Thornton City Council
Youth Event Funding Program

The Youth Event Program is a program established by City Council intended to assist youth (individuals and a group of youth) in the K-12 age range requesting a contribution to offset the cost of participating/competing in a youth event. Examples of events include: achievement events, competitions, or tournaments in the fields of academics, arts, sports, leadership, and the performance arts. Funding for this program is established through the annual budget process and is limited to $300.00 per individual request or $600.00 for a team/group. The special event(s) must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for funding.


  1. The request must be submitted in writing on the attached application provided by the City. A W9 is no longer required effective April 14, 2023. Please submit the required documents at least 30 DAYS prior to the event in order to allow sufficient time for City Council to consider the request, and if approved, submitted for disbursement. ANY REQUEST SUBMITTED LESS THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE EVENT MAY NOT BE ABLE TO BE SCHEDULED IN TIME (BEFORE CITY COUNCIL) TO MEET THE TIMELINE OF THE SPECIAL EVENT. The application must be submitted to the City of Thornton, City Manager’s Office, 9500 Civic Center Drive, Thornton, CO 80229 or
  2. The event must be: a) educational in nature and associated with a school program provided by a school located in the City; or b) a program sponsored by the City; or c) a program that promotes the City of Thornton on a regional or national level that will bring value to applicant(s) and the Thornton community as a whole.
  3. The applicant indicates how funding for this event benefits the Thornton community.
  4. The individual, or a majority of the group or organization making the request, must attend a school located in the City (public, private, or homeschooled); or participate in a program sponsored by the City; or be a City resident. A preference will be given to requests from applicants who reside in Thornton.
  5. The applicant shows what other resources have been applied for and what resources the applicant is personally providing.
  6. The individual or group making the request will provide written feedback of the event to the City Managers Office or provide a short verbal report at a Council meeting (under Citizen Participation) to the Thornton City Council. Please contact the City Manager’s Office to schedule the short verbal report.
  7. The event is not an ongoing program that is the financial responsibility of another government or jurisdiction.
This program is administered by the City Manager’s Office (CMO). The applications will be provided to Council for its consideration. A majority approval by Council (at a City Council meeting) is required to award funding.
Requests from Thornton area high schools for “After-Prom” events will be processed administratively by the CMO, up to $300 per event, and reported to Council. Requests may be submitted directly to the City of Thornton, City Manager’s Office, 9500 Civic Center Drive, Thornton, CO 80229 or
Uncashed checks will be cancelled 90 days from the date it was issued.

Instructions: This form is to be used if an individual or group of individuals requests funding for a youth event. The program is intended to assist individual students for up to $300 or a team/group up to $600. Once approved, a payment will be sent by Zelle or check directly to the individual who requested the funding. For the team/group request, the $600 will be divided equally and payments will be sent individually by Zelle or check to the members of the group.

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