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.
**Funding has run out for the May 1 cycle of mini-grants; projects with an arts learning focus in Orange County can apply for the Arts Learning Mini-Grant.**
• Guidelines-English • Guidelines-Español Budget Form • See right for application link.  5 pm Feb 1, May 1, or Aug 1, for projects starting one month later
Apply Now!
Arts Learning Mini-Grants Eligible: participatory arts learning projects located in Orange County, outside of schools (for school programs, see Arts & Culture Access below).  • Guidelines-English • Guidelines-Español Budget Form • See right for application link.  5 pm Feb 1, May 1, or Aug 1, for projects starting one month later
Apply Now!
Diverse Programming Grants  Eligible: cultural organizations over $25K and 3 years+, providing programming designed for diverse audiences.   Guidelines • Budget Form
• Project Examples
5 pm Oct 12, Feb 1, or May 1, for projects starting on the first of the following month  Apply Now!
Operating Support Grants  Eligible: cultural organizations over $25K and 3 years+. New applicants must first send 3 years of financial statements and programming history to for eligibility.  OLD Guidelines • OLD Forms (zipped) • Panelists Mid-August 2017 (exact date TBA) for 2018 funding. 
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 Tues June 6, 2017 – returning applicants must submit major program changes for school year 2016-17, 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 3, 2017 – 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!


Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs and Advisory Council resources:



  1. Advisory Council meeting – Thurs., May 11, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at Orange County Administration Building, 201 S. Rosalind Ave., Room 105, Orlando, FL 32801. There are plenty of parking spaces available in the  adjacent lot, or parking ramp.  Agenda TBA (includes budget and election of officers).
  2. Blockbuster Committee meeting – meeting reschedule pending; will not be held immediately following the Council meeting. Agenda TBA.
  3. Funding & Standards Committee meeting – to be rescheduled: May 18 will NOT be possible. Cultural Facilities Funding program annual review.


Apply for funding:

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.

Funding for 25 grantees approved at BCC 10/18/16 and 11/29/16.





FY18 files:
Workshop Overview
• Coming soon: Guidelines, Application & FormsFY17 files:
Workshop Overview (includes What’s New & Timeline)
Application Forms
Report Forms:
Change Request Form
Report-ALL Forms-Pay 2 & FINAL

FY16 files:
Report Forms:
• FY16CT-Report-ALL-Forms-Pay 2 & FINAL 
FY16 CT Change Request/Update Form

Next available grant round: FY18 Cultural Tourism Funding
  • June 15, 2017, 5PM – Nonprofit Search portrait input due to Central Florida Foundation (June 22 for applicants with existing Reviewed portraits)
  • July 13, 2017, 5PM – Application deadline for projects January 1, 2018-December 31, 2018. (Application live in March 2017)•    Three (3) workshops to be offered; confirm your space with RSVP to:
• Thursday, April 27, 8:30-10:00AM; NEW LOCATION: Arts & Cultural Affairs Office, Marcos Room (first floor), 450 E. South Street, Orlando
• Wednesday, May 3, 3:00-4:30PM; United Arts of Central Florida, 2450 Maitland Center Pkwy, Suite 201, Maitland
• Friday, May 19, 11:00AM-12:30PM; Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, 227 E. Kennedy Blvd., EatonvilleWorkshop attendance IS REQUIRED for EVERY first-time or nonsequential year applicant to the Cultural Tourism Funding. Optional for prior-year grantees. 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.

FY17 CF Review Panelists

 FY17 CF Scores & Ranking



FY17 Files:
Guidelines (PDF)
New items for FY17 CF
Workshop PPTApplication Forms A-D: Certification • Budget • Match • 5-yr Ops BudgetFY16 files:
Guidelines (PDF)
Workshop PowerPoint
Report Forms:
FY16 CF Budget Summary for Pay 2 & FINAL
FY16 CF Change Request/Update FormFY15 files:
Report Forms:
Report-Budget Summary for Pay 2 & FINAL
FY15 CF Change Request/Update Form
Application cycle for FY17 Cultural Facilities Funding, for projects July 1, 2017-March 31, 2019, is now closed.

Review Panel Meeting: April 5, 2017 (NOTE: this was changed from March 30), 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.,  at Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs offices, IOS1 building, 450 E. South Street, Orlando in the Marcos Room. 

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

Questions? Contact 

For United Arts Grants Programs
Mary Giraulo (Operating Support, Arts & Culture Access Grant - Organizations)
Manager, Grants & Arts Education
Direct 407.790.7844
Main 407.628.0333 x232

Chris-Ann Panther (Mini-Grants, Arts & Culture Access Grant - Teachers)
Grants & Arts Education Assistant
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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