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Nightlife Economy Call for Proposals

Posted By on Apr 28, 2014

The city’s Economic Development Division has released a call for proposals for the $5,000 that was made available by the City Council in February.

There has been bit of fussing, via the speculation that the city thinks it can “fix nightlife” with $5,000. I’d just like to add a resounding “that’s not the case” to this discussion. The city is committed to convening a task force to come up with long-term recommendations. I’ve been told that this process and the resulting recommendations are a top priority for the new administration.

What the $5,000 is designed to do is to catalyze involvement from the public sector by funding some small, low-hanging-fruit type projects. So if you’ve always wanted to get involved but couldn’t quite find the incentive, consider this your incentive. Write a proposal–it’s a simple process–and get some cash to get going.

Proposals are due by 5:00 pm on May 12.  An information session will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Market Station in the Railyard at the second floor City offices from 10 a.m. to noon.

The full press release is below the jump.


Contacts: Ross Chaney; Economic Development Specialist; 505-955-6607;

Jodi McGinnis Porter; Public Information/Multi-Media Administrator; 505-955-6045;


Nighttime Economy Proposals Wanted

SANTA FE, NM — The City of Santa Fe’s Economic Development Division is seeking community proposals for projects to enhance our nighttime economy. A total of $5,000 will be awarded to the portfolio of selected projects.

City Council resolution #2014-16 identifies issues and seeks potential solutions for improving the nighttime economy in Santa Fe. The purpose of the funding is to activate pilot projects to invigorate the nighttime economy and provide information on some of the systemic issues impacting nightlife.  These projects are an opportunity to learn by doing, and should provide information on some aspect of the nighttime economy for longer term efforts. (All grants awarded are not to exceed $5,000 in total – e.g. five projects at $1,000 each or ten projects at $500 each or two projects at $1,500 each and one at $2,000)

“We need to develop a vibrant nighttime economy that will encourage young people to live, work, play and stay in our community,” said Mayor Javier Gonzales. “I look forward to seeing what these proposals can do to get things started.”

An information session will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Market Station in the Railyard at the second floor City offices from 10 a.m. to noon.

Completed Proposals: Should be 1-3 pages or 1000 words maximum and include the following :

  • Contact information;
  • Project overview including proposed project title and timeline;
  • Goal of what you expect to demonstrate or reveal about the creative nighttime economy;
  • Funding request with amount and exact use of the scholarship;
  • Total project budget with amount being leveraged; e.g. in-kind contribution;
  • Other key details, team members and/or partners supporting the project.

Email completed proposals to Ross Chaney at by 5:00 p.m. on May 12, 2014.

Each selected project will be reviewed by City Attorneys’ Office to determine the liability concerns and issues for the City of Santa Fe on any of the recommended actions or resources to be used. The City of Santa Fe cannot purchase or subsidize alcohol purchases of any kind. The City of Santa Fe’s Economic Development Review Committee (EDRC) shall be the selection committee for the proposed projects.


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