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The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs has developed a series of grant programs to promote the growth of Miami-Dade County's cultural community. Each program is designed to address specific kinds of cultural projects and organizations or individual artists’ needs. The Department considers its grants programs to be essential in the development of our County’s many cultural assets. Public funding also insures that residents and visitors are provided with year-round educational and entertainment opportunities.
The Department has developed a multi-level review process, which begins with staff review and a consultation with the applicant. A peer review panel of volunteers is appointed by the Cultural Affairs Council (the Department's volunteer advisory board) for each program and meets at a publicly announced session to evaluate grant applications and make initial funding recommendations. These recommendations are forwarded to the Council for review. The Council's action on panel recommendations is submitted to Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners for final approval. 
The Department of Cultural Affairs’ grants process is designed to be helpful and collaborative for organizations and artists seeking support. The Department is committed to working with all applicants to provide guidance with grant requirements and the online application procedures.
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All funded activities must provide equal access and opportunity in employment and services and may not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, physical ability, gender identity or gender expression, or status as victim of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 as amended (42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Miami-Dade County ordinances No. 97-170, § 1, 2-25-97 and No. 98-17, § 1, 12-1-98.

The Department reserves the right to revise information published on this site. Please call the Department's office at 305-375-4634 to confirm information, including but not limited to panel meeting dates and times. All programs are contingent upon the approval of the Department's annual budget by the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners. Please refer to specific program guidelines for detailed information and eligibility requirements.

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs sponsored programs or meetings, please contact Francine Andersen 305-375-4634 /, at least five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).