FY 2014 Promotional/Special Event Grant Program
As part of the proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) staff has proposed setting aside $70,000 to help fund special events and/or promotional activities within both 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 availability of funding under this program is contingent upon the CRA Board approving the program funds at the September 16, 2013 CRA Board Meeting, which is currently scheduled for 11:00 a.m., in the City Commission Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall.
If approved by the CRA Board at their September 16, 2013 meeting, the funds will be available for not-for-profit organizations that will host promotional/special events during FY 2014 (which starts on October 1, 2013 and ends on September 30, 2014) 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.
There have been several proposed changes to the program this year, including a recommendation to awards funds based on a competitive process. Although the Board may choose to maintain the current policy of "first come, first served" they may approve the competitive application process. It is therefore very important that all applicants thoroughly review the program guidelines and application, which can be found at the link below, or may be picked up from the CRA office, which is located within the City of Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency on the 3rd floor of the Renaissance Center at 435 North Macomb Street.
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 Thursday, August 8, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. 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.
Organizations wishing to receive funding assistance for their event must submit the CRA Promotional/Special Event Grant Program application for review and/or ranking by CRA staff.Grant funds shall only be provided for events occurring after grant applications have been approved and 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.
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 Department of Economic and Community Development office on the 3rd floor of the Renaissance Center at 435 North Macomb. 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 accepted beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 12, 2013. The application period will end no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2013, unless extended by the CRA. Applications sent electronically will NOT be accepted.
Although the CRA will accept applications starting on Monday, August 12, 2013, no applications will be approved for funding until the CRA Board approves funding for the promotional/special events program at the September 16, 2013 meeting. CRA staff will review applications and make funding recommendations to the CRA Executive Director based on the program guidelines.
If you have any questions about the proposed grant program please call Rick McCraw at 850-891-6459 or Sherri Baker at 850-891-6464.