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Orange County has created an Art in Public Parks Initiative, as well as two Reopening Arts Grant Programs funded by the County's CARES Act funds. The distribution of approximately $5 million for Arts Organizations is through the following programs: (1) Community Arts PPE and Facility Updates Fund Program; and (2) Community Arts Outdoor Facilities Fund Program.

Both grant programs shall be administered and managed through United Arts of Central Florida, Inc., and will require that the applicants meet the following four requirements in order to qualify for funding consideration.

  1. Be Florida registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations;
  2. Have a mission that is specific to the promotion of arts or culture in the Central Florida community;
  3. Be located and provide programming in Orange County, Florida; and
  4. Be able to demonstrate a direct COVID-19 impact.

Arts in Public Parks Initiative

The Art in Public Parks Initiative is an investment made by the County to create access to COVID-19 social distancing compliant performance spaces in specific county parks. This initiative was established in order to meet the diverse needs of the County’s arts and culture community – many of which lack their own facilities – and to provide COVID-19 social distancing compliant locations in which residents throughout the County may gather and enjoy performances and activities hosted by the arts and culture community. For more information about this initiative, visit the Art in Public Parks Initiative webpage or contact Terry Olson at Terry.Olson@ocfl.net.

Available Programs

1

Community Arts PPE and Facility Updates Fund Program

Application Deadline: December 15, 2020

Maximum Award: No maximum award.

Community Arts PPE and Facility Updates Fund Program Information

Eligible Expenses

Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”)

  • Additional Qualifications:
    • As part of the County’s push to reimburse agencies and businesses for PPE costs as part of its general COVID-19 public health initiative, all Arts Organizations are eligible for reasonable reimbursement for PPE expenses.
    • To ensure competitive pricing, applicants for PPE expenses must provide three bids for each eligible procurement of goods that is: (1) made after October 26, 2020; and (2) in excess of $10,000.
  • Eligible PPE expenses:
    • Gloves
    • Gowns
    • Masks
    • UV Lighting
    • Shoe Covers
    • Face Shields
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Touchless Hand Sanitizer Dispensers
    • Thermometers

Public Health Facility Improvements

  • Additional Qualifications: For an Arts Organization to qualify for Public Health Facility Improvement expenses, the organization must:
    • Have a facility that was open to the public at the time the expenses were or will be made; or demonstrate that it has made, or will make, such expenses in order to open its facility to the public prior to December 30, 2020.
    • Either own or have a long-term exclusive lease for the facility in question. If a long-term lease is held, such lease must have been entered into prior to March 1, 2020 and the landlord must approve of any permanent improvements to the facility.
    • Have made, or will make, activities and performances available to the public prior to December 30, 2020 by use of such facility.
    • Have all facility improvements completed prior to December 30, 2020. Due to restrictions on the federal funding, any improvements that are not completed prior to December 30, 2020 shall not be eligible for funding even if such improvements had been initially approved for funding by the County or United Arts of Central Florida. Applicants applying for such improvements do so at their own risk.
    • To ensure competitive pricing, have three bids for each eligible procurement of goods and/or services that is: (1) made after October 26, 2020; and (2) in excess of $10,000.

 Eligible Public Health Facility Improvement Expenses:

  • Sneeze guards and plexiglass partitions
  • Social distancing and COVID-19 safety signage
  • Touchless payment technology
  • Other COVID-19 screening or safety equipment
  • Upgrades to existing restroom toilets and sinks from manual to touchless technology
  • Improvements to the HVAC air ventilation and filtration systems to meet COVID-19 requirements
  • The difference between enhanced cleaning and sanitation expenses related to COVID-19 and the facility’s standard cleaning expenses
  • Hourly personnel expenses for additional personnel required to meet COVID-19 social distancing requirements (cannot include already budgeted personnel expenses)

Note: Applications requesting funding under Grant Program #1 for both Personal Protective Equipment and Public Health Facility Improvements must do so in the same application.

Required Documents
  1. Receipts of eligible expenses.
  2. To ensure competitive pricing, have three bids for each eligible procurement of goods and/or services that is: (1) made after October 26, 2020; and (2) in excess of $10,000.
Program Contact

United Arts of Central Florida, Inc.
CARES@unitedarts.cc
407-628-0333

Apply Here
2

Community Arts Outdoor Facilities Fund Program

Coverage Period: Eligible expenses made between 10/13/2020 and 12/30/2020.

Application Deadline: November 30, 2020

Maximum Award: Up to $250,000 per applicant, with final award determined by a review committee to ensure that such award conforms with the intention of the grant program.

Community Arts Outdoor Facilities Fund Program Information

Additional Qualifications:
  • The CDC has encouraged the use of outdoor space for performances, as so-doing has proven to be a safer alternative to indoor public gatherings. For an Arts Organization to qualify for this grant, they must:
    • Demonstrate that they have a facility that is open to the public that either lacks the space required to meet the CDC’s COVID-19 social distancing guidelines or has space, but use of such space would be economically infeasible to safely make activities and performances available to the public; and
    • Make activities and performances available to the public between 10/13/2020 and 12/30/2020.
  • The Arts Organization must either own or have a long-term exclusive lease for the facility in question. If a long-term lease is held, such lease must have been entered into prior to March 1, 2020 and the landlord must approve of any permanent improvements to the facility. Qualifying Arts Organizations are permitted to apply if they intend to use outdoor common areas that are adjacent to their facilities, but they must first obtain written consent from the owner of such facility-adjacent outdoor common areas.
  • Any outdoor performance and activity spaces for which funding assistance from the County is received must be for primarily for public use and designed to control capacity and ensure social distancing.
  • To ensure competitive pricing, have three bids for each eligible procurement of goods and/or services that is in excess of $10,000.
Eligible and Ineligible Outdoor Facility Expenses
  • Eligible Expenses:
    • Tents
    • Chairs
    • Fencing for crowd control
    • Materials necessary to provide social distancing
    • Personnel costs for COVID-19 social distancing compliance and enforcement at performances and activities hosted by the Applicant that use the outdoor performance and activity space
    • Upgrade costs for portable restrooms for COVID-19 safe airflow and social distancing.
  • Ineligible Expenses (non-exhaustive):
    • Costs to purchase rights to performance materials
    • Audio-visual equipment
    • Stages or any other associated performance expenses that are not directly COVID-19 related.
Required Documents
  1. Receipts of eligible expenses.
  2. To ensure competitive pricing, have three bids for each eligible procurement of goods and/or services that is in excess of $10,000.
Program Contact

United Arts of Central Florida, Inc.
CARES@unitedarts.cc
407-628-0333

Apply Here

Applicants are only permitted to submit one application per grant program. The County reserves the right to amend and change the Program’s criteria and requirements as it may deem necessary in order to ensure that both the spirit and intent of the Program are met, or to reallocate any Program funds to other purposes that the County deems to best serve the public’s welfare and interest.

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General Questions
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