McDonald’s has announced that educators and individuals who represent programs and organizations that fuel the imagination, education and growth of students can apply for a McDonald’s Florida Golden Grant, including in Osceola, Orange, Seminole, and Brevard counties. This is the first year the state of Florida local owners and operators are funding the Golden Grants program. The program will award $100,000 in grants to various teachers and organizations to positively impact the lives of thousands of students.

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

  • Three – $10,000 grants
  • Seven – $5,000 grants
  • Twelve – $2,500 grants
  • Five – $1,000 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, 2023 in one of the 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 Operators Association. “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 Aug. 31, 2022 and grant recipients will be announced in October 2022.