Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

City Sponsorship Requirements, Eligibility & Conditions

The applicant for sponsorship of funds or in-kind services for special events, community projects or programs must meet all of the following requirements, eligibility criteria, and conditions:

  1. The applicant must be a registered nonprofit corporation or 501(c)3 organization with tax-exempt status.
  2. The special event, community project or program supports the aforementioned goals and objectives.
  3. Funds are not to be used for operational costs.
  4. Sponsorship 1st request is to be no more than 50% of program/event budget. Sponsorship 2nd request is to be no more than 35% of program/event budget. Sponsorship 3rd request is to be no more than 20% of program/event budget.
  5. Event and promotion must take place within the City of Riverside limits. Some limited exceptions will be made. Reason(s) for not holding the proposed event or promotion in the City of Riverside must be stated on the application. Exemption from this requirement will be provided on a case-by-case basis and will favor activity promoting the City of Riverside as a desirable place to live, visit and do business in.
  6. The recipient of sponsorship funds or in-kind services shall provide the City and/or Departments(as applicable) recognition as a sponsor in exchange for the funds or in-kind services in a method consistent with other sponsors. In no event shall the recognition for the department's funds or in-kind services be less than that provided to other sponsors who have contributed the same total financial or in-kind support.
  7. The nonprofit corporation must be ready, willing and able to enter a contractual agreement for sponsorship with the City and provide a certificate of liability insurance or proof of self-insurance, if applicable.
  8. The nonprofit corporation must comply with the City's Special Events Ordinance (Municipal Code, Chapter 2.28), if applicable, wherein standards and procedures for the issuance of special event permits are set forth.
  9. The purpose of the special event, community project, or program is not organized around political or religious themes, but serves as a benefit to the City of Riverside community as a whole.
  10. The nonprofit corporation will not discriminate on the grounds of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition including the medical condition of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or any condition related thereto, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation. Further, the organization must agree to conform to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  11. All the requirements under this program have been followed.
If you have questions, please contact Cynthia Wright
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General Information
Community & Economic Development Department
Arts & Cultural Affair
3900 Main Street, 5th Floor
Riverside, CA 92522

Phone: (951) 826-2427

Fax: (951) 826-5981

Special Event Permits & Film Permits:
(951) 826-2427

Mon - Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm
Closed on Weekends and Major Holidays
Mission Statement
To champion and advance Riverside as the City of Arts and Culture in the broadest economic and social context possible.
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