > Grant Resources > Grant Reporting Documents.

Click here to RSVP to attend the SAS-C and YEP Final Reporting Workshop.

FY 2023-2024 YEP Grant Panel | FY 2023-2024 YEP Grantees List

YEP Grants Program Timeline*

Grant Funding Period October 1, 2024 - May 31, 2025
Applications Available February 2024 with Administrator Approval

Pre-Grant Submission Workshop - Online

(applicants are required to attend one online YEP-specific workshop)

Thursday, February 8, 2024  2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuesday, February 13, 2024  10:30 AM - Noon

Courtesy Deadline

Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 11:59 PM

Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 11:59 PM

Application Comments / Corrections Issued

April 16, 2024

Corrected / Final Application Due

April 23 2024, 11:59 PM

YEP Panel Meeting Date

Thursday, September 5, 2024, 10:30 AM

Cultural Affairs Council Approval September  2024
Board of County Commissioners Approval October/ November 2024
Award Notifications Issued November / December 2024
Availability of Grant Funds Not earlier than January 2025

*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, CART, 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).