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Orange County Venue Subsidy Grant

Grants to Florida Arts and Cultural Nonprofits
for Event Space Rental in Eligible Locations

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United Arts of Central Florida

Deadline Date:

10/15/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Florida arts and cultural nonprofit organizations to subsidize the cost of renting event space for cultural programs in eligible locations. Funding is intended to provide venues for publicly accessible programs involving history, the arts, or science. Funds may be used for a single performance, production, or exhibition, or for a season of productions or exhibitions. Venues must be located in Orange County.

This program addresses the need for arts and cultural programming that will appeal to a wide range of audiences, particularly racially/ethnically diverse communities, in Central Florida.

Proposals must occur in a venue, accessible to the public, based in Orange County, Florida. Programming
must involve the arts, science, or history, inclusive of:

  •  A single exhibition, production, or performance.
  • A season of productions/exhibitions.
  • Priority will be given to organizations performing in underserved communities and/or appealing to ethnically
    diverse communities.
  • Productions should be held in venues open to the public, such as Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Plaza
    Live, parks, community centers and school auditoriums or other cultural organizations’ venues.  

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187468

Estimated Size of Grant:

Request Amount: A maximum request of $60,000 or not more than 50% of the total venue rental and related venue costs, whichever is less.

Term of Contract:

Project Period – Venue Date(s): Must occur within the period from Friday, October 1, 2021, through Friday, September 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To apply, the organization must have:
• Nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporate status, in good standing with State of FL Division of Corporations and the IRS (United Arts will verify current 501(c)(3) status at and current good standing with the State of Florida Division of Corporations at
• Arts/cultural primary mission; providing cultural programming (defined as exhibition, production, presentation, or instruction of performing, visual, literary or media arts, the sciences, or history and heritage).
• Arts/cultural groups located in Lake, Orange, Osceola, or Seminole county may apply if programming is presented in an Orange County venue.
• Local governing board (may include members who reside outside Central Florida) that meets at least quarterly and operates under a set of bylaws.

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 company (TV/radio/print).
• Groups whose primary mission is not the arts, science, history, or culture.
• Faith-based organizations.
• Fraternal or sports organizations
• Political causes, candidates, organizations, or campaigns.
• Organizations that are adjuncts to for-profit organizations. (“Friends of” organizations are eligible to apply only in lieu of the parent nonprofit organization.)

This grant is to subsidize short-term venue rental costs and related costs charged by the venue ONLY. It does not cover staffing, artists, or other programmatic expenses unrelated to the venue rental.

For a list of ineligible expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

- Apply Online By: 11:59 PM, Friday, October 15, 2021
- Project Period – Venue Date(s): Must occur during the period of Friday, October 1, 2021, through Friday, September 30, 2022
- Grant Notification: Within 45 days after the corresponding deadline
- Funding Ends By: September 30, 2022 (for both FY22 deadlines)
- Final Report Due: 30 days after venue rental covered by the grant has been completed

Staff will be available until 5pm on the application deadline date to provide assistance.

Partnerships with culturally diverse organizations are encouraged. United Arts can help connect you with diverse organizations; contact Elyse at United Arts.

As part of the application, applicant must provide a formal quote from the venue with confirmed production dates. Related venue costs must be included and itemized in the quote, such as security, stagehands, sound/lighting engineers, ushers, custodial and other costs charged by the venue. To release funds, a final signed contract or rental settlement from the venue must be supplied.

Funding is limited. United Arts will post on its website ( if funding is available for additional cycles.

Funding Decision Process: United Arts may contact applicants with questions or for additional materials; please watch email closely.
Incomplete applications will be rejected. If the primary contact will be out of town, designate a contact person and notify Elyse at United Arts.

Organizations applying for a season using more than one venue must have received a grant from United Arts through the Operating Support, Diversity in the Arts, or Project/Mini Grant categories, or Orange County Cultural Tourism funding, within the last year.

Organizations may only apply once within an October 1 through September 30 period. Approval of one year of funding carries no assurance of funding in subsequent years.

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

For technical support or other questions, contact or 407.628.0333 ext. 232.

United Arts of Central Florida
216 Pasadena Place
Orlando, FL 32803

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USA: Florida: Orange County

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