Current phase:
August-December 2021

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 is no restriction on the type of activation/event 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.

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.

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* 1. contact info

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* 2. Title and Description of the event - please include any entertainment, food, drink or activity details; please include anything that makes your event distinct or unique:

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* 3. Date of Event (If multiple dates, use a different line for each date)

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* 4. Location of Event - see neighborhood map here

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* 5. Is this event free to the public?

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* 6. Will your event have a rental fee for the location? If so, how much is that fee?

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* 7. Will your event have a live music component? If so how much are you budgeting for live music?

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* 8. Will your event have any other entertainment or talent costs? If so how much are you budgeting for this item? (Please make sure your description includes this)

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* 9. What amount do you have budgeted for promotion/advertising?

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* 10. What is your total budget (expenses only) for this event?

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* 11. What is your expected revenue (if any) for this event?

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* 12. What age range is your target audience?

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* 13. Please list all members of your event team, their role in the event, and their cell/mobile phone number.

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* 14. I confirm that all information given is correct.

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