Artist Access (ART) Grants Program

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Contact:  Roxana Barba |

                 Carlos Caballero |

Maximum Request:  $1,500

FY 2020-2021 Artist Access (ART) Grant Program Guidelines

Funded by Miami-Dade County and offered in partnership with FUNDarte, the Artist Access Grant Program is designed to assist practicing, professional artists in any medium or discipline residing in Miami-Dade County pursue opportunities that will advance their practice and careers in demonstrable ways. 

Eligible opportunities include artistic professional development and skill-building opportunities, as well as financial offset of equipment purchase and studio rental. Applications will consider how the potential, timeliness, and impact of the opportunity(ies) will forward the artist’s career.

Project-oriented opportunities (such as exhibits or performances that consist of presenting work to the public), professional certification, certificate, degree-seeking opportunities, and touring engagements are NOT eligible for funding consideration.


Beginning January 2021, the Artist Access Program will resume accepting applications for in-person professional development opportunities that involve travel outside of Miami-Dade County. Due to the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. and around the world, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises,

“Travel can increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.”

As such, the Department of Cultural Affairs strongly recommends each applicant carefully check the CDC advisories and consider the significant health risks involved with travel. Applicants who wish to move forward with a travel-related request and are funded by the panel are advised that they are proceeding solely at their own risk. Artist Access Program funding support does not constitute an endorsement of travel nor does it assume direct or indirect responsibility for any and all consequences associated with an applicant’s decision to travel.

Eligible Opportunities:

•             Artistic professional development opportunities (paid by reimbursement):  these include online workshops, conferences, independent study with a mentor artist and other artistic learning opportunities, as well as creative research. Skill building opportunities to help artists expand their skills include practical skill development such as promotion, website development and video editing.  Other eligible opportunities include teaching artist training and leadership training.

Applicants must articulate how the opportunity advances the artist’s creative practice and career and provide registration fees and cost of opportunity as part of the application. Proof of expenditures will be required for the final report.

•             Studio and space rental fees (paid in advance):

Applicants must articulate the impact studio rental financial assistance will have in their practice and/or development of a project. If the artist is working towards a project supported by a presenter or a commission, artist must demonstrate that studio rental fees are not covered by submitting terms of agreements and/or other requirements. Applicant must provide quote and/or rental agreement in the application; proof of studio rental expenses will be required for the final report.  

•          Equipment Purchases (paid by reimbursement): includes computers, tablets, sound and film equipment, projectors, computer software, hard drives, video cards, music instruments and other equipment needed to continue advancing the artist’s practice. Applicants are NOT required to provide proof of purchase as supporting material in the application.

FY 2019-2020 ART Fall / Winter Awardees List

ART Grants Program Timeline*

          FALL         SPRING

Funding Period

Oct 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021

April 1, 2021 – Sep 30, 2021

Applications Available

August 20, 2020

February 15, 2021

Application Deadline September 21, 2020 March 15, 2021
Panel Meeting October 12, 2020
(subject to change)
April 12, 2021
(subject to change)
Funds Distributed to Grantees Advance pay or reimbursement, whichever is applicable Advance pay or reimbursement, whichever is applicable

*Dates/times subject to change.

How to apply:

Artists may apply by submitting an online application through the Department’s online grants program portal page: SurveyMonkey Apply

A consultation with the program administrator is not required to apply.

For details and FAQs click here.

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