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FY22 Event Support

(OCTOBER 1, 2021-SEPTEMBER 30, 2022)

While we continue to take all precautions to protect public health during the ongoing pandemic, DC is open! Events play an important role of making DC a wonderful place to live and visit, and provide economic impact to local businesses and entrepreneurs. As such, they are a critical part of our economic recovery. In FY22, Mayor Bowser will provide various new resources to support events that benefit DC communities. See below for an overview of programs and initiatives. Information about forthcoming programs will be posted here as it becomes available.

Special Event Fee Relief Fund
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development

Mayor Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) launched the Special Event Fee Relief Fund, a $3 million investment to support events that celebrate the culture of the District of Columbia and support local communities. The Special Event Fee Relief Fund allows organizers of festivals and events to apply for financial assistance to cover up to 100% of fees incurred by the event from the following agencies:

  • Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA)
  • Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)
  • Department of Health (DOH)
  • Department of Public Works (DPW)
  • Department of Transportation (DDOT)
  • Fire and EMS Department (FEMS)
  • Metropolitan Police Department (MPD)

Encore Project
Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, & Entertainment

The Encore Project will support our creative community, specifically supporting DC event producers and organizers by getting them back to work doing what they do best, hiring DC talent and creating events and activities that contribute to the vibrancy of our great city. The Encore Project will subsidize event production costs at venues covering each quadrant of the city, giving event organizers the opportunity to apply to produce outdoor events with reduced costs.

More information will be shared about how to apply for this program in January 2022.

Streets for People
Office of Planning

Streets for People will provide grants to Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) to activate public spaces in the Central Washington area. The program aims to catalyze economic recovery and support local businesses by attracting workers, residents, and visitors to a vibrant area of activated blocks, sidewalks, streets, and parks.

More information will be shared about this program in Fall 2021.

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