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2023 Start-Up Event Grant applications due within a week

Release Date: November 30, 2022

Media Contact: Katie Adelman
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Office: 507-216-9886



2023 Start-Up Event Grant applications due within a week

ROCHESTER, Minn.—December 5 is the deadline to apply for the Rochester Downtown Alliance’s Start-Up Event Grant, which provides up to $3,000 for a downtown-hosted event, activity, or program.

Priority will be given to those submissions that take place on the weekend and in the early months of the year (between February and April), engage or support current retailers in a meaningful way, and/or make creative use of vacant or underutilized spaces within the 44-block downtown special service district.

A total of $25,000 will be awarded to recipients through the Start-Up Event Grant fund, $10,000 of which is made possible from Destination Medical Center for events, activities, or programs hosted in Peace Plaza.

Start-Up Event Grant applications are due by 11:59 p.m. December 5, 2022.

Applications will be assessed for completeness by the RDA staff and evaluated by a review committee. Those that meet all the grant requirements will have the opportunity to participate in the Start-Up Event Grant Pitch Night January 11, 2023.

Full Start-Up Event Grant guidelines and an application can be found here.

About the Rochester Downtown Alliance
The Rochester Downtown Alliance is a nonprofit corporation comprised of a broad range of people representing property owners, business leaders, the city and others with a direct stake in enhanced business and economic development conditions in the downtown district. We work together to build a vibrant downtown community. We believe a strong core positively impacts the greater city of Rochester. Through a series of special events, activities, and initiatives, we create energy, excitement, and a unique character to Downtown Rochester, Minnesota.