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Start-Up Event Grant fund to provide $10,000 to organizers

Release Date: March 18, 2022

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



Start-Up Event Grant fund to provide $10,000 to organizers

ROCHESTER, Minn.—The Rochester Downtown Alliance is poised to award $10,000 in total Start-Up Event Grant funds for events and programs hosted in downtown Rochester.

Up to $3,000 in grant funding per recipient is available through the Rochester Downtown Alliance’s Start-Up Event Grant.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the RDA has expanded the Start-Up Event Grant to include passive programs and/or activities as well as new, one-time events or an event series. Repeat events may also be considered. Additional priority will be given to applicants who identify an event/activity/program that focuses on alleyways, riverfront paths and public spaces, vacant/underutilized open spaces, prominent intersections, and weekend timeframes.

“We love seeing the creativity that this grant process generates each year,” said Holly Masek, RDA executive director. “And as we collectively work to invite Rochester residents back downtown following a difficult few years, we know these new events, activities, and programs can be a huge attraction.”

All events, programs, or activities must take place in the 44-block downtown special service district to receive Start-Up Event Grant funding.

Start-Up Event Grant applications are currently open and are due by 11:59 p.m. April 15, 2022.

More Start-Up Event Grant guidelines and an application can be found here and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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.