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2017-18 Mini-Grant and Arts Learning Mini-Grant

Grants to Florida Nonprofits in Eligible
Counties for Public Arts Education Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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United Arts of Central Florida

Deadline Date:

05/01/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $2,500 to Florida nonprofit organizations and artists in eligible counties for out-of-school programs in the arts, sciences, or humanities for public audiences of all ages. Funding is intended for programs that will benefit the residents of Orange, Lake, Osceola, or Seminole Counties.

This program supports cultural events carried out by small, grassroots, and multicultural groups, as well as organizations not specifically served by other existing United Arts grant programs. Individual artists may apply for a project that engages the community in a significant way over a long period of time.

The following grant opportunities are available:

Regular Mini-Grant: The proposed project must involve the arts, sciences, or humanities, such as the fine arts of a culture; must occur in Lake, Orange, Osceola or Seminole counties; and must be open to the public. Multiple projects can be included in one application, but separate budget forms are required for each project.

Arts Learning Mini-Grant: Must follow the above requirements, as well as the following:

-Arts participatory learning (must be creating in the art form) for nontraditional or underserved audiences (not just K‐12) Projects that work with non‐K‐12 age groups (seniors, toddlers, adults, etc.) will be prioritized, to reach areas of the community that are not served by current arts education programs.

-Outreach – not in a school environment; outside of the organization’s regular programming and serves a new constituency. Partnerships with social service organizations and underserved neighborhoods are encouraged.

-Located in Orange County (Note: if the organization is located out of Orange County, the project must be located in Orange County and must have been provided in Orange County for at least one year).

-New programs or expansions of current programs are eligible; the same programs can receive multiple years of grants. In other words, a program must be new/expanding at the time of first application, but that program or expansion can continue to apply for funding in subsequent years. Must specify the number of incremental people served.

Please note that Mini-Grant recipients can apply for the Arts Learning Mini‐Grant within the same July‐June period; however, organizations must have demonstrated the ability to effectively manage previous mini ‐grant awards. This funding is extremely competitive. First‐time grantees are less likely to receive both grants in the same cycle.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181489

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant award is $2,500, but average grants will be lower. Administrative costs can be included up to 15% of the project budget, but these are less likely to be funded for Operating Support Grantees.

Term of Contract:

Projects may begin one month after the deadline and must end by one year after the project start date.

An organization 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organization Eligibility:

The organization must have been in existence for one year, providing cultural programming (defined as production, presentation or instruction of performing, visual, literary or media arts, the sciences, or history and heritage), and must be one of the following:

-Nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, with arts/cultural primary mission, of $25K budget or less;

-Nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, with arts/cultural primary mission, with 1-2 years operations completed (any budget size);

-Nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, with arts/cultural primary mission, producing only one event per year (any budget size);

-Local arts agency, producing a cultural program, of any budget size;

-Non-arts nonprofit 501(c)3 organization (mission is not arts/culture), producing a cultural program (must engage
professional artists or arts organizations to deliver programming);

-Non-local nonprofit 501(c)3 organization (outside Lake, Orange, Osceola, or Seminole Counties), for a cultural program that is located in Lake, Orange, Osceola, or Seminole Counties;

-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;

-Organizations that would normally be eligible for Operating Support Grants, but would prefer to apply through the simpler Mini-Grants process instead, may contact the grants staff for consideration;

-Organizations with an open Operating Support Grant can only apply for a mini‐grant under the Arts Learning category.

Individual Artist Eligibility: An individual artist may apply for a project that engages the community in a significant way, over a long period of time. The individual artist:

-Must have at least two years professional experience (resume/bio must be included in the support materials);
-Must be at least 18 years of age; and
-Must be a citizen of the U.S., permanent legal resident or refugee.

Grantee artists will be required to provide their social security number or business EIN for tax reporting, and must retain receipts for all expenses during the project for the final report.

In all cases, final eligibility decisions are made by United Arts staff.

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.)

The following activities are not funded:

-Capital expenditures (including acquisitions or equipment), or any building, renovation or remodeling of facilities;
-Deficit reduction, bad debts, contingencies, fines and penalties, interest payments, litigation costs, or any other comparable financial costs;
-Contributions to cash reserves and/or endowment funds;
-Lobbying or attempting to influence federal, state, or local legislation;
-Fundraising events, activities, and related expenses (e.g., benefits, dinners, sporting events, etc.);
-Awards, prizes, or scholarships for use outside the applicant’s programming;
-Tuition for academic study;
-Projects produced by K‐12 students (priority is on professional artists and arts organizations engaging the public);
-Projects produced by social service organization program staff without artistic credentials (social service organizations are strongly encouraged to partner with professional artists and arts organizations);
-Food or beverage for hospitality or entertainment functions;
-Regranting, contributions, or donations;
-Projects benefiting for‐profit organizations;
-Private events closed to the general public and activities restricted to an organization’s membership (including school competitions, recitals and graduations – professional competitions are eligible if applications and events
are open to the public);
-Staff travel outside of Lake, Orange, Osceola or Seminole counties;
-Projects in the following areas: acrobatics, aerobic dance, beauty pageants, clowning, comedy, cosmetology, face painting, fashion shows, karaoke, juggling, magic shows, martial arts, mineralogy, gemology, modeling, nature presentations, quiz bowls or travel presentations;
-Projects of a religious nature designed to promote or inhibit religious belief and/or practice and that have no basic underlying secular theme or topics; or
-Festival costs not related to the fine arts including commercial artists/musicians, DJs, food/beverages, business expos, social service projects, etc. Children’s performances or exhibits are not eligible elements of the festival for grant funding; grant‐funded presentations must be by professional artists and performers.

Pre-Application Information:

Funds must be matched $1:$1 by cash income from other sources. No in-kind match is eligible. Any applicant whose project will not be possible with partial funding must notify United Arts. Please note, all ineligible items must be removed from the application budget when calculating match.

Individuals artists that wish to apply for a project that engages the community in a significant way, over a long period of time, is highly encouraged to email a summary of the idea before applying.

Deadlines: February 1, May 1, and August 1 at 5:00 PM
Applicants will be notified and projects can begin one month after the deadline date.

The final 25% of funding will be awarded 30 days after the final project event.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

For tech support or other questions:
Chris-Ann Panther
407.628.0333 x228

Individual artists may email project summaries to before applying.

United Arts of Central Florida
2450 Maitland Center Parkway, Suite 201
Maitland, FL 32751

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Regular Mini-Grants: Lake, Orange, Osceola, or Seminole Counties; Arts Learning Mini-Grants: Orange County only