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Mayor’s Matching Grant (MMG) Program

Grants to Florida Nonprofits, Neighborhood Groups, and
Schools in Eligible Regions to Benefit the Local Community

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Orlando - Office of Community Affairs

Deadline Date:

09/25/20

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Florida nonprofit organizations, neighborhood organizations, and schools to enhance local communities in eligible regions. Funding is intended for programs and projects that physically improve neighborhoods, provide cultural and educational opportunities to residents, and increase public safety in Orlando.

There are two categories of grants available:

Mayor’s Matching Grant Guidelines for Schools and Nonprofit Organizations

The Mayor’s Matching Grant provides schools and non-profit organizations resources to implement projects they typically would not be able to fund. The Mayor’s Matching Grant (MMG) program was established to promote partnerships and collaborations with businesses, religious institutions, non-profit agencies and other community resources to provide youth programs that improve academic achievement, reduce youth crime and invest in the foundation of safe communities. 

Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:

  • take place within the City of Orlando limits and provide a public benefit to the residents in the City of
    Orlando. Visit hhttps://gis.orlando.gov/orlandoinformationlocator/ to determine if project location is within
    Orlando city limits.
  • offer educational enhancement, academic enrichment or provide youth programming in crime prevention
    and anti-violence that address the needs of the targeted population. Project funds must be used for
    activities that directly support the accomplishment of the project purpose, priorities and expected
    outcomes. All expenditures must be consistent with the approved application.
  • have goals which can be accomplished in 12 months or less
  • involve adult supervised activities during non-school hours 
  • provide letter(s) of support from community partners 

Mayor’s Matching Grant Guidelines for Neighborhood Organizations

The Mayor's Matching Grant program was established in 1994 to provide funding for neighborhood improvements that address neighborhood needs and improve the quality of life in City of Orlando neighborhoods. The purpose of the grant program is to provide the neighborhood organization with resources to implement neighborhood enhancement projects that the neighborhood would not normally be able to fund. Grant funds can only be used for projects that benefit the entire neighborhood and allow all residents the opportunity to participate.

Eligible Project Guidelines:

Eligible projects must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • provide a public benefit to the neighborhood
  • have an accountable neighborhood resident serve as the project leader
  • directly involve neighborhood residents in all phases
  • have goals which can be accomplished in 12 months or less
  • take place within the boundaries of the neighborhood 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179508

Estimated Size of Grant:

Schools & Nonprofit Organizations: Grant funds are available bi-annually, with awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Request may be made in increments of $500.
Neighborhood Organizations: Grant funds are available bi-annually, with awards ranging from $500 to $5,000 that are matched dollar for dollar by the applying neighborhood organization using a combination of cash, in-kind contributions and volunteer labor. Request may be made in increments of $500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Schools & Nonprofit Organizations:

The Mayor’s Matching Grant program is available to public or private schools and federally tax-exempt 501(c)3 charitable and faith-based organizations. Documentation of the non-profit status must be included with the completed application.
- Have no active projects in any Mayor’s Matching Grant program
- Have been a school or tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization for at least one year before applying for Mayor’s Matching Grant funds
- Have not received a Mayor’s Matching Grant award for more than 3 consecutive years
ensure dollar for dollar match of the City’s award with a combination of cash, volunteer labor and/or in-kind goods or services
- Report all sources of funds used for the grant-funded project
- Submit quarterly project status reports and final report in a timely manner

Special Note for Orange County Public Schools: Any Orange County Public School (OCPS) applying for a grant must have the OCPS Board as the legal applicant; therefore the OCPS Grant Development Office must approve the application prior to submission. OCPS Grant Development Services (GDS) staff will assist in developing the proposal and help obtain School Board approval of the application. For assistance or further information, call the GDS office at 407.317.3303.

Neighborhood Organizations:

Mayor's Matching Grants are available to City of Orlando neighborhood, homeowner, condominium and resident associations (henceforth neighborhood organizations) whose primary purpose is neighborhood development. In order to qualify, projects must address needs or improve the quality of life in one of three categories: physical improvements, public safety, and educational or cultural initiatives.

Neighborhood organizations are encouraged to partner with local businesses, religious institutions, non-profit organizations and other community resources in the planning and implementation of projects. Both mandatory and voluntary neighborhood organizations are eligible to apply. Mandatory neighborhood organizations require all members by deed to pay dues. Voluntary neighborhood organizations are supported by donations from residents and businesses in the area, fundraising projects, or other sources of funding and may be open to all residents, whether they are the property owners or tenants.

Note to Mandatory Associations: Grants awarded to Condominiums and Mandatory Homeowners’ Associations may be taxed under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 528. Condominiums and Mandatory Homeowners’ Association should consult their Certified Public Accountant (CPA) regarding the tax impact of grants and fundraising activities.

Pre-Application Information:

The Mayor’s Matching Grant Program accepts applications on a year-round basis. Applications received on or before March 27, 2020 will be reviewed for funding recommendations in the spring cycle (Grant Term: June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021). Applications received on or before September 25, 2020 will be reviewed for funding recommendations in the fall cycle (Grant Term: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021).

The applicant’s contribution must equal or exceed the total amount being requested from the City of Orlando. A combination of cash, volunteer labor and/or in-kind goods or services can be used as match.

Application Information: http://www.cityoforlando.net/oca/applications/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Completed application documents may be e-mailed to the Office of Community Affairs at
mayorsmatchinggrants_2d20@sendtodropbox.com.

Completed applications may be delivered in person to the Office of Community Affairs, located on the 2nd floor of Orlando City Hall (400 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801).

Mail completed applications to: Mayor’s Matching Grant Program, City of Orlando, P.O. Box 4990, Orlando, Florida 32802-4990.

For questions, contact:
Julie Tindall, Community Outreach Coordinator
Julie.Tindall@cityoforlando.net
407.246.3275

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