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Tourist Development Council (TDC) Grants Program

Grants to Florida Nonprofits, For-Profits, and
Agencies in Eligible Areas to Promote Local Tourism

Agency Type:

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Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Conf. Date:

06/10/21

Deadline Date:

07/12/21 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $35,000 to Florida nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and businesses in eligible areas to promote local tourism. First-time applicants must attend a grant workshop, and returning applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to increase the appeal of Miami-Dade County as a tourist destination by sponsoring tourist-oriented sports events, cultural and special events (visual and performing arts, including theater, concerts, recitals, opera, dance, art exhibitions, and festivals), and television origination projects.

The TDC will provide priority attention to grant requests for activities and events that serve as major tourism generators in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year (July - September). 

Applicants may choose to submit applications that assume in-person public programs and events and/or online “virtual” public activities. The Department will continue to assess the feasibility of presenting public programs in traditional venues and performing spaces and if necessary, will continue to exercise appropriate contractual flexibility to allow grantees the presentation of virtual programs and other program delivery strategies to fulfill public presentation requirements.

Funding categories:

  • Special Events/Promotions: including major festivals, performances, events, and programs with significant cultural or entertainment components that attract national and international attention and are promoted and open to the public.
  • Sporting Events: including professional and amateur level national and international competitions that are able to provide specific evidence of substantially increasing the economic activity at hotels within Miami-Dade County. Collegiate sporting activities are ineligible, except for major tournaments or events with significant, quantifiable tourism impact for Miami-Dade County, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Television: telecast programs, syndicated productions, and documentaries promoting Miami-Dade County. Commercial films/movies are not eligible for funding through the TDC.
  • Government/Municipalities:  producing major festivals, performances, events, and programs with significant cultural or entertainment components that attract national and international attention and are promoted and open to the public.

For a list of allowable grant expenditures, see: https://miamidadearts.org/sites/default/files/files/inline/tdc_fy_2021-2022_tdc_guidelines_-_fnl_5.14.21.pdf#page=10

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172388

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Division A Applicants (total project budget of $50,000 or less): Up to $5,000
- Division B Applicants (total project budget of $50,001-$100,000): Up to $10,000
- Division C Applicants (total project budget of $100,001-$250,00: Up to $25,000
- Division D Applicants (total project budget of above $250,000): Up to $35,000

Term of Contract:

- First Quarter: Projects taking place between October 1 and December 31
- Second Quarter: Projects taking place between January 1 and March 31
- Third Quarter: Projects taking place between April 1 and June 30
- Fourth Quarter: Projects taking place between July 1 and September 30

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, an organization, must:
- Be legally incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation, with a designated tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, or a unit of local government/municipality with a designated Federal Employment Identification number. Applications from not-for-profit organizations designated tax-exempt under other subsections of 501(c) will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Proof of incorporation (entire document with State stamp) and IRS tax-exempt designation is required at the time of application; OR
- Be a for-profit corporation with a designated Federal Employment Identification number. Proof of incorporation (entire document with State stamp) and IRS designation is required at the time of application. For-profit projects must have less than a three-year track record in Miami-Dade County. Funding for these for-profit activities and projects only shall be considered when such funding may be instrumental in attracting large-scale annual events to establish Miami-Dade County as their permanent location and/or in providing incentive funding to encourage for-profit organizations to choose Miami-Dade County as the location for major, one-time tourism-attracting activities or projects;
- Active and in good standing with regard to its registration status with the Florida Division of Corporations pursuant to Chapter 617, Florida Statutes;
- NOT be an educational organization or facility (such as a daycare/preschool or school); not be a higher education institution whose proposed project is for degree-seeking academic purposes or is primarily for the academic community’s benefit; or not be a religious organization whose proposed project, in whole or in part, is designed to promote religious or sectarian activities or to encourage the preference of a particular religion.
- Present the project for which funding is being sought in Miami-Dade County for the benefit of Miami-Dade County tourists and residents;
- Have both a strong tourism and cultural component;
- Ensure that projects are open and accessible to Miami-Dade County tourists and residents;
- Utilize hotels located within the boundaries of Miami-Dade County as their event hotels.
- Be in compliance with grant agreement requirements of any previous grants provided through the Tourist Development Council or other Miami-Dade County funding sources, including timely and satisfactory submission of all reports.

