Get Down Memphis

Grant Offered for Fun, Creative, and/or Artistic Ideas in Downtown

Our Events and Activation Grants are a part of our effort to continue to fuel Downtown Memphis with the types of activities and engagements that make our neighborhoods more interesting, engaging and active for those who live, work, learn, and explore here. To make Downtown the most vibrant place it can be, Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) believes in empowering creative and energized people with inspired ideas by allocating resources and facilitation they need to bring their ideas to life.

DMC is seeking applications for Downtown Events, Animation, and Activation Grants to support events, art, creative placemaking, and social and professional engagement that celebrate the Memphis spirit and culture within Downtown. We are looking for projects that add vibrancy to our streets and public spaces, bring together diverse groups of people, add excitement and energy to the environment, and get people talking and thinking about our city in new ways.

Funding for selected projects will be allocated for projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Grant allocations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis until funding has been depleted. Applications are processed in the order they are received, rather than by date of activation. 

Click here to view the guidelines and application only.
Click here to fill out the online application (2018 form is closed, 2019 form will open soon)

List of 2017/2018 Grantees:

National Night Out - South End
ComnUnity II
BarDog Monroe Avenue Festival
New Memphis Expsosure
Indie Memphis Youth Film Festival
Creative Works
Perfect Harmony
American Planning Conference
Mid-South Firefighters 5K
St Jude Ride
Victorian Village - Adams Family Halloween
Big River Crossing Half Marathon & 5K
Wolf River Greenway Trail Opening
HFR Fashion Experience
National Arts Marketing Conference
Indie Memphis Film Festival
100 Plates Dinner
HarlemFashion Row 10th Anniversary 
Downtown Live!
Volunteer Odyssey
Young, Gifted & Dope
Lyfe is Dope
TedX - Memphis
Ameripolitan Awards
Greenbook Project
Wine for Wishes
South End Mardi Gras Bar Crawl
Grind City Athletics
Bacon and Bourbon 2018
Free Wheel
Music on Main
Pink Wig Music Festival
Visible in May
Great American River Run - Memphis in May