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Mayor’s Matching Grants

“Together We’re Better”

The Mayor’s Matching Grant Program was implemented in 1994 to partner with neighborhood associations, schools and non-profit organizations to fund projects which address neighborhood needs, improve education and build community pride. The Mayor and City Commissioners believe in the power and creativity of its citizens to address challenges, build communities and develop relationships with fellow neighbors, community partners and local businesses through the Mayor’s Matching Grant Program.

Mayor’s Matching Grant Guidelines for Schools and Nonprofit Organizations
Grants are awarded to schools and non-profit organizations for projects that offer educational enhancement, academic enrichment, crime prevention and anti-violence for our City’s youth.

Mayor’s Matching Grant Guidelines for Neighborhood Organizations
Grants are awarded to neighborhood organizations for projects that implement physical improvements or enhancements, increase public safety or provide educational and cultural opportunities that benefit neighborhood residents.

The Mayor’s Matching Grant Program accepts applications on a year-round basis. Applications received on or before April 27, 2018 will be reviewed for funding recommendations in the spring cycle (Grant Term: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). Applications received on or before September 28, 2018 will be reviewed for funding recommendations in the fall cycle (Grant Term: January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019). 

Update January 2017:

Congratulations to the 19 non-profit organizations, schools and neighborhood associations who were awarded a Mayor’s Matching Grant! These projects will take place across our City from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Name of OrganizationName of ProjectGrant AwardDistrict
ArtReach Orlando
The City Beautiful Schools Project$1,500
ArtReach will work with two Title I schools in the City of Orlando to create art installations, murals and mosaics to transform school corridors, build student pride and create a connection to their campus. Thirty students will be involved in designing and creating the mosaic pieces for the mural.
Devereux Advanced Behavioral HealthSupporting Strong Families$3,0006
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health will implement the Supporting Strong Families Project, an elementary school centered, strength-based program focused on the safety, well-being and strengthening of children and their families. Services for 40 children attending Grand Avenue Primary Learning Center are designed to increase students’ academic progress and social development during the foundational years of their formal education. Services for parents are designed to assist them in learning how to effectively engage in their child’s education and overall well-being.
Dover Green Condominium AssociationKeeping Dover Green Safe Phase II$5,0001
Dover Green Condominiums will continue efforts to secure their pool area by installing new fencing panels around the pool. These panels will increase the fence height to 9 feet and is the result of an OPD Security Survey recommendation.
Florida Symphony Youth OrchestraStringMania Summer Camp$4,000ALL
FSYO will host a two-week summer enrichment program for 40 young string players. Participants will engage in challenging and fun musical experiences that include orchestra and chamber ensemble experiences, chamber group coaching, private lessons, instruction in fiddling and improvisation, music theory, art projects and more. The camp will culminate in a showcase that is open to the public, where students will perform 7 to 8 full orchestra pieces, 2 to 3 fiddling pieces and 1 to 2 chamber pieces.
Game Changer Orlando, Inc.Game Changer's Afterschool Adventures$6,000ALL
Game Changer engages students in a variety of game-based learning opportunities, including table-top role playing games and strategic card and board games. These games provide face-to-face or “unplugged” gaming that has proven to encourage students to learn collaboratively, use creative problem solving skills, make lasting friendships with peers and intrinsically motivate students to seek their own path of learning. Game Changer’s game-based learning methodology focuses on teaching students reading, math, intrapersonal skills, logical and creative problem solving and teamwork. The program will serve 70 students throughout the City of Orlando.
International Fringe Festival of Central Florida, Inc.KidsFringe 2017$6,000ALL
Orlando Fringe will host Kids Fringe, a portion of the annual festival with programming exclusively for children ages four through twelve. The event engages participants in a variety of fun and educational workshops, arts and craft activities, dance and movement exercises, introduction to instruments and performances. Over 10,000 gurests are expected to attend. The free event is open to the public.
Jones High School FoundationNotes In Your Neighborhood - High School Expansion$5,0005
The Jones High School Foundation will partner with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra to provide an expansion of the “Notes in Your Neighborhood” program. This collaboration will provide mentorship opportunities for 88 Jones High School Musicians through interaction with professional musicians. The program is also intended to unify students, parents, faculty and community members in their support for Jones High School music programs. The program will culminate with a spring concert at the Jones High School auditorium in April 2017.
Lake Orlando Homeowners AssociationWall Painting Project$4,0003
Lake Orlando Homeowners’ Association will paint three walls located along the main corridor of the neighborhood along Long Road and Cinderlane. This project will be used to engage residents in participating in the community project and build community pride.
Mai Kai Condominium AssociationCommunity Garden$3,0001
Mai Kai Condominium Association will implement a Community Garden on their common property. This project will be used to bring neighbors together to socialize, grow fresh produce and provide an opportunity for physical activities and exercise through gardening. Grant funds will also support National Night Out activities in 2017.
