$100,000 in Grants are Available to Floridians Serving Area Students

Aloha Melani

McDonald's 2nd Annual Golden Grants Are Open To Florida's Deserving Student-Focused Programs(McDonald's/GoldenGrantsfl.com)

McDonald's Golden Grants Applications are Open to Educators & Individuals with Activities Benefitting Florida Students

Florida educators and individuals who represent programs and organizations serving K-12 students are invited to apply for this year's McDonald's Golden Grants. The applications opened up on August 8 and will be accepted until September 9, 2022.

The Awards

Golden Grants are 27 awards totaling $100,000 to help students reach their full potential.

  • Three grants awarded in the amount of $10,000
  • Seven grants awarded in the amount of $5,000
  • Twelve grants awarded in the amount of $2,500
  • Five grants awarded in the amount of $1,000

Golden Grants are funded by Florida McDonald's Owners/Operators.

“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 of McDonald's. “Our youth are vital to the pulse of our communities and we recognize the importance of supporting education in our neighborhoods.” ~ Ania Nitzsche, President Central Florida Operators Association of McDonald's

Who Qualifies

Golden Grants are open to certain activities that impact the imagination, education, and growth of local students. To qualify, applicants must demonstrate a need for the grant. Applicants must submit an itemized budget for their program, initiative or organization to be considered.

Qualifying activities include the following:

  • Arts Activities
  • Education Initiatives
  • COVID-19 Relief-Related Efforts
  • Mentorship and Empowerment Programs
  • After-School programs
  • Community Service
  • Sports Activities
  • Technology

The grant must be used within 12 months of winning the award.

Last Year's Golden Grant Winners

McDonald's Golden Grants were awarded to worthy student-focused causes who stepped out and applied in 2021 for the grants throughout Florida.

Second-year applicants can look to these recipients for inspiration to win funding for their projects.

$10,000 – Tracey Keim, Green Devils Closet Program, St. Petersburg High School

Tracey Keim 2021 Winner of $10,00 McDonald's Golden Grant for St Petersburg High School's Green Devil's Pantry & Closet Program(McDonald's/GoldenGrantsfl.com)

$10,000 – Tania Diaz, Dependable Technology Project, Belle Glade Elementary School

Tania Diaz of Belle Glade Elementary awarded $10,000 for the Dependable Technology Project(McDonald's/GoldenGrantsfl.com)

$10,000 – Thomas McCullough, Self-Contained Playground Project, Waycross Middle School

Thomas McCullough, Awarded McDonald's Golden Grant for a Self-Contained Playground for Waycross Middle School(McDonald's/GoldenGrantsfl.com)

$5,000 – Cynthia Rolewski, Burgers and Books Family Literacy Program, Robert A. Prine Elementary School

$5,000 – Melissa E. Grabowski, The Wheels on the Bus go to Colleges Program, Stone Magnet Middle School

$5,000 – Teresa Jabbari, New Teacher Laptops Project, Jefferson Middle School

$5,000 – Labelle High School, Labelle High School Mentoring Program

$5,000 – Riley Elementary School, Determined to Soar Program

$5,000 – Gamble Rogers Middle School, The Mindfulness Sensory Gym

$5,000 – Wildlight Elementary School, Learning Through Touch Program

$2,500 Golden Grant Recipients
Blue Lake Elementary, Dolphin Cove Program
Ridge Community High School, Raise our School and Student Scores Project
Osceola High School, Connecting Marine Science Students to the Everglades Program
Volusia County Schools, Golden Crew of Alternative Education Program
Partin Settlement Elementary School, Visual Science Support Program
Lincoln Memorial Middle School, Team Sports Program
Hilliard Middle-Senior High School, Growing for Good Program
Nassau County 4-H, Brick Master’s Program
Baker County High School, Boost Our Sound Project
St. Augustine High School, Soccer Uniform and Equipment Needs Project
UF/IFAS Extension Duval County, Becoming Butterflies Project
Callahan Intermediate School, After School Tutoring Program

$1,000 Golden Grant Recipients
G. Weaver Hipps Elementary School, Digital Microscopes Project
Sebastian High School, Chum Bucket Program
Marathon Middle High School, Video Productions Documentary Team Program
Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Equipment for Special Olympics Project
Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Successful Transition Education Program for Students

How to enter

To enter, entrants must visit www.GoldenGrantsFL.com

The form to apply is easy and web-based. As long as each space is filled applicants' causes will be considered. Those running deserving activities should apply.

One application per program/initiative/organization will be accepted.

Application Deadline: Friday, September 9, 2022

Winner Announcement: October 2022

A fantastic example of a deserving cause that was awarded $10,000 is the Green Devil's Pantry & Closet at Saint Petersburg High School.

Green Devil's Pantry & Closet Program at St. Petersburg High School - Demonstrates Cause and Need and how to Donate further(Green Devil's Pantry & Closet/PCSB.org)


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