It’s no coincidence that some of the biggest sales days for businesses in downtown Kent are on those days when special events are being held in downtown.
Whether it’s the wine and cheese festival, or the grand daddy of them all, the Heritage Festival, the more people that come downtown the more the cash registers ring in the downtown stores.
It’s that relationship that motivates City Council to continue to set aside funds in the City budget to support organizations that plan and operate special events in downtown Kent. That support takes the form of an annual cash contribution to Main Street Kent and in grants that are made available each year for organizations that host these events to be used to defray some of the hard costs, e.g., advertising, security, clean up, associated with the events.
Dan Smith, Kent Economic Director, has announced open season for these grants for 2011 and interested organizations have until May 20th to submit their grant request. There’s no strings attached; just host the event, record your costs, and then complete an event evaluation form to document its impact. The City takes care of the rest.
Here’s the details from Dan.
To download the grant eligibility and application forms, click here.