Scores and Comments

Orlando Ballet, Inc.

Application Details

Proposal TypeCultural Facilities - Renovation
Request Amount
Total Score844.000
Average Score84.400

Panelist Scores

Panelist ScopeOfWork MatchingFunds ProjectImpact Total
Benson Lois 20 25 35 80
Davis LaVon Bracy 21 27 37 85
Deratany Tim 16 30 36 82
Dickenson Katharine 25 25 30 80
Fraser Towson 29 28 35 92
Lochrie Glenn 22 26 34 82
McMath Hope 27 24 32 83
Olson Terry 27 26 37 90
Townsend Kathryn 27 26 35 88
Williams Pat 24 28 30 82


Benson Lois - Score: 80.000
It is not clear what the scope of the work is. It sounds as if Ms. Lake is an amazing philanthropist, but she is only 1 donor--although multiple in-kind donations were cited. . I would like to see broader community support demonstrated through a large number of donors. I found the prose in this grant to be very difficult. Long convoluted sentences. I had to read and reread in order to understand which was being said. Consider the reviewer and write simple, clear sentences. 
Davis LaVon Bracy - Score: 85.000

The scope of work is vague and unclear. The word "renovate" is used several times throughout the application but with little specificity. Need more detail about the proposed project. the philosophy "no child who wants to dance or experience dance is denied the opportunity" is remarkable. Is every child in need of scholarship awarded a scholarship?

Deratany Tim - Score: 82.000
need for more definitive  scope of work.
Dickenson Katharine - Score: 80.000

How do we know OB will be able to spend the money from this current grant when they could not do so last year?

Very good earned income, in kind donations and a true philanthropic angel in Mrs. Lake.

Have you changed the scope of work from last year. I am giving you a lower score because of the sketchy grant history your organization shown in the past ten years.

Fraser Towson - Score: 92.000
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Lochrie Glenn - Score: 82.000
This grant fits in with the stated goals of the grant program. Would have liked list and letters of support from organizations that use the center. Would have liked to hear any plans around accessibility. The scope of work was not clear. What areas of the building are going to be renovated. The Community Impact statement spoke generally about the organization and the impact of arts overall not the specific impact this project would have on the community. Perhaps letters from groups who are planning on using the new facilities could have been included. Construction docs were not complete.
McMath Hope - Score: 83.000

Need an update on launch of capital campaign as described in scope of work.

Also need to see architectural drawings and plans further along.

Impressive match...always interested in seeing more than a single donor to prove in the numbers broader community buy in.  This would be more powerful and important to the state than the description of the philanthropic history of the single donor...though it is impressive and appreciated.

In several sections of the grant (Timeline and Need) there is reference to this renovation not really changing program, audience, staffing.  The importance of the organization is compelling and clear, but the impact this capital project has on the organization or its audiences is less clear in the grant.  Even in the Community Impact section it is focused on the overall operations and say little about the specifics of the proposed capital project.  What is the case to be made for THIS investment of state dollars?

Really strong support letters...the letters are stronger than the grant narrative.

The plan is beautiful!!!

Olson Terry - Score: 90.000

This application was kind of hard to read.  For instance, several times it mentions previous restrictions that are now lifted - information that was distracting and unnecessary to what you were asking from us and large paragraphs listing different phases and numbers were hard to read.  Breaking into separate paragraphs would have made that easier to digest and the spending plan section I believe was meant to be much simpler, since the numbers were broken out further down on the application.

Since this match is from one donor, the listing of how the community had supported you in the past helped give us a feel for the community support.

The drawings of the new space look great for inspiring ballet classes, but I'm concerned about the heat generated by the sun.  Direct sunlight through glass in Florida can be vicious.  I don't see any awnings or structures to obstruct the direct sun.  What consideration has been given to the hot sun?


Townsend Kathryn - Score: 88.000
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Williams Pat - Score: 82.000
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