Orange County Grants 

Apply for funding from Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs, through United Arts of Central Florida:

The mission of the Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Council is: To elevate Central Florida’s arts and culture to that befitting a diverse, world-class community.

Submit Reports on Current Grants
Program
Information Documents Due Dates

Orange County Venue Subsidy for Arts and Culture

Eligible: cultural organizations that are renting space at a venue in Orange County for an exhibition or performance. Venue rentals must occur within Friday, October 1, 2022, through Friday, September 30, 2023.   • Guidelines

• Budget Form
• Budget Glossary

Application period is now closed

Award notices or declinations are to be sent on Dec 1, 2022. 

 For eligibility, applicant meetings by appointment only, or more info, contact Luke@UnitedArts.cc or call 407.636.5121

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.

FY23 Cultural Tourism Funding 

NEW!

Review Final Scores & Ranking

Next meeting – Funding recommendations: Orange County Board of County Commissioners, Tues., October 25, 2022, 9:00 a.m. — ALL CT grants recommended by the Advisory Council were approved for funding by the BCC.

 Public comment speaker form 
– For questions about the meeting, contact Terry.Olson@ocfl.net and Hayley.Black@ocfl.net

• Review Panel members

• No lobbying – reminder  

FY23 CT files
• Guidelines 
• Workshop About FY23 Cultural Tourism Funding
   – Pre-recorded video
   – PowerPoint PDF – (full screen) or (2-per sheet)
Application Forms:
• Calculate Max Request – Required
• Board of Directors Form (for first-time, Small Request applicants without a Nonprofit Search profile)
• ALL Application Forms-A-Budget-B-Match-C-Marketing
Report Forms:
• 
 Change request form
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FY22 files: Report Forms:
  • Change request form  
  • Pay 2 & 3 report forms
Logos for all Orange County grantees: color JPGBlack transparent; White transparent
• V
erbiage: “This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.” 
 

FY23 Cultural Tourism application period has now closed. Application deadline: Thurs., July 7, 2022, by 5 p.m. EST. The next cycle will open in May of 2023.

• Nonprofit Search profile updates (accessible year-round)

   –  New User/Organization
   –  Update Existing Organization

 For eligibility, applicant meetings by appointment only, or more info, contact Trudy@UnitedArts.cc 

 

Cultural Facilities (CF) Funding

 

 

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

 

Reference from FY20 Program (not awarded)
•  Requests
•  
Guidelines (PDF) 
Workshop OverviewApplication Forms:
A-Certification
B-Budget
C-Match
D-5-yr Ops Budget
• Change Request Form 
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For current grantees’ forms:
FY19 CF Report Forms:
Budget/Financial Report Form 
• Change Request Form 
NOTICE: Cultural Facilities Funding has been allocated again for 2023; Council has voted to allow four pending FY20 applicants to update their prior proposals, and will not reopen the process this round.

  • FY20 applicants are revising their proposals and bids
  • Site visits pending; one date will be selected for either March 2, 9 or 10, 2023
  • Panel meeting pending; holding April 5, 6 or 14, 2023
  • $1.5M in the FY23 funding pool

We’ll add you to the mailing list for updates if you’d like. For program information contact: Trudy@UnitedArts.cc

OR

Terry Olson, Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs at 407.836.5540, Terry.Olson@ocfl.net

Blockbuster Fund

To encourage marquee-type blockbuster events — result in regional, statewide and national attendance; include significant collaborations among the local arts and culture community. Eligible applicants may be nonprofit or for-profit corporations, individuals, partnerships, or municipalities.

Funded projects:

• 2020/2019/2018, Creative City Project, IMMERSE

• 2019, Orlando Science Center, Pompeii: The Immortal City

Guidelines -updated 5/12/22

For current grantees’ forms:

• Change Request Form
FY19 Budget-Financial Summary Report Form

Appointments must be made with Terry Olson, for initial discussions. When an applicant has developed a solid business plan, has defined milestones for investment, and has a refined proposal ready, they will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Blockbuster Committee.

Ongoing opportunityContact: Terry Olson, Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs at 407.836.5540, or Terry.Olson@ocfl.net and Hayley.Black@ocfl.net

Orlando Chapter of the Awesome Foundation

The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 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 Terry.Olson@ocfl.net

Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs resources:


REMINDERS: Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs Meetings

Advisory Council & committee meetings are free and open to the public.

