Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

City Sponsorship Program


The City of Riverside Sponsorship Program application for events scheduled from July 1 to December 31 are due on the last business day of January before 4:00 pm; applications for events scheduled from January 1 to June 30 of the following year are due on the last business day of July before 4:00 pm.

Please email completed application, agreement, and other attachments to
Post-Event Report
Sorry, late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

City Sponsorships 101 Workshop for Non-Profits are held approximately a month before the application deadline for each cycle. Please check the City’s Community Calendar for information on upcoming workshops or contact Cynthia Wright at 951-826-5769.

Arts & Cultural AffairsThe City recognizes that sponsorships play an important role in supporting our community, as well as promoting the tourism and economic development efforts of the City.

The granting of City funds or in-kind support is evaluated according to the effectiveness and impact the particular special event, community project or program has on the community-at-large. Special attention is paid to sponsorships that promote the attractiveness of the City as a place to visit and/or live, celebrate the heritage of the City and its environs, and/or enrich the character and quality of life of its residents and visitors.

The City Sponsorship Program provides local non-profit organizations with the opportunity to apply for City funds and/or in-kind services twice each fiscal year. The winter application process provides support for charitable, community events produced between July 1st and December 31st. The summer application process provides support for charitable, community events produced between January 1st and June 30th. The City Sponsorship Program is administered by the Arts & Cultural Affairs Division of the Development Department.

Goals & Objectives

  • Sponsorship of funds or in-kind services (including, but not limited to, contributions of staff, equipment or other services, booth participation, or promotional items) will be considered for special events, community projects or programs designed to accomplish one or more of the following goals and objectives with 51% of the participants from outside of the sponsoring organization:
  • Promote the City of Riverside as a desirable place to live, visit and do business.
  • Promote the City of Riverside as a visitor destination and/or bring tourism-associated revenue to the City.
  • Enhance the quality of life and well being of the residents.
  • Advance the City’s commitment to and pride in being an inclusive community.
  • Encourage the development of neighborhood identity and pride.
  • Promote cultural and artistic awareness.

If you have questions, please contact Cynthia Wright at (951) 826-5769
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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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