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2020-21 Mini-Grant

Grants to Florida Nonprofits in Eligible Counties
for Arts and Cultural Programming

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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United Arts of Central Florida

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Deadline Date:

02/01/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $2,500 to Florida nonprofit organizations in eligible counties for arts and cultural programming. Funding is intended for activities such as the production, presentation, and teaching of visual, performing, media, or literary arts, the sciences, and history and heritage. Arts or cultural programming must take place in Lake, Orange or Osceola counties and be open to the public.

To encourage the incubation of ideas and creativity, Mini-Grants provide funding for cultural events by small, multicultural and grassroots groups, as well as organizations not specifically served by other, existing United Arts grant programs.

Exhibits, performances, festivals, arts education or outreach programs are examples of typical projects. All projects must be executed by professional artists, and performers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181489

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum of $2,500 or up to 50% of eligible cash expenses

Term of Contract:

Deadlines: August 3rd for projects starting September 1st & February 1st for projects starting March 1st
- Projects must end one year after project start date

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organization Eligibility Summary:
- Nonprofit 501(c)3 corporate status, in good standing with the State of Florida Division of Corporations & the IRS
- Existed and provided cultural programming for at least one year
- Organizations that have applied for the 501(c) 3 designation can have a fiscal sponsor (an organization with a 501(c) 3 designation) apply on their behalf. Funds will be awarded to the fiscal sponsor, who will be fiscally responsible on behalf of the sponsored organization. The producing organization must be demonstrably separate from the fiscal sponsor (decision-making, financial), not a program of the fiscal sponsor. Operating Support Grantees can serve as a fiscal sponsor.

Organizations are not eligible if they are:
- A public or private entity governed by a county, municipality, school district, community college, college, university, or an agency of state government;
- Media companies (TV/radio/print);
- Faith-based organizations, except for a non-faith-based program open to any segment of the population;
- Fraternal or sports organizations;
- Political causes, candidates, organizations, or campaigns; or
- Organizations that are adjuncts to for-profit organizations. (“Friends of” organizations are eligible to apply only in lieu of the parent nonprofit organization.)

Detailed eligibility information can be found at

Project Eligibility Restricitions can be found at

Pre-proposal Conference:


Thursday, September 24, 2020, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM *English/Spanish with City of Orlando*

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 9:30-11:00 AM

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines: August 3rd at 5PM for projects starting September 1st & February 1st at 5PM for projects starting March 1st
- Availability of Funding: The mini-grant pool starts in August and is available for the next two cycles (Feb & May) until funding is gone; projects submitted in August have the best chance of funding. United Arts will post on the website if funding has run out for the current cycle.

Funds must be matched $1:$1 by cash income from other sources. No in-kind match is eligible.

Funding is very competitive; not all projects of merit will be funded.

In all cases, final eligibility decisions are made by United Arts staff. Each applicant is limited to one Mini-Grant application per deadline, and one funded Mini-Grant per July-June period. An applicant may receive funding for more than one year, but a new application must be submitted each year. Approval of one year of funding carries with it no assurance of continued funding in subsequent years. Organizations cannot be awarded both the Mini-grant and Operating Support Grant in the same July-June period. Applicants must be in good standing with any prior United Arts grant or contract reporting.

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

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407.628.0333 x228

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USA: Florida: Lake, Orange, and Osceola Counties

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