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Cultural Facilities (CF) Funding

Matching Grants to Orange County, Florida Nonprofits
and Agencies for Improvements to Art Facilities

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United Arts of Central Florida - Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs

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02/01/19 5:00 PM


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Matching grants to Orange County, Florida nonprofit organizations and government agencies for improved arts and cultural facilities. A Letter of Intent must be submitted four weeks prior to the deadline. Applicants must attend a workshop meeting before submitting an application. Funding may be used for acquisition, construction, renovation, and equipment requests.

Project Types:
-Acquisition – land/building purchase
-Construction – New building (ground-up building construction) or building addition resulting in increase of air-conditioned square footage by 25% or more
-Renovation – repair, addition, or alteration of a building /property
-Equipping – outfit or return a property to a state of utility through replacement of capital fixtures and equipment; includes fixtures, furnishings, and equipment (FF&E) that will replace, increase, or alter to enhance technology, make possible a greater capacity, or make more efficient use of the space.

Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:
-Need of the project to the community
-Vision of the project
-How the project inspires excellence
-Process, design, and planning
-Quality of project
-Operational readiness
-Financial readiness
-Care and stewardship

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184437

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum of $500,000 (minimum of $20,000) per funding cycle

Term of Contract:

Project period: July 1, 2019 through March 31, 2021 (21 months).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizational Eligibility
By the application deadline, applicant must be either:
-A municipality/city government located in Orange County, FL
-An organization that is: incorporated or authorized as a not-for-profit corporation, in good standing, pursuant to chapter 617, Florida statutes; AND designated as a tax-exempt corporation as defined in Section 501(c)(3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, and designated as being in compliance with s. 170 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, at the time of application.

Facility Eligibility
The applicant’s venue for the proposed project must be located in Orange County, and by the application deadline, must be one of the following
-An auditorium that is owned and operated by a government entity;
-An auditorium that is owned by a government entity that is leased to a not-for-profit organization for operation as an auditorium open to the public;
-An auditorium that is owned by a not-for-profit organization situated on publicly owned property with a ground lease that meets the requirements of the “Checklist for Ground Lease”
-An auditorium that is leased from a government entity that in turn has an eligible lease on the building from a private owner.
-A museum that is owned and operated by a government entity;
-A museum that is owned by a government entity that is leased to a not-for-profit organization for operation as a museum open to the public;
-A museum that is owned and operated by a not-for-profit organization and open to the public;
-Acquisition must be for land, auditorium, or museum that meets at least one of the above ownership or lease eligibility for respective auditorium or museum

Unallowable expenditures for cultural facilities funding:
-Grantee operational support (i.e., organizational salaries, travel, supplies)
-Debt reduction; mortgage payments, past due debts, fines and penalties, interest
-Expenditures for space rental, improvement, or maintenance not specifically identified with the project
-Private entertainment, food and beverages, including alcohol
-Expenditures associated with lobbying or attempting to influence federal, state, or local legislation, the judiciary branch, or any County agency
-Advertising that does not mention the specific project or omits required County recognition
-Activities that are restricted to an organization’s membership or other private or exclusive participation, which shall include restricting access on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, handicap, or marital status
-Prizes or awards, scholarships, donations, regranting, or endowment contributions
-Feasibility studies
-Expenditures incurred or obligated prior to or after the grant period, or prior to the execution of the Grant Award Agreement; Projects which are restricted to private or exclusive participation, which shall include restricting access on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, handicap, or marital status; Expenditures related to project grants of the Cultural Tourism Funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Three workshops will be offered:
-Tuesday, October 16, 5:00-6:00 p.m. at Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando (Palm Room)
-Wednesday, Nov 7, 12:00- 1:00 p.m. at United Arts, 2450 Maitland Center Parkway, Ste 201, Maitland
-Thu, Dec 6, 9:00-10:00 a.m. at Orange County Human Resources, 450 E South St, Orlando (Room 105)

RSVP required to Trudy Wild (email address in Contact Information).

If necessary, additional workshop meetings in December and January by appointment only.

NOTE: Workshop attendance IS REQUIRED for EVERY applicant to the Cultural Facilities Funding. See United Arts’ website for latest updates, schedule, and availability.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:

Last day for letter of intent and/or pre-review for eligibility of new applicant organization and/or project: Thursday, January 3, 2019. Applicants must notify intent at least 4 weeks in advance via email.

Last day to submit updates for Nonprofit Search portrait at Central Florida Foundation: Thursday, January 3, 2019

Deadline for application: Friday, February 1, 2019, 5:00 p.m. (online application only)

Lobbying blackout: Friday, February 1 to final BCC approval.

Materials delivery to review panel: Thursday, February 28, 2019.

Site visits: Thursday, March 7, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Review Panel meeting/Scores/Ranking: Thursday, April 4, 2019, 8:30 a.m. Panelists’ final scores due 5 p.m.

Advisory Council Approval: Thursday, April 11, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Board of County Commissioners Approval: Tuesday, May TBA, 2019 (to be confirmed) 9 a.m.

Award letters and contracts issued: June 2019 (Funding may not be available until July/August 2019)

Encumbrance period: One year: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020

Project period: July 1, 2019 through March 31, 2021 (21 months)

Matching Funds
-Applicant is required to match the requested amount, $1 for each $1 requested.
-100% of the match must be confirmed by the application deadline. 50% or more of match will be in cash (includes cash in bank/escrow/capital funds, State of Florida, or major Foundation grants awarded, city appropriations, capital fund contributions, etc.) Balance may be cash, pledges, or in-kind (maximum of 50% irrevocable pledges and in-kind contributions of goods or services).

FY18 attachments are included in Supporting Documents.

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Contact Information:

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

Online application will begin October 2018:

Questions regarding the program and eligibility:
Terry Olson
Arts & Cultural Affairs
Orange County
P.O. Box 1393
Orlando, FL 32802

Lindy Shepherd
Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs

Trudy Wild
United Arts of Central Florida
2450 Maitland Center Parkway, Ste 201
Maitland, FL 32751
Direct: 321.972.9837
407.628.0333 x223

For information about nonprofit search:
Sandi Vidal
Vice President, Community Investment
407.872.3050 x121

Mary Meghan Flanagan
Community Knowledge Manager
Central Florida Foundation
1411 Edgewater Dr., Suite 203
Orlando, FL 32804
407.872.3050 x115

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USA: Florida: Orange County