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Notice of funding available for cultural and other special events—and how to apply

The City of Hayward is announcing the availability of funding to support the holding of cultural and other special events by local community groups and individuals during the upcoming 2023-2024 fiscal year starting July 1, 2023.

The announcement coincides with the introduction of new requirements for requesting and awarding of grant funding for Cultural and Special Events—which are defined by the City as events requiring use of City property not within the normal use of the property or which, by nature of the activity, may have an impact on City services, resources, neighborhoods, businesses or the community as a whole greater than would have occurred had the activity not taken place. Such Cultural and Special Events include but are not limited to parades, gatherings, arts and crafts shows, fairs, festivals, athletic events, car shows, and musical and other live performances.

The application process for requesting City grant funding of a Cultural and Special Event for the upcoming fiscal year begins next month with a mandatory meeting, called a Bidder’s Conference, which is scheduled to take place online on Zoom from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Applicants who cannot attend the Bidder’s Conference meeting should contact City staff beforehand for further instructions.

For information on how to join the Bidder’s Conference and additional information or assistance, go online here on the City of Hayward website, or contact Hayward Community Services Division staff members Jessica Lobedan at (510) 583-4201 or, or Carol Lee at (510) 583-5343 or

Applications for applying for Cultural and Special Events grant funding for the upcoming fiscal year will be available online on the City website here starting Nov. 1. The deadline for submitting an application is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Decisions on the award of Cultural and Special Events grants to applicants for the upcoming fiscal year will be made by the Hayward City Council in spring 2023 based on recommendations of the Community Services Commission.

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