Apply for funding raised through the United Arts Campaign (Arts for ALL Fund):

Submit Reports on Current Grants
Program Eligibility Documents Due Dates
Mini-Grants Eligible: cultural events by organizations that have presented at least one year of programming. • Guidelines-English • Guidelines-Español • Budget FormBudget Glossary • See right for application link.  5 pm Aug 1, Feb 3, May 1, for projects starting one month later. Apply Now!
Diversity Grants  Eligible: cultural organizations over $75K and 3 years+, providing programming & marketing designed for diverse audiences, or diversity plans/training.  Guidelines Budget Form Funded Projects to Date TBA
Apply Now!
Operating Support Grants  Eligible: cultural organizations over $75K and 3 years+. New applicants must first send 3 years of financial statements and programming history to for eligibility.  FY20 Guidelines Forms (zipped) Panelists 5 pm Thursday, August 15, 2019 for 2020 funding. Apply Now!
Arts and Culture Access Funding – Organizations Eligible: current organization grantees, with arts education programs for schools. New programs can be posted year-round but most funding is decided in late summer.  Guidelines 5 pm Thurs June 6, 2019 – returning applicants must submit major program changes for school year 2019-20, and any new programs (post your program on then apply for funding using this link).
Apply Now! The application is available year-round for new applicants.
5 pm Thurs Aug 1, 2019 – updates to lesson plans and Lunsford forms.
Arts and Culture Access Funding – Teachers Eligible: Teachers in Lake, Orange, Osceola or Seminole counties to fund programs from for their class. Funding is LIMITED and runs out fast. Book early!  Guidelines Available all school year (starting in August) – once funding is gone, you can purchase a program.   Apply Now!

Apply for funding from Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs:

Submit Reports on Current Grants
Information Documents Due Dates
Cultural Tourism (CT) Funding Eligible: Cultural nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, for events in Orange County that enhance the Orlando area’s cultural identity, present quality arts and cultural experiences, and promote tourism.

FY19 Cultural Tourism Awards-Alpha Order

Advisory Council list


FY20 files:
 How to Apply – Workshop Overview
Calculate Your Max. Request Amount
• Application Forms 

• Change Request FormFY19 files:
Report Forms:
• Change Request Form 
 Report-ALL Forms-Pay 2FY18 files:
 ACH Payment Form
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Report Forms:
Pay 2 Forms workbook
• Change Request Form 

For FY17 files, contact

The FY20 Cultural Tourism Funding application cycle is  closed. 
Next cycle: May 2020 for funding for events that occur Jan 1-Dec 31, 2021, with marketing and related project expenses after Nov 1, 2020.  Workshop attendance required for first-time CT applicants/new leadership/or grantwriters).
• For application eligibility, applicant meetings by appointment only, contact 

Cultural Facilities (CF) Funding

Eligible: nonprofits or governments for acquisition, construction, renovation or equipping of cultural facilities in Orange County. 


FY19 CF Review Panelists 

FY19 CF Final Scores & Ranking


FY19 Files:
Program Overview/ Workshop PPT
• Guidelines (PDF) 
Application Forms:
• A-Certification  •  B-Budget  • C-Match
• D-5-yr Ops Budget   •  Narrative Template
Report Forms:
Change Request Form ACH Payment Form

 FY18 Files:
Report Forms:
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Change Request Form
• Budget/Financial Report Form

FY17 Files or earlier, please contact


Application cycle for FY19 Cultural Facilities Funding  is closed.  Next application cycle will begin late fall 2019 for Feb 1, 2020 deadline, for projects during July 1, 2020-March 31, 2022.

