DLBA Launches Program to Provide Grants for Downtown Events

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dlbaThe Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) launches a sponsorship program designed to provide financial support for Downtown events, announced DLBA President and CEO Kraig Kojian Tuesday.

In addition to the 10-plus events that the DLBA produces each year, the DLBA’s Marketing and Special Events Task Force (MSETF) recognizes the importance of supporting other events that contribute to a lively and exciting Downtown. The DLBA and its MSETF is making $15,000 available to support this event sponsorship program with a maximum of $2,500 awarded for an approved proposal during the DLBA’s 2012-2013 fiscal year. Additionally, the DLBA will sponsor the upcoming Zombie Walk, an event that boasts an attendance of over 12,000. 

“We’re proud to provide sponsorships to the various special events, and support the organizer’s efforts to create a thriving Downtown,” said DLBA Board Member and Chair of the MSETF Michelle Manire. “We recognize the importance of showcasing the unique character of Downtown’s many attractions and authentic neighborhoods, and look forward to contributing additional support to events that enhance our Downtown.”

All interested organizations should review the funding guidelines, application, and quarterly submission deadlines posted online at www.downtownlongbeach.org. Submissions must be endorsed by a Downtown stakeholder (business or commercial property owner).

Applications are currently being accepted for events that take place between November 2012 and January 2013. All applications for this time frame must be submitted to the DLBA office via fax at (562) 437-7850 or email at ginad@dlba.org, by October 1, 2012. The next event period is February 2013 to May 2013, and those applications must be submitted by January 2, 2013. Sponsorships will be awarded after careful consideration by the MSETF.

All events must comply with funding guidelines and be performed within the business improvement district boundaries, which are from the waterfront to the south, 10th Street to the north, 710 freeway to the west and Alamitos Avenue to the east.

About DLBA: The Downtown Long Beach Associates is a non-profit organization operating on behalf of the property owners and tenants of the Business Improvement District. It is dedicated to the management, marketing, security, maintenance, advocacy, and economic and community development of the assessment districts in cooperation with the City of Long Beach and the private sector.  For additional information, please log on to www.downtownlongbeach.org.

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