Educators and individuals who represent programs and organizations that fuel the imagination, education, and growth of students can now apply for a McDonald’s Central Florida Golden Grant. This is the first year for the Central Florida Golden Grants program and is funded by the local McDonald’s Owner/Operators. The program will award $40,000 in grants to various teachers and organizations to positively impact the lives of thousands of students.

Ten Golden Grants will be awarded based on creativity, innovation, need and hands-on application of projects:

● One – $10,000 grant

● Three – $5,000 grants

● Six – $2,500 grants

Activities that qualify for a Golden Grant include arts and crafts programs, education initiatives, mentorship and empowerment programs, after-school programs, community service outreach, sporting programs, technology, and COVID-19 relief efforts. Activities and programs must be executed by Dec. 31, 2022, in one of the Greater Central Florida counties listed on

“The hard work of teachers and community leaders on behalf of our students is immensely appreciated. The Golden Grants program is a great opportunity to support educators that impact our next generation of leaders,” said Ania Nitzsche, president of the Central Florida Business Unit. “Our youth are vital to the pulse of our communities and we recognize the importance of supporting education in our neighborhoods.”

Eligible teachers and organizations are invited to submit an application at The deadline to enter is Dec. 10, 2021, and grant recipients will be announced in February 2022.

For more information about Golden Grants and official rules, visit