News to Use – July 2, 2021

Support Surfside

Our thoughts are with the victims, survivors, families and first responders of the Surfside building collapse. Miami-Dade County has a web page that provides the public with ways to help those impacted by this tragedy. If you are able to assist, please go to Surfside Family Assistance where you will find information and opportunities to help under “Surfside Support.”


Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Quarterly Grant Programs Deadlines

Community Grants Program (CG)
Graham Winick / [email protected]
A quarterly program for non-profit organizations developing community-based cultural programs, projects, and events, such as fairs, parades, neighborhood festivals, conferences, and publications.

FY 2021-2022 – Community Grants 2nd Quarter
Workshop:       August 5, 2021, at 2:00 PM – RSVP
Courtesy Review Deadline: August 26, 2021, 11:59 PM
Application Deadline: September 2, 2021, 11:59 PM

FY 2021-2022 – Community Grants 3rd Quarter
Workshop:       November 10, 2021, at 10:00 AM – RSVP
Courtesy Review Deadline: December 2, 2021, 11:59 PM
Application Deadline: December 9, 2021, 11:59 PM

Tourist Development Council Grants Program (TDC)
Nikenna Benjamin / [email protected]

A quarterly program which provides support to significant cultural and/or special events, including sports activities and television/film origination projects that promote Miami-Dade County’s appeal as a tourist destination. Activities must be able to stimulate tourism and have significant media impact for Miami-Dade County.

FY 2021-2022 – TDC Grants 1st Quarter
Workshop:       June 10, 2021, at 2:00 PM – RSVP
Courtesy Review Deadline: July 6, 2021, 11:59 PM
Application Deadline: July 12, 2021, 11:59 PM

FY 2021-2022 – TDC Grants 2nd Quarter
Workshop:       September 9, 2021, at 2:00 PM – RSVP
Courtesy Review Deadline: October 4, 2021, 11:59 PM
Application Deadline: October 12, 2021, 11:59 PM

National Endowment for the Arts
Grants for Arts Projects
Application Deadline July 8, 2021

Grants support arts projects that use the arts to unite and heal in response to current events; celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage; invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values; and enrich humanity. Applicants may request cost share/matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. Designated local arts agencies eligible to subgrant may request from $10,000 to $150,000 for subgranting programs in the Local Arts Agencies discipline. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.

Click here for applicant eligibility and detailed program information


Music Access Miami Mini-Grants 2021
Deadline July 9, 2021

Music Access Miami aims to increase access to high-quality music education & experiences for every child & family. The inaugural launch of Music Access Mini-Grants offers support for capacity building, general operating support, and program support for both music organizations and teachers.

The power of music is undeniable. Children who are exposed to music education benefit from life-long benefits for their mind, body, and spirit. Research demonstrates that music education positively impacts various aspects of youth development, from literacy & math to Interpersonal abilities & confidence.

Grants for non-profits are available for general operating support for organizations whose mission is to serve youth through music in Miami-Dade County. Funds can be used to provide programmatic support for arts organizations to serve youth through music in Miami-Dade County and/or to increase organizational capacity to support the mission. Click here to download guidelines and application information.
For details on Miami Dade-County teacher resources and grants administered through The Education Fund click here.

Please direct questions to Kunya Rowley, Manager of Music Access, Arts, and Culture, at  [email protected]

Knight Arts Challenge
Application Deadline July 31, 2021

The Knight Arts Challenge will fund ideas from local artists and arts organizations who are asked to answer this question in 150 words or less: “What is your best idea for the arts in either Akron, Detroit or Miami?” Applications open on July 1 and run through July 31.  A group of finalists will be chosen in each city to elaborate on their ideas. The winners will be announced in the fall and share up to $5 million across the three cities to bring their ideas to life.

Adam Ganuza, Knight arts program officer, will host two virtual town halls to discuss the rules of the Challenge. Register here for the town hall at 6:30 p.m. ET on Mon. July 26. Applicants can also schedule 15-minute informational sessions with the Knight Arts Team on weekdays through July 30 by clicking here.

For answers to FAQs, click here.


NEA Offers Relief Funds through the American Rescue Plan

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is announcing two programs to distribute American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds. These programs are open to nonprofit arts and culture organizations and local arts agencies, regardless of whether they have received NEA funding in the past.

Grants to Organizations
Application Deadline: August 12, 2021
Support for operating costs:
fixed grant amounts of $50,000, $100,000, or $150,000
The Rescue Plan’s Grants to Organizations program will be carried out through one-time grants to eligible organizations including, but not limited to, nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, units of state or local government, federally recognized tribal communities or tribes, and a wide range of other organizations that can help advance the goals of this program. See Eligibility for more information.

General ARP Resources

First Time Applicant?
Understanding Federal Registrations Online

Answers to frequently asked questions Online

ARP Applicant Q&A Sessions
Ask questions in live small group settings Register



2021-2022 South Florida Cultural Consortium (SFCC) Grant
Deadline: Monday, October 25, 2021

The South Florida Cultural Consortium Grant Program offers the largest regional, government-sponsored artists’ grants in the United States, awarding $15,000 and $7,500 grants to resident visual and media artists from the counties of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach. Since it was established in 1988, the Consortium has awarded over to $4 million in grants to over 300 artists. In addition to receiving the grant, the artists take part in an exhibition hosted and organized by a visual arts institution in one of the five counties. The SFCC Celebrated 30 years in 2018. Click here for application and guidelines.



Arts and Culture part of Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday
July 1 – July 7, 2021

The State of Florida has established the “Freedom Week” sales tax holiday.  Sales taxes will be lifted July 1 through July 7, 2021, on a variety of purchases including:
• Tickets purchased for live music events, fairs, festivals, cultural events, and movies shown in theaters. The tickets can be good for events scheduled through Dec. 31.
• Admissions and annual passes to museums, ballets, plays, musical theater performances and state parks.
To see a full list of all the categories click here for details.


Florida Alliance for Arts Education
State Teaching Artists Directory

Community and school teaching artists to register in the newly launched State Teaching Artist Directory. There is no fee to register.  The Directory will be sent to schools and community organizations to search for services.  Artist registrations should provide details such as kinds of sessions you provided; how artist structures time and other logistics arts education experience for students; specific age groups artist works with (preschool, elementary, middle, high, adults); and fee structure.

For details and to access the State Teaching Artist Directory at:


We’re Hiring!

Are you passionate about the arts? The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs is hiring. Review the list of open positions:

Theater Marketing Coordinator
Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
Job Closing 7/03/21

Theater Crew 3
Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
Job Closing 7/03/21

Cultural Affairs Instructor
Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
Job Closing 7/13/21

Independence Day
Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs administrative offices will be closed Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day. Click here for a list of County services and tips to celebrate our nation’s independence safely.


The most reliable way to contact us continues to be through email. You can find a staff directory at

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

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