Downtown Partnership Open to Submissions for Projects that Enhance the Downtown Experience


Tampa is a city that can be enjoyed on a dime. Free outdoor gym equipment is planted along the near 5 mile stretch of Bayshore Boulevard.

A new chess/dominoes table can be found in the heart of Ybor City. Lykes Gaslight Square Park is ornamented with ping pong tables courtesy of The Urban Conga.

Ballast Point Park, Water Works Park, and Perry Harvey Sr. Park and Curtis Hixon Park feature splash pads and large fountains for kids to cool off in the summer.

Free, accessible fun in the Special Services District

Tampa’s Downtown Partnership wants to see more of that. The organization recently opened up submissions for their Public Space Activation Program. The purpose of the grant is to create unique, accessible activations in the public realm. Proposed projects must enhance the downtown experience through the arts and/or social good.

The grant may be used for design, labor, materials, and/or permitting fees related to projects that meet one or all of the following criteria:

  • Relation to the arts
  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Mission/purpose
  • Relation to Downtown Tampa
  • Accessibility
  • Playfulness
  • Environmental Impact

Projects can receive up to $2,500 

Projects must be installed within the Special Services District downtown. Grants are administered on a reimbursement basis.

The funds will be provided to the organization upon presentation of receipts to the Tampa Downtown Partnership. The maximum amount an activation project can receive, based on review and approval by a subcommittee appointed by the Special Services District Advisory Committee, is $2,500.

You can find the full application, along with official rules and restrictions for proposals online.

Written by Andrew Harlan

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