• For application eligibility, or applicant meetings by appointment only, contact


Blockbuster Fund
To encourage marquee-type blockbuster events–result in regional, statewide and national attendance. Eligible: individual or organization.   Guidelines  Ongoing opportunity — schedule to present a proposal at a Blockbuster Committee meeting (allow couple months’ notice) Contact: Terry Olson, Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs at 407.836.5540, or
Orlando Chapter of the Awesome Foundation
The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time. Eligible: individual or group.   APPLY FOR A GRANT Ongoing opportunity — For more information, contact: Mr. Terry Olson, Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs at 407.836.5540, or


Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs and Advisory Council resources:

Arts Advocacy – State of Florida Funding:

Important Alliance statewide advocacy:

  1. Governor DeSantis has signed the FY19-20 state budget bill INCLUDING ARTS FUNDING for  DCA Matching Grants.
  • $21,250,028 in APPROPRIATIONS APPROVED under the Florida Department of State (DOS) Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in FY 2019-20 State budget for three of the four DCA matching-grant categories:
    – $2,980,028 to fully fund all 132 Culture Builds Florida Matching Grants
    -$12,300,000 for Cultural and Museum Matching Grants (provides approximately 29% of each of the 478 recommended grant amounts)
    -$5,970,000 for Cultural Facilities Matching Grants (funded first 18 on ranked list fully, and partially funds #19)

This budget allocation will bring Florida from 48th place, back up to 20th in the nation, in state arts funding! NEW! Chart of 6-year state arts funding

Next Steps: Thank you campaign begins. Our legislators are back in their districts. Please take the time to thank them for their support. Let them know what it means to your organization, your community, and overall to the County. Invite them to your events – for either a tour, a performance, or a brief speaking opportunity or a meet&greet with your chair and/or key donors.

Updated 7/18/19 – tdw

Need more info, contact or Sherron Long, Florida Cultural Alliance at

Apply for funding from Orange County TDT Grants Application Review Committee (ARC):

  • TDT ARC Funding — REMINDER: only Capital Grants of $2M+ projects have been considered to date.
    –  The web site for the ARC programs is:
    –  The cycle for facilities grant applications closed Nov 14, 2018. 

REMINDERS: Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs++ Meetings for August 2019:

August 2019:

  1. Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Council meeting – Thurs., Aug 15, 2019, 8:00 am, at Orlando Public Library – Cultural Tourism review panel orientation
  2. Advocacy Committee – Thurs., August 15, 2019, 9:30 a.m. at Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801
  3. TDT ARC Meeting – Fri, August 16, 2019, 1:00 p.m. at Orange County Administration Building, 201 S. Rosalind Ave., Orlando, FL 32801, in Chambers
  4. Sustainability Committee – Mon., August 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. at Orange County Administration Building, 201 S. Rosalind Ave., Orlando, FL 32801, in Room 105

September 2019 & looking ahead:

  1. FY20 Cultural Tourism Review Panel meeting – Thurs., September 19, 2019, 8:00 room opens; meeting 8:30 am – 1p; at Orlando Science Center, Founders Room; free parking in garage; (allow 15 minutes to get to the room)
  2. Sustainability Committee – Mon., Sept 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. at Orange County Administration Building, 201 S. Rosalind Ave., Orlando, FL 32801, in Room 105
  3. Blockbuster funded event: IMMERSE 2019 from the Creative City Project – Oct 18-19, 2019, downtown Orlando
  4. FusionFest – Sat, Nov 30 & Sun, Dec 1 – Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts & Orlando City Hall Commons Plaza;
  5. Next Arts & Culture Advocacy Day in Tallahassee – Wed., January 22, 2020 – meet with state legislators to support increased arts funding for DCA’s 2020-21

All meetings are free and open to the public.
Check here for the latest complete calendar for 2019-20 Council, its committees & bios.

Questions? Contact 

For United Arts Grants Programs
Rafael Torres (Operating Support, Diverse Programming Grant, Arts & Culture Access Grant - Organizations)
Manager, Grants & Arts Education
Direct 407.790.7844
Main 407.628.0333 x232

Matthew Kopkin (Mini-Grants, Arts & Culture Access Grant - Teachers)
Grants & Arts Education Coordinator
Main 407.628.0333 x228

For Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs
Trudy Wild (Cultural Tourism, Cultural Facilities)
Grants & Research Specialist, United Arts of Central Florida
Direct 321.972.9837
Main 407.628.0333 x223 

Terry Olson
Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs

Lindy Shepherd
Administrative Office Coordinator, Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs

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