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Mayor’s Matching Grant (MMG) Program - Schools and Nonprofit Organizations

Grants to Orlando, Florida Nonprofits and Schools to Prevent
Youth Crime and Promote Academic Achievement

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to Orlando, Florida schools, nonprofit organizations, and tax-exempt faith-based organizations to promote academic achievement and prevent youth crime. Funding is intended to support programs and projects taking place outside of school hours that offer educational enrichment, combat youth violence, and connect youth with a positive pro-social peer group.

The Mayor’s Matching Grant Program provides schools and nonprofit organizations with resources to implement projects they typically would not be able to fund.

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.
- 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

Successful grant proposals should represent innovative and promising ideas, reach a significant number of children or youth, and demonstrate broad-based community support. Program Areas include:

Youth Crime Prevention - Programs and projects with youth programming in crime prevention or anti-violence to improve public safety, reduce crime and invest in the foundation of safe communities through Prevention, Rehabilitation, Developmental Asset Building, and/or Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD).

For additional information on eligible program expenses, see

Academic Enrichment and Educational Enhancement - These activities must facilitate a comprehensive and engaging learning environment that connects youth with a positive pro-social peer group.

For additional information on eligible program expenses, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179417

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000. Requests may be made in increments of $500.

Term of Contract:

Eligible projects have goals which can be accomplished in 12 months or less.

Spring cycle Grant Term: June 1, 2019 – November 30, 2020

Fall cycle Grant Term: January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 nonprofit status must be included with the completed application.

Eligible Applicants:

- 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

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.)

Nonprofit faith-based organizations:

Nonprofit faith-based organizations are invited and encouraged to apply for grants to fund eligible grant activities. Faith-based organizations will be considered for grant awards on the same basis as other eligible applicants and, if they receive a grant award, will be treated on an equal basis with all other grantees in the administration of such awards. No eligible applicant or grantee will be discriminated against on the basis of its religious character or affiliation, religious name, or the religious composition of its board of directors or person working in the organization.

Faith-based organizations receiving grant funds retain the independence and do not lose or have to modify their religious identity (i.e. remove religious symbols) to receive grant awards. City grant funds may not be used to fund any inherently religious activity, such as prayer or worship. Inherently religious activity is permissible, although it cannot occur during an activity funded with City of Orlando grant funds. Such religious activity must be separate in time or place from the City of Orlando funded program. Participation in such activity by individuals receiving services must be voluntary.

Ineligible Expenses for Youth Crime Prevention and Anti-Violence Projects:

Ineligible Expenses for Academic Enrichment:

Pre-Application Information:

The Mayor’s Matching Grant Program accepts applications on a year-round basis. Applications received on or before April 26, 2019 will be reviewed for funding recommendations in the spring cycle (Grant Term: June 1, 2019 – November 30, 2020). Applications received on or before September 27, 2019 will be reviewed for funding recommendations in the fall cycle (Grant Term: January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020).

Applicants must ensure dollar for dollar match of the City’s award with a combination of cash, volunteer labor and/or in-kind goods or services.

Applicants must report all sources of funds used for the grant funded project.

Applicants must provide Letter(s) of Support from community based partners. Partners may include non-profit organizations, community leaders or City of Orlando neighborhood organizations. Letter(s) of support must be included with the completed grant application. Letters of support from City of Orlando staff or elected officials will not be accepted.

Grant awards will be distributed to Mayor’s Matching Grant recipients in the form of quarterly reimbursements for approved grant related expenditures. Reimbursements will be made to the school or nonprofit organization by the Office of Community Affairs each quarter pending the receipt of supporting documentation and proof of expenses for approved grant related expenditures from the previous quarter. Grant recipients may request an advance of up to 50% of the grant award at the time of application.

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. In-kind or cash donations from City of Orlando services, staff, or elected officials cannot be counted as match. Professional services and labor must be furnished by established service providers, skilled professionals, laborers and/or businesses in order to be counted as match.


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:

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.

Julie Tindall, Community Outreach Coordinator

For Orange County Public Schools: For assistance or further information, call the GDS office at 407.317.3303.

Grant Coverage Areas:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Orlando