Special Event Funding Program

The City is committed to supporting special events that strengthen community vitality and foster, healthy, enriched lifestyles. Our short short-term grant program aids non-profit organizations in producing special events that enhance Chandler’s neighborhoods in the following ways:

  • Providing cultural and educational enrichment
  • Celebrating our unique diversity, history, and heritage
  • Enhancing pride and a sense of community
  • Promoting a positive image of the City
  • Endorsing economic vitality

2021-2022 Application Schedule

  • Application Available July 7
  • Application Deadline August 19 at 5 p.m.
  • Award Notifications Week of September 27


Chandler’s Special Event Funding Program grant helps non-profit organizations celebrate the many unique that make Chandler a premiere community. The program is intended to help organizations immediately activate special events and jump-start long-term progress as events become established.

Since the grant’s inception in 2002, City Council has awarded $30,000 annually to events hosted in Chandler.

We receive many requests for financial sponsorships. While supportive in spirit of all approaches, we are limited in providing financial support to events we view as most closely aligned with our core mission.



The program is open only to 501(C)(3) non-profit organizations and events must:

  • Take place in Chandler
  • Occur between October 1, 2021, and September 30, 2022
  • Align with the grant’s mission to enhance the Chandler community


Grant Amounts and Event Parameters

Grants can range from several hundred dollars to several thousand. An organization can receive no more than $5,000 or only eligible for 50 percent of the eligible event costs.


Grant Selection Process

Recipients will be selected by a six-member panel, comprised of citizens from City-appointed boards and commissions. The selection committee judges events on the degree to which their impact meets all other selection criteria and provides recommendations to the Chandler Cultural Foundation, which issues final approval. Awards are announced at the end of September.


Application Process

Applicants are encouraged to review the Special Events Funding Program Information Book prior to submitting their application.

The following items must be completed:

Attach the requested items listed in the Special Events Funding Program Information Book.

All items must be returned via mail or in-person by the deadline.


Attention: Special Events Coordinator

PO Box 4008

MS 498

Chandler, AZ 85244

Hand Deliver

Attention: Special Events Coordinator

City Hall, Lobby Reception Desk

175 S. Arizona Ave.

Chandler, AZ 85225