The Grant Funding Period for June-Jan 2024 is open.
Accepting Applications for Activations occurring July 1, 2023 – Dec 2024
Applications will close on Aug 3, 2023.
Engage Downtown Activation Grant Offered for Community-Building, Creative, Fun, and Artistic Ideas in Downtown Memphis!
The DMC’s Engage Downtown Grant
offers funding for events/activations that recruit people into Downtown;
utilize public, outdoor, or highly visible space; and provide unique or
uniquely joyful experiences in Downtown Memphis
There are no restrictions on the type of activations/events we are looking to fund. Activations
can be music, art, fashion, fitness, community-related, etc. All we
require is that the proposed activations enhance our Downtown
experience. We want to find new ways to bring more people into Downtown
and support events that showcase Downtown Memphis’ true community spirit
Our grants are both promotional and
cash grants. Promotional grants will receive mention and promotion via
our social and digital channels. Cash grants are eligible for amounts
between $150 and $1000 depending on scope, concept, and engagement
opportunity*. We give extra points for free, inclusive, large-scale, and
unexpected events. We also give preference to activations that utilize
Downtown businesses as partners. Our goal is to increase repeat visits
and extend the length of stay in Downtown. (*Larger funding amounts
might be possible in some cases. $2500 maximum funding for any single
activator per year.)
We want to help fuel the event- not pay for entire activation; other streams of revenue are an important factor..
We believe in building a
Downtown for everyone and want to empower creative people with inspiring
ideas, even if the idea is for a first-time event! We want to partner with you to make our collective Downtown more vibrant, engaging, and fun.
Remember – at least a portion of your
event/activation has to take place outdoors or be highly visible to be
eligible for the Engage Downtown Grant. Downtown outdoor space includes
parks, plazas, streets, alleys, riverfront spaces, and retail spaces
with open doors and activated sidewalks.
Location – outdoor events and events that can be seen from street level are given preference
Inclusivity – events open to all ages are given preference
Cost to patrons – events that are free or low cost are given preference
Collaboration – events that support other Downtown organizations, or are produced with Downtown partners are given preference
Scope – only grants with
total costs less than $15K will be considered – this grant is designed
to assist smaller activators realize their events. Proof of other
revenue and support is required.
Application Deadline is Aug 3, 2023 for July 2023 – Dec 2023 Activations
Want to do something really different? We are open! Want to gather people in a truly unexpected place? We want to know more! Have a great idea, but not sure how to make it happen? Share it with us – we might be able to pair you with another organizer who can help make your dream a reality!
If you have questions about the
activation grant – please email firstname.lastname@example.org and use the
subject line: ACTIVATION GRANT QUESTION.
If you are looking to host a larger-scale event,
or your expenses are expected to be more than $15,000 total – please
reach out to our VP of Marketing – Penelope Huston, at
email@example.com to discuss other partnership opportunities!
Army Park – Ashburn-Coppock Park –
Barking Lot – Bickford Community Center – Big River Crossing – Butler
Park – Central Bark Dog Park – Chickasaw Heritage Park – Church Park –
Court Square – Crump Park – Fourth Bluff – Greenbelt Park – Fourth Ruff
Dog Park – Jefferson St – Handy Park – Health Sciences Park – Madison
Ave Park – Martyr’s Park – MLK Riverside Park – Morris Park – Mud Island
– Mud Island Dog Park – Navy Park – Ravine – River Garden – Tom Lee
Park – Vance park – Wolf River Greenway