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Want to win $3,000 for an event, activity, or program idea? Here's how!

$3,000 is a good amount of money to turn an idea into reality. Those funds could be yours when you submit your event, activity, or program dream to the Start-Up Event Grant! Here are all the grant guidelines and how to apply details you need to know.

In collaboration with Destination Medical Center, the Rochester Downtown Alliance is offering a total of $25,000 in the 2023 Start-Up Event Grant cycle for new events, activities, or programs that encourage community engagement throughout downtown Rochester.

Here are the general grant guidelines (more can be found on the Start-Up Event Grant web page here):

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

  Priority will be given to early months activities, which would take place January through April, and programs or events that take place in, or utilize existing retail space. Those events, activities, or programs occurring on the weekends will be given additional priority.

  Additional priority given to projects located within alleyways, riverfront paths and public spaces, vacant/underutilized spaces, prominent intersections downtown, or public spaces like The Deck on 4th and Zumbro.

  An additional $500 will be available to use toward design of promotional materials.

  Complete grant guidelines and timelines can be found here.


So get your ideas, budgets, and information together and submitted by the December 5, 2022 application deadline. We look forward to seeing your creativity!

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