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Mayor’s Matching Grant (MMG) Program - Neighborhood Organizations

Grants to Orlando, Florida Neighborhood Associations for
Education and Culture, Community Improvements, and Safety

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City of Orlando - Office of Community Affairs

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09/27/19 Receipt


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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Orlando, Florida neighborhood organizations to enhance local communities. Funding is intended for programs and projects that physically improve neighborhoods, provide cultural and educational opportunities to residents, and increase public safety. Grant funds can only be used for projects that benefit the entire neighborhood and allow all residents the opportunity to participate.

The Mayor's Matching Grant (MMG) 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 neighborhood organization with resources to implement neighborhood enhancement projects that the neighborhood would not normally be able to fund.

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 that can be accomplished in 12 months or less
- Take place within the boundaries of the neighborhood.

For further information about eligible and ineligible physical improvement projects and expenses, public safety projects and expenses, and educational or cultural projects and expenses, please see the guidelines PDF.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179508

Estimated Size of Grant:

$500 - $5,000. Request may be made in increments of $500.

Term of Contract:

Grant Term: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available to City of Orlando neighborhood, homeowner, condominium and resident associations (henceforth neighborhood organizations) whose primary purpose is neighborhood development. 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.

The Project Team must have a Project Leader, an Alternate Project Leader, Report Coordinator, Partner/Volunteer Coordinator, Historian and two additional team members for a total of seven volunteers (minimum). All Project Team members are required to attend an orientation session conducted by the Office of Community Affairs, so it is important to ensure that project team members are committed to the success of the project. Project team members must reside in the neighborhood in which the project occurs.

Eligible neighborhood organizations must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Have no active projects in any Mayors Matching Grant program
- Operate within the City of Orlando limits – to determine if the neighborhood association is within City limits, visit
- Be registered with the City of Orlando’s Office of Communications and Neighborhood Relations
- Have a majority of the organization's members living in or operating businesses in the neighborhood
- Not discriminate and actively seek membership from neighborhood residents
- Represent its neighborhood and have democratically elected officers
- Have a Tax Identification Number (TIN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN)
- Have been organized for at least one year before applying for a grant.

Although not exhaustive, the following is a list of disallowed uses of Mayors Matching Grant funding:
- Neighborhood organizations that have received Mayor’s Matching Grant awards for 3 consecutive years
- Supplanting a neighborhood organization’s operating budget with grant funds (funds are awarded by the City only for approved and designated project purposes)
- Funding or supplanting other City of Orlando services or programs
- Appreciation gifts, plaques, or certificates for City staff or elected officials
- Equipment purchases (unless it is an essential part of a neighborhood outreach program and approved by the Office of Community Affairs prior to spending)
- Expenses without receipts.

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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: July 1, 2019 – June 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).

Grant funds are available bi-annually, and must be matched dollar for dollar by the applying neighborhood organization using a combination of cash, in-kind contributions and volunteer labor. 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 laborers and/or businesses in order to be counted as match.

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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.

Completed application documents may be e-mailed to the Office of Community Affairs, with your organization's name in the subject line, to:

Completed applications may be delivered in person to:
The Office of Community Affairs
9th 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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: City of Orlando