Event Grant Program: Host an Event in Tampa

Introduction | About the Tampa Downtown Partnership | Marketing and Publicity | Award Information |
What Can Funds Be Used For | EligibilityRestrictions | Instructions for Completing Application

The 2014 Event Grant funds have been fully awarded and no new applications
will be accepted for the remainder of the year. Please look back to this webpage in November 2014
for the 2015 Grant Program and Application with new criteria.

Introduction:

Rock the Park was awarded more than $7,000 from the Downtown Tampa Events Grant Program.Tampa’s Downtown is quickly becoming a popular place to host an event or festival.  Events and festivals in Tampa consist of both large and small happenings attracting thousands of participants to Tampa’s urban core annually.  The Tampa Downtown Partnership initiated the Events Grant Program in order to encourage organizations to bring their events and festivals to downtown Tampa. 

Hosting an event or festival in Tampa’s Downtown makes for the perfect setting.  As Tampa becomes a more urban community, residents and visitors enjoy the dense surroundings only found in a downtown.  Nevertheless, holding an event or festival in downtown Tampa does present certain unique challenges.  These can include, but are not limited to:

  • Impact on Downtown Neighborhoods
  • Street closures and times
  • Vendors
  • Streetcar and other Transit coordination in certain areas of downtown
  • Public Restrooms Availability
  • Banners
  • Maintenance/ clean-up
  • Alcoholic beverage zoning issues

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About the Tampa Downtown Partnership:

The Tampa Downtown Partnership is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization that administers the Special Services District (SSD) Program.  In addition to Tampa's Downtown Guides and Clean Team, the Tampa Downtown Partnership works to promote downtown through marketing, business development, transportation and beautification efforts. The Partnership has a long history of supporting downtown’s revitalization, a broad constituency, and strong relationships with many community stakeholders. 
 

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Marketing and Publicity:

The Tampa Downtown Partnership stands ready to assist with the marketing and awareness building of your event or festival in Tampa.  Assistance can include:

  • Host an event in Tampa on the water.Monday Morning Memo: A weekly newsletter sent to subscribers.  Monday Morning Memo is an excellent way to make people aware of your event as well as any temporary disruptions your event may cause on downtown residents, workers and visitors.
  • Downtown Traffic Alerts:  Sent out on an as needed basis, traffic alerts go directly to subscribers of the alerts service, as well, they are posted on the Partnership’s Web site, www.tampasdowntown.com.
  • Online Events Calendar:  Your event can be registered on the Partnership’s online events calendar.  The calendar allows viewers to read a description of your event, map its location and contact you for more details via a link to your Web site.
  • Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team: For an additional charge, Tampa's Downtown Guides and Clean Team are available to provide supplemental services for your event; from hospitality to maintenance and clean-up.  Find out more.
  • Social Media: The Partnership works to promote downtown Tampa through its Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
  • Public Relations:  Full comprehensive promotion of your event is encouraged and is the responsibility of the promoter/organizer.  The Partnership may send out notices to the media of your event. 
     

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 Award Information
 
The new 2015 Event Grant Program application and criteria will be posted on this webpage in November 2014. Please refer back at that time. 

 
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What Can Funds Be Used For:

Downtown Tampa Parks are a great place to host an event or festival in Tampa.The new 2015 Event Grant Program application and criteria will be posted on this webpage in November 2014. Please refer back at that time.


 

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Eligibility
  
A. Event must take place within the Special Services District (see map)

Events and Festivals in Tampa must take place in the Special Service District to qualify for grant funding.

 


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Restrictions:

  • Watch for the new 2015 grant program and new criteria to be posted on this webpage in November 2014.


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Instructions for Completing Application:

  • Visit the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s website,www.tampasdowntown.com in November 2014 for the new 2015 grant application and criteria.  



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2014 Application

Not available. The full amount of the grant funds have been depleted through December 2014. Watch for the 2015 Grant application and criteria to be posted on this webpage in November 2014.

QUESTIONS:
Call 813.221.3686

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