Downtown Inc offers a First Friday grant of $1,000 a month, to be shared by all selected businesses for the month. Grant requests are submitted on a quarterly basis (three months at a time). Funds may be used for activities, entertainment, refreshments, promotional giveaways, or other items that would enhance the overall First Friday experience for downtown visitors. Must be a business or organization located in the Central Business District to receive funds.

Grants are to be used to offset costs for activities that enhance the First Friday event. Priority is given to live music/entertainment, creative activities and community collaboration.

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • Friday June 14, 2019 – Third Quarter (July, August, September)

NEW FOR JULY 2019 ONLY: Grant Funding to Support Patriotic Window Display Contest

Downtown Inc, Eventive and the York Revolution have partnered to bring even more patriotic flair to Downtown York during July4York Presented by York Traditions Bank and First Friday Presented by WellSpan Health.


In addition to encouraging everyone to spend the holiday at PeoplesBank Park for July4York, we’d love to transform Downtown York into a sea of red, white and blue leading up to First Friday on July 5. So we’re encouraging downtown businesses to create front-facing window displays with an Independence Day theme. You can toss in a little “I Love York City,” too.

To help, we’re dedicating our July First Friday grant program to fund window displays. Please submit your ideas for patriotic window art, window decorations or window themes, plus your estimated costs. Please know that grant funding is limited, so we might not be able to fund every idea.

Whether you get creative, funny, witty, edgy, innovative or just simple, poignant and likable, how you decorate is up to you. We’re proud of our community and want to show that American/York pride to all who come to visit York and the downtown areas. Window displays with political messages will not receive grant funding.

The public will vote on their favorite displays from Friday, June 28, though, Wednesday, July 3. The top vote-getter will receive a Patriotic Prize Pack courtesy of the York Revolution and Downtown Inc, have their business featured during July4York at PeoplesBank Park and receive a shout out on the Downtown York PA Facebook page.

Key Deadlines

Friday, June 14: Deadline to apply for grant funding. Please find the application at the bottom of this page.

Monday, June 17: Downtown Inc announces approved grants.

Friday, June 28: Deadline to decorate your window.

Friday, June 28, through Wednesday, July 3: Window decorations up for public voting.

Thursday, July 4: Winning business announced at July4York at PeoplesBank Park.

August and September First Friday Grants

There will be no special theme for August and September First Friday grants. Please apply for those as you normally would.

If you have any questions, please email Downtown Inc Events Manager Mylea Thompson at

First Friday Grant Partnership with Brewery Products

Downtown Inc will now be directly working with Brewery Products to offer downtown businesses and merchants beer for their First Friday activities! Any downtown business or merchant may apply for a First Friday Grant to be used for beer (or any other beverage distributed by Brewery Products), and once the grant has been approved by Downtown Inc, a check will be sent directly to Brewery Products to cover the cost. To see an updated list of offerings and prices, please contact Vic Stambaugh:

Upon submission, Downtown Inc will select recipients for each month and notify recipients by email.

Grant Application

Business Address *
Business Address
Contact Name *
Contact Name
Please Note: July's First Friday grant funding will be used to support patriotic window displays throughout Downtown York. Please see the top of this page for more details.
Please provide a detailed description of your July4York window decoration idea.
If awarded less than requested, will you still be able to participate in First Friday? *
(please submit a separate request for each month)
If awarded less than requested, will you still be able to participate in First Friday?
(please submit a separate request for each month)
If awarded less than requested, will you still be able to participate in First Friday?