The Miami Beach Cultural Arts Grant Program was originally created in 1998 as an essential component of the mission of the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council, which is to develop, coordinate, and promote the arts in the City of Miami Beach community. Since the program’s inception, the City of Miami Beach Mayor and Commission and the Cultural Arts Council have awarded approximately $18 million in cultural arts grants, supporting thousands of performances, exhibits, and other cultural activities in Miami Beach. The grants program is managed by professional staff from the City of Miami Beach’s Department of Tourism and Culture division of Cultural Affairs.
The Cultural Arts Grant Program has two separate application phases: (1) Intent to Apply (Pre-Application) and (2) FY 20/21 Full Application for Cultural Anchors and Cultural Presenters.
COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant
The Cultural Arts Council COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant provides operating funds to organizations with major preeminent and smaller arts institutions physically based in the City of Miami Beach, whose primary mission is year-round artistic and cultural programming that contributes significantly to the cultural life of the City of Miami Beach. These organizations are defined as “City of Miami Beach Cultural Anchors”.
Cultural Anchor organizations include Oolite Arts, The Bass Museum of Art, Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami City Ballet, Miami Design Preservation League, Miami New Drama, New World Symphony, Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS-FIU), Wolfsonian – FIU, Holocaust Memorial Committee, Miami Beach Film Society, Miami Beach Garden Conservancy (Miami Beach Botanical Garden), Miami Dade Public Library, O Cinema, The Rhythm Foundation, and University of Wynwood (O,Miami).
Venue waivers are available for nonprofit arts organizations that will present performing arts activities in Miami Beach. These performing arts activities include: dance, film, theatre, opera, and music.
Community Benefit Fund Fee Waivers for The Jackie Gleason Theater at the Fillmore Miami Beach
The Cultural Arts Council may issue up to 24 rental waivers per calendar year to qualified nonprofit organizations for use of the Jackie Gleason Theater and/or backstage at the Fillmore Miami Beach.
Community Benefit Fund Rent Waiver Application Fillmore
Community Benefit Fund Fee Waivers for Theater at the Colony Theater
For Theater Only
The Cultural Arts Council may issue up to 12 rental waivers per calendar year to qualified nonprofit organizations for use of the Colony Theater.
Community Benefit Fund Rent Waiver Application Colony Theatre
Rent Waiver Program for Soundscape Wall
The Cultural Arts Council may issue up to 10 grants annually for the use of the Soundscape projection wall and sound system to qualified nonprofit organizations. Restrictions apply.
SoundScape Wall Rent Waiver Application
Community Benefit Fund Fee Waivers for the North Beach Bandshell
The Cultural Arts Council may issue up to 12 rental waivers per calendar year to qualified nonprofit organizations for use of the North Beach Bandshell.
Community Benefit Fund Fee Waiver for the North Beach Bandshell
Pursuant to City Resolution No. 2018-30552, if applicable, Grantee is required to have 51% or more of its board membership complete the City’s training program for board members of non-profit agencies, who must have completed such training program within the last three years prior to Grantee receiving City funds pursuant to this Agreement. Board training is required for agencies that have an annual operating budget of less than $5 million and receive $25,000 or more in funding from the City. Prior to the release of the first Grant payment to the Grantee pursuant to this Agreement, Grantee shall submit a copy of the certificate of completion for each board member that has completed the training program prior to the contract submission deadline set forth in Article I.
For more information, including a full training video, visit: https://www.miamibeachfl.gov/city-hall/tourism-culture-and-economic-development/city-of-miami-beach-cultural-affairs-program/
2020-2021 Grant Timeline
- FY 20/21 Intent to Apply (Pre-application) available online: January 6, 2020
- FY 20/21 Intent to Apply submission deadline: January 24, 2020
- FY 20/21 Full application available online: January 27, 2020
- FY 20/21 Full application submission deadline: February 14, 2020
- FY 20/21 Full application correction period: February 17, 2020 – February 28, 2020
- FY 20/21 Full application resubmission deadline (corrections only): March 6, 2020
- Cultural Affairs Council Panel Meeting for Cultural Anchors: April 2, 2020
- Cultural Affairs Council Panel Meeting for Cultural Presenters Group 1: May 7, 2020
- Cultural Affairs Council Panel Meeting for Cultural Presenters Group 2: June 4, 2020
- Cultural Affairs Council meeting to approve grant funding for FY 20/21: July 9, 2020
- City Commission Budget Meeting: End of September 2020
- Mandatory Grant workshop for FY 20/21 funding: September 25, 2020
- FY 19/20 Final Reports Due: October 16, 2020
Note: The City of Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Culture, Division of Cultural Affairs reserves the right to make changes in meetings dates and times as deemed necessary.
FY19/20 Final Report
Grantees: Please refer to the attached .PDF documents linked below for your FY19/20 Final Report documents. In addition, to the Excel spreadsheet that includes three (3) separate tabs for you to complete, you must also complete and signed a signed and notorized Final Report Form as well as all required supplemental documents.
All final reports are due by Friday, October 16, 2020. Please mail your completed, signed and notarized Final Report Form and your Final Report Checklist (along with all applicable attachments and supplemental documentation) to:
Geraldine Toussaint - Cultural Affairs Grants and Operations Administrator
Tourism and Culture Department
1755 Meridian Avenue, 5th Floor, Suite 500
Miami Beach, FL 33139