WaveMaker Grants Cycle 8 - CLOSED

Info sessions for the next cycle of WaveMaker Grants will begin in January 2022.  Please visit www.wavemakergrants.org to learn more.

WaveMaker at Locust Projects supports Miami’s visionary artists with incubator grants for innovative projects that are shared with the public.

Since 2015, WaveMaker has awarded over $450,000 in funding to 90 of Miami’s visionary artists. Grantees receive up to $6,000 each in three categories: New Work / Projects, Long-Haul Projects, and Research & Development + Implementation. In the spirit of Locust Projects’ artist-driven mission, WaveMakers experiment and take risks, creating innovative work that is shared with the public beyond traditional exhibition spaces.

WaveMaker is made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts' Regional Regranting Program, a network of 32 partner organizations across the country. Founded in 2015 by the former nonprofit Cannonball, WaveMaker has been administered by Locust Projects, Miami’s longest-running nonprofit alternative art space, since 2017.

Grant Categories:

Each year, WaveMaker at Locust Projects awards a total of $60,000 in grant funding to artists, curators, and collectives across Miami-Dade County in the following three categories:

New Work / Projects: Grants up to $6,000 each to support the creation and presentation of visionary, artist-driven new work / projects.   

Long-Haul Projects: Grants up to $6,000 each to support launching, sustaining, or completing long-term projects. This category recognizes the time, focus, and determination required to pursue long-term artistic endeavors.

R&D + Implementation: Grants up to $2,000 each to support research and development for ambitious new projects that take creative risks or benefit from a longer planning period. After the R&D phase, grantees are encouraged to submit a short-form proposal for an additional $4,000 to implement their projects.


Visual artists, curators, arts writers, cultural organizers, collectives, collaborators, and artist-run spaces at all career stages who reside in Miami-Dade County are encouraged to apply.

Film, performance, dance, music, and other projects that fall outside a strict definition of visual art are eligible. However, visual art must be the leading component.

If applying as a group, the creative partnership can be long-standing or initiated specifically for this project. Please identify one participant to serve as the lead contact.

Non-profit organizations and LLCs established for commercial enterprise are not eligible.

All projects must engage or be made accessible to the public in Miami-Dade County via process, presentation, production, or publication. This may include exhibitions, performances, events, lectures, workshops, screenings, readings, publications, residencies, programming at artist-run-spaces, online projects, etc. Projects can not be presented at art museums or commercial galleries.  Projects that support inclusion, diversity, equity, and access are strongly encouraged.


Applications for the next cycle of WaveMaker Grants will open in Spring 2022.

The application will be available via Submittable. If you do not already have a free Submittable account, you will need to create one to apply. The application includes the following questions:

Applicant Info: Grant Category, Project Title, Applicant Name, Website, Social Media, Email, Phone, Address

Application Questions: What is your idea? How will you make it happen? Who are you? (Applicants can answer these questions with brief paragraphs, audio clips, or video clips.) How will you use your WaveMaker funds?

Work Samples: At least one great image to represent the project is requested. Optional images, audio, video, writing, link, supplemental materials, and/or related information may be included.

There is no application fee.  Locust Projects is committed to making WaveMaker Grants accessible to all applicants. Should you need any accommodations or assistance to complete your application, please reach out to programs@locustprojects.org.

Selection Criteria:

All proposals will be considered based on criteria including but not limited to:

Overall idea, vision, and artistic innovation 

Relevance to the local social, cultural, and/or geographic context

Accessibility of the project to the public outside of a museum or gallery 

Capacity of the applicant to realize the project on time and within budget

Potential impact on the local community, the arts and culture landscape, and/or the artist’s growth

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