Grant funds are not currently available for this program.
Large scale events draw residents and visitors into our Downtown, creating a vibrant and dynamic urban experience while stimulating activity and economic growth. The FDP will help to fill funding gaps that will give qualified local attractions, theaters, arenas, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and promoters the capital to bring events that might not otherwise be financially feasible.
The Fund for Downtown Programming (FDP) is one of the 2016 Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects included in the City of Jamestown’s Strategic Investment Plan. The project was selected for funding in the amount of $600,000 and will be administered through Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) and the Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) of New York State.
The FDP will fund and execute all-season programming to attract a diverse group of both local and regional audiences to the Downtown DRI target area and Greater Jamestown Riverwalk through a fund that will coordinate and supplement current programming efforts by being able to produce events that can attract a higher level of talent and name recognition that can draw large audiences, that wouldn’t otherwise be financially feasible for the market and venue capacity. The FDP can also especially encourage an influx of patrons to downtown businesses to specifically capture the increased population that lives and visits Chautauqua County during the summer months from homeowners and rentals surrounding Lake Chautauqua as well as Chautauqua Institution visitors with large scale festivals and entertainment on the Riverwalk, Comedy Center Park, and the proposed Jamestown Piazza at the National Comedy Center. Increased financial resources will improve coordination and supplement efforts currently undertaken by individual cultural attractions and local foundations.
The FDP will provide flexible funding mechanisms that can be in the form of a reimbursable grant, loan, or a combination thereof to qualified local attractions, theaters, arenas, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and promoters that have the ability, capacity, experience, and resources to promote performance related events and festivals that will bring large number of individuals into Downtown Jamestown that will in-turn stimulate increased economic activity and development.
The FDP aligns with the DRI strategy to support secondary activities to extend and enrich the Downtown stay, and the WNY REDC strategies to invest in tourism industries. Additional programming along with enhanced marketing and fundraising efforts will support the creation of a more vibrant Downtown Jamestown while contributing to a strengthened and cohesive Downtown that will build upon established attractions and venues to generate increased visitation and hotel stays in Downtown Jamestown.