Back for the second year, Downtown Inc is excited to announce the application period is now open for the Welcoming Community Grants program.

Between now and Monday, May 24th, individuals or organizations must apply online through the Cultural Alliance grant portal.


In order to be the most inclusive and fund more events, we have extended the Welcoming Communities Grant Application deadlines. Please see below for the new dates and deadlines.

New grant deadline– May 24 at 5pm

Evaluations- May  24-28

Funding decision announced on the May 31

Grants disbursed on Tuesday– June 8

The goal of the Welcoming Community Grants grant program is to identify and provide financial support to sustainable community events that contribute to creating a welcoming and connected community for all in York City – through diversity, accessibility and cultural representation.

Event Styles for Consideration: Community-wide activities like large-scale festivals and live arts that bring different kinds of people together to share experiences and foster broader connection and understanding (of music, culture, history, language, etc.) Art-making and learning activities for adults and children that provide opportunities for hands-on or in-person growth and learning. Arts/music/culture/music/history/theatre experiences that provide accessibility to residents of various socio-economics and encourage community building and community connections in York City.

Applicants are not required to be a 501(c)3. Well established events or new programs and events are eligible, as long as they are held in York City. Events must be open to the public at no cost. Applicants are limited to one grant award per funding year (calendar year).

The deadline to submit applications is Monday, May 24 at 5pm ET. Applicants will be notified of funding decision on Monday, May 31. Grants will be disbursed on Tuesday, June 8.

Welcoming Community Grants program is administered by Downtown Inc and is made possible through Better York and the financial support of Better York, Powder Mill Foundation, the York County Community Foundation, and in partnership with the Cultural Alliance of York County. Grant amounts up to $2,500 will be considered. A total of $15,000 in grant funds will be allocated in 2021.

Additional questions can be directed to (717) 968-4307 or email