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July 15, 2016

Funding available for special events

The City’s Special Events Sponsorship Program is now accepting applications from non-profit organizations that would like funding support for hosting special events in the community.
Each year since 2002, the City Council has approved $30,000 in funding to be allocated to organizations that present quality special events in Chandler. Funding will be awarded to qualifying events that enhance the community through such areas as cultural and educational enrichment, diversity and heritage, community pride and economic vitality.
“The City Council understands the need for outstanding community events, but also the hard work and resources that go into producing quality festivals,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “These grants are one small way we can help the groups that work so hard to organize these events.”
Applications are now available online at and must be returned to the City’s Special Event Coordinator by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. A panel of six citizens who currently serve on City-appointed boards and commissions will review the applications. The panel recommendations will then be submitted to the Chandler Cultural Foundation for approval. Awards will be announced at the end of September.
Last year, 14 organizations received funding for events that included the Arizona Classic Jazz Festival, Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program, Ostrich Festival 5K Fun Run, Arizona Railway Day, and others.
For more information or to receive an application, call 480-782-2665 or go online to