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Cultural Arts Grant Program - Cultural Anchors

Grants to Florida Arts Nonprofits and
IHEs for General Operating Support

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City of Miami Beach Arts and Culture, Cultural Arts Council

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Deadline Date:

02/19/21 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $35,000 to Florida nonprofit arts organizations and IHEs for operational expenses related to arts and cultural programming in eligible locations. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. The purpose of the funding is to address the needs of the local arts community. Eligible organizations are those based in the City of Miami Beach.

The Cultural Arts Grant Program provides grants for operating funds to organizations with major preeminent and smaller arts institutions physically based in the City of Miami Beach, whose primary mission is year-round artistic and cultural programming that contributes significantly to the cultural life of the City of Miami Beach. Grants may be used towards operational expenses in association with the annual cultural programming described in the grant application. 

Miami Beach Cultural Anchor organizations include Oolite Arts, The Bass Museum of Art, Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami City Ballet, Miami Design Preservation League, Miami New Drama, New World Symphony, Miami Beach Urban Studios-FIU, Wolfsonian – FIU, Holocaust Memorial Committee, Miami Beach Film Society, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Miami Dade Public Library, O Cinema, The Rhythm Foundation, and O, Miami.

Allowable grant expenditures include General Operating expenses noted as follows:

  • Administrative salaries or fees (for Cultural Anchors only);
  • Artistic, technical, and outside artistic fees directly related to the proposed program or event that occur within the City of Miami Beach;
  • Marketing, publicity, and printing;
  • Honoraria;
  • Postage;
  • Equipment rental and expendable materials;
  • Equipment rental and personnel necessary to provide program accessibility as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973;
  • Space rental (performance-related only); and
  • Production costs related to the proposed program, project or event;

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139190

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Request Amounts:
- $25,000 for Anchors with annual organizational budgets below $750,000
- $30,000 for Anchors with annual organizational budgets between $750,000 and 3.5M
- $35,000 for Anchors with annual organizational budgets at or above $3.5M

Term of Contract:

Artistic and cultural projects must be presented in the City of Miami Beach between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only nonprofit cultural organizations in Miami Beach with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or cultural departments within an institution of higher learning (college or university) with tax-exempt status under other subsections of 501(c)(3) are eligible. Cultural Affairs staff will determine eligibility and discuss guidelines with new applicants during the required consultation. Organizations applying through a “fiscal agent” are not eligible. Organizations which received prior year Cultural Affairs grant funding, and which did not comply with the Grant Agreement and/or other requirements pursuant to same are ineligible to apply. Additionally, organizations which received funding from the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (VCA) during the same fiscal year are not eligible to apply.

Grant Use Restrictions (grant funds may not be used towards):
- Projects that are primarily recreational, political, therapeutic, vocational, rehabilitative or intended solely for practitioners of a specific religion;
- Remuneration of City of Miami Beach employees for any services rendered as part of a project funded by the City’s Cultural Affairs grant program;
- "Bricks and mortar" or permanent equipment (unless the purchase price is less than the cost of rental);
- City of Miami Beach fees or services (City permit fees, off-duty police, insurance, electrician, etc.);
- Debt reduction;
- Contests;
- Indirect or general operating costs related to the operation of the organization (Cultural Anchors are excluded from this restriction);
- Travel or transportation;
- Insurance fees;
- Social/fundraising events, beauty pageants, or sporting events;
- Hospitality costs, including decorations or affiliate personnel with the exception of artists;
- Cash prizes;
- Lobbying or propaganda materials;
- Charitable contributions;
- Events not open to the public; unless the event serves to specifically benefit City of Miami Beach government.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A staff consultation prior to submitting your pre-application is optional for Cultural Anchor grant applicants. Additional staff consultations may be required prior to submission of final application to determine completeness and acceptability. Appointments are scheduled on a “first come first serve” basis and must be scheduled at least one week in advance. It is in the best interest of the applicant to schedule this appointment as early as possible in the event that a second consultation review is necessary. Please contact Julio Rodriguez at the contact information listed below to schedule an appointment.

Pre-Application Information:

- Intent to Apply (Pre-application) available online: January 11, 2021
- Intent to Apply submission deadline: January 29, 2021, 5:00 pm
- Full application available online: February 1, 2021
- Full application submission deadline: February 19, 2021, 5:00 pm
- Full application correction period: February 19, 2021 – March 5, 2021
- Full application re-submission deadline (corrections only): March 12, 2021, 5:00 pm
- Cultural Affairs Council Panel Meeting for Cultural Anchors: April 1, 2021, 10:00 am- Noon
- Cultural Affairs Council meeting to approve grant funding for FY 21/22: July 8, 2021
- City Commission Budget Meeting: End of September 2021
- Mandatory Grant workshop for FY 21/22 funding: TBA
- FY 21/22 Final Reports Due: October 15, 2022

Cultural Anchors are not permitted to apply for any other City of Miami Beach Cultural Arts Grant Program category.

Multiple organizations may not apply for City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs grant funding towards the same project. An organization may submit only one application each grant year.

Applicants are required to furnish a minimum $1 to $1 funding match (in cash, in-kind, or a combination of both). A City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs grant shall not be considered the sole source of funding. In-kind contributions cannot exceed 25% of total cash project budget.

Application information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Brandi Reddick, Cultural Affairs Program Manager

Julio Rodriguez, Cultural Affairs Grants and Operations Administrator
305-673-0000 ext. 26884

Office: 1755 Meridian Avenue, 5th Floor, Suite 500, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Phone: 305-673-7577

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