City-Funded Grant Opportunities

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Photo by Estlin Haiss

Festival & Special Events Funding 

The City of Durham recognizes that festivals, parades, and other celebrations play an important role in fostering community well-being, creating local identity, and in contributing to an improved quality of life of Durham residents and visitors. Community-based festivals and events reflect the vibrant, distinct and diverse character of Durham and its residents while offering opportunities to create economic, social, health and community benefits. 

The Festivals and Special Events Request for Proposals (RFP) application seeks proposals from qualified entities to support planning projects for the enhancement of new or existing cultural and arts festivals. The FY2021/2021 RFP deadline was Monday, August 9, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. EST. 

For more information about the RFP process, visit here. 


For information about City-grant opportunities, please contact the Cultural & Public Art Program staff here: 

Alexandra Benson
Cultural & Public Arts Program Assistant
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 919-560-4197, ext. 21238

Rebecca Brown
Cultural & Public Arts Program Manager
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 919-560-4197, ext. 21245