Downtown Committee Opens Applications for Cultural Festivals Fund

Published on August 02, 2023

The below release was issued by the Downtown Committee.


$135,000 is now available through the Syracuse Cultural Festivals Fund which was established by the city of Syracuse in recognition that festivals and event programming contribute to a vibrant community. Funds are intended to support non-profit community groups in delivering celebratory events centered on a specific theme that are free for the public to attend (no ticket purchase is required or involved), held in public spaces, and provide entertainment and/or activities for patrons.

Festivals that will be held between the October 2023 through September 2024 timeframe are eligible for consideration and applications may be submitted for grant amounts between $3,000 and $10,000 per festival. Applications will be reviewed based on several factors including how the festival or event attracts visitors to public spaces, increases the community's awareness of a variety of ethnicities and builds appreciation for diverse cultures, traditions and art forms. Additional consideration is given to events which create opportunities to celebrate the diverse fabric of our region and showcase the artistic opportunities found within our city.

“Syracuse has always been a city that takes pride in our diversity. This commitment from us will hopefully be the beginning of a true investment in cultural awareness and celebration on an ongoing basis,” said Syracuse Common Councilor Jimmy Monto.

“Cultural festivals are a celebration of Syracuse’s rich diversity and great neighborhoods. They are unique events that improve quality of life and strengthen our local economy. They are a big part of what makes city living special,” said Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh. “I appreciate the Common Council’s commitment to the Syracuse Cultural Festivals Fund and encourage eligible event organizers to submit applications for funding.”

Funds will be administered by the Downtown Syracuse Foundation, Inc. and are designed to reimburse organizers for eligible expenses associated with awarded festivals and events. Applications must be submitted at least two months prior to the event or program date. The first round of applications are due 11:59 pm on August 23, 2023. Additional rounds of funding will be made available based on fund availability. Please visit to learn more and download the application.


The Downtown Syracuse Foundation is 501c3 non-profit organization whose purpose is to conduct research, identify best policies and practices, secure resources, and implement programs and projects to support the revitalization of Downtown Syracuse.