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New Events Grant Program

New Events Grant Program Guidelines

New Event Grant Program is now accepting applications 

An additional application round for the New Event Grant program has been created.  Applicants can apply for the remaining $25,000 in grant funds for new events operation and bid fees.  Applications must be for events that end before May 1, 2022.  

Grant review process and application deadlines:  Applications for the New Event Grant program will be evaluated on an ongoing basis from May 4, 2021 through June 4, 2021.  Applicants can submit for more than one New Event Grant. 

The New Event Grant program is designed to generate economic impact and increase media awareness of the state as an event destination by securing or creating new events in communities.  Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements and point thresholds to be considered for this opportunity. 

Eligible events must be new to Minnesota and open to the public. Applicants must demonstrate support from a local tourism organization, have available lodging capacity, and agree to generate other funding (minimally two-thirds of cash expenses). 

Applications must be for events that begin at least three weeks after the application submission date. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received until all available funds are completely awarded.  Only complete applications will be reviewed.  The review committee will evaluate all eligible and complete applications shortly after submission.  The selected grantee(s) will be notified within three weeks after submitting their grant award status. 

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Peterson at 651-757-1876 or lori.a.peterson@state.mn.us.

New Events Grant Guidelines 

New Events Grant Application

2020 New Event Grants Awarded

2018 New Event Grants Awarded

2017 New Event Grants Awarded

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