Miami Beach Cultural Anchors


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Provides grants for operating funds to the 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. Grants may be used towards operational expenses in association with the annual cultural programming described in the application.

Cultural Anchor organizations include ArtCenter/South Florida, Bass Museum of Art, Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami City Ballet, Miami Design Preservation League, New World Symphony and Wolfsonian – FIU.

Junior Anchor organizations include Arts at St. John’s, Holocaust Memorial Committee, Miami Beach Cinematheque (Miami Beach Film Society), Miami Beach Garden Conservancy (Miami Beach Botanical Gardens), Miami-Dade Public Library, SoBe Institute of the Arts, Stage Door Theatre and FIU School of Architecture and Design (MBUS).

Maximum Request Amounts
$25,000 – Junior Anchors with annual organizational budgets below $750,000
$30,000 – Anchors with annual organizational budgets between $750,000 and 3.5M
$35,000 – Anchors with annual organizational budgets at or above $3.5 M

Panel Meeting

Cultural Anchors and Junior Anchors applications will be scored by the Cultural Arts Council at Panel Meetings to be held:

Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 9:00 AM, in the TCD Conference Room
5th Floor, 1755 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach

All meetings are publicly noticed. It is strongly suggested that applicants attend their respective Panel Meeting. During the Panel Meeting, applicants are permitted only to respond to questions from panelists. Applicants are strictly prohibited from speaking during any other part of the Panel Meeting. Persons requiring special accommodations must make the request at least 72 hours prior to the Panel Meeting. Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council panelists follow rigorous conflict-of-interest guidelines. They do not participate in funding deliberations affecting organizations with which they have been affiliated as employees or board members within the past three years. Once the Panel has reviewed and scored an application the decision of the Panel thereto shall be final.

Funding distribution will be decided at the regular Cultural Arts Council meeting Thursday, July 9, 2013. These initial funding recommendations are submitted to the City of Miami Beach’s Mayor and Commission for final approval during the City’s annual budget hearing each Fall. Upon final approval of the grant awards, grantees are required to complete and sign a grant contract complete with detailed project description and itemized project and grant award budgets. These contracts also contain provisions for monitoring, performance and enforcement, which are implemented by Cultural Affairs staff.

Grant contracts are distributed to awarded applicants in October 2013. Fifty percent (50%) of grant funds are distributed upon receipt of signed and completed contracts by the stated deadline. Prior year grant recipients must submit a completed 2012/13 final report form no later than November 15, 2013, and meet any subsequent deadlines in order to be eligible to receive 2013/14 grant funds.


This program provides grants towards major cultural arts performances, festivals, and events which attract a significant number of tourists to Miami Beach. The Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council and the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (VCA) fund this program. Please contact Eileen Miranda, VCA Assistant Director, (305) 673-7050 for specific application deadlines and meeting date. A separate application is available from the VCA, 555 17th Street, Courtyard Entrance, Miami Beach or online at, under Cultural Tourism.