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Festival, Parade and Celebration (FPC) Grants

Grants to San Jose, California Nonprofits for Celebrations, Festivals,
and Parades that Promote Cultural and Economic Enhancement

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City of San Jose - Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA)

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Grants starting at $2,500 to San Jose, California nonprofits for celebrations, festivals, and parades. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the funding source and attend a grant workshop on either November 29 or December 7, 2017.

The City of San José provides a limited number of Festival, Parade & Celebration Grant (FPC) awards each year in order to:

- Expand access for all City residents to a wide range of cultural experiences in the form of community festivals, parades and celebrations;
- Enhance San Jose’s overall cultural environment;
- Support San Jose’s economic vitality; and
- Increase the City’s visibility and reputation as a desirable destination for visitors.

Historically, FPC awards have supported a wide variety of parades, arts festivals, festivals celebrating cultural heritage relevant to San Jose residents, and other events that celebrate a community, a neighborhood or a shared cultural interest. These events are often held in public spaces and are always open to the entire public. Many FPC-supported events have free attendance, although some have fee-based admission to some parts of or the entire event.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167215

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum FPC grant award is $2,500. The grant award to any event being held for the first time is limited to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants will support events that are planned to take place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Projects that begin prior to June 30, 2019 but end shortly after June 30 are allowed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications that are complete and submitted by the deadline will be accepted from organizations that meet the following conditions:

- One year history of events programming in San Jose at the time of application;
- Designated as a not-for-profit corporation under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code;
- Organization’s event takes place during July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 in the city of San Jose and has cash expenses of at least $5,000;
- Organization’s event is not conducted solely as a fundraiser and is not intended to convey a religious message nor advocate a political position; and
- Organization a) is not a division/department within the City of San Jose; and b) will not fund the event with a take pART Grant from the City of San Jose.

Grant funds must be used for event-related expenses only and not for a previous year's operating deficit, administrative costs or other organizational costs unrelated to production of the event or for any capital equipment purchases. No part of the grant shall be used to promote or inhibit religion nor for any political advocacy.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All organizations that have not applied for a grant within the last three years that are considering applying for a grant are encouraged to attend one of the pre-application workshops offered by OCA. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop. At each workshop, staff will review the guidelines and demonstrate the online application system, WebGrants.

Festival, Parade and Celebration Grants (two identical workshops):
- Wednesday, November 29, 2017, noon - 1:00 p.m., City Hall Tower (12
th Floor), Room T-1254
- Thursday, December 7, 2017, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., City Hall Tower (12
th Floor),Room T-1254

In addition to the structured workshops, staff will be available on a drop by basis to answer questions about the guidelines, program requirements or WebGrants. Staff cannot provide comments on specific applications. The open clinics will be held in the Office of Cultural Affairs, on the 12th floor of City Hall, on the following days:

- Weds., Jan 10, 2018, 10-noon, Room 1231
- Weds., Jan 17, 2018, 10-noon, Room 1231

Pre-Application Information:

First-time prospective applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to contact Arlene Biala at 408.793.4332 in advance of the deadline and to attend a pre-application workshop.

Applicants may contact program staff during regular business hours for technical questions about WebGrants. Contact information is available below. Please allow at least two business days to receive a response.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications early - no later than 7 days prior to the deadline - to give themselves ample time to resolve any unexpected issues.

Supporting Materials must be postmarked by the deadline date OR delivered to the Office of Cultural Affairs by 5:00 PM on or before that date.

FPC Grant awards will be no more than 50 percent of a supported event’s total expense budget and will usually be significantly less.

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

Arlene Biala
Arts Program Manager
(408) 793-4332

Please RSVP at or the above phone number.

Please mail or deliver Supporting Materials to:

Attn: Arlene Biala
Office of Cultural Affairs
San José City Hall
200 E. Santa Clara, 12th Floor
San José CA 95113-1905

(408) 793-4344 main

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