OCA  City of San Jose, Office of Cultural Affairs

Festival, Parade and Celebration Grants

Through the Office of Cultural Affairs, the City of San José offers several programs of financial support to ensure a continuing and rich variety of cultural opportunities for its residents as well as visitors to the city.

Festival, Parade and Celebration (FPC) Grants offer financial support for San José community festivals, parades and celebrations that are held for the economic enhancement, cultural enrichment and/or promotion of the City of San José. Arts Grants encourage the production and presentation of music, theater, literary arts and media arts.

The minimum FPC grant award will be $2,500, if a grant is awarded. The grant award to any event being held for the first time is limited to $5,000. The grant award may not exceed 50% of the total event expenditure budget.

FPC grants do not support the following:

  • The City will not grant funds for a religious purpose, including for the promotion of any sect, church, creed or sectarian organization, nor to conduct any religious service or ceremony, nor for the inhibition or promotion of religion, nor to convey a religious message.

  • The City will not grant funds for political advocacy efforts for or against a political candidate, ballot measure or bill.

  • Events that are conducted solely or primarily as fund-raisers will not be eligible for funding.

IMPORTANT: The FPC Grant Application is now available on WebGrants.

WebGrants is the City’s one-stop online portal for grant opportunities offered throughout the City. All applicants will access, complete and submit electronic applications using the WebGrants portal: http://grants.sanjoseca.gov/index.do.

IMPORTANT: Grant Guidelines for the FY2014-15 Funding Cycle are now available:

NOTE: OPTIONAL supporting materials may be submitted either by soft copy attachments as part of the online application OR hard copy may still be submitted in the traditional way (i.e., multiple copies mailed or delivered by the deadline date)PLEASE READ FPC GUIDELINES FOR DETAILS.

Applicants are encouraged to attend either of the following Pre-Application Grant Workshops:

  • Weds., Nov. 13, 2013 from noon to 1:00 pm (Green Event Grants info session from 1:00 to 2:00 pm)
    San Jose City Hall, Room T-550 (Tower)
  • Thurs., Dec. 5, 2013 from 5:30 to 6:30pm (Green Event Grants info session from 6:30 to 7:30pm)
    San Jose City Hall, Room T-550 (Tower)

To access Final Report forms for the current year, click here.
Click on the link below to view the FY 2012-13 FPC Grant Awards: