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Festival, Parade & Celebration Grants
Through the Office of Cultural Affairs, the City of San Jose offers several programs of financial support to ensure a continuing and rich variety of cultural opportunities for its residents as well as visitors to the city.

Festival, Parade and Celebration (FPC) Grants offer financial support for San José community festivals, parades and celebrations that are held for the economic enhancement, cultural enrichment and/or promotion of the City of San Jose.
The minimum FPC grant award is $2,500. The grant award to any event being held for the first time is limited to $5,000. The grant award may not exceed 50% of the total event expenditure budget.



How to Apply 

The FPC Grant Application is an online application submitted through WebGrants, the City’s one-stop online portal for grant opportunities offered throughout the City. All applicants will access, complete and submit electronic applications using the WebGrants portal. The application will be posted in WebGrants after the first pre-application workshop, the date of which is noted below.

Application cycle for support for the current fiscal cycle has passed.  Guidelines and Application Instructions for the upcoming Funding Cycle (FY2019-2020) will be available in the Resources section (left side of page) in November 2018.  Currently, information in the Resources section pertains to the most recently passed funding cycle.

NOTE:  Below is information for the most recently passed funding cycle.  Dates for the FY2019-2020 Funding Cycle will likely be similar and will be posted in early November 2018.


Application Deadline for FY 2018-19 Funding Cycle

Monday, January 22, 2018, 5:00 p.m.


Pre-Application Workshops

First-time prospective applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to contact Arlene Biala at 408.793.4332 in advance of the deadline and to attend a pre-application workshop.  Please RSVP at or 408.793.4332.

Festival, Parade and Celebration Grants (two identical workshops):
        Wednesday, November 29, 2017     noon - 1:00 p.m., Room T-1254
        Thursday, December 7, 2017           5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Room T-1254