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Capital Development (CAP) Grant Program

Grants to Florida Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs to
Improve Cultural Facilities in Miami-Dade County

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Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Deadline Date:

04/16/19 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 to Florida nonprofits, agencies, and public or private institutions of higher education to improve cultural arts facilities located within Miami-Dade County. Applicants must consult with program staff at least one week prior to the application deadline.

The Capital Development (CAP) Grant Program provides funding assistance for capital improvement projects that are designed to expand, renovate, construct, or equip cultural arts facilities located within Miami-Dade County. The Department of Cultural Affairs encourages applications from organizations whose growth depends on access to and control of adequate facilities for optimum implementation of programs. These capital projects assist the nonprofit cultural community in providing increased public service, greater access, enhanced exhibition or performing space and in developing cultural facilities that can be operated more effectively and efficiently. All programs must be accessible and promoted to the general public. Grants are awarded on an extremely competitive basis based on panel evaluation. There is no guarantee that your proposal will be recommended for funding.

Projects must have strong evidence of prior planning and an imminent completion or “readiness” factor. Applicants must demonstrate that they have secured the maximum possible public and/or private match. Priority consideration will be given to organizations that submit applications for projects to implement improvements as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act and the Florida Accessibility Code, Chapter 11 of the Florida Building Code.

Facility improvement projects should be designed to improve the artistic capabilities of and/or the audience ability to experience programs in the applicant facilities. Grants are intended to have a major impact on the applicant, the patrons served by that organization and the surrounding community.

Further Requirements for the Proposed Project:

Allowable Grant Expenditures:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167152

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $30,000. However, the minimum request that can be considered is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant funding period runs from October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
- Be legally incorporated as not-for-profit, with designated tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Proof of incorporation and IRS tax-exempt designation is required at the time of application; or
- Qualify as a political subdivision of Miami-Dade County or one of its municipalities, that owns and operates a cultural facility – provided that the cultural facility provides service and open access to the community and the general public on a regular basis (limited to one (1) application per subdivision/municipality); or
- Qualify as a public or private institution of higher education that owns and operates a cultural facility - provided that the cultural facility provides service and open access to the community and the general public beyond their educational mission and on a regular basis (limited to one (1) application per institution);
- Not be a religious organization 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;
- Have site control of the proposed facility (located in Miami-Dade County) either through ownership or having an executed long-term lease with an unexpired, 5-year minimum term (the lease must be in the non-profit’s name). Proof of site control is required at the time of application and in order to qualify under the program’s eligibility requirements (there are no exceptions to this rule);
- Have as its primary purpose and function, as defined by the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws of the organization, programs that are substantially focused on arts and cultural activities;
- Employ at least one full-time paid professional;
- Have its primary office in Miami-Dade County;
- Have a track record or documented plan of offering cultural programs to the general public on a regular basis; and
- Use the awarded funds, including match, within the Miami-Dade County fiscal year (October 1 through September 30) in which the grant is awarded.

Grant Use Restrictions

Pre-Application Information:

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 CAP 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 the CGO grants system, your consultation appointment must be in person and will require additional time to cover the CGO system basics. There are no exceptions to these requirements. To schedule your consultation, contact Kelly Allocco.

- Applications Available: March 4, 2019
- Consultation Period with Department Staff: March 6, 2019 - April 9, 2019
- Deadline: April 16, 2019, 11:59 PM
- Application Comments / Corrections Issued: May 2, 2019
- Revised/Final Application Due: May 9, 2019, 11:59 PM
- CAP Panel Meeting: June 28, 2019, 1:00 PM
- Cultural Affairs Council Approval: July 17, 2019, 12 Noon
- Board of County Commissioners Approval: September 2019
- Award Notifications Issued: October 2019
- Availability of Grant Funds: CAP funds are distributed on reimbursement basis.

Organizations are encouraged to complete the online application process at least 72 hours in advance of the application deadline to ensure successful submittal. Be aware that before you are able to access the grant application form, you must have a user account for basic log-in access and complete and submit a Grant Eligibility and Request Form. Once you have completed these steps, your Grant Eligibility and Request Form will be reviewed by the Program Administrator to determine whether or not your organization is eligible to apply for the requested grant. This review may take up to 3 business days. Only after the Program Administrator has confirmed your eligibility can you be provided access to the grant application form. It is critical to keep these steps and this timeline in mind when preparing to submit a grant online.

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 must furnish a minimum $1 to $1 match from the municipality or jurisdiction in which the facility is located and/or from the applicant organization to be eligible for County grant funds. A funding mix that includes foundation and corporate support, other government support, private contributions and earned income is desirable. The matching terms of the CAP Grants Program are designed to act as a catalyst to assist organizations in obtaining increased levels of local government (e.g., municipal) support and applicant organization funds.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Kelly Allocco
(305) 375-4636

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 625
Miami, Florida 33128

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