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Cultural Advancement (ADV) Grants Program

Grants and Technical Support to Florida
Arts Nonprofits for Operating Support

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Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

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Deadline Date:

04/16/20 11:59 PM EST


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Grants and technical support to Florida nonprofit arts organizations for general operations. First-time applicants must consult with program staff prior to the deadline and all applicants must complete registration prior to applying. Funding is intended to support professional, mid to large size arts organizations that create and present art in Miami-Dade County.

ADV provides significant grants and technical assistance to a designated group of Miami-Dade County's mid to large size, artistically excellent and culturally diverse performing, visual, literary and presenting arts organizations. Qualifying organizations are engaged year-round in the creation or presentation of art, within or across artistic fields and disciplines, and demonstrate the potential to achieve regional, national, or international visibility as evidenced by current artistic programs and management structure.

Allowable expenses:

  • Administrative, artistic, technical, grants writing, development or consultant salary support
  • Production costs related to proposed project
  • Honoraria
  • Equipment rental and expendable project related materials
  • Marketing
  • Website development and training
  • Printing
  • Publications
  • Space rental
  • In-county travel and transportation costs directly related to the funded program(s), such as field trip buses, taxis or shuttle services
  • Up to 20% of grant funds may be approved for the purchase of technological equipment (computers - hardware, software, copiers, fax machines, etc.), provided the application question regarding technology requests is completed
  • Equipment rental or purchase and personnel necessary to provide program accessibility as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144702

Estimated Size of Grant:

An organization may request up to $125,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant Funding Period: October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply to the Cultural Advancement Program, an organization:

- Must have received a recommendation for funding from the program in the previous fiscal year, and/or have been invited by Department staff to apply;
- Must be legally incorporated as a NOT-FOR-PROFIT corporation, with a designated tax exempt status and in good standing, under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code;
- Must have as its primary purpose and function, as defined by the Articles of Incorporation and By-laws of the organization, the creation, performance, exhibition, and/or presentation of the arts on a year-round basis;
- Have a total prior year’s organization budget of at least $500,000 (including in-kind services support not to exceed 25% of total cash project budget) based on the last completed fiscal year;
- Have at a minimum consecutive three-year history of artistic programming or presenting;
- Have at least two (2) paid full-time administrators;
- Have its primary office in Miami-Dade County;
- Present at least three (3) distinct programs or services marketed and available to a broad audience;
- Possess the potential to achieve regional, national, or international visibility as evidenced by current programs and management structure;
- Be vital to the cultural development of Miami-Dade County as evidenced by the size, scope and maturity of artistic product;
- Have distinguished themselves in past and present endeavors;
- Have reached a critical stage of development in programming or institutional development;

Organizations may not be:

- Religious organizations whose proposed project, in whole or in part, is designed to promote religious or sectarian activities or to encourage the preference of a particular religion;
- A municipality or government entity;
- An educational institution whose proposed project, is for degree seeking academic purpose or is primarily for the academic community’s benefit.

For details on the eligibility of colleges and universities, see:

For grant use restrictions, see:

Pre-Application Information:

ADV Grants Program Timeline*

- Applications Available: March 2, 2020
- Consultation Period with Department Staff: March 2, 2020 - March 29, 2020
- Courtesy Deadline: April 9, 2020, 11:59 PM
- Deadline: April 16, 2020, 11:59 PM
- Application Comments / Corrections Issued: April 24, 2020
- Corrected / Final Application Due: May 1, 2020, 11:59 PM
- ADV Panel Meeting: May 27, 2020, 10:00 AM
- Cultural Affairs Council Approval: June 17, 2020, Noon
- Board of County Commissioners Approval: September 2020
- Award Notifications Issued: October 2020
- Availability of Grant Funds: No earlier than December 2020

Pre-Grant Submission Consultations:
A consultation with Department staff, either in person or by telephone AT LEAST ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE APPLICATION DEADLINE is required. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

Before you can access the grant application form, you must have a user account for basic login access and complete and submit a Grant Eligibility and Request Form. Requesting access to the grant application less than 7 business days prior to an
upcoming deadline is neither an adequate timeframe for successful completion nor
a reasonable expectation of staff.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the application process at least 3 business days in advance of the application deadline to ensure successful submittal. At precisely 11:59 PM on the deadline date the online grant system will close access to the application.

First-Time Applicants: Program Administrator Review:
Applications received from first-time applicants by the grant program’s published application deadline will be reviewed by the Program Administrator. Feedback and suggestions for strengthening and/or correcting the application will be provided approximately 7 days prior to the corrected/final application deadline. Applicants are solely responsible for making any and all revisions to their applications, should they so choose. Department staff WILL NOT make corrections on behalf of applicants.

Returning Applicants:
Program Administrator Courtesy Review (Optional): Prior applicants to the Cultural Advancement Grant Program have the option to submit a completed application, including all required support materials, no later than 11:59 PM one full calendar week in advance of the grant program’s published application deadline for a thorough “Courtesy Review” by the Program Administrator.

Applicants are required to attend the panel evaluation meeting as observers and will be notified by email of its scheduled time, date and location.

Applicants must meet the program’s $1 to $1 grant match in cash. The Cultural Advancement Grants Program shall not be considered the sole source of funding.


Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Gilda B. Mooney, Program Administrator
(305) 375-2131

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 625
Miami, Florida 33128
305-375-4986 Phone
305-375-3068 Fax

To request materials in accessible format, please contact Francine Andersen 305-375-4634,, five days in advance to initiate your request.

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