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City of Festivals Special Event Support Program Grant

Grants to California Nonprofits and
Businesses for Events and Entertainment

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City of Sacramento

Deadline Date:

04/24/20 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants and in-kind support to California nonprofit organizations and businesses in eligible regions for family-oriented events in designated areas. Funding is intended for events that offer family entertainment, themes, and activities. Eligible events will promote the City of Sacramento; connect the Sacramento river and the region; and engage in substantial economic benefit to the city. Events should take place in the downtown area of the City. Free admission special events will receive priority over ticketed special events.

Two types of support are available for award, and are defined as follows:

  1. Services provided by City of Sacramento staff and/or departments; and/or,
  2. Monetary awards where an applicant has demonstrated a need that exceeds City services support. 

Funding for this program will principally be used to offset costs for providing city services associated with an event. In certain rare cases additional monetary support may also be granted. 

Special Event Support Grant Award Criteria:

  1. Economic Impact: Hotels, number of rooms; Visitor spending; Local spending; Operational Spending; Other
  2. Involvement: Volunteer Program; Sponsorship Program; Other
  3. Media Exposure Value: Television Plan; Print Plan; Other Plan
  4. Performance Rating: Participants Plan; Spectators Plan; Media Plan; City Departments Support Required
  5. Documents: Business Plan; Marketing Plan; Financial Plan; Logistics Plan
  6. Value of Event to Community: Recognition/Image; Spectators; Signature Event
  7. Planning Event and Execution History: Past Event Success; Past Event Reliability; Past Ability to Deliver Event;
  8. Support Requested: Funds; In-Kind

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149311

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Term of Contract:

For events between July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations, companies, partnerships, sole proprietorships, and associations may apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received via email no later than 11:59 p.m., Friday, April 24, 2020

It is anticipated Grant Award Recipients will be notified no later than Friday, June 5, 2020.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email a completed application to:
Include the event name in the email subject line.

Questions concerning the grant program may be directed to:
Rebecca Bitter, Analyst

Convention and Cultural Services Department
915 I Street, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: City of Sacramento

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