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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.


The FPC Grant Guidelines for FY 2020-2021 Funding Cycle are now available. 

Application Deadline for FY 2020-21 Funding Cycle

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 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 27, 2019  Noon - 1:00 p.m.  Room T-1254
 Thursday, December 5, 2019  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Room T-1254