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News to Use – April 5, 2021


Youth Arts Enrichment (YEP) Grant Program Workshops
Dana Pezoldt | [email protected]
Courtesy Review Deadline:  May 4, 2021, 11:59 PM
Final Deadline:  May 11, 2021, 11:59 PM

Provides grants to nonprofit organizations providing cultural arts outreach programs that enrich the lives of children through the arts by making the arts available to more children and families throughout Miami-Dade County.

All applicants to the Youth Arts Enrichment (YEP) Program must attend one (1) workshop prior to application. Refer to the YEP PROGRAM GUIDELINES or contact the grant administrator for further pre-application requirements.

The FY 2021-22 YEP workshops will be held virtually through GoToWebinar. 

YEP Grants Program Workshop Schedule:
Note: This workshop will provide instruction on using the Department of Cultural Affairs’ online grant platform, “Survey Monkey Apply” as well as review program eligibility criteria, application and reporting requirements.

To register, click on the link below to register with GoToWebinar:
Thursday, April 8, 2021, 10:30 AM – Noon
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

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

Coral Gables Community Foundation
Spring Grant
Applications due Monday, April 19th by 5:00 PM

Since 2014, the Coral Gables Community Foundation has formally awarded grants to deserving local non-profit organizations that address issues within our focus areas and serve those who live, work, learn and play in Coral Gables. The Foundation has a strong commitment toward programs benefiting education, arts & culture, historic preservation and social & health services. Apply here.


National Endowment for the Arts
Challenge America Grant
Application Deadline April 22, 2021

Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to populations that are underserved. Challenge America features an abbreviated application, a robust structure of technical assistance, and grants for a set amount of $10,000. Grants require a cost share/match of $10,000 consisting of cash and/or in-kind contributions. Total project costs must be at least $20,000 or greater.
This category is an entry point for organizations seeking Arts Endowment funding. See Applicant Eligibility for more information.
To  speak with NEA staff about Challenge America contact [email protected] or 202-682-5700, and see Staff Assistance for more information.

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.


Oolite Arts

Save the Bay PSA Contest
Deadline April 12, 2021 at 6 p.m.

This PSA contest asking for an artist perspective on saving one of Miami’s most precious resources: Biscayne Bay. After a year of reports on algae blooms, pollution, and suffering plant and marine life, we are looking for short pieces that can lead to a brighter future for our environment.

Five filmmakers will be selected to win $2,500 in funding to create a 30-60 second Public Service Announcement. The winning PSAs will be presented at an outdoor socially distanced community event. The community will also be asked to vote on their favorite PSA, and the People’s Choice winner will receive an extra $1,000. Click here for details and to submit.

Have questions about Save the Bay? On Tues, March 30, 2021 you can schedule a 15-minute virtual appointment with Cinematic Arts Manager Danielle Bender between 12-4 pm. Click here to schedule appointment.

Learn more about the Biscayne Bay Recovery Plan.

Presented in cooperation with Miami-Dade County and Miami-Dade County’s Chief Bay Officer Irela Bagué.


U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA Disaster Recovery Q&A Sessions

April 6 and April 7, 2021

Was your small business affected by Covid-19? Are you looking for small business funding? Join the SBA during virtual Q&A sessions and have your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) questions answered by a live person. Participants may call at any time and are welcome to enter and exit at will.

Tuesday, and Wednesday
2pm – 3pm
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
202-765-1264; Conference ID – 191 652 154

Tuesday (en Español)
11am – 12pm
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
202-765-1264; Conference ID – 919 146 391


Institute of Museum and Library Services

Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines: A REALM Project Webinar

Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 3:00 PM

The REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project is hosting a webinar to explore the topic of COVID-19 vaccines and how they impact the reopening and ongoing operations plans for organizations. Presenters will provide information on vaccine education, including resources available to help address vaccine misinformation in the community. They will also share aspects of what is known and unknown in the scientific community about vaccines, along with a general update about the REALM project. Register here.


Crosby Kemper, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services

Erica Kimmerling, Senior Advisor for Science Engagement Policy and Partnerships, Association of Science and Technology Centers

Amy Marino, Senior Program Officer, Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Research, Smithsonian

Elisabeth Wilhelm, Co-Lead of Vaccine Confidence Team, COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, CDC

Arts & Business Council of Miami, Inc.

Lab 4 – Energize Media, Messaging, And Outreach

April 27 at 10 AM

Getting visibility in the new landscape is essential for your organization to move forward in 2021. Content that promotes meaningful engagement to expand your audience is vital. Our brilliant thought-leaders will explore how to think creatively and expansively about messaging to get your story told. Get tips on how to build relationships with traditional and nontraditional media, create innovative strategies for outreach and fine tune your message. Industry experts will bring you the insiders scoop on how to succeed now. The curated MAMP Media List will be distributed.
Register here.


Calling all arts enthusiasts, advocates, and supporters! 

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs is looking for volunteers interested in sharing their passion, expertise, and enthusiasm for our cultural arts community to serve as a panelist on our panel review process. Each year the Department of Cultural Affairs relies on the services of our volunteer panelists to review and evaluate grant applications that result in funding recommendations for the arts and culture programs you’ve come to love and enjoy. Learn how you can be a part of the cultural ecosystem and join other artists, arts-related professionals, educators, community members and business leaders and make a difference in your community. Click here to complete the form.



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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