FY2017 Downtown District Large Event Grant Funding
The City of Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is kicking off its FY2017 Downtown District Large Event Grant Cycle. The purpose of the program is to provide support to large special events that promote the goals and objectives of the Downtown District Community Redevelopment Plan. Grant awards will be between $10,000 and $25,000 and require a dollar-for-dollar match of any grant funds awarded. The grant funds will be available to qualified not-for-profit organizations that will host promotional/special events in the Downtown District between April 15 and September 30, 2017. Applications will be accepted from February 20, 2017 through March 3, 2017. For more information, visit the grant page or call the CRA office at (850) 891-8357.
FY2017 Promotional/Special Events Grant Program
The City of Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is kicking off its FY2017 Promotional & Special Grant Program Cycle. The grant funds will be available to qualified not-for-profit organizations that will host promotional/special events during Fiscal Year 2017, which starts on October 1, 2016 and ends on September 30, 2017, within the CRA’s two redevelopment districts. Applications will be accepted July 1, 2016 through July 29, 2016. A special event or promotional activity eligible for funding is defined as a new or existing organized concert, exhibition, festival, carnival, athletic event, craft show, competition, parade, celebration, market or any event similar in nature which is open to the public. Special events do not include social parties, conferences, open houses, grand openings, ribbon cutting ceremonies or events that are not open to the public. For more information, visit the grant page or call the CRA office at (850) 891-8357.
The City of Tallahassee City Commission established the City of Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency (Tallahassee CRA) in 1998 to create a framework for the redevelopment and enhancement of selected areas of the central urban district. The Tallahassee CRA has two distinct redevelopment areas, the Greater Frenchtown/Southside Community Redevelopment Area, established in June 2000, and the Downtown District Redevelopment Area, established in June 2004.
The City of Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency (Tallahassee CRA) was established by the City of Tallahassee City Commission under the authority of Part III, Chapter 163, Florida Statutes, through the adoption of Ordinance No. 98-O-0046, as amended, on September 23, 1998. Get more information on the interlocal ordinances and resolutions.
On June 23, 2004, the CRA entered into an interlocal agreement with the City of Tallahassee and Leon County regarding the creation and operation of the Downtown District Community Redevelopment Area, the establishment of any new community redevelopment area or the expansion of any community redevelopment area. Get more information on the interlocal agreement and amendments.
The goal of the Tallahassee CRA is to create and implement strategies that use a combination of public and private resources to facilitate redevelopment that enhances the built environment and strengthens local economic conditions within each redevelopment district. To meet this goal the Tallahassee CRA seeks projects that help reduce or eliminate the continuation and/or spread of blight. Individual projects and policies are supported based on the specific conditions and needs identified within the Greater Frenchtown/Southside Community Redevelopment Plan and the Downtown Community Redevelopment Plan. Areas where the Tallahassee CRA concentrates redevelopment efforts includes, but is not limited to commercial development, mixed-use development, neighborhood and housing improvements (with a focus on affordable housing), infrastructure, transportation, and support for promotional and special events. Funds are provided through grants and/or loans based on the funding gap of the proposed project, the projected Return on Investment and the community benefit.
The Greater Frenchtown/Southside Community Redevelopment Area consists of three distinct geographic sections and is comprised of over 1,450 acres of residential, office, commercial/retail, industrial, and green/open space land uses, all conveniently located near downtown Tallahassee. Included within the boundaries of the redevelopment area are thirteen neighborhood communities; seven major commercial/retail areas including sections of Tennessee Street, Tharpe Street, North and South Monroe Streets, Gaines Street, Lake Bradford Road and South Adams Street; and numerous mixed-use areas. In addition, the redevelopment area borders parts of the Florida A&M University (FAMU) and the Florida State University (FSU). Extensive city infrastructure, including water, sewer, electricity and gas, are available throughout the redevelopment area.
The Downtown District Community Redevelopment Area consists of approximately 440 acres located in downtown Tallahassee, between the northern and southern portions of the Greater Frenchtown/Southside Community Redevelopment Area. The Downtown District is comprised of five sub areas with distinct land uses, physical characteristics and functions. These sub areas are: (1) North Monroe Street, (2) the Downtown Core, (3) Franklin Boulevard, (4) Gaines Street, and (5) Capital Cascades. Land uses in the Downtown District include residential, office, commercial/retail, light industrial, and green/open space. The entire area is serviced by city infrastructure, including water, sewer, electricity, and gas. View a map of both redevelopment districts (PDF).
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