LOI and Grant Application Process

LOI Process

The Orlando Sentinel Family Fund requires that organizations submit a Letter of Intent and is by invitation only. The 2017 Letter of Intent process is now closed. 2018 LOI dates TBD.

Application Process

Applications are sent to organizations that qualified through the LOI process and are by invitation only. 2018 Application dates TBD.

Giving Philosophy

A community is as strong as its roots. The Orlando Sentinel Family Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, is committed to nurturing the growth of Central Florida by providing financial assistance to qualified organizations that serve the needs of the community. Through the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund, the Orlando Sentinel supports programs that will:

  • Have long-term, positive impact on the community.
  • Reflect the cultural diversity of our citizens.
  • Meet the needs of targeted and under-serviced populations.
  • General Guidelines

Through the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund, the McCormick Foundation will make grants to organizations with 501(c)(3) status serving Central Florida with emphasis on Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake and W. Volusia counties that help low-income children and families in response to applications for the following areas of support:

  • Requesting organizations should have an annual operating budget of $100,000 or more.
  • Organizations should have at least a three to five year operating history.
  • Organizations may apply once annually.
  • Programs must serve at least 75% low-income clients.

Geographic priority:

Organizations with programs in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake & West Volusia counties.

The Orlando Sentinel Family Fund does not typically make grants for:

  • General operating expenses. It is preferred that funding be directed to a program or service that meets an identified need.
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes. We typically donR17;t fund private schools or organizations whose members would be the primary beneficiaries. Exceptions: Religious-based organizations that provide a needed non-religious service that is available to any segment of the population.
  • Individuals; trucks or vans; web site design, implementation and maintenance.
  • Medical or health-related organizations, except as noted in program guidelines.
  • Capital requests for building and/or major improvements. Exceptions: Capital requests for equipment/supplies that are critical to the delivery of a program of service including computers, printers and off-the-shelf software.