FY 2015 Promotional/Special Event Grant Program
The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has authorized $70,000 to help fund promotional and or special events within the Greater Frenchtown Southside Community Redevelopment Area and the Downtown District Community Redevelopment Area ($35,000 for each redevelopment area). The purpose of the program is to provide support to special events that promote the goals and objectives of the Greater Frenchtown Southside Community Redevelopment Plan or the Downtown District Community Redevelopment Plan.
The grant funds will be available to qualified not-for-profit organizations that will host promotional/special events during Fiscal Year 2015, which starts on October 1, 2014 and ends on September 30, 2015, within either of the two redevelopment areas. 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. Grant funds shall only be provided for events occurring after the applicant has entered into a grant agreement with the CRA. The CRA Executive Director also reserves the right to make an award for less than the amount requested in the application.
There were no program changes for the 2015 fiscal year. The CRA will again partner with the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority for administering the events occurring in the Downtown District. CRA staff will administer the events occurring in the Greater Frenchtown Southside District. Applications will be reviewed and scored based on a competitive process with the highest scored applications being funded.
Promotional/Special Event Grant Program Guidelines (PDF)
The CRA will host a pre-application workshop for those not-for profit organizations interested in applying for grant funding. The workshop will cover the program guidelines and application and will be held on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of the Renaissance Center located at 435 North Macomb Street. Attendance at the pre-application workshop is not required, but is strongly encouraged.
Please note, there are two separate applications: one for events occurring in the Greater Frenchtown/Southside Redevelopment Area, and one for events occurring in the Downtown District. Please be sure to fill out the appropriate application for your event. If you have any questions regarding the boundaries of the redevelopment districts in Tallahassee, please consult the map found at the link below.
Applications for events held in the Greater Frenchtown/Southside Redevelopment Area will be accepted in person, via US Postal Service, or private courier service at the Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency office on the 4th floor of City Hall at 300 S. Adams Street. Applications for events held in the Downtown District will be accepted at the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority offices located on the 3rd floor of 106 East Jefferson Street. Applications will be available Monday, July 14, 2014; however, applications will be accepted beginning at 9:00 AM on Monday, August 4, 2014. The application period will end no later than 4:30 PM on Friday, August 29, 2014, unless extended by the CRA. Applications submitted before 9:00 AM on August 4th or after 4:30 PM on August 29th will NOT be accepted. Applications sent electronically will NOT be accepted.
If you have any questions about the grant program please call the CRA office at 850-891-8357.