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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, or something else altogether! All we require is that proposed activations enhance our Downtown experience. We want to find new ways to bring more people into Downtown and to continue to support events that showcase the true community spirit and soul of Downtown Memphis.
Our grants range between $250 and $3,000 depending on scope, concept, and engagement opportunity. We give extra points for events that are free, inclusive, large-scale, and unexpected.
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!
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 are looking to partner with you to make our collective Downtown more vibrant, interesting, 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, sidewalks, streets, alleys, and riverfront space.
Past Event Grant Recipients:
Diner en Blanc!
Lyfe is Dope
River Arts Fest
Over the Edge
Explore Bike Share for Downtown Dining Week
Pop-Up Jazz in Court Square
Harlem Fashion Row 10th Anniversary
Memphis Adults Sports
Edge Motor Festival
Memphis in May
And dozens more!
Parks in Downtown:
Ashburn-Coppock Park – Barking Lot – Bickford Community Center – Big River Crossing – Butler Park – Chickasaw Heritage Park – Church Park – Court Square – Crump Park – Edge Plaza – Fourth Bluff – Greenbelt Park – Handy Park – Health Sciences Park – Madison Ave Park – Martyr’s Park – MLK Riverside Park – Morris Park – Mud Island – Mud Island Dog Park – Mutt Island – River Garden – The Barking Lot Dog Park – Tom Lee Park – Vance park – Wolf River Greenway