Start-Up Grant

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The Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) annually looks for new partners to help continue making Downtown Rochester a vibrant place. The Start-Up Grant is designed to help first–time events come to fruition, while additionally bringing excitement to Downtown and enriching the community of Rochester and its residents.  If you are organizing a first-time event consider applying for the Start-up Grant.

Start-Up Grant funds range up to $3,000. Eligible events must be new, first-time events that take place within Downtown Rochester. Click HERE for Start-Up Grant guidelines.

Contact Karli McElroy, RDA Program Manager or 507-216-9883

2019 Start-Up Grant Funded Events

Rochester Shakespeare Festival
When: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Peace Plaza
Cost: $5.00 per person

Join Immersion Youth Repertory June 15 as they transform the Peace Plaza into a mini-Renaissance Festival! Live theatrical performances from schools and organization throughout the area, juggling, strolling musical minstrels, arts and crafts, games, face painting, and Downtown restaurants cooking up their best-themed fare! It's a full day of fun, food, and entertainment for the whole family!

Interested in Participating or Performing? Contact Misha at

Art & Endangered Species in MN
When: Saturday, June 1 - Saturday, August 31, 2019
Times: Gallery Hours
Where: SEMVA Art Gallery
Cost: FREE

Art & Endangered Species in MN is an exhibition featuring nature-related art to bring awareness to the public about endangered and threatened species in Minnesota. Organizers also plan to work with local nature organizations during and after the exhibition for displaying art. Admission is free and open to the public.

New to Event Planning?

Click HERE to access our First-Time Event Planning Guide for a how-to on:

  • Engaging Sponsors
  • Marketing
  • City of Rochester Permitting
  • Volunteers

Past Start-Up Grant Funded Event Photos


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Rochester, MN 55904



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