Orlando Magic Youth Foundation


Osceola Council on Aging

Attend a grant workshop to learn more about the grants we offer, if you are eligible, timelines, and the application process for each grant cycle.

April 8, 2024

September 16, 2024

  • 10am - 11:30am
  • Virtual Microsoft Teams meeting
  • Meeting ID: 259 451 748 458
  • Passcode: wy53b6


  • Have 501(c)3 federal tax-exempt status
  • Demonstrate one full year of program services and outcomes
  • Must serve youths or families with children in the Central Florida area
  • Demonstrate a strong financial position – MUST HAVE A FINANCIAL AUDIT
  • Serve in Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and/or Volusia counties
  • Have strong measurable outcomes
  • Focus in one of our pillars: Arts, Education, Health & Wellness, or Homelessness

    Ineligible Grant Requests

  • Capital campaigns, endowments or other reserve funds
  • Public schools
  • Government agencies
  • First year programs
  • Non-programmatic requests

    Grant Process

  • Log into the OMYF Grant Portal and establish your organization in the system
  • Every organization must complete the Letter of Intent (LOI) before an invite to the grant application can be administered
  • If invited, the organization then must complete the application
  • No LOIs or Applications will be accepted after the deadline...no exceptions

    2024-25 Summer Cycle Timeline

  • Funding Timeframe: July - June
  • Summer Grant Workshop - April 8, 2024
  • LOI Opens - April 8, 2024 (ALL applicants MUST fill out an LOI)
  • LOI Closes - May 24, 2024
  • Application Closes - June 21, 2024
  • Award Notification - August 2024
  • Grant Ceremony - March 2, 2025

    2024-25 Winter Cycle Timeline

  • LOI Opens - September 16, 2024 (ALL applicants MUST fill out an LOI)
  • LOI Closes - October 28, 2024
  • Application Closes - November 25, 2024
  • Award Notification - February 2025
  • Grant Ceremony - March 2, 2025

The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation's Micro Grant Program is a game-changer. It is designed to provide targeted financial support to local, smaller organizations who share our vision of a brighter future for the youth in Central Florida. This program represents our belief in the power of community-driven solutions, grassroots projects, and the unwavering dedication of individuals who want to make a difference.

We recognize that many worthwhile projects, programs or ideas may lack the necessary funding to take off. The Micro Grant Program is here to bridge that gap, offering accessible funding to those who are committed to creating positive change. Through this program, we aim to empower individuals to turn their visionary ideas into actionable projects or programs that can shape our community's future.

REQUEST AMOUNT: Up to $10,000
DEADLINE: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, therefore there is no deadline to apply.


  • Grant requests up to $10,000 maximum request
  • 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status
  • Serve youth in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Polk, Brevard, Lake and/or Volusia counties
  • Fit under one of the pillars: arts, education, health & wellness, and/or homelessness
  • Have an operational budget under $500,000


  • Grants Submitted October - December | Awarded Mid-January
  • Grants Submitted January - March | Awarded Mid-April
  • Grants Submitted April - June | Awarded Mid-July
  • Grants Submitted July - September | Awarded Mid-October

Linda has dedicated herself to the non-profit world for many years, tirelessly working to make our community a better place. Her commitment, dedication, and leadership have left an indelible mark on the Orlando Magic and the non-profit community.

She has not only served our community but has also been a guiding light for countless non-profit leaders. In recognition of Linda's unparalleled service and her enduring commitment to the betterment of our community, the Orlando Magic Leadership team has come together to create something truly special - the Linda Landman Gonzalez Leadership Grant. This grant is more than just a token of appreciation; it's a testament to Linda's incredible legacy and an investment in the future leaders of our non-profit sector.

The Linda Landman Gonzalez Leadership Grant will provide critical resources and support to emerging non-profit leaders, allowing them to develop their skills, expand their impact, and carry forward the torch of leadership that Linda has so brilliantly illuminated throughout her career.


  • Work with an organization that is a 501(c)3 status
  • Have at least five years of experience in a leadership role
  • Serve individuals within Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole or Volusia county
  • Dedicated to working in the nonprofit sector
  • Interested in building organizational, individual, and sector leadership
  • Instill passion in themselves and the people with whom they work
  • Aware of their role and impact in their organization and the sector
  • Reflective on past experience to lead in the present and future
  • Collaborate well with other people and organizations as well as across sectors
  • Bring innovative ideas forward and to fruition
  • Regarded as demonstrating highest integrity and ethical behavior


    This grant will award the following to the recipient:

  • Enrollment in Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy | NONPROFIT EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE (4 courses)
  • All travel costs for attendance to 2 courses in person at UIPUI
  • 3 Year All Access Membership to the NonProfit Learning Lab
  • $1,000 donation to grantee's organization for administration of the grant logistics
  • $10,000 for grantee to choose their professional development opportunities. This may include one-on-one trainings, conference registration fees, seminars, webinars, speaker series, coaching, and/or travel arrangements for any of the above.
  • Details for The Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership.

  • It requires the completion of the following four courses.
  • Grantee chooses which courses they want to do in-person and virtual.

    Grantee Requirements

  • Complete the Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership within 1 year
  • Complete a Leadership Survey at these time increments:
    • Beginning
    • Mid-Year
    • 1 Year
    • 3 Years
    • 5 Years


  • November 3, 2023 - Application Opens
  • December 15, 2023 - Application Closes
  • February 2024 - Grantee Announced


The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF) supports nonprofit organizations offering youth-based programs in the following areas.

Rise Arts


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Under this pillar we support art agencies that have dynamically shown the ability to improve and enhance overall academic performance for their participants. Preference will be given to non-profit organizations that specifically introduce at-risk and/or underserved children to programs that involve music, dance, and theatre. Areas of focus include early childhood enrichment and arts education (with metrics) as an essential component to enhance general education.

City Year


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This funding area supports agencies with established academic intervention program strategies in select transition stages that directly serve underperforming children and youth. Areas of focus include early learning, K-3 grade reading proficiency, middle-to-high school transition, postsecondary access, and persistence in postsecondary education.

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Health & Wellness

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Health & Wellness

The health & wellness pillar supports programs that reduce the risk of childhood obesity, improves mental well-being, promotes healthy eating, and physical activity that improves the lives of children and youth. Areas of focus include childhood obesity prevention and/or treatment programs, mental health assistance, hunger - food banks and childhood hunger relief, nutrition, and exercise.

Feeding The Homeless


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To improve communities throughout Central Florida the homelessness pillar supports prevention services and/or long-term housing strategies with multiple wrap-around services for individuals and families. Areas of focus include homelessness prevention programs and permanent supportive and transitional housing for youth.


The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 and its EIN is #59-2940230.