Inspiring Florida and South Georgia students, one grant at a time!

Get awarded for up to $10,000 for programs and activities that help area students.

McDonald’s restaurants throughout Florida and South Georgia are fueling the imagination, education and growth of area students with Golden Grants, a local program that supports individuals, educators, programs and organizations serving students grades K–12.

Grants will be awarded in the following amounts based on creativity and hands-on application of projects:

  • 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
  • Total: $100,000

Qualifying activities include the following, as long as need is demonstrated:

  • Arts activities
  • Education initiatives
  • Mentorship and empowerment programs
  • After-school programs
  • Community service
  • Sports activities
  • Technology


Click for eligibility requirements.

Applications Open: Monday, May 1, 2023
One application per program/initiative/organization will be accepted.

Application Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2023

Winner Announcement: October 2023

Click for the list of 2021 winners.


We want to thank you for the hard work, dedication to teach our next generation of leaders, and your participation in our 2022 Golden Grants.

Here is the timeline for our next steps:

● January: Judges will review all entries
● February: We will email all the winners
● February: Winners ceremony

Click here for the list of 2021 winners.

**All fields are required.

2023 Submissions

Program Mailing Address(Required)

*Disclaimer: McDonald's Golden Grants reserves the right to change the award category based on this submission, and all program submissions to best serve our communities.

Demographic background of students by percentage.
Please add per row the applicable percentage %:

Hispanic or Latino
White or Caucasian
American Indian, Native American, or Alaska Native
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Black or African American
Other, please specify
Upload your organization's W9 form in a PDF format
Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 50 MB.
Legal checkbox(Required)
Disclaimer checkbox(Required)

Please only click submit once.

Notification of Applicants
All applicants will be notified via email in October of 2023. If selected, the applicant might be asked to submit additional information. Failing to provide additional information could result in program disqualification. Please only submit once.

Contact: for more information.

APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED. We want to thank you for your hard work and dedication to teach our next generation of leaders, and for submitting your program for our 2023 Golden Grants. We wish you the best of luck!

Our judges will be reviewing all applications and selecting winners in September.

Educators who have been selected as a Golden Grants recipient will be notified at the beginning of October, with additional details on ceremonies to celebrate the winners!

Please click here to see the 2022 Golden Grants recipients.