• Coronavirus (COVID-19): Continue to practice social distancing when in public. Visit ocso.com/coronavirus for more information.
X
GO

Grants

Community Crime Prevention Grants

Application window Oct 15th - Dec 10th

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is opening the application process for its second annual Community Crime Prevention Grant program, which will provide micro-grants ranging from $2,500-$10,000 to nonprofit organizations, neighborhood groups and others engaged in projects or programs that address:

  • Neighborhood safety

  • Crime prevention

  • Drug abuse education and prevention

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is seeking applications from eligible community groups in an effort to reduce and prevent crime in Orange County. The grants will enable community partners to work in alignment with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to support evidence-based violence reduction, safety and drug abuse education and prevention programs.

OCSO’s Community Crime Prevention Grant program seeks to award a total of $125,000 in grants that do not require applicants to provide matching funds. The grants are made possible utilizing seized contraband assets which are held in the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Trust Fund. Applicants may request up to $10,000 in funding, but the grant recipients and amounts will be selected at the sole discretion of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Only one application per organization will be accepted. Organizations that offer multiple programs may include funding requests for different programs within one proposal. The applicant’s proposal may request funding for any new project, ongoing program, or regularly-held event as long as the project, program, or event meets all of the eligibility criteria.

 

Who may apply?

The grant program will provide funds to community groups, associations, agencies, or nonprofit organizations which provide services to residents within the boundaries of Orange County. Funds will not be provided to support the start-up of a new group. Preference will be given to established applicants who serve the unincorporated areas of Orange County.

community crime prevention grant program image

What are the application eligibility criteria?

To be considered for funding a program or project must:

  • Fall within one of the statutorily approved  categories listed above
  • Submit an application describing their program or project and provide a detailed, itemized list of items to be purchased with grant funds
  • Follow the directions below regarding submission of the Proposal

All Applicants approved for funding will be required to enter into a legal agreement with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office setting forth the terms and conditions under which funds may be expended and outlining all accounting requirements.

 

What are the criteria to be selected for funding?

Projects or programs will be rated using the following criteria:

  • The application must be completed in full and received prior to the deadline. Applications received after the deadline may not be considered.
  • The application must provide a clear understanding of the program or project, expected benefits to the community and how it meets the criteria for the grant.
  • The applicant must have a commitment from the participants in the program or project. Special consideration will be given to programs or projects with letters of recommendation from community members, faith leaders, neighborhood associations, or local businesses.
  • The applicant must have a program or project that is well-planned, and ready for implementation or is a part of a broader, ongoing effort, with a well- defined method for demonstrating that the funds are spent appropriately.

 

Projects that will NOT be considered for the grant program:

  • Projects or improvements that are the responsibility of a homeowner’s association.
  • Funds for off-duty law enforcement
  • Target hardening for private entities (fences, safety walls, cameras)

 

How will the Orange County Sheriff's Office decide which projects are funded?

All applications that meet the minimum eligibility criteria will be reviewed by an internal Funding Approval Committee. The Sheriff John Mina will make the final determination of awards. The awards must be ratified by the Orange County Board of County Commissioners before the funds are released.

 

To apply:

Agencies or organizations wishing to apply for Community Crime Prevention Grants must fill out the grant application in full and submit it to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office no later than Friday, December 10, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Applications received after deadline may not be considered for funding.

Applications should be submitted online at: ocso.com/grants-application

 

 

Previous Awardees

TOUGHBIKER

Tough Biker Orlando ​is an urban, crit-style mountain/cyclocross bike challenge through downtown city streets, public parks and parking garages. Tough Biker is committed to helping at-risk youth through the sport of mountain biking. Proceeds benefit charities who assist at-risk youth in Central Florida. We focus our mentoring on cycling and getting more kids on bikes!

Visit Website

So You Want Your Name In Lights

So You Want Your Name In Lights Youth Mentoring Program is an arts-focused, crime-prevention project designed to encourage under-served youth to make good choices while developing character, confidence, leadership and self-esteem.

Visit Website

The Keri Anne DeMott Foundation

The Keri Anne DeMott Foundation

In honor of Keri Anne DeMott, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2015, we raise awareness about drunk, impaired, and distracted driving as well as bullying social media and texting.

 

Visit Website

United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc

United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc

The Future Leader's United After-School Enrichment and Mentoring Program develops leadership, financial literacy, health and wellness, career exploration and college preparedness.

 

Visit Website

Embrace Families Community Based Care

Embrace Families Community Based Care

The organization works to prevent child abuse and neglect, to strengthen families, and to care for our community’s children in foster care. 

 

Visit Website

BOYS2MEN MENTORING

BOYS2MEN MENTORING

Boys 2 Men is a long-term mentoring program that increases the probability of boys ages 10-18 graduating high school while also decreasing Juvenile Delinquency.

 

Visit Website

Wake Up Mentoring, Inc.

Wake Up Mentoring, Inc.

Our mission is to help socially and economically at-risk youth within Orange, Osceola, and Seminole County School Districts to become tomorrow’s leaders.

 

Visit Website

Hope City Refuge

Hope City Refuge

Hope City Refuge is a principle based, core value centered environment that impacts individuals and families transiting out of crisis.

 

Visit Website

Butterfly Transformation Outreach Inc

Butterfly Transformation Outreach Inc

We envision a world in which girls 8-18 and women of all ages value their complete selves, discover their inner strength, and reach their highest potential.

 

Visit Website

Mental Health Association of Central Florida

Mental Health Association of Central Florida

We provide mental health services, support and information to the Central Florida community and since COVID-19, we have pivoted to a telehealth delivery model.

 

Visit Website

 

Central Florida Writers and Publishers Guild

Central Florida Writers and Publishers Guild

We are a non-profit delivering stellar events  and services that inspire and motivate like-minded to  celebrate the written word.

 

Visit Website

Just Write Consulting Inc

Just Write Consulting Inc

The Central Florida Young Writers Project engages our inner-city youth, developing writing talents into passions, which in turn adds personal intrinsic value to our young writers.

 

Visit Website

Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership

Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership

Lock Your Meds is a universal prevention campaign intended to save lives by preventing prescription drug misuse, which is the fastest growing substance misuse problem in America.

 

Visit Website

Circle of Hope Mentoring Program 

Circle of Hope Mentoring Program 

The Circle of Hope Mentoring Program offers a wide array of programs and services to middle and high school students including job-readiness, college and career planning, conflict resolution and drug abuse education and prevention.

 

MAN UP Mentoring, Inc.

MAN UP Mentoring, Inc.

MAN UP Mentoring serves at-risk youth ages 11 thru completion of high school or the equivalent, with a focus on delinquency prevention and intervention by providing social, educational and mentoring services.

 

Visit Website

So You Want Your Name In Lights

So You Want Your Name In Lights

So You Want Your Name In Lights Youth Mentoring Program is an arts-focused, crime-prevention project designed to encourage under-served youth to make good choices while developing character, confidence, leadership and self-esteem.

 

Visit Website

TOUGHBIKER

TOUGHBIKER

Tough Biker Orlando ​is an urban, crit-style mountain/cyclocross bike challenge through downtown city streets, public parks and parking garages. Tough Biker is committed to helping at-risk youth through the sport of mountain biking. Proceeds benefit charities who assist at-risk youth in Central Florida. We focus our mentoring on cycling and getting more kids on bikes!

 

Visit Website