Director’s Message: African-American Cultural and Historical Grants – Available Now

Dear Colleagues,

As we previously reported in last week’s News To Use email newsletter, the Florida Department of State has issued guidelines for the African-American Cultural and Historical Grants program. We are emphasizing this unique opportunity as part of our continuing efforts to help promote equitable access to cultural resources.

This State of Florida grant opportunity is funded by the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program, as authorized by the Department of the Treasury, and administered by the Florida Division of Arts and Culture and Florida Division of Historical Resources. The application period is now open with a deadline of Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Florida Department of State

African-American Cultural and Historical Grants Program

Deadline: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Award Amount: Up to $500,000 or up to $1,000,000 with 50% matching funds from other sources. There is no minimum request amount.

Program Description: The purpose of this grant program is to provide funding for construction projects at facilities in Florida that highlight the contributions, culture, or history of African-Americans. Priority shall be given for, but is not limited to, projects that:

  • encourage the design or construction of a new facility or the renovation of an existing facility in an area with great cultural significance in which no facility exists;
  • enhance the beauty or aesthetic value of facilities named for significant African-Americans; or,
  • restore facilities on the National Register of Historic Places.

Applicant Eligibility: Eligible Applicant Organizations are either a public entity or an active Florida nonprofit or 501(c)(3).

Guidelines and Application: Visit the website linked here.

Help Us Get the Word Out!

I strongly encourage you to apply, if eligible. Miami-Dade County’s African-American historic and arts institutions have a proven track record of outstanding cultural contributions to South Florida and this grants program may help provide significant funding support to eligible projects.

Please share this opportunity with Florida-based Black arts organizations and Black historical groups in your network that may be eligible to apply. The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs staff and I will continue to distribute useful information regarding the State’s African-American Cultural and Historical Grants Program or other helpful resources.


Michael Spring

Director, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

The most reliable way to contact us continues to be through email. View the  staff directory here.


Please check the County’s web site for more COVID-19 information and for regular updates:

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