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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 July 2018:

Congratulations to the 18 non-profit organizations, schools and neighborhood associations who were awarded a Mayor’s Matching Grant! These projects will take place across our City from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

Name of OrganizationName of ProjectGrant AwardDistrict
Aspire Health PartnersAspire Health Partner's ALPHA Summer Program$3,500
ALPHA's Summer Program at Engelwood Elementary School focuses on engaging 10 economically disadvantaged students in educational activities in the arts and sciences while also using experiential activities to promote healthy coping skills and develop social awareness and pro-social behavior towards their peers and authority figures. 
Audubon Park SchoolHere we GROW...Connecting Community in Audubon Park$9,0003
Mayor's Matching Grant funds will support Audubon Park School K-8 by creating community connections through the Audubon Park Main Street program. Students will pair with local partners to plan, create and maintain gardens. The school will also partner with Rollins College to implement a Changemaking movement, where students design and develop social entrepreneurship programs that will benefit citizens of the City of Orlando.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central FloridaMentor Recruitment and Match Outings$5,000All
Mayor's Matching Grant funds will support recruitment of 50 mentors who will be carefully matched to one of the 144 at-risk youth who are currently on a waiting list to be paired with a mentor. Grant funds will also support mentor/mentee outings in the community, including trips to the Orlando Science Center and the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central FloridaDueling Dragons Boating Program$10,000ALL
Mayor's Matching Grant funds will support the sport of dragon boating to form long-term mentoring relationships between Orlando Police Department officers and 25 at-risk youth. The goal of the program is to help foster dreams and goals, breakdown barriers, build trust, reduce violence and ignite transformative changes in perceptions and behaviors. Law enforcement officers and youth work together, interacting as equals while learning to rely on each other in ways that only teammates can understand.
Colonialtown North Neighborhood AssociationUpdate Colonialtown North Community Garden$3,0004
Mayor's Matching Grant funds will support an update to the Colonialtown North Community Garden, including tool storage, compost bins, picnic table, a shade structure and potting table.
Edgewater Youth Sports AssociationEdgewater Sports Scholarships$5,0003
Mayor's Matching Grant funds will support the Edgewater Sports Commission in providing a safe place for 210 young men and women to learn how to be better members of our community through the game of football and the sport of cheer. 
Florida Symphony Youth OrchestraStringMania Summer Camp$6,000All
Mayor's Matching Grant funds will support Stringmania, a two-week long musically enriching program for 50 young string players. Participants are provided with a challenging and fun musical experience that includes orchestra and chamber ensemble experiences, chamber group coaching, private lessons, instruction in fiddling and improvisation, music theory, art projects and more.
Gifted Ones, Inc., dba The PLUGThe PLUG$9,0005
The PLUG is a program that connects 11th and 12th grade students to explore college and career options through education and experiences. Mayor's Matching Grant funds will support 60 students participation in SAT prep sessions, post-secondary workshops, college application assistance, a college tour, financial aid and scholarship help sessions. 
HIdden Beach Homeowners AssociationHidden Beach HOA Shuffleboard Court$1,5006
Mayor's Matching Grant funds will support the installation of a shuffleboard court in the Hidden Beach common area. The goal of the project is to help enrich the social interaction and health of senior residents and families.
Junior League of Greater OrlandoHIP Kids Events Health Fair$1,5005
Mayor's Matching Grant funds will support the HIP Kids Program, which aims to reduce hunger and improve health for 60 children at the City of Orlando’s Rock Lake Neighborhood Center by hosting educational sessions throughout the year.
King Solomon FoundationOwning the Future$7,0004
Mayor's Matching Grant funds will support "Owning the Future," a program for 25 at-risk youth that focuses on decision-making skills, problem solving, academic and personal goal setting, small-group activities, workshops and mentoring. 
Lake Orlando Homeowners Association2018 National Night Out Event - "Superheroes Uniting Rosemont Neighborhoods"$4,0003
The Lake Orlando Homeowners Association will partner with the City of Orlando’s Rosemont Neighborhood Center to host a National Night Out event. The event will create an atmosphere of community among various neighborhoods in and around Rosemont for over 150 neighbors to connect with each other. 
Millennia Gardens Elementary SchoolExtraordinary Bird Revitalization$2,0004
Mayor's Matching Grant funds will support the creation of an inclusive habitat at Millennia Gardens Elementary for native bird species by giving 900 students with the knowledge they need to understand different types of birds and the issues they face. Students will research and learn about the declining native bird population and the avenues they can pursue to ensure future generations of conservationists.
Orange County Library SystemIt's Sew Easy Camps for Tweens and Teens$3,000All
Mayor's Matching Grant funds will support camps that will teach 100 students ages 11-17 to sew using the proper tools. The basic and advanced camps will reinforce several Common Core Standards in mathematics and literacy. STEM-related subjects of engineering and geometry will be incorporated into each session. 
Orlando Ballet, Inc.Scholarship Training for the Enrichment of Primary Students (STEPS)$10,0005
Mayor's Matching Grant funds will support Orlando Ballet's STEPS program, which engages 25 youth from the City of Orlando’s Callahan Neighborhood Center and John H. Jackson Community Center to participate in a weekly program over 10 weeks. Students will receive concentrated ballet training and receive free dance attire, ballet slippers, and transportation to and from Orlando Ballet School.
Shiloh Baptist Church of Orlando"BE-Youth-E-Full" Summer Program for Arts, Sports and Character Development$10,0005
Mayor's Matching Grant funds will support the Be-Youth-E-Full Summer Program, designed to build and increase healthy self-esteem for 50 youth, ages 7 to 17. Participants will appreciate their individuality and respect the difference in others through the use of visual arts, performing arts and team sports.
The Milk District Neighborhood AssociationThe Milk District Neighborhood Sign$5004
The Milk District Neighborhood Association and Main Streets program will design, develop and install a new neighborhood sign.
Urban Think Foundation, Inc."Young Writers Society" After School Program$5,0005
Mayor's Matching Grant funds will support the expansion of Page 15's popular after-school language arts and homework program, offered since 2008 at the Downtown Recreation Center, to the OCPS Academic Center for Excellence. The goal of this program is to improve basic literacy, increase interest in the language arts and increase academic confidence for 80 youth.

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.