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Event Grants

Activating the Medical District

EVENT GRANT PROGRAM

The Event Grant application for spring/summer 2019 has closed. We will re-open the application for fall/winter 2019 event grants in mid-August. In the meantime, please read more on the types of grants we offer below:

Place-Based Activation: events aimed at activating specific places within the Medical District. Include:

  • Parks & Greenspace (i.e. Edge Triangle, Health Sciences Park, Linden Park, Morris Park)

  • Plazas (i.e. Marshall and Monroe Plaza)

  • Public Spaces (i.e. Treedom)

  • Campuses (Medical District Institutions)

Business Promotion: events aimed at promoting new or existing businesses within the District. Includes:

  • Grand Opening Celebrations

  • Holiday Markets

  • Creative Marketing Events Supporting the District


Featured Event Grant Highlights

Business Promotion

High Cotton Brewing Co. – Oktoberfest Memphis 2018

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In the fall of 2018, High Cotton Brewing Co., located in the Edge Neighborhood of the Medical District, hosted Oktoberfest Memphis for the fifth time since opening in the District. This unique festival, free to the public, included traditional Bavarian food, beer, and live entertainment in the spirit of the German tradition. The brewery partnered with local musicians and restaurants and the event drew in a crowd of over 500 people to the neighborhood.


Place-Based Activation

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital – Le Bonheur’s Community Easter Party

Each year, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital celebrates the arrival of spring and invites current and past patients to return to the hospital for an Easter celebration on the hospital’s front lawn. In addition to patients, the hospital also invites the children in the Medical District community and the family of its staff members. This event includes a helicopter drop of the Easter Bunny on the front lawn and features an egg hunt, face painting, crafts, a petting zoo, live entertainment, and refreshments. Over 1,000 community members attended this event in 2018.


Neighborhood

100 Plates – Uptown Community Association

The 100 Plates event offers community members of the Uptown neighborhood the opportunity to share a meal together and express gratitude for their neighborhood and fellow community members. The 2018 100 Plates event included food from neighborhood restaurants, live entertainment, and 75 community members who gathered together to celebrate the neighborhood’s diversity and unity.