November 2022:

  • Blockbuster Committee, Thurs, Nov 3, 2022, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., In-person; Orange County offices, 450 E. South Street, Orlando, FL 32801, Largo Training room
  • Sustainability Committee, Mon, Nov. 7, 2022, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Marco Training Room 450 E. South St., Orlando, FL 32801
  • General Election vote, Tues., Nov 8, 2022
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, Wednesday, Nov 9, 2022, 9:30-11:00 a.m., In-person; Orange County offices, 450 E. South Street, Orlando, FL 32801, Largo Training Room (1st floor)
  • CANCELED: Advisory Council meeting, Thurs., Nov 10, 2022, 8:30-10 a.m., In-person; Orange County offices, 450 E. South Street, Orlando, FL 32801, Largo Training Room (1st floor)
  • CANCELED: Advocacy Committee meeting, Thurs., Nov 10, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m., In-person; Orange County offices, 450 E. South Street, Orlando, FL 32801, Largo Training Room (1st floor)
  • Advisory Council meeting, Thurs., Nov 17, 2022, 8:30-10 a.m., In-person; Orange County Administration Bldg, Room 105
  • TDT Grant Application Review Committee (ARC), Friday, Nov 18, 9-10:30 a.m., Orange County Admin Building; 201 S. Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, in Chambers
  • FusionFest event, Sat & Sun, Nov 26 & 27, 2022, at Dr. Phillips Center, downtown Orlando

December 2022: 

  • CANCELED: Committee Chairs Meeting, Thurs., Dec 1, 2022, 9 a.m.; next meeting will be Thurs, February 9, 9 a.m.
  • Venue Subsidy awards and declination notices will be sent –  December 1, 2022
  • CANCELED: Sustainability Committee, Mon, Dec 5, 2022, 9:30-11 a.m.,
  • Advocacy Committee meeting, Thurs., Dec 8, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m., In-person; Orange County offices, 450 E. South Street, Orlando, FL 32801, Largo Training Room (1st floor)
  • Tourist Development Council meeting, Friday, Dec 9, 2022, 9-10:30 a.m.; Orange County Admin Building; 201 S. Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, in Chambers
  • TDT Grant Application Review Committee (ARC), Friday, Dec 9, 1:00 p.m., Orange County Admin Building; 201 S. Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, in Chambers
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, Wednesday, Dec 14, 2022, 9:30-11:00 a.m., In-person; Orange County offices, 450 E. South Street, Orlando, FL 32801, Largo Training Room (1st floor)
  • Funding & Standards Committee, Thursday, Dec 15, 2022, 8:30-10:00 a.m., In-person; Orange County offices, 450 E. South Street, Orlando, FL 32801, Marco Training Room (1st floor)
  • Final day for grantee payment requests submitted to United Arts before the holidays – Thursday, Dec 15, 2022, noon., via online grant portal; processed in the order they are received; and all payments are contingent on receipt of the funding from Orange County.

*This is not our regular meeting location. There is limited free public parking at the Administration Building and a parking garage is located right across the street at 300 Liberty Ave. Orlando, FL 32801 When you get to the 3rd floor of the building, go to your right and someone will be there to let you back to the conference room. SPACE IS LIMITED.

*Meeting locations: Until further notice, all Council and Committee meetings will be held in-person. Each location must be secured individually – please check back as locations are To Be Announced. Beginning Dec 8, 2020, all meetings of the Advisory Council and its committees will be held in-person, without a virtual option. It is state mandated that we conduct Council meetings in-person, and must achieve a quorum or cannot conduct business. The technology needs could not be accommodated to maintain both in-person and virtual for the County’s 57 boards and countless related subcommittees.

For the latest posted meeting dates and agendas, visit Orange County’s Arts & Cultural Affairs webpage or United Arts – Orange County Grants page.

Meeting protocols:
At this stage of the post-COVID-19 pandemic, ALL meetings of the Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs Advisory Council & its committees are in-person, and at posted locations, or To Be Announced.*
(Check back for updates, or visit Orange County’s Arts & Cultural Affairs webpage)

2022-23 Council, committeescalendar & bios.

See Arts Advocacy page, linked here for: Arts Advocacy – State of Florida Funding 

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 website for the ARC programs is: https://netapps.ocfl.net/arctdtgrants/tdtgrants
    –  The cycle for facilities grant applications closed Nov 14, 2018. 
  • NEXT ARC Meeting will be on Friday, December 9, 2022, at 1 p.m.; Orange County Admin Building, 201 S. Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, in Chambers

 

 

Questions for Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs? 

 

Contact:

Trudy Wild (Cultural Tourism, Cultural Facilities, Orange County Venue Subsidy, Arts & Economic Prosperity (AEP6), Advocacy)
Director of Public Grants & Advocacy
Direct 321.972.9837
Main 407.628.0333 x223
Trudy@UnitedArts.cc 

Luke Noles (Orange County Venue Subsidy, Arts & Economic Prosperity (AEP6), Insurance)
Outreach Coordinator
Direct 407.636.5121
Main 407.628.0333 x222
Luke@UnitedArts.cc

Terry Olson
Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs (Blockbuster, Awesome Foundation)
407.836.5540
Terry.Olson@ocfl.net

 

Grant Portal – Application System Instructional Videos
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How to Apply

Logos for publicity:
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 Verbiage: “This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.”