United Arts Grants Blockbuster Fund

About the Grant

To encourage marquee-type blockbuster events — result in regional, statewide and national attendance; include significant collaborations among the local arts and culture community. Eligible applicants may be nonprofit or for-profit corporations, individuals, partnerships, or municipalities.

Blockbuster Definition: A Blockbuster event is defined as an arts and cultural event that sustains exceptional and widespread popularity and achieves enormous public participation.


The determination to be made with respect to funding events from the Blockbuster Fund will be based upon four guiding principles as set forth below:

  • The Blockbuster shall be of a nature that will result in regional, statewide, and national or international attendance that is planned to result in significant attendance of at least 100,000. Minimum two years of advance planning are preferred to result in this extraordinary attendance.
  • The Blockbuster shall include significant participation with local arts organizations. Collaboration with and among the local arts and culture providers is important to the citizens of Orange County.
  • The Blockbuster proposal must be financially feasible. Each proposal shall provide details of its process, finances and impact. While “in-kind gifts” are a component of financial feasibility, actual cash sponsorship will be considered as part of the analysis.
  • The Blockbuster proposers must have a demonstrated background of successfully handling significant events.

Applicants may be from nonprofit or for-profit corporations, individuals, partnerships, or municipalities, and demonstrate their history of and capacity to successfully design and implement an event of this magnitude.

Next steps:

Appointments must be made with Terry Olson, for initial discussions. When an applicant has developed a solid business plan, has defined milestones for investment, and has a refined proposal ready, they will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Blockbuster Committee. If the Blockbuster Committee feels the project has potential, they will arrange for a presentation to the Arts & Cultural Affairs Advisory Council for future consideration. Blockbuster Committee or Advisory Council may request additional information or presentations to arrive at a funding recommendation. Final approval comes from the Board of County Commissioners.

Any successful applicant will be required to sign a contract with Orange County’s fiduciary, United Arts of Central Florida. The agreement details grants-management requirements that ensure the funds are being properly used, and reported on, including a timeline of milestones, collaborative partnerships, event revenue and expenditures, marketing and attendance outcomes, etc.

Ongoing opportunity — Contact: Terry Olson, Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs at 407.836.5540, or Terry.Olson@ocfl.net and Hayley.Black@ocfl.net

Funded projects:

  • 2020/2019/2018, Creative City Project, IMMERSE
  • 2019, Orlando Science Center, Pompeii: The Immortal City

Learn How to apply

This video guide on the right is designed to help grant holders manage their grants and clarifies our expectations and requirements. For more how-to videos, please go to our YouTube channel.

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