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, or long-term community engagement projects by individual artists. • Guidelines-English • Guidelines-Español • Budget FormBudget Glossary • See right for application link.  5 pm Aug 1, Feb 1, 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 5 pm Oct 4, Feb 1, or May 1, for projects starting one month later. 
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. Guidelines Forms (zipped) • Current Panelists 5 pm Thursday, August 16, 2018 for 2019 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 Tues June 5, 2018 – returning applicants must submit major program changes for school year 2018-19, 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 2, 2018 – 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 and Cultural Affairs and Advisory Council resources:

Arts Advocacy:

Florida Dept of State, Division of Arts & Cultural Affairs – Funding for 2019-20

LAST YEAR: Florida Dept of State, Division of Arts & Cultural Affairs – Funding for 2018-19
– $2,650,000 funding approved for Cultural & Museum Grants category only, statewide for FY19; 6.4% of requests, on average.
–  Graph showing 5-year history of State of Florida arts funding

Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs++ Meetings – Sept/Oct 2018:


  1. TDT ARC Funding — public information session: Tues., Sept 18, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at
    Orange County Administration Center, 201 S Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, in 3rd floor Office of Mgmt & Budget (OMB) conference room – REMINDER: only Capital Grants of $2M+ projects will be considered at this time.
    –  Press release on TDT ARC funding opportunities 19-0910
    –  The web site for the ARC programs is now live at:
    –  The first cycle for grant applications will be open Sept 24 through Nov 14
  2. Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Council meeting: Thursday, Sept 20, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.
    At Orange County Administration Center, 201 S. Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, in Room 105
  3. OC Arts Advocacy Committee meeting: Thursday, Sept 20, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m. (immediately following Council meeting)
    Orange County Administration Center, 201 S. Rosalind Ave., Orlando, FL 32801, in Room 105
  4. FYI: Tourist Development Council meeting: Fri., Sept 21, 2018, 9 a.m. – (Agenda not yet posted)
    Orange County Administration Center, 201 S. Rosalind Ave., Orlando, FL 32801, in Chambers


  1. Public Art Review Board – Friday, Oct 19, 2018, 4-5 p.m. (Art in Chambers February selection); held before Art in Chambers & Sculpture on the Lawn receptions
  2. TDT ARC committee: Fri., Oct 19, 2018, 1-2:30 p.m. at Orange County Admin Center, 201 S Rosalind Ave., Orlando in Chambers
  3. Art in the Chambers Opening (Diversitastic! and Sculpture on the Lawn reception) – Friday, Oct 19, 2018, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Orange County Administration Center, 201 S. Rosalind Ave., Orlando, FL 32801, in Chambers and atrium
  4. Presentation to Board of County Commissioners by Terry Olson – Cultural Tourism Funding Recommendations – October (to be announced)

November – looking ahead

  1.  Funding & Standards Committee – Review of Cultural Tourism guidelines – Thurs. Nov. 1, 2018, 8:30- 10:00 a.m.
    At Orange County Administration Center, 201 S. Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, in Room 105

Check here for the latest complete calendar for 2018-19 Council & its committees.

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 Funding
– Scores & Ranking

Advisory Council list

FY18 Cultural Tourism Funding
Funding Recommendations (approved by BCC 10/17/17): See list 


FY19 files:
 How to Apply – Workshop Overview
(includes What’s New & Timeline)
• Guidelines
Application Forms
Report Forms:
• Change Request Form FY18 files:
Workshop Overview
• Guidelines
• Application Forms
•  ACH Payment Form
Logos for all Orange County grantees
Report Forms:
Pay 2 Forms workbook
• Change Request Form 

FY17 files:
Report Forms:
Change Request Form
Report-ALL Forms-Pay 2 & FINAL

The FY19 Cultural Tourism Funding application cycle  is now closed. Funding for events that occur Jan 1-Dec 31, 2019, with marketing and related project expenses after Nov 1, 2018.

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

• CT Review Panel meeting – Tues., Sept. 11, 2018, 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Orlando Shakes/Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando, FL 32803, Room opens at 8 a.m. for setup/coffee.


Cultural Facilities (CF) Funding









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

FY18 CF Review Panelists

 FY17 CF Scores & Ranking




FY19 Files:
Guidelines (PDF)FY18 Files:
Guidelines (PDF)
Workshop PowerPoint-CF Overview 
Application Forms A-D: A-Certification  • B-Budget • C-Match • D-5-yr Ops Budget
ACH Payment Form
Report Forms:
Logos for all Orange County grantees
Change Request Form 
• Budget/Financial Report Form

FY17 Files:
Report Forms:
Change Request/Update Form  
 FY17CF Pay 2 & FINAL Budget Summary   

FY16 files:
Report Forms:
FY16 CF Budget Summary for Pay 2 & FINAL
FY16 CF Change Request/Update Form 

Application cycle for FY19 Cultural Facilities Funding  will begin Oct 2018 for projects during July 1, 2019-March 31, 2021; application due Friday, Feb 1, 2019, 5 p.m.

Three workshops will be offered (every applicant must attend one workshop):

  • Tue, Oct 16, 5:00-6:00 pm at Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando (Palm Room)
  • Wed, Nov 7, 12:00-1:00 pm at United Arts, 2450 Maitland Center Parkway, Ste 201, Maitland
  • Thu, Dec 6, 9:00-10:00 am at Orange County Human Resources, 450 E South St, Orlando (Rm 105)

RSVP required:

• 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 at     APPLY FOR A GRANT
For more information, contact: Mr. Terry Olson, Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs at 407.836.5540, or

Questions? Contact 

For United Arts Grants Programs
Mary Giraulo (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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