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WaveMaker Grants

Grants to Miami-Dade County, Florida Artists
for Non-Institutional Public Arts Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

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Locust Projects

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Deadline Date:

01/24/18 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $6,000 to Miami-Dade County, Florida artists, arts professionals, groups, and collectives for experimental, artist-centric projects and activities that operate without traditional funding sources and outside the demands of the marketplace.

Funds will be used to foster the development of non-commercial, non-institutional projects that are accessible to the public via process, presentation, production, or publication, and profoundly impact the critical, intellectual, and creative depth of Miami’s vibrant arts community.

Whether receiving funds to conduct research or to continue a substantial body of work, all projects must engage or be made accessible to the public in Miami-Dade County via process, presentation, production, or publication. Manifestations may include exhibitions, performances, events, lectures, workshops, screenings, readings, publications, residencies, programming of artist-run-spaces, online projects, etc. Support for curatorial or publication (print or online) projects must be for original projects with significant collaborations with artist(s) in Miami-Dade County and substantially contribute to contemporary art discourse in this area. Projects that connect or engage artists from different communities/areas throughout the County are strongly encouraged.

Wavemaker Grants Funding Categories:
- New Work/Projects, to support the creation and presentation of new work or projects that are artist-driven, artist-centric, and innovative in concept and form.
- Long-Haul Projects, in response to Miami’s seemingly insatiable appetite for what is new, fast, and fashionable, this category supports the continuation or completion of existing long-term projects, highlighting the value in the time, focus, and determination required to take on and ultimately finish lengthy artistic pursuits.
- Research and Development/Implementation, to support research and development for ambitious new projects that require a longer period of planning. Upon completion of the R & D phase of this category, grantees will be invited to submit a short-form proposal to receive additional funds to implement their projects.

All grant applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Artistic excellence, conceptual rigor, and relevance to the local cultural, geographic, and socio-economic context
- Overall vision of the applicant(s)
- Capacity of the applicant(s) to realize the proposed project
- Accessibility of the resulting project to the public
- The project’s potential for meaningful impact on the local community, regional arts ecology, and other artists

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148130

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Estimated Size of Grant:

New Work/Projects: Grants of up to $6,000
Long-Haul Projects: Grants of up to $3,000
Research & Development/Implementation: Grants of up to $2,000
(WaveMaker Grants Cycle 3 R&D Grant winners will still be eligible for up to $3,000 for their Implementation proposal)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Visual artists, curators, creative/arts writers, cultural organizers, collectives, collaboratives, partnerships, and artist-run spaces residing within Miami-Dade County are eligible to apply.

If applying as a group, the artistic group can be long-standing or created specifically for this project. Please identify one participant to serve as the lead contact for the project.

Non-profit organizations are not eligible.

Projects that will not be funded include:
- Those proposed by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
- Projects in which the lead artist/organizer, or the majority of artists, or the key visual artist are not residents of Miami-Dade County at the time of application
- Projects that are not accessible and presented to the public
- Projects or artists that receive funding in the first cycle of WaveMaker Grants will not be eligible for support in cycle two

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be outreach sessions at Cannonball in October and November, during which applicants will be able to find out more about WaveMaker Grants and budgeting for your project.

Wednesday, October 11: Information Session @ Locust Projects
Monday, October 16: Information Session @ Homestead Chamber of Commerce
Monday, October 23: Information Session @ Opa Locka Community Development Corporation
Tuesday, November 7: Info Session @ ABRA Gallery
Tuesday, November 21: Budget Session @ Locust Projects

Pre-Application Information:

Wednesday, November 22, 2017: Applications available via Submittable
Wednesday, January 24, 2018: Applications due online, by 11:59 PM EST

Budget forms and information:

How to apply:

Project overview:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Michelle Lisa Polissaint, Programs & Outreach Manager

1035 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33136


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Miami-Dade County