The Arts, Culture, and Events Fund (previously Signature Events Fund) is a funding opportunity administered by the Mayor’s Office to promote and support neighborhood and community events in Salt Lake City. Since its inception in 2012, approximately $170,000 per year has been awarded to help establish and grow unique events throughout the city.

Events supported by ACE help support the city’s goals and vision, including:

Supporting city-wide economic development,
Bringing arts, education, and technology opportunities to all communities,
Promoting diversity, inclusion, and cultural identity,
Protecting the local environment and building a sustainable city,
Creating neighborhood and community unity,
Supporting the health and wellness of city resident

With awards ranging from $100 to $15,000, both large and small events are encouraged to apply!

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • Event is held within Salt Lake City limits
  • Open to the public (events may charge admission)
  • Organizer/event/applicants in good financial standing with Salt Lake City Corporation and past vendors
  • Organizer/event/applicants in good community standing (no history of complaints, etc.)
  • Event is primarily focused on programming which supports the city’s goals and vision (see above); fundraising events not eligible

Click for details on who is not eligible for ACE Funding

Funding Opportunities

ACE funding is broken into three tiers:

$2,000.01 - $5,000

Who Should Apply

Events with an established presence in the community. Tier 2 events should have a sustainable funding model, including multiple sources or revenue/sponsorship.


$100 - $2,000

Who Should Apply

Small community based events that are seeking financial assistance to help defray the cost of basic operation, including permitting and other city fees. 

First time events. (Note: First time events are only eligible for Tier 3 funding)

$5,000.01 - $15,000

Who Should Apply

Large scale events with a significant footprint in the city, including a tangible economic development impact. Tier 1 events should have multiple sources of revenue, including multiple sponsors, and a manageable budget.

Tier 1 events will be asked to submit a thorough application, as well as participate in an interview process. 

Application Process

The ACE Fund Application is now closed for the 2017 event period.

Click Here to view the Awardees list for the 2017 event period.

Applications for 2017 events will be accepted from September 1, 2016 - October 31, 2016. Results will be announced in February 2017.

Applicants are STRONGLY encourage to read the ACE Fund Guidelines and Eligibility prior to beginning application.

Click Here to Download ACE Fund Guidelines (PDF)

Click Here to Download ACE Fund Orientation (PDF)

If you received funding from the Signature Event Fund in 2016, please complete the post event evaluation form prior to applying for 2017 funding through ACE.


For questions or more information, please contact:

Tina Heidorn, ACE Fund Coordinator - 801-535-6244 or


2016/2017 ACE Fund Selection Committee

Tina Heidorn, Mayor’s Office
Simone Butler, Mayor’s Office
Matthew Rojas, Mayor’s Office
Moana Ulave-Hafoka, Community Empowerment
Fatima Dirie, Office of Diversity and Human Rights
Galina Urry, Community and Neighborhoods
Annie Davis, Economic Development
Kelsey Ellis, Arts Council
Ryen Schlegel, Special Events