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‘Activate Downtown’ Grants Help Fund Public Activities

The purpose of the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s “Activate Downtown” Micro-Grant Program is to create unique, publicly accessible activations in the public spaces of Downtown Tampa. The proposed projects must enhance the downtown experience via the arts and/or social good. The micro-grant is intended to serve as a flexible source of funding for artists, organizations, small business owners, and/or other groups looking to create projects that typically would not have a traditional funding source.

What Can the Grant Funds Be Used For:

The project must be publicly accessible activations in the public realm or ground-level, publicly accessible, open space (i.e.; parks, plazas, sidewalk, etc.). The grant may be used for design services, labor, materials, and/or permitting fees related to projects that meet one or all of the following criteria:

  • Relation to the arts
  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Mission/purpose
  • Relation to Downtown Tampa
  • Accessibility
  • Playfulness
  • Environmental Impact


Event must take place within the Special Services District (click map)

2019 APPLICATION: Please download the 2019 Activate Downtown Micro-Grant Program here.

MORE INFO: See the webpage. Or, if you have any questions, please contact Ashly Anderson at or call 813.221.3686

*Activation: the act of enhancing the public realm through sensory experiences (ie: art, color, sound, food, play)

See what past recipients have done with their Activation Grant to improve Tampa’s Downtown:



The Tampa Downtown Partnership serves as the steward of Downtown Tampa, cultivating public and private partnerships, and encouraging Downtown’s physical and economic development. As a proactive leadership organization, the Tampa Downtown Partnership acts as an advocate for the Downtown community.