Grant Overview

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. The three grant categories are:

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 3 R&D Grant winners will still be eligible for up to $3,000 for their Implementation proposal)

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. 

Grantees will be required to submit a brief report after the completion of their projects. Ten percent (10%) of each grant will be withheld until final reports are submitted and approved. 

Guidelines and Eligibility