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Port of San Diego Accepting Applications for Event Sponsorships for Fiscal Year 2021

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Presented by the Port of San Diego and supported through the Tidelands Activation Program, the annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights delights approximately 150,000 spectators with a dazzling display of lavishly-decorated vessels.

The Port of San Diego is now accepting applications for its Tidelands Activation Program (TAP) for fiscal year 2021 (FY21). Through sponsorships of regional and community events and activities, this program welcomes and connects residents and visitors to the dynamic San Diego Bay and surrounding waterfront and supports the Port’s mission of providing economic vitality and community benefit through a balanced approach to the maritime industry, tourism, water and land recreation, environmental stewardship and public safety.

FY21 TAP applications are available online and will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

TAP-sponsored events are conducted by various civic, non-profit, business and government organizations and include a variety of community and signature events that promote one or more of the Port’s mission areas and attract the public to the waterfront.  

To be eligible for FY21 sponsorships, events should take place on Port tidelands and occur between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. