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 and 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 October 28, 2016 will be reviewed for the fall cycle (January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017) and applications received on or before March 31, 2017 will be reviewed for the spring cycle (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018).

Update June 20, 2016:

Congratulations to the 13 non-profit organizations, schools and neighborhood associations who were awarded a Mayor’s Matching Grant by Mayor Dyer and the Orlando City Council today! These projects will take place across our City from July 2016 through June 2017.

Name of OrganizationName of ProjectGrant AwardDistrict
Audubon Park the Garden DistrictAudubon Public Art$4,000
The Audubon Public Art project will be a public art campaign to paint 36 Florida birds on the threatened and endangered species list in public places throughout the Audubon Park district.
College Park Neighborhood Arts & Theatre Center, Inc.Musical Theatre Summer Camp$2,5003
The Musical Theatre Summer Camp will foster creativity and innovation through an arts education summer camp program that includes one-on-one mentorship and guidance in the arts for 36 youth, ages 9 to 13. Two, one-week sessions will meet for five hours each day and will include singing, dancing, acting and improvisation, with a performance for parents at the end of each week.
Conway Falcons Football and Cheerleading League4A - Athletic Academic and Anti-Violence Activities$5,0001, 2, 4
The 4A – Athletic Academic and Anti-Violence Activities will reach youth, ages five to 15, through the sports of football and cheerleading. In addition to learning the fundamentals of team play, participants will learn team building, sportsmanship, respect and the importance of physical fitness. The program will serve 300 youth and will be held July through December 2016.
Creative City Project, Inc.Creative City Project 2016$9,0004, 5
The annual Creative City Project 2016 will give 500 students the opportunity to perform for new and larger audiences in the heart of Downtown Orlando. Students in middle and high school band, choir and drama will use script or musical performances to create an interesting and meaningful performance.
Dover Manor Homeowners' AssociationPerimeter Wall Painting and Beautification Project$5,0002
The Perimeter Wall Painting and Beatification Project will enhance the entranceway by painting the entranceway wall and adding landscaping improvements.
Fairview Vista Point Condominium AssociationUpgrade Security of Pool Gates$3,0003
By upgrading the security of the pool gates, Fairview Vista hopes to prevent unauthorized non-residents from using the pool facilities and increase the safety of the pool area.
Foundation for Foster ChildrenFostering Success$10,000ALL
The Fostering Success Program aims to improve academic performance, enhance self-esteem and increase motivation through participation in extra-curricular activities for 50 City of Orlando youth in foster care.
Girl Scouts of Citrus CouncilBe a Friend First (BFF) Anti-Bullying Program$10,0005, 6
The Be a Friend First (BFF) Anti-Bullying Program will give 150 girls in inner-city elementary, middle and high schools valuable skills and tools to develop the confidence and peacemaking skills they need to prevent behavior associated with bullying. The grant will support Girl Scout troop meetings and membership at schools that have not traditionally offered Girl Scout troop opportunities.
I.S. Hankins/F.A. Johnson Education Foundation, Inc.Kids and Dreams - Eliminating the Gap$10,0005
The Kids and Dreams – Eliminating the Gap program is a mentorship and academic enrichment program for middle and high school males in the City of Orlando. The program will operate throughout the school year and aims to encourage participants to engage in positive behaviors, while setting goals that will enable them to enter college, military, vocational school and/or the workforce after high school graduation.
Lake Eola Heights Historic Neighborhood AssociationLake Eola Heights Victory Garden$5,0004
The Lake Eola Heights Victory Garden partners the neighborhood association with Broadway United Methodist Church to provide a community garden where residents can enjoy the benefits of being outside, meeting their neighbors and developing a stronger sense of community, while they are growing their own food.
Orange County Library System (Melrose Center)Sewing for Stem (It's Sew Easy Camps)$3,000ALL
The Sewing for Stem (It’s Sew Easy Camps) program will teach sixty 11 to 17 year old students to sew using proper tools. The camps will reinforce several Common Core Standards in STEM related subjects, including electronic engineering, computer aided drafting and mathematics in each session. Ten sessions will take place during the school year and summer months.
Orlando Monarchs, Inc.Orlando Monarchs Youth Leadership Baseball Program$10,0003, 6
The Orlando Monarchs Youth Leadership Baseball Program is a prevention program wherein participants will learn and increase baseball skills, improve social and academic capacities and gain life experiences that will alter the trajectory of their lives in a positive direction. The program serves 100 youth and will be offered during weekly after-school practices from October 2016 through June 2017 and in summer camp.
Wadeview Park Homeowners' AssociationNew Neighborhood Sign$5,0004
Wadeview Park will replace its existing neighborhood sign with a modern sign that will create an inviting entrance to the neighborhood.

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

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


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