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Arts Access Miami aims to bring the transformational power of arts and music education to all youth. With the launch of this re-envisioned grant program, we will offer nimble capacity building and programmatic grants that help close arts education gaps as highlighted from data in artlook® Miami and help foster stronger arts partnerships within the Miami-Dade County Public Schools ecosystem.  


Catalyst Grants are multi-year grants (up to $20,000 distributed over two years) for arts education programs, initiatives, and organizations in Miami-Dade. Grant funds are intended to address opportunities for strengthened arts partnerships between nonprofit organizations and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. In addition to the grant funds, The Miami Foundation will work closely with each selected grant partner throughout the grant period to provide guidance, additional resources, and facilitate further opportunities for collaboration and learning.  

Funding Priorities

In addition to our eligibility requirements, we will prioritize funding organizations that: 

  • Focus on access to arts education: We will support projects that not only engage youth in the arts, but also demonstrate a clear strategy to increase their access to these opportunities.  
  • Advance Equity: We will prioritize organizations working with communities that face marginalization based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, mixed-abilities, or other lines of difference.    
  • Collaborate: We will prioritize organizations that can link their programmatic success to collaboration with a community, school, or partner organization.   
  • Use data as a guide: We will prioritize projects that are guided and informed by data directly from artlook Miami.   
  • Are grassroots organizations: We will prioritize organizations with budgets under $750,000 annually and that may lack the resources to navigate the complexities of school partnerships effectively.  

Focus Areas

We want to prioritize real-time needs in arts access that have been identified through our artlook Miami data. For this grant cycle, we will prioritize organizations focused on: 

  • Artist residencies and professional development: Our artlook data reveals that there is a need for more partnerships that provide artist residencies and arts education-centered professional development for teachers. 
  • Dance & Theatre: While there is more access to visual arts and music, there is less access to dance and theatre. 
  • School Needs: artlook® Miami works with schools to collect data about needs for arts education partnerships and programs.  We will welcome applications that reference a discovery from the artlook Miami data that is not highlighted above that has informed their proposed programming.

Note: While organizations may not have the time to analyze the artlook data, we encourage applicants to focus on how their project addresses a clear need within M-DCPS. If you would like guidance on how to align your proposal to identified needs in a meaningful way, please attend one of our upcoming webinars. 


To be eligible for a Catalyst Grant, you must: 

  1. Be a IRS 501©(3) public charity serving Miami-Dade County young people through the arts                              (Note: IRS 501(c)(3) public charity fiscal sponsors are also eligible to apply) 
  2. Have a clear idea for how this grant will catalyze your work further within M-DCPS 
  3. Orient toward collaborations and partnerships: While funds will be directed to individual organizations, our goal is to fund organizations that collaborate and partner with others. 
  4. Have a 2024 operating budget of under $750,000 
  5. Intend to use the funding for an arts education program in partnership with an M-DCPS school
  6. Have a record of consistent, ongoing participation opportunities for youth through the arts 
  7. Have a focus on equity, with staff and board being representative of the communities served. 

Note: While not required, we highly encourage organizations with existing or potential partnerships with an M-DCPS school to apply. If your organization is interested in applying, but does not have an existing partnership, we encourage you to schedule an office hours conversation with us. 

Grant size and duration, requirements, and use: 

Grant Amounts: $20,000 distributed over a two-year cycle  

  • To ensure ongoing alignment and optimal use of funds, The Miami Foundation will review each grantees’ progress and address any areas of potential improvement prior to confirming the continuation of funding for the second year.  

Grant Period:  

  • Year 1: August 2024 – June 2025 
  • Year 2: July 2025 – June 2026 

Funding Note: We understand that creating, building, and launching an arts education program requires the appropriate resources. To that end, this grant is not intended to build a full-scale program, but rather as general operating support to seed a component of, scale an existing program, fund an initiative within, or to foster a new relationship with a school or partner. Our hope is that this funding will help our grant partners foster sustainable relationships that increase access to arts education. 

Connect with Us

Office Hours |Please sign up for an optional 20-minute office hours session here. We can answer your questions about the program and help you optimize your application.  If you do not have an existing relationship with an M-DCPS school, we can also provide guidance before you apply.

Informational Webinar | Register to attend one of two virtual information sessions by clicking the links below. All informational sessions will be recorded and uploaded to our website for later access. 

Timeline |  

  • Application Opens: Tuesday, April 30th,2024 
  • Office Hours: May 9th- May 24th   
  • Proposals Due: Friday, May 31st, 2024 at 11:59 PM 
  • Estimated Notification of Grant Awards: By Friday, June 28th, 2024 
  • Grants Period Start and funds disbursed: Beginning of August 2024  
  • 30 minute Introductory Call with The Miami Foundation and Miami-Dade County Public Schools: Scheduled within the weeks of September 9th-September 20th 
  • Reporting: End of year reports for Year 1 and Year 2 of funding 


Program Contact | Geryel Osorio-Godoy, Collective Impact Sr. Manager, 

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The Miami Foundation values exceptional community leadership and aspires to see a diverse and ever-growing generation of leaders taking shared responsibility for the future of our region. The Ruth Shack Leadership Award honors an outstanding rising leader who embodies the character and qualities for which Ruth Shack is known: a passionate champion for Greater Miami, steadfast ethics, unselfish service, and a connector of our diverse community. 

Arriving in Miami in 1950, Ms. Shack served for three terms on the Miami-Dade County Commission and for 24 years as president of The Miami Foundation. During that time she championed numerous efforts around social justice, the arts, historic preservation and much more. She is one of Miami’s most courageous leaders, having demonstrated her commitment to improving our community throughout the years. 

The Foundation seeks to identify a local leader who embodies the leadership qualities tied to this special award. Anyone can recommend a nominee - self nominations are allowed. The Foundation will recognize this year’s winner at its annual leadership celebration on October 17, 2024.

Nominee Criteria
Nominees must be age 45 or younger and must live and work in Miami-Dade County. They may work in any field or sector. They should stand out for the following: 

  • Demonstrating passion and commitment as a leader in improving Greater Miami 
  • Being a bold champion for an issue that impacts our quality of life 
  • Transcending their own space to elevate others and build collaborations for broader impact  
  • Displaying integrity and ethics that distinguish them among leaders 

The deadline to nominate someone is Friday, June 21, 2024. The Miami Foundation will reach out to each nominee to have them complete profile questions related to the criteria above. 

For questions, please contact Yazmin Valido at

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