Millennia Gardens Elementary SchoolPaths to Preservation$6,0004
Millennia Gardens Elementary School will implement an after-school ECO CLUB called “Paths to Preservation”fro 100 students. This large scale project encompasses numerous aspects of environmental education through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The ECO CLUB will include numerous hands on learning opportunities to engage students in unique learning experiences demonstrating the principals of science and math while incorporating reading. Each project within this intense program will require a different set of skills for students to master and each will include strong service learning components with reflection with investigation, preparation, action, demonstration and celebration. The program will culminate with a dedication of a habitat sanctuary and request for certification as a Green School.
Mills 50 Main StreetMills 50 Bicycle Rack Project$3,5004
Mills 50 will purchase and install six custom bicycle racks in the District. The bicycle racks will be in the shape of a bicycle with the Mills 50 logo suspended in the front wheel. This project will continue to promote the Mills 50 district as a bicycle friendly community.
Orange County School Readiness Coalition, Inc.Orlando Cares Preschool Ambassadors$7,0002, 3, 5, 6
The Orange County School Readiness Coalition’s programs empower parents to take on the role as their child’s first teacher. The goal of this program is to ensure that children enter kindergarten with the literacy skills they need to succeed. The initiative will take place at 7 area learning centers and will serve 80 children and their families.
Orlando Ballet, Inc.Scholarship Training for the Enrichment of Primary Students (STEPS)$7,0003, 4
Orlando Ballet will provide free valet classes to low income inner-city children through the Scholarship Training for the Enrichment of Primary Students (STEPS) program. Modeled after a similar award-winning program developed by the New York’s Dance Theatre of Harlem, 25 students from a City of Orlando elementary school will receive full tuition scholarships, leotards, tights, ballet slippers and transportation to and from Orlando Ballet School for weekly dance classes. Students and their families also receive complimentary tickets to a variety of Orlando Ballet and Orlando Ballet School performances. The program will culminate in a ballet recital for parents and family members in Spring 2017.
Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corporation (ONIC)Learning Labs 2017$7,0002, 5, 6
Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corporation will host Learning Labs to serve as a resource hub with supportive activities, tutoring and academic enrichment for 80 youth, ages 5 to 16, at three of ONIC’s communities located in the City of Orlando. Structured sessions filled with learning enhancements will be combined with the ongoing Prodigy Cultural Arts classes to create these hubs where youth can learn and grow, as well as a place where families can seek resources to sustain a positive family system.
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc.Notes In Your Neighborhood Expansion$6,0004, 5, 6
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will host “Notes in Your Neighborhood” at Orange Center Elementary, Rock Lake Elementary, Howard Middle School, Memorial Middle School and Jones High School. The program will inspire students, who normally would not have access to symphonic music, to seek musically creative outlets. It also provides artistic mentorship, bridging the gap between exposure to music and empowerment to create music.
Orlando Repertory Theatre, Inc.The Third Annual Rockin' REP REC Fest$5,000ALL
Orlando Repertory Theatre will present the Third Annual “Rockin’ REP REC Fest”. This intensive theater residency allows youth to discover what it means to be an ensemble, the importance of collaboration and community. The REP’s “Rockin’ REP REC Fest” was launched to fight the underlying causes of bullying by teaching vital social skills through the arts. One hundred youth will rehearse twice a week after school for two months during the school year. The program will culminate in one performance of the production that is open to the public.
Professional Opportunities Program for Students, Inc.Building Character in Teens to Believe and Succeed$6,0005
Professional Opportunities Program for Students (POPS) will host “Building Character in Teens to Believe and Succeed” workshops designed to increase students’ resilience and build skills so that they achieve on-time graduation and a career and college ready student. Monthly workshops will focus on financial literacy, personal banking, oral and written communication employability and workplace skills. Students will also participate in ACT/SAT preparation classes and assistance with FAFSA documents. Students are partnered with a professional and/or community leader mentor, participate in career exploration summer internships and attend college tours. The grant award will support 20 youth to participate in this program.
Urban Think Foundation, Inc."Writing, Reading & Succeeding" After School Programs$5,0005
Urban Think Foundation will host “Writing, Reading & Succeeding” After School Programs at the City of Orlando Downtown Recreation Center and Jackson Community Center during the 2017 school year. This free after-school literacy program provides activities and homework support Monday through Friday to 100 City of Orlando youth.
Young Blacks in Action, Inc.Young Blacks In Action Cultural Arts Programming$8,0006
Young Blacks in Action will host the “YBA Performing Arts and Cultural Programs”. These arts enrichment programs include anti-bullying education, art classes, youth conferences, theater, drama and dance classes and a summer drama and theater production. Young Blacks in Action’s goal is to develop the artistic talents and capacities, promote self-actualization and elevate Orlando area youth through participation in cultural arts programming.

Mayor’s Matching Grant Project Spotlight
A highlight of past grant projects 

Contact: Julie Tindall, Community Outreach Coordinator at Julie.Tindall@cityoforlando.net or 407.246.3275.