SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Dec. 29, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah Pride Festival, the Utah Arts Festival, Craft Lake City and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Festival are among the recipients of an award given by the city to help fund public events.
On Tuesday, Mayor Ralph Becker announced the award recipients of the 2016 Signature Event Fund. The Signature Event Fund, established by Mayor Becker and the Salt Lake City Council, is intended to financially support public events, both large and small, that provide significant economic and cultural contributions to Salt Lake City.
“One of the unique aspects of living in Salt Lake City is the wide variety of community events that take place throughout the year,” Becker said. “Special events help define the upbeat, diverse character of Salt Lake City.”
This year, the City allocated $170,000 to fund a broad range of community events. More than 90 event organizers applied for Signature Event funding, and more than 40 events received financial support in the amounts ranging from $500 to $15,000.
“This fund allows us to support new events that we hope to see become a tradition in Salt Lake City,” Becker said. “It is also a way to help sustain long running, popular events that have literally become part of Salt Lake City’s DNA.”
Some of the bigger events include the Utah Pride Festival, the Utah Arts Festival, Craft Lake City Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Festival, the 4th Annual Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month and many more. A few first-time events include the Foodtrepreneur Festival, HollowFest, a Women’s Day Celebration, EXODUS, and several others.
Awardees were recommended by a panel of Salt Lake City representatives. Factors considered include public and community benefit, economic impact, cultural and civic contribution and financial need.
The Signature Event Fund applications for the 2017 event year will be available in mid-fall of 2016. For more information about the Signature Event Fund, visit www.slcgov.com/signatureeventsfund.