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$10,000 in Start-Up Event Grant funds up for grabs!

Seeking fresh, creative perspectives on events, activities, and programs within downtown Rochester. No, it's not a help-wanted ad. Rather, it's a call for our Start-Up Event Grant! Learn more about this year's guidelines and application process below.

As in 2021, applicants can submit an idea for a new one-time event, event series, or passive activity or program to be hosted within the 44-block downtown special service district. Up to $3,000 per recipient is possible for grant awards (total grant funds to be awarded is $10,000).

Other grant guidelines include:

  Must be hosted within the 44-block downtown special service district

  Additional priority given to projects located within alleyways, riverfront paths and public spaces, vacant/underutilized spaces, or prominent intersections downtown, and hosted on the weekends

  A goal of twenty percent of this year’s funds designated for event/activities/programs that engage underrepresented groups in our community.

  Complete grant guidelines and timelines can be found here.


So get your ideas, budgets, and information together and submitted by the April 15, 2022 application deadline. We look forward to seeing your creativity!

  Learn more about the Start-Up Event Grant and find an application here.