City Council Special Event Sponsorship

On August 4, 2015, the Santa Ana City Council adopted Resolution 2015-042: A Resolution of the City of Santa Ana Establishing a City Special Event Sponsorship Policy and Guidelines for Disbursement of Discretionary Funds. This policy outlines the approval of sponsorships of the City of Santa Ana and City programs and services by external entities. Each Council Member is able to appropriate up to $10,000 per fiscal year to support eligible organizations, such as non-profit entities and neighborhood associations.

Eligibility criteria

In considering whether to accept a proposal for consideration of co-sponsorship, the City takes into consideration the following non-exclusive criteria:

  • Whether the expenditure is normal and customary
  • The relationship and importance of the event to the City's mission
  • Whether and the extent to which the event furthers one or more of the City Council' s adopted focus areas
  • Whether and the extent to which the event will create financial or administrative burdens on the City, or require additional personnel
  • The extent and prominence of communications to the public regarding the event
  • Whether the sponsorship will establish, or will be perceived as establishing an inappropriate association
  • Whether the event is, or will be perceived to be politically oriented
  • Whether the event is, or will be perceived to be religiously oriented
  • Whether the event is, or will be perceived to be offensive to segments of the City's citizenry
  • The aesthetic characteristics of communications to the public regarding the event
  • Whether the person(s) or organization(s) affiliated with the event manufactures products, takes positions, or otherwise engages in activity that is inconsistent with local, State, or Federal law, or City policies, City mission, or Council's focus areas
  • Other factors that might undermine public confidence in the City's impartiality or interfere with the efficient delivery of City services or operations.
Consistent with the foregoing criteria, the following are ineligible for co-sponsorship:
  • Entities that promote the sale or consumption of tobacco products
  • Entities that promote the sale or consumption of illegal drugs
  • Entities that promote gambling
  • Entities that promote the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages, or that primarily sell alcoholic beverages such as bars, but not including restaurants
  • Sexually oriented businesses as defined in Chapter 41, Article XVII of the City Code, and entities that promote the sale or dissemination of erotic materials or services
  • Political parties or political advocacy groups
  • Inappropriate expenditures such as sporting events, alcohol or jewelry

What do I qualify for?

Direct Payment

  • Qualifying 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations are eligible for funds via a Direct Payment Voucher (DPV)
Credit for City Services
  • Neighborhood associations that are not 501(c)3 non-profit organizations are eligible to receive credit for City services, which covers:
    • The cost of the special events permit fee
    • Facilities and equipment owned by the City
    • City staff time, if required, including Police Department staff services
    • Liability insurance fee
    • Street barricades – standard rental fees and staff time charges associated with street barricades

How do I request sponsorship?

Complete a Donation Request Form and follow submission instructions on the form.

Contact information

Please allow 45 days for your donation request to be processed.