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Downtown Inc Announces Welcoming Communities Grant Program

Feb 5, 2024 | Blog, Uncategorized

Back for the fifth year, Downtown Inc and the Cultural Alliance of York County are excited to announce the application period is now open for the Welcoming Communities York City Grants program. 

Downtown York- The Welcoming Communities Grant program is administered by Downtown Inc and is made possible through the financial support of Better York, The Powder Mill Foundation, the York County Community Foundation, and in partnership with the Cultural Alliance of York County. The goal of the grant program is to identify and provide financial support to sustainable community events that contribute to creating a welcoming and connected community for all in York City – through diversity, accessibility, and cultural representation. Grant amounts up to $2,000 will be considered, and the average grant amount is $1,500 or less. A total of $15,000 in grant funds will be allocated in 2024 for events taking place from May 1, 2024-May 1, 2025 in the City of York.

Grant Schedule:

  • Letter of Interest portal opens Monday, February 5, 2024.
  • Deadline to submit Letter of Interest is Monday, February 26, 2024 at 5pm ET.
  • Selected applicants will be invited to fill out a Full Application by Monday, March 4, 2024.
  • Full applications are due Monday, March 25, 2024.
  • Applicants will be notified of funding decision and grants will begin disbursement on Friday, April 19, 2024 (pending completion of grantee paperwork).
  • Note: In the interest of treating all applicants fairly, Better York will not entertain requests for funding events or programs outside of the annual application period.


  • Individuals or organizations may apply. Applicants are not required to be a 501(c)3.
  • New programs and events, as well as established events are eligible.
  • Events must be held in York City between May 1, 2024 and May 1, 2025.
  • Events must be open to the public at no cost.

Application Details:

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