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Start-Up Event Grant fund to provide $25,000 to organizers

Release Date: November 14, 2022

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



Start-Up Event Grant fund to provide $25,000 to organizers

ROCHESTER, Minn.—A total of $25,000 in grant funds will be given away for events and programs hosted in downtown through the Rochester Downtown Alliance’s Start-Up Event Grant.

Up to $3,000 in grant funding per recipient is available through the grant, which helps bring new events, activities, or programs to encourage community engagement throughout downtown.

“Every year we are excited to see the creativity and energy these grants produce,” said Holly Masek, RDA executive director. “The grant cycle has been so popular that we’ve been able to expand it for the last two years with the assistance of partners.”

From the $25,000 total in Start-Up Event Grant funds, $10,000 from Destination Medical Center will be distributed to the events, activities, and programs hosted in Peace Plaza.

“We are excited to continue our relationship with the Rochester Downtown Alliance Start-Up Event Grant program,” said DMC EDA Executive Director Patrick Seeb. “DMC is committed to assisting members of the community to activate spaces in the Heart of the City to enhance the vibrancy and vitality of downtown Rochester and the Start-Up Event Grant is a great tool to achieve this goal.”

While the Start-Up Event Grant guidelines remain consistent as in years past, a few new components have been added to the 2023 grant cycle:

  • Early months activities, which would take place January through April, and programs or events that take place in, or utilize existing retail space.
  • Additional priority will be given to alleyways, prominent intersections, and riverfront paths and public spaces, specifically The Deck on 4th and Zumbro.
  • Those events and programs hosted on a weekend will be given priority.
  • An additional $500 will be available to use toward design of promotional materials.

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 open and are due by 11:59 p.m. December 5, 2022.

As in 2020, Start-Up Event Grant applicants will present their ideas for downtown events, activities, or programs in a Shark Tank-style Pitch Night January 11, 2023.

More 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.