In addition to the eligibility requirements listed above for stand-alone arts organizations, public or private institutions of higher education must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- The application’s primary mission is to present or produce artistic/cultural programming;
- The organization’s programming is not directly related to the university’s academic programs;
- The programming is open to the public and meets all the requirements expressed in the guidelines.

Organizations may only apply once in a program-funding year (October 1 - September 30) with the exception of colleges, universities, and units of government. These groups are eligible to apply as long as a different department, school, or division within the college, university, or government is the sponsor of the event.

The TDC does not provide funding for national and international conventions, trade shows and tourism industry exhibitions, seminars, and conferences.

The TDC typically does not accept applications under fiscal agency sponsorships. Consideration will be made on a case-by-case basis for individuals or unincorporated organizations contemplating applying under the fiscal agency sponsorship of an eligible not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization whose mission is similar to theirs. (For-Profit organizations may NOT apply under fiscal agency sponsorship.)

Charitable organizations whose primary mission does not reflect a strong arts, entertainment, sports or media focus and/or are dedicated to fundraising for a cause not associated related to the arts, entertainment, sports, or media activities are not eligible to apply to the Tourist Development Council for funding support.

For a list of grant use restrictions, see:
https://miamidadearts.org/sites/default/files/files/inline/tdc_fy_2021-2022_tdc_guidelines_-_fnl_5.14.21.pdf#page=11

Pre-proposal Conference:

All first-time applicants must attend a TDC Workshop to review program requirements, eligibility criteria, and other program-specific information. Workshops will also cover user registration and navigation of SurveyMonkey Apply (SMA), the Department's grants management system.

TDC Program Workshop Schedule:
- June 10, 2021, at 2:00 PM - First Quarter
- September 9, 2021, at 2:00 PM - Second Quarter
- December 9, 2021, at 2:00 PM - Third Quarter
- March 17, 2022, at 2:00 PM - Fourth Quarter

RSVP here: https://miamidadearts.org/content/tourist-development-council-grants-tdc-program-workshop

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines:
- First Quarter (projects taking place between October 1 - December 31): July 12, 2021, 11:59 PM (Courtesy Deadline: July 6, 2021)
- ​Second Quarter (projects taking place between January 1 - March 31): October 12, 2021, 11:59 PM (Courtesy Deadline: October 4, 2021)
- Third Quarter (projects taking place between April 1 - June 30): January 18, 2022, 11:59 PM (Courtesy Deadline: January 10, 2022)
- Fourth Quarter - (projects taking place between July 1 - September 30): April 18, 2022, 11:59 PM (Courtesy Deadline: April 11, 2022)

Returning applicants will have the option to submit a completed application, including all required support materials, no later than one full calendar week in advance of the grant program’s published application deadline for a thorough “Courtesy Review” by the Program Administrator. Returning applicants who waive their option for a Courtesy Review and submit their applications by the grant program’s published deadline will receive a technical sufficiency review only.

Returning applicants must schedule a consultation with the program administrator no less than 10 business days prior to the application deadline.

TDC Grants are made on a reimbursement basis. All applicants must meet the program’s $1:$1 grant match in cash, or a combination of cash and in-kind contributions. In-kind contributions must not exceed 25% of the total cash project budget. For additional information about matching funds, see:
https://miamidadearts.org/sites/default/files/files/inline/tdc_fy_2021-2022_tdc_guidelines_-_fnl_5.14.21.pdf#page=10

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://miamidadearts.smapply.io/

Direct questions to:
Nikenna Smart-Benjamin, Program Administrator
Tourist Development Council Grants Program
Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 625
Miami, Florida 33128
ndb1@miamidade.gov
305-375-5092 Phone / 305-375-3068 FAX

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