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News to Use – April 27, 2021


Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

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 1st Quarter

Workshop:          May 26, 2021 at 10:00 AM –  RSVP
Courtesy Review Deadline: June 17, 2021, 11:59 PM
Application Deadline: June 24, 2021, 11:59 PM

To view all the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs upcoming FY 2021-2022 Spring Cycle deadlines visit here.


Jorge M. Perez Family Foundation and The Miami Foundation

CreARTE Grants Program offers $1.5 million for the arts

Application Deadline May 28

The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation’s CreARTE Grant Program is now open for applications  until May 28. The Foundation will invest over $1.5 million in Miami-Dade organizations working to cultivate an equitable arts community by expanding residents’ access to the arts and making our city a global hub for artistic excellence.

Through CreARTE, the Foundation will award grants in three main areas of focus:

  • Arts Access: Funding to support meaningful and diverse public engagement with, and access to, various forms of high-quality art across Greater Miami and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.
  • Arts Education:Funding to support high-performing, innovative organizations in Greater Miami working to ensure that all young people have equitable access to arts education opportunities. 
  • Artist Fellowships and Residencies: Funding to support the creation and/or expansion of artist fellowship and residency programs to expand local options for artistic professionals to hone their talents and showcase their work.

Visit the website here for more information or participate in a virtual information session on May 5 at 12 p.m. For specific questions you can sign up for office hours here. Review the program guidelines, you can click here to apply.

Questions? Contact Lindsey Linzer, Managing Director of Community Investments at [email protected] and Belissa Alvarez, Director, The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at [email protected].


U.S. Small Business Administration

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal has reopened

Be sure to register on the portal in advance and use the checklist to make sure you have everything you need to complete your application. Review additional resources at such as the applicant user guide and FAQ. Keep these resources open throughout the application process.

First register on the SVOG portal, then you can begin the application process on the SVOG portal. Every user will be temporarily placed in a virtual waiting room and will be able to start their application in the order in which they arrived.

For technical assistance such as a password reset, browser suggestions, or how to use the multi-factor authentication with an app and the QR code, applicants can call 1-800-659-2955 or, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 1-800-877-8339 and follow the prompts to SVOG assistance. The call center is now open 24/7.


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


Elevate Prize 2021
Application Deadline May 5, 2021

The Elevate Prize annually awards $5 million in prize funding and services to a radically diverse group of 10 leaders who are tackling the most urgent issues of our time around the world. The Elevate Prize is open to applicants with a demonstrated history of catalyzing social and / or environmental impact through their work and leadership.

Each winner of this year’s Elevate Prize will receive:
Money. A minimum of $300,000 (USD) shared between winners and their nonprofit organizations, so they can collectively drive change.
Amplification. Our strategic marketing and media expertise can take winners to the next level. Be a social impact influencer. Find fans. Build a platform. Think bigger. Do great things. Change the world.
Mentorship. Our network of partners, executives and decision-makers offer the kind of professional development and business guidance money can’t buy.
Connections. Each cohort is a radically diverse group of people leading innovative organizations. As a member of this cohort, winners will have the opportunity to learn from each other, create shared experiences, and build lasting relationships.
Support. We take the time to thoroughly understand winners’ needs as an individual and organization, and then create a tailored program that will help each winner reach their goals and beyond.
Click here for details and to apply.



Art in Public Places Opportunities

Light Sculpture for Cybrarium – City of Homestead, FL

Request for Proposals Deadline: Friday, May 14, 2021, 11:59PM (Extended)

Budget:  $156,000

Eligibility: Open to professional visual artists based in the USA.

Owner: The City of Homestead, FL

The City of Homestead is pleased to share an open call for proposals from professional artists and/or artist teams to design, engineer, fabricate, permit, deliver and install an original large scale suspended  “LIGHT SCULPTURE”  for a prominent location within the City’s new high-tech “CYBRARIUM” library located in the historic Downtown area. The selected artist will design a unique “LIGHT SCULPTURE” that descends from the ceiling above the main stairway to the mezzanine level to provide the library’s patrons with an outstanding visual experience and create a unique identity for the space. The completed design should be suitable for viewing from many different angles. For questions, contact [email protected]; 305-224-4524



Arts Resilient 305 Survey – Cultural Organizations and Artists

Deadline Monday, May 3

Please respond to this  brief survey  and tell us about where you are in regard to the essential work to address climate change and seal level rise. The Department of Cultural Affairs needs your input to provide you with the most effective information, support, partnerships and resources to make this a better planet.

Click here to respond to the Arts Resilient 305 Survey by Monday, May 3rd.


U.S. Small Business Administration

COVID-19 Economic Aid Overview Webinar

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.

Join the South Florida District Office as we explore the next steps in the PPP process.

Tuesday, April 27 (en Español)
11am – 12pm EST
Click here register on Eventbrite.

Tuesday, April 27
11am – 12pm EST
Click here register on Eventbrite.

Thursday, April 29 (en Español)
11am – 12pm EST
Click here register on Eventbrite.

Thursday, April 29
11am – 12pm EST
Click here register on Eventbrite.


PPP Forgiveness Webinar

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, published a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act.

Join the South Florida District Office as we explore the next steps in the PPP process.

Tuesday, April 27
1pm – 2pm EST
Click here register.

Updated PPP Lender forms, guidance, and resources are available at and


Emails and Notifications Regarding INFORMS

You may have received emails from [email protected] with the subject line INFORMS Go Live! or INFORMS Information and might be wondering what it’s all about. INFORMS (INtegrated Financial Resources Management System) is an online platform that integrates Miami-Dade County’s budget, procurement, human resources and financial operations all in one system.

How does this relate to you? If you’re a grantee in ‘Active’ status with the County, INFORMS now allows you to update your records and view payment statuses through the eSupplier Portal at The emails you received – one with a username and one with a system generated password – include instructions on how to access the portal and create your own unique password. If you received these emails, be sure to follow the instructions so your account is active and up-to-date.

For questions about the eSupplier Portal or if you are an active grantee and did not receive an email (please check your INBOX, JUNK or SPAM emails first), contact the Vendor Outreach & Support Section at (305) 375-5773, or by email at [email protected].  For more information visit the INFORMS eSupplier and Strategic Sourcing Portal section of the Online Vendor Registration page at



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:

To view a comprehensive list of all the Department’s previous cultural updates on COVID-19 click here.


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