WaveMaker Grants Cycle 5 Applications

WaveMaker Grants is made possible by lead support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and is part of the Warhol Foundation's Regional Regranting Program. Part of a national network of Warhol-initiated re-granting programs, WaveMaker Grants is the first in the southeast. For more information about the Warhol Foundation's Regional Regranting Program, please click here.

Major support for WaveMaker Grants is also provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

WaveMaker Grants brings critical support to the growing number of innovative, artist-driven endeavors that make up Miami-Dade County’s burgeoning cultural landscape. WaveMaker Grants focuses on experimental, artist-centric projects and activities that operate without traditional funding sources and outside the demands of the marketplace.

WaveMaker Grants Cycle 5 will provide a limited number of cash awards totaling $60,000 to visual artists, curators, creative/arts writers, cultural organizers, collectives, collaboratives, partnerships, and artist-run spaces currently residing in Miami-Dade County.

Whether receiving funds to conduct research or to continue a substantial body of work, all projects must engage or be made accessible to the public in Miami-Dade County via process, presentation, production, or publication. Manifestations may include exhibitions, performances, events, lectures, workshops, screenings, readings, publications, residencies, programming of artist-run-spaces, online projects, etc. Support for curatorial or publication (print or online) projects must be for original projects with significant collaborations with artist(s) in Miami-Dade County and substantially contribute to contemporary art discourse in our region. Projects that connect or engage artists from different communities/areas throughout the County are strongly encouraged. 

Guidelines & Eligibility

Eligibility:

Visual artists, curators, creative/arts writers, cultural organizers, collectives, collaboratives, partnerships, and artist-run spaces residing within Miami-Dade County If applying as a group, the artistic group can be long-standing or created specifically for this project. Non-profit organizations are NOT eligible.

Grant Categories:

  • New Work/Projects: Grants of up to $6,000 each, to artists, curators, and writers—as individuals or groups—to support the creation and presentation of new work/projects. 
  • Long-Haul Projects: Grants of up to $6,000 each, to artists, curators, and writers—as individuals or groups—to support the continuation or completion of existing, long-term projects. This category emphasizes the value in the time, focus, and determination required to take-on and ultimately complete long-term artistic endeavors. 
  • Research & Development / Implementation: Grants of up to $2,000 each, to support research and development for ambitious new projects that require a longer period of planning. Upon completion of the R & D phase, grantees will be invited to submit a short-form proposal to receive up to an additional $4,000 to implement their projects. All implementation proposals must be approved before distribution of funds. (WaveMaker Grants Cycle 4 R&D Grant winners will still be eligible for up to $3,000 for their Implementation proposal)

Selection Criteria and Process:

  • All grant applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Artistic excellence, conceptual rigor, and relevance to the local cultural, geographic, and socio-economic context
  • Overall vision of the applicant(s)
  • Capacity of the applicant(s) to realize the proposed project
  • Accessibility of the resulting project to the public
  • The project’s potential for meaningful impact on the local community, regional arts ecology, and other artists
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