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Community Events Grant Program (CEGP)

Grants to Sunnyvale, California Nonprofits for
Public Events Benefiting Local Residents

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City of Sunnyvale

Deadline Date:

04/19/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Sunnyvale, California nonprofit organizations to hold free public events open to the general community. Funding is intended to promote community building, celebrate culture, and foster community identity and vitality by helping groups host citywide events. Proposed events will have an expected attendance of at least 500 people and will be held within the city limits.

Events funded by the Community Events Grant Program (CEGP) should encourage celebrations of community which focus on the character, diversity and quality of Sunnyvale and provide vitality and identity to the community.

Higher priority will be given to encouraging new events as well as supporting existing events that have been highly successful in the past.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154346

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant funding from the City will represent no more than 40 percent of the total event budget/expenses (including the value of in-kind/donated goods and services but excluding the value of volunteer time).

Term of Contract:

All proposed events must occur between July 2019 and June 1, 2020.

Grant funding is not intended to be an ongoing funding source for the event.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The sponsoring organizations must be nonprofit or not-for-profit. Applicants must attach a copy of nonprofit documentation if the organization has such documentation.

Funds may be granted to religious organizations if the funds are not used for a religious purpose including for the promotion of any sect, church, creed, or sectarian organization, nor to conduct any religious service or ceremony. This eligibility criterion is an attempt to preserve separation of church and state while still allowing religious organizations to be eligible for grant funds.

Organizations that are collaborating with the City in co-sponsoring an event are eligible to apply for grant funding; however, grant funds can only be used to defray expenses incurred by the co-sponsoring organization(s) rather than the City.

The sponsoring organization must demonstrate the ability to produce a well-planned, safe event and demonstrate strong financial management and effective management controls, including cost-effectiveness.

It is not the nature of the organization applying for or receiving the grant, but whether the organization will use those grant funds for a valid public purpose. Some factors that may demonstrate the public purpose of a funded program or service include:

- Whether the proposed project/service compliments or enhances a service that the City also provides
- When there is an identifiable secondary, or indirect, benefit to the City
- When the organization provides a service the City could provide, but chooses not to

Grants will not be awarded to organizations owing a debt to the City.

Grants will not be awarded to individuals.

Fundraiser events are not eligible for grant funding. A “fundraiser” is defined as any event that solicits funds from attendees either through direct ticket sales or asking for a donation. Furthermore, any subcommittee or sub-organization of the sponsoring organization is barred from asking for funds in the form of raffle tickets, silent auction bids or items of similar intent.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: April 19, 2019, by 5 p.m.

Final funding decisions will be made in June 2019. Grant applicants will be notified, in writing, of award decisions in July 2019.

This program is reimbursable.

Contact Information:

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

Submit the application in one of the following ways:

1. Mail or Drop Off in Person:

Sunnyvale Public Library (Library Administration, Second Floor)
Attn: Jennifer Acuña
665 W. Olive Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

2. Email:

3. Fax: 408-735-8767

For questions and additional information, please contact:

Jennifer Acuña, Administrative Analyst

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USA: California: Sunnyvale