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Posted on: July 13, 2022

Durham Seeks Nonprofits to Submit Cultural Festival Request for Proposals

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August 8 Deadline for Submittals

If your organization is interested hosting a special event or festival in the Bull City, the City of Durham wants to hear from you.

The City’s Cultural and Public Art Program, which administers the Festivals and Special Events Request for Proposals (RFP) application process, is now seeking creative and innovative proposals from qualified entities in Durham to support new or existing arts and cultural festivals and/or special events. 

The Durham Cultural Advisory Board worked in partnership with City staff to develop this year’s goals and review criteria for the application process. This year’s RFP encourages festival and special event organizers to apply for in-person and/or virtual festivals and special events. Successful respondents must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Not-for-profit entity or partner with a not-for-profit fiscal entity.
  • Suitable experience in festival planning or similar projects.
  • Sufficient insurance against any potential liabilities provided by the contracted not-for-profit entity.
  • Adequate financial capacity.
  • Produce festival(s) and/or special events between July 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023.

The RFP document, review criteria, online portal information, and a list of required application documents can now be found on the City’s website. Completed packets will be accepted until 3 p.m. on Monday, August 8, 2022. Application packets must be submitted using the online portal Submittable; emailed packets will not be accepted. 

To assist interested nonprofits with completing their applications, two workshops will be hosted virtually on Thursday, July 14 from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on Zoom and Wednesday, July 27 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Zoom. Additional virtual drop-in office hours for questions will be held on Tuesday, August 2 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. The deadline for submitting written questions regarding the RFP process is Monday, August 1. 

For technical questions on the RFP and submission process, interested nonprofits may also email Cultural and Public Art Program Manager Rebecca Brown with the Arts, Culture, and Sustainable Communities Division of City’s General Services Department. 

About the City of Durham General Services Department

The General Services Department builds and maintains City properties to make Durham a great place for people to live, work, and play. Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, the department’s core functions include the acquisition and sale of properties, design and management of new construction and renovation projects, building maintenance, landscaping and urban forestry services, cemeteries management, sustainability and energy management, cultural and public art program management, and supporting the nonprofit Keep Durham Beautiful

About the City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program

The City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program affirms Durham’s rich cultural and arts community is a part of what makes Durham neighborhoods thrive, attracts tourism, catalyzes business development, and brings residents together. The Program seeks to bring cultural and public art opportunities into the everyday experience of Durham residents through delivery of culturally relevant programming. Under the Arts, Culture, and Sustainable Communities Division within the General Services Department, the Program manages the City’s public art collection, festivals and special events funding, and two public advisory bodies: the Durham Cultural Advisory Board and the Public Art Committee. Residents and artists interested in art-related opportunities can sign up for alerts through the Calls for Art mailing list.