As the Creative Capital with a thriving arts community, diverse neighborhoods, outstanding hotels, a renowned restaurant scene and so many things to do, Providence is the perfect place to host or produce your next event. Please review the grant funding guidelines, timeline and application for potential support. Grant proposals should demonstrate the ability to draw visitors into the Capital city, have an economic impact, benefit for residents and generate awareness and marketing exposure for the City.


Objectives of The Providence Tourism Grants are threefold:

  1. To promote the City of Providence as a year-round travel destination.
  2. To increase the awareness of programs and events in the City of Providence to
  3. To expand the opportunities for events to draw visitors for the purpose of


Proposal Categories

  • Events, programs and/or festivals with a broad-based recurring audience.
  • Cultural events, conferences and/or festivals targeted to a key niche market.
  • Exhibits with wide appeal that creates interest to visitors from outside the city.

The PTC encourages collaborations and partnerships to create new events and exhibits

and to expand existing ones with a proven and successful history.


General Eligibility Requirements for Grants

  1. A project may consist of one or more specific events or activities; it may be a part
  2. A project does not have to be new. Proven/existing projects may also apply.
  3. Projects do not need to be large in scope. The PTC welcomes small projects that


We Do Not Fund

  • Costs for the creation of new agency/organizations, except for direct program
  • Grants to individuals.
  • Construction, purchase or renovation of facilities.
  • Cash reserves, endowments, capitol campaigns and annual funds.
  • Sub-granting or re-granting except for state event agencies, regional event
  • Professional training in degree-granting institutions.
  • Work toward academic degrees.
  • Publication of books or exhibition of works


Review Process

Grants will be reviewed five times a year. It is important that each organization submit

their applications prior to the grant funding cycle deadlines and consider the timing of

your event for the proper marketing needed for your event:

  • February 1
  • April 1
  • June 1
  • September 1
  • November 1

The PTC will respond to applicants within a 45-day period following the application

deadline. In submitting by one of these dates, please consider the timing of your event

and the PTC’s review process.


Projects will be based on the following criteria:

  • Project Description
  • Marketing/Advertising Plan
  • Evaluation Methods
  • Budget – Revenue and expenses
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Projected Impact on Tourism


Grant Reports:

Please note, all follow up grant reports are due 90 days from the completion of your event and program. Grant reports are to be submitted online at Please complete the report based on the funding cycle date.



Please note, incomplete proposals or those received after the deadlines, will not be considered.