2023 Small Event Grant

Program Overview

Hamilton County included funding in the 2023 general fund budget to promote economic development in first ring suburban communities through the support of smaller, community-focused events in Hamilton County. Grants capped at $25,000 will be awarded to cities, villages, and/or townships. See program details below:

 Launch on Monday, March 6th, 2023

 Close on Friday, March 31st at 5:00 pm

Application Period is Now Closed

Event Eligibility Requirements

  • The event must occur in 2023.
  • The event must be a special event scheduled for one day or multiple days over a defined period of time. Routine events occurring throughout Hamilton County are not eligible for funding.
  • The event must be open to the public. The event may be free or charge admission.
  • The event must be held at an accessible location within Hamilton County.
  • The event must be able to obtain all required permits and approvals.
  • The event must create an economic impact for a location, local vendors, and/or local businesses that can be supported with documentation or credible testimony.

Eligible Applicants

  • Cities, villages, and townships outside of the City of Cincinnati but within Hamilton County.
  • Nongovernmental organizations that host events can also apply but will be required to provide a letter of support from the local government that the event is located within.

Eligible Expenses

  • Equipment rentals
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Entertainment and performers
  • Permits and licenses
  • Security and general liability insurance
  • All expenses must pertain to Hamilton County (i.e. rental equipment must be utilized in Hamilton County, entertainment must perform/be displayed in Hamilton County)

Selection Criteria

Selection of applications to recommend for funding will be primarily based on the following criteria:

  • Economic impact the event will create for Hamilton County through spending by attendees and other factors. Figures and projections should be supported with credible and detailed documentation when possible.
  • Demonstration of financial need, explaining how County funding will secure and/or increase the desired economic impact of the event.
  • Extent to which the event complements Hamilton County policy priorities, programs, and assets.

Contact Marc Von Allmen at [email protected] or (513) 946-4415 with any questions.