Special Events Grant Program

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Special Events Grant Program & Review Committee

Every year the city allocates funds to help various public events that are offered throughout Grand Forks.  The Special Events program was developed to assist groups in providing support for events which:

  • Promote Grand Forks as an entertainment, recreation, and tourism center
  • Attract visitors from outside the community and region

PLEASE NOTE: Arts organizations are strongly encouraged to apply for arts funding through the North Valley Arts Council.

Special Events Review Committee

Membership:   The Review Committee is comprised of Ex-Officio members (based on their job positions) and includes council members and individuals from the community who have professional experience in holding and organizing events.   Members serve until ______.

Hal Gershman, Council member

Tyrone Grandstrand, Council Member

Bill Palmiscno, Park District

Julie Rygg, Convention and Visitors Bureau


Lance Johnson, Alerus Center

Vacant (Previously held by Chris Semrau), Ralph Englestad Arena

Matt Fischer, Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals


Yearly Funding Process

Applications and the allocation process for Special Event funding opens in the fall of the year prior to the program year.  (Ex: Applications & allocations are done in fall of 2014 for the 2015 program year). 

When applications are available, a copy will be made available on this page.  To be sent notifications and an application when they do become available, please contact Planning & Community Development at 746-2661 or by emailing Peggy Kurtz at pkurtz@grandforksgov.com.   


Grant Awardees:

Please review the Special Events Program Description as there are a few changes this year.  Most importantly:

Period of Eligibility (New this year):

Individual events will be eligible for funding for a maximum of five years (subject to continued Special Events Program funding by City Council).   New events as well as events that have previously received Special Events Program funding will begin their five-year period of eligibility starting with the 2014 program year.

Special Events Program Description

Special Events Request for Funds form (submit receipts/invoices/bank statements for double the amount)

Special Events Final Report form (10% of grant will be withheld until a final report is submitted)

Staff Contact:  Peggy Kurtz - 746-2661, pkurtz@grandforksgov.com