First Friday Grant Application
(2018 and Beyond)

Thanks to a sponsorship from WellSpan Health, Downtown Inc offers a First Friday grant of $1,000 a month, distributed among selected CBD businesses for the month.

Grant requests are now submitted on a rolling basis, but requests must be received two months in advance of the requested First Friday event. Funds may be used for activities, entertainment, refreshments, promotional giveaways, or other items that will enhance the overall First Friday experience for downtown visitors.

Grants are to be used to offset costs for activities that enhance the First Friday event. Funding will be considered in the order of requests received. Requests may receive less than total requested amount.


  • January First Friday --> Due November 5
  • February First Friday --> Due December 2
  • March First Friday --> Due January 2
  • April First Friday --> Due February 6
  • May First Friday --> Due March 4
  • June First Friday --> Due April 1
  • July First Friday --> Due May 6
  • August First Friday --> Due June 3
  • September First Friday --> Due July 7
  • October First Friday --> Due August 5
  • November First Friday --> Due September 2
  • December First Friday --> Due October 7



  • Grantees are required to make at least one social media post promoting their First Friday activity and thanking Downtown Inc (tagging @Downtown York PA) for sponsoring their activity.
  • All grantees must submit a Grant Report and receipts to Downtown Inc upon following the First Friday Activity. Reports and Receipts are due one month following the First Friday for which grant monies were received.
    • Deadlines: February 5, March 2, April 2, May 6, June 4, July 1, August 6, September 3, October 7, November 5, December 2, January 7. 
  • Failure to utilize grant funds as outlined in your application may result in disqualification from future grant opportunities.
  • Failure to submit Grant Report and receipts by deadline may result in disqualification from future grant opportunities.

First Friday Grant Application

Submit one application PER month.

Contact Name *
Contact Name
Contact Phone *
Contact Phone
For which month are you requesting funds? *
Note: ONE month per application
Income and Expenses
Itemize all expenses. Specify the expenses to which the grant award will be applied.


If you require a check to be written in advance of First Friday to cover performer costs, etc. please contact Jody Chesla ( upon receipt of your award confirmation.

Don't forget to submit your receipts or proof of payment/purchase by one month after your First Friday activity.

  • Scan and email to
  • You can also mail/bring in person to Downtown Inc offices at 2 East Market Street.