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Community Investment Program


The City of Orlando is proud to invest in efforts that solve community problems by granting funds to meet the needs of a growing central Florida population. As part of that commitment, the annual Community Investment Program application period will be open February 1 – March 29, 2019. The Scope of Service categories, listed below, are recognized by the City as priorities for Community Investment Program.

The City of Orlando will award approximately $2,265,000 in Community Investment Program grant funds to non-profit organizations in FY 2019-2020 (Grant Term: January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020). Priority is given to nonprofit organizations whose mission and programs provide services in one of the following focus areas:

*The service examples shown under each category are only examples and are not exclusive or limiting.

  1. Homeless Program Support

    Support for areas in the system that cannot be addressed with federal or state funding. Eligible applicants must utilize the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and Coordinated Entry processes. Priority will be given to applicants who utilize the Housing First model with residents living within the Orlando city limits.

    Service examples: Homeless youth, interim housing, low barrier shelter beds for chronically homeless, subsidizing daily shelter fees, health services

  2. Family Sustainability

    Support for services that are designed to foster independence and/or equip families living in the Orlando city limits who are at risk of not meeting basic human needs with the skills to live healthy, productive, contributing lives.

    Service examples: Child care, job training, programs that address literacy or technical challenges or build professional competencies for adults.

  3. Domestic Violence

    Support for domestic violence services and prevention initiatives within the Orlando city limits.

    Service examples: Public awareness campaigns, support for building organizational capacity in local domestic violence programs for supportive services and prevention work, as it relates to assessing and influencing change for individuals, communities and institutions.

  4. Support of Seniors

    Support for services that promote or maintain senior independence and/or create a social environment in which all senior citizens who live within the Orlando city limits can live independent, healthy and productive lives.

    Service examples: Meal delivery to homebound seniors, respite and day care services, health services.

  5. Hunger Relief

    Support for comprehensive and innovative approaches to food resourcing within the Orlando city limits.

    Service examples: Food pantries, food delivery programs, increasing food access and food preparation classes.




The following criteria will be used to evaluate funding proposals:

  1. The program will make a significant impact to address an identified focus area or community need.
  2. The program is comprehensive and available to all affected City of Orlando residents.
  3. The nonprofit organization demonstrates effective service and management capabilities.
  4. The nonprofit organization demonstrates good fiscal strength.
  5. The nonprofit organization successfully leverages City funding to engage diverse funding streams in support of the program.
  6. The nonprofit organization or program has a substantial presence in the Orlando community.
  7. The nonprofit organization has local support and community ownership.
  8. The nonprofit organization collaborates with businesses and other social service organizations to improve service delivery and create measurable impact.




The City of Orlando will accept applications through an online grant portalThe application cycle will open on February 1, 2019 and will close March 29, 2019 at 5:00 PM. All required documentation must be submitted by the deadline. There are no exceptions.

Applicants must have a Reviewed (viewable) portrait in the Central Florida Foundation’s Nonprofit Search by the application deadline of March 29, 2019. First time portrait submission and any updates to existing portraits must be submitted to the Central Florida Foundation staff by March 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm to be eligible for funding. To establish a portrait or learn more about updates, refer to the “Eligibility Requirements” below.

A Community Investment Program Question & Answer session was conducted on February 6, 2019. A recording of this webinar can be found here.

Sample Project Effects Question Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Organizations that received Community Investment Funding in FY18-19




  • A federally registered tax exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization with at least a 12 month operating history in the City of Orlando as of March 29, 2019 and be in good standing with the IRS
  • Organizations whose requested grant will be used in the direct furtherance of the tax-exempt purpose of the organization (and the specific purpose set forth in the application)
  • Organization using Community Investment Program funds to serve clients residing within the Orlando city limits
  • Organizations with an established portrait in Nonprofit Search: If you have an existing portrait, you must submit updates for review no later than 5pm on March 1, 2019
    • If you have a Reviewed (viewable) portrait, update the portrait with any information that may be helpful to the City of Orlando in making its funding decisions. It is not mandatory to update a Reviewed (viewable) portrait. Any changes to the portrait are at the discretion of the applicant organization.
    • If you have a completed, but non-viewable portrait, update all required fields and information about the applicant organization.
  • Organizations without an established portrait must start a profile, complete the required fields and submit the profile to Foundation staff for review no later than 5pm on Friday, March 1, 2019.
    • To start a profile, visit the Foundation’s Create Nonprofit Profile page, complete and submit the “Start Here” form and watch the recorded webinar. If you have further questions, you may contact the Foundation at 407.872.3050.
  • Those that discriminate or exclude participants on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, religion, disability or marital status
  • Third party or “pass through” nonprofit organizations or fiscal agents
  • Government agencies (but may associate with a government agency)
  • Foundations whose sole purpose is fundraising, unless they directly deliver an eligible program
  • Faith-based nonprofit organizations/programs, unless there is a non-faith-based service that is inclusive and available to all segments of the population
  • National nonprofit organizations, unless dollars requested will remain in the Orlando city limits, impacts families who reside within the Orlando city limits and meets grant guidelines





  • The City of Orlando Community Investment Program will accept one application annually per eligible organization during the open grant period.
  • Proposals funded in any one year are not automatically assured of receiving future funding.
  • The grant term begins January 1, 2020 and ends December 31, 2020.
  • While we are committed to supporting nonprofit organizations that serve City of Orlando residents, we are unable to fund every request.
  • The application has limited space and design – only the most essential information is requested. In order to be fair to all applicants, we will not review additional attachments, page additions, photos or graphics, or consider additional lines of information beyond defined limits. Failure to comply may result in immediate disqualification of grant request.
  • Consider the following when filling out the application:
    • Application must be completed in its entirety as directed. Incomplete applications or those submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
    • Application must be concise when describing programs/services. Limit anecdotal information or general research findings – strong metrics are more important in defining success. When describing impact, use metrics that demonstrate the impact over a defined period of time.

All decisions relating to the awarding of any grant funding are at the sole and absolute discretion of the City of Orlando.




For questions about the guidelines and application process, contact Julie Tindall with the City of Orlando at 407.246.3275 or julie.tindall@cityoforlando.net

For technical assistance questions about the online application, contact Daisy C. Franklin with the Central Florida Foundation at 407.872.3050 ext. 113 or dfranklin@cffound.org.

For questions about Nonprofit Search, contact Mary Meghan Flanagan with Central Florida Foundation at 407.872.3050 ext. 116 or mflanagan@cffound.org.