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City of Riverside Sponsorship Program

Grants and In-Kind Services to California Nonprofits
in Eligible Areas for Local Events and Activities

Agency Type:

Local

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City of Riverside

Deadline Date:

07/31/20 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants and in-kind services to California nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for special events, festivals, and community initiatives. The purpose of funding is to support the community, promote tourism, and increase economic development. Proposed initiatives must take place in the City of Riverside.

Sponsorship of funds or in-kind services (including but not limited to contributions of staff, equipment or other services, booth participation, and bottled water) will be considered for special events, community projects or programs designed to accomplish one or more of the following goals and objectives with 51% of the participants from outside of the sponsoring organization:

  • Promote the City of Riverside as a desirable place to live, visit and do business
  • Promote the City of Riverside as a visitor destination and/or bring tourism-associated revenue to the City.
  • Enhance the quality of life and well-being of the citizenry.
  • Advance the City’s commitment to and pride in being a multicultural community.
  • Encourage the development of neighborhood identity and pride.
  • Promote cultural and artistic awareness among the citizenry

The granting of City funds or in-kind support is evaluated according to the effectiveness and impact
the particular special event, community project or program has on the community-at-large. Special
attention is paid to sponsorships that promote the attractiveness of the City as a place to visit
and/or live, celebrate the heritage of the City and its environs, and/or enrich the character and
quality of life of its citizens. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187562

Term of Contract:

The City of Riverside Sponsorship Program application is for events scheduled from July 1 to December 31 (cycle one), and for events scheduled from January 1 to June 30 of the following year (cycle two).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant for sponsorship of funds or in-kind services for special events, community projects or programs must meet all of the following requirements, eligibility criteria, and conditions:
- The applicant must be a registered nonprofit corporation or identified by the IRS as tax exempt under a 501c category.
- Funds are not to be used for operational costs.
- Sponsorship 1st request is to be no more than 50% of program/event budget (if sponsorships are in-kind, value of the in-kind items may not equal more than 50% of the program/event budget). Sponsorship 2nd request is to be no more than 35% of program/event budget (if sponsorships are in-kind, value of the in-kind items may not equal more than 35% of the program/event budget). Sponsorship request beyond the 2nd request is to be no more than 20% of the program/event budget. An organization may continue to make requests for sponsorship for subsequent years, but the amount may not exceed 20% of program/event budget (if sponsorships are in-kind, value of the in-kind items may not equal more than 20% of the program/event budget)
- Event and promotion must take place within the City of Riverside limits. Some limited exceptions will be made.
- The purpose of the special event, community project, or program is not organized around political or religious themes, but serves as a benefit to the City of Riverside community as a whole.
- The special event, community project or program may not be a fundraiser.

Pre-proposal Conference:

City Sponsorships 101 Workshop for Non-Profits are held approximately a month before the application deadline for each cycle. Please check the City’s Community Calendar for information on upcoming workshops or contact Cynthia Wright.

Pre-Application Information:

The City of Riverside Sponsorship Program application for events scheduled from July 1 to December 31 (cycle one) are due on the last business day of January before 4:00 pm; applications for events scheduled from January 1 to June 30 of the following year (cycle two) are due on the last business day of July before 4:00 pm.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please email completed application, agreement, and other attachments to specialevents@riversideca.gov

If you should have questions, please contact Cynthia Wright (cwright@riversideca.gov or 951.826.5769).

Community & Economic Development Department
Arts & Cultural Affair
3900 Main Street, 5th Floor
Riverside, CA 92522

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