Application period opens for Gainesville downtown events grant program

Published on May 20, 2024


The Gainesville Community Reinvestment Area (GCRA) is launching a new grants program to provide funding to businesses and organizations that are scheduling upcoming events in Downtown Gainesville. 

The application period for the Downtown Events Grant Program is now open and the application form is available online. Grants up to $5,000 each will be awarded. Funding may be used for event-related expenses such as advertising, equipment or facilities rental, entertainment, etc.

Earlier this month, the Gainesville City Commission approved an initial $50,000 to fund the pilot program. GCRA will accept applications until the funding limit has been reached. Non-profit organizations also are eligible to apply; government entities are not eligible.

Events must take place between June 1 and December 31, 2024, in publicly owned space (parks, roads, etc.) within the program map. Events must be open to the general public. Additional eligibility requirements are available online.

GCRA is a department of the City of Gainesville whose mission includes revitalizing the urban core and supporting the local economy.