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Grants to Ocoee, Florida Community Organizations for Neighborhood Improvements


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USA: Florida: City of Ocoee

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Most Valuable Partnership (MVP) Grant

City of Ocoee

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #148737

Grant Description

Grants of up to $2,000 to Ocoee, Florida community-based organizations and groups to improve the quality of life by making improvements to their neighborhoods or by creating programs that benefit residents. Applicants may submit projects that beautify a neighborhood, address public safety concerns, or foster cultural, recreational, or educational wants and needs of the neighborhood or organization.

The City is highly supportive of neighborhoods that have organized themselves with or without benefit of a legal homeowners' association. The City also knows the importance of other community organizations. The City Commission is hopeful that the MVP Awards Program will empower neighborhoods and community organizations to take advantage and take responsibility for planning and implementing projects that address their specific needs.

These groups are encouraged to partner with other neighborhoods, local businesses, churches, and community agencies. It is hoped that these partnerships will strengthen the sense of community in Ocoee.


Educational, Cultural, and Recreational Projects:
-Literacy Programs
-Computer Labs
-Family learning centers
-After school enrichment programs
-Dance, music, art or theater training programs

Physical Improvement Projects - All physical improvement projects must meet all City Codes and are subject to City review and permitting procedures. Exact site location with the size and measurements of the proposed improvement must be submitted in detail with the application.
-Playground equipment
-Neighborhood beautification
-Neighborhood identification
-Improved lighting
-Benches and other park improvements

Public Safety Related Projects
-Family Safety training
-Senior Citizens Home Safety programs
-Neighborhood watch programs
-Drug prevention programs
-Fire prevention programs

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Neighborhoods, civic clubs, religious groups, and other organizations may apply as long as they can demonstrate that their project provides a benefit to the community. These groups should be located in Ocoee and serve the Ocoee community.

Besides being an eligible neighborhood/organization and having an eligible project, applicants must have the support of their general membership. For formal associations or organizations, this means a vote to approve the grant application before submitting it. Minutes reflecting the vote must accompany the application as well as incorporation papers. For groups who are not formally organized, a petition is required with two-thirds of the homeowners/organization members signing in approval of the project.

Groups without a formal structure should actively seek to include all relevant individuals. A minimum of seven residents must participate in the MVP Awards project. A petition must be circulated for those groups without a formal association.

Grant funds may not be used to supplement regular operating budgets.

Pre-Application Information:

MVP Grant Cycles open each November. Applications are due November 30 and the grant is typically approved by the City Commission in February.

The MVP Grant is a matching grant. The match is generated by a combination of the following 3 sources, verification of the match must be submitted with the application:
- Volunteer hours from the applicant (mandatory)
- In-Kind donations
- Cash donations

A Letter of Intent must be included for every partner recruited and attached to the grant application to verify the applicant match.

Each recipient is encouraged to have a kick-off event to publicize the project and to recruit additional neighborhood/organization involvement. Groups are encouraged to invite residents, community partners, and the City Commission.

In order to document each phase of a project, grant recipients should provide color photos, newsletter articles, newspaper clippings, etc. These will be used to highlight the projects in various publications.

Any programs designed to be ongoing need to identify other funding sources to continue the program after the first year. Applications may be submitted for phased projects. However; each phase must be such that it can stand on its own since funds cannot be guaranteed for subsequent years.

- Eligibility:
- Guidelines & Requirements:
- MVP Grant Recipient Obligations:
- Example MVP Grant Project:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $2,000

Term of Contract:

Projects should be completed within six months of funding.

Contact Information:

150 N. Lakeshore Drive, Ocoee, FL 34761

Phone: 407-905-3100

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