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City of Festivals Special Event Support Program

Grants to Sacramento, California Nonprofits
and Businesses for Downtown Events and Entertainment

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City of Sacramento

Deadline Date:

04/26/19 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants to Sacramento, California nonprofits and businesses for family-oriented events and entertainment in the downtown area of the City. Priority is given to free admission events rather than ticketed events. Funding is intended for events that offer family-oriented entertainment, themes, and activities, connect the Sacramento river and the region, promote the City of Sacramento, and/or engages in substantial economic benefit to the city.

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. This program is only available within the boundary of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership.

Special Event Support Grant Award Criteria
A. Economic Impact: Hotels, number of rooms; Visitor spending; Local spending; Operational Spending; Other
B. Involvement: Volunteer Program; Sponsorship Program; Other
C. Media Exposure Value: Television Plan; Print Plan; Other Plan
D. Performance Rating: Participants Plan; Spectators Plan; Media Plan; City Departments Support Required
E. Documents: Business Plan; Marketing Plan; Financial Plan; Logistics Plan
F. Value of Event to Community: Recognition/Image; Spectators; Signature Event
G. Planning Event and Execution History: Past Event Success; Past Event Reliability; Past Ability to Deliver Event;
H. Support Requested: Funds; In-Kind

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149311

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract:

For events between July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

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 26, 2019.

It is anticipated Grant Award Recipients will be notified no later than Friday, June 7, 2019.

All applicants must submit the appropriate documents at least 6 months prior to the desired event date to be considered for this program.

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