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Apply for up to $3,000 for first-time events held downtown with the Start-Up Grant

Release Date: October 23, 2017

Media Contact: Karli McElroy
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Office: (507) 216-9883


Apply for up to $3,000 for first-time events held downtown with the Start-Up Grant

Rochester, Minn. --- October 23, 2017

The Rochester Downtown Alliance’s (RDA) Downtown Cultural Initiative (DCI) Committee is seeking applicants for the Start-Up Grant where awarded applicants can receive up to $3,000 in funding towards first-time events happing in 2018 held in downtown Rochester.

The RDA will distribute a total of up to $6,000 to selected events happening in 2018. Applicants can apply for up to $3,000 in grant funds. The grant application window will open October 23 – November 30, 2017. Funds are to be used for events in 2018.

In 2017, the RDA provided grants to four events in downtown Rochester: The Makers Space at the Women & Spirituality Conference, World Breastfeeding Week 2017 Celebration in the Peace Plaza, My Town My Music’s Solid Gold, Apollo Cobra and RCE show at Kathy’s Pub, and Downtown Poetry at Studio 324.

When ask about how the impact of grant helped their event and the community, My Town My Music’s Jonny Yucuis said, “I think we're helping to quench the thirst for live music in this town. We had lots of people thank us for bringing music to Rochester.” He added, “The grant really upped the level of bands we could get and number of bands that played the show. We were able to [book] a bigger-named band and get some of Rochester's local favorites.”

The RDA recognizes the value of supporting all types of programming and events from others in the community. We recognize that supporting new and diverse events help create a more vibrant downtown for everyone to enjoy.

Through the Start-Up Grant, the RDA hopes to see the development of successful and sustainable events in the years to come. More information and an online application can be found at