This program is made possible with the assistance of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners.


The ARTIST ACCESS Grants Program provides mini-grants to Miami-Dade County based, working individual artists to take advantage of specific, professional development, skill-building opportunities to advance their work and careers. When requesting funds, an applicant should demonstrate clearly how the available opportunity will improve his/her artistic skills and abilities. Experiences such as advanced workshops, conferences, master classes, and residencies, or activities that enable the artist to acquire techniques that improve his/her ability to present a body of work, are examples of the types of requests that have successfully competed in this grants program in the past. Grant awards range from $100 to $750, depending on need and program specifics. We strongly encourage prospective applicants to call and speak with the program administrator, Mary Luft, (305) 324-4337 (or email@tigertail.org), prior to submitting an application. The Artist Access application form and guidelines are available on-line at www.tropiculturemiami.com

WHO should apply?

Applications are encouraged from all professional artists working in any medium. Applications will be evaluated based on evidence of serious professional commitment and on the experience's contribution to the artist's professional growth. Artists may receive assistance through this grants program only once per year.
Applications which include evidence of partial funding or letters of invitation are considered first.

Eligibility Restrictions
1. Applicants must be 18 years of age and permanent residents of Miami-Dade County.
3. Grants may not be used for debts incurred before the start date or after termination of the activity.
4. Students are not eligible.
5. Grants may not be used to support commercial activities.
6. The activity must be completed within twelve months of the starting date.

HOW to apply:

Submit a typed application (use 12 pt. font), by one of the deadlines indicated below. Attach any support materials to the application (i.e. resume, letter of invitation, work samples, conference/workshop/residency logistics, if available). Keep a copy of the completed application for your records.

WHEN to apply:

There are four deadlines each year to submit an ARTISTACCESS grant application. It is not necessary that the activity occur in the quarter during which the grant application is submitted, although retroactive grant requests will not be funded. Applications must be received or postmarked by one of the following dates (no exceptions):

• Winter Quarter, January 15 • Spring Quarter, March 1
• Summer Quarter, June 1 • Fall Quarter, September 1

WHAT to expect:

Grant applications are reviewed through a peer panel process and applicants are notified within three weeks of the grant deadline. If awarded, grant funds are issued by reimbursement only, based on paid receipts and/or canceled checks submitted by the artist. At the completion of the event, awardees must complete the final report form provided with the grant announcement.

Click here to see a list of recipients to date

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