2024 Community-Based Event Grant

Program Overview

Hamilton County included funding in the 2024 general fund budget to promote economic development in first ring suburban communities through the support of smaller, community-based events in Hamilton County. Grants capped at $25,000 will be awarded to cities, villages, and/or townships.

 Launch on Wednesday, January 17th, 2024

 Close on Friday, February 16th, 2024 at 5:00 pm

Application Period is Now Closed

Event Eligibility Requirements

  • The event must occur in 2024.
  • The event must be a special event scheduled for one day or multiple days over a defined period of time. Routine events occurring throughout Hamilton County are not eligible for funding.
  • The event must be open to the public. The event may be free or charge admission.
  • The event must be held at an accessible location within Hamilton County.
  • The event must be able to obtain all required permits and approvals.
  • The event must create an economic impact for a location, local vendors, and/or local businesses that can be supported with documentation or credible testimony.
  • If approved, grant funding is made on a reimbursement basis and requires invoices and proof of payment by the applicant before reimbursement will be made.

Eligible Applicants

  • Cities, villages, and townships outside of the City of Cincinnati but within Hamilton County.

Funds can only be used for the following purposes

  • Equipment rentals
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Entertainment and performers
  • Permits and licenses
  • Security and general liability insurance
  • All expenses must pertain to Hamilton County (i.e. rental equipment must be utilized in Hamilton County, entertainment must perform/be displayed in Hamilton County)

Ineligible Expenses

The following expenses are ineligible for grant funding (list may not be inclusive):

  • Alcohol
  • Food and drink

Selection Criteria

Selection of applications to recommend for funding will be primarily based on the following criteria:

  • Economic impact the event will create for Hamilton County through spending by attendees and other factors. Figures and projections should be supported with credible and detailed documentation when possible.
  • Demonstration of financial need, explaining how County funding will secure and/or increase the desired economic impact of the event.
  • Proximity of event to local businesses or business district.