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Artists involved in the creative industries are a vital component of an area’s job creation and retention.  The Broward County Cultural Division and the South Florida Regional Planning Council offer a Micro Credit program (revolving loan funding) to assist with financing Broward-based artists and their projects. In addition, the program offers an Artist as an Entrepreneurial Institute (AEI) to assist an artist’s business expertise to operate their unique enterprise.


Steps to Apply

1.  Read the pages in this web site.
2.  Attend a workshop
3.  Complete Part I:  Application (PDF) 
4.  Complete Part II:  Attachments
5.  Submit Application & Attachments

Program Description

manThe Artist Micro Credit Program is designed to assist Broward-based practicing, professional, and emerging artists, to advance their work and careers. A premise of the program is that “gaps” exist in traditional lending markets and that some creditworthy artists, and their artistic businesses, cannot qualify for financing. This program provides assistance to eligible individual artists and arts-related businesses, who cannot obtain funding from conventional sources.

Micro Credit Loan Amounts

On a funds-available basis, the program will award established amounts ranging from: $1,000 up to a maximum of $5,000.

*Applicants are eligible to submit only one application within an eighteen (18) month funding period, AND may only re-apply after repayment of any outstanding loans to this program are completed.

Micro Credit Program Detail Links
Submission Period Artist Micro Credit Committee 
(Loan Review Meeting)
Project Implementation 
October 1 - December 30 February


January1 - March 30

April May

April 1 - June 30



July 1 - September 30

October November

Training/Application Workshop

people at a tableInformational workshops on the Artist Micro Credit Program application process are available for applicants to become familiar with the policies and guidelines. Attendance at a workshop is highly recommended. 

Workshop Notification:
Press Release will be issues.
Join our E-News Blast Mailing List.
Workshops will also be highlighted on our home page a week in advance

The Broward Cultural Council’s Micro Credit Committee will review each application. Loan decision authority rests with the Micro Credit Program Committee. The Committee is comprised of staff from the South Florida Regional Planning Council, the Broward Cultural Council, local artists, micro-enterprise lenders, and business development analysts.

Contact Info

For more information about the Artist Micro Credit Program and the Artist as an Entrepreneurial Institute contact:

James Shermer, Grants Administrator
Broward Cultural Division
100 South Andrews Avenue, 6th Floor
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-1829
954-357-7502 ● 954-357-5769 Fax

Cheryl D. Cook, Economic Development Specialist

Joyce Hall, Financial Specialist
South Florida Regional Planning Council
3440 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 140
Hollywood, FL 33020
954- 985-4416 ● 954-985-4417 Fax

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