Event Grant Program

About the Event Grant Program

The City is encouraging businesses and organizations to submit event proposals that deliver vibrant events that engage the community and enhance the quality of life for its residents and community at large. 

This program is designed to be flexible in that it allows individuals, nonprofits, and businesses to apply, and is open to City owned locations or business locations. The program is intended to provide funding for a variety of events and cultural arts programs with the city matching up to 25% of allowable costs. 

The Grant Process


Applicants will complete and submit the four documents for the event grant application: Event Grant Application, Event Budget, IRS W-9 and City New Vendor Form. Send the complete forms to

Committee Review

The Event Grant Committee will meet weekly to review completed applications. Completed applications will receive notification within 10 business days of submitting their completed application.

Grant Award Letter

The Event Grant Committee will provide an award letter with the allowable expenses under categories outlined in the budget.


Submit your receipts to the City within 60-days of your event. The City will need these documents to prepare the check request. Once all receipts have been confirmed, the City will issue a check within ten business days.


We recommend applying at least 45-days in advance of your event, and if possible, allow your organization 90-days if possible to plan and advertise your event.


  1. Woody Worley

    Director of Parks and Recreation

Event Grant Application

Event Grant Application Documents 

Applicants will complete 4 documents for the event grant application.

1) Event Grant Application Word

2) Event Grant Budget Excel

3) IRS W-9 Form PDF

4) City New Vendor Form PDF

Please email the completed documents to parks@inverness.gov or mail to the Inverness Visitor Center, 212 W. Main Street, Inveress, Florida 34450.

Allowable Costs

  • City may fund up to 50% of expenses such as facility rental, entertainment and publicity. 

Program Funds Cannot Be Used For

  • Promotional or special events sponsored by the State of Florida, local governments or educational institutions
  • Promotional or special events inconsistent with the goals and objectives of the City
  • Events not open to the public, either for free or for a fee
  • Operating expenses of the hosting organization, including salaries or other compensation
  • Prize money
  • Purchase of tangible personal property
  • Interest payments or reduction of deficits or loans
  • Taxes
  • Food and drinks that will be consumed at the event (include in your budget to show expenses)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Rentals of equipment, tents, chairs, lights, facilities, etc. (in some circumstances this may be funded)
  • Travel expenses (in some circumstances this may be funded)
  • Entertainment (in some circumstances this may be funded)