No, your match can be any combination of cash or in-kind contributions. Read more about the budget in How to Create Your Downtown Program Fund Budget for step-by-step instructions.
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The total revenue shown in your budget must match your total expenses.
Yes, all awardees are responsible for paying the necessary permit fees. Cultural Services staff will be available to advise on permits and to assist in scheduling a meeting between you and the departments issuing relevant permits.
Yes, but please list a preferred date or timeframe on your application even if the date is not yet confirmed (e.g., “one Saturday evening at the end of August”). Knowing your date or timeframe helps the selection committee approve programs that are evenly distributed between April 1 and Oct. 31. If approved, you can work with Cultural Services staff during your advising appointment to select a final date.
We encourage you to connect with the artists you would like to include in your program before you submit your application. Ask them the amount of their current rate and how they would like to be involved.
It is critical to plan for last-minute changes such as rain or wildfire smoke. Can your program continue using canopy tents or a nearby shelter? What planning can you put in place now if you need to postpone your program, such as having back-up reservations for visiting artists or a marketing plan to announce a change in date?