Youth Arts Miami (YAM) Grants Program

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Contact:  Francine M. Andersen | (305) 375-5024 |

Deadline:  Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 11:59 PM

Maximum Request:

  • Category A Applicants:  $125,000
  • Category B Applicants:  $50,000
  • Category C Applicants:  $25,000

FY 2020-2021 Youth Arts Miami (YAM) Grant Program Guidelines

The Youth Arts Miami (YAM) Grants Program provides operational funding support to established non-profit youth arts organizations having a year-round presence in Miami-Dade County, whose primary mission is to create, present or exhibit cultural arts programs for and/or with children and youth. Applicants to this program must have at least a 3-year consecutive track record of providing a year-round season of youth arts activities for children/youth in Miami-Dade County. Programming must include public access components such as performances or exhibitions. Units of government and educational institutions such as schools, colleges and universities are not eligible to apply.

Category A (by invitation only):   funds large-sized professional youth arts organizations possessing the potential to achieve regional, national or international visibility as evidenced by the organization’s current programs and structure;  and demonstrating total prior year’s operating revenues of more than $500,000, (including in-kind services support not to exceed 25% of total cash operating revenues).

Category B:   funds mid-sized semi-professional and professional youth arts organizations demonstrating operating revenues of between $200,000 and $500,000, for the last completed fiscal year (including in-kind services support not to exceed 25% of total cash operating revenues), and that employs at least one paid professional administrator.

Category C:  funds small and/or developing youth arts organizations demonstrating cash operating revenues of between $50,000 and $200,000, for the last completed fiscal year.

Mandatory Pre-Application Requirements: 

All applicants are REQUIRED to schedule a pre-grant submission consultation at least one week prior to the application deadline, either in person or by telephone, with the YAM program administrator before access will be granted to the online application.

In addition, if you are a first-time applicant and/or a new staff member who is unfamiliar with SurveyMonkey Apply, your consultation appointment must be in person and will require additional time to cover system basics. 

There are no exceptions to these requirements.

To schedule your consultation, contact Francine Andersen at 305-375-5024, or via e-mail at

FY 2020-2021 Youth Arts Miami Grants Program Panel Members | FY 2019-2020 YAM Grantees List



YAM Grants Program Timeline*

Grant Funding Period October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021
Applications Available February 3, 2020
Consultation Period with Department Staff February 3 - March 3, 2020
Courtesy Review Deadline March 3, 2020, 11:59 PM
Deadline March 10, 2020, 11:59 PM
Application Comments / Corrections Issued April 2, 2020
Revised / Final Application Due

April 9, 2020, 11:59 PM

Panelist Site Visits April 17, 2020 - May 14, 2020
YAM Panel Meeting

May 15, 2020, 2:00 PM

Cultural Affairs Council Approval May 20, 2020
Board of County Commissioners Approval September 2020
Award Notifications Issued October/November 2020
Availability of Grant Funds No earlier than January 2021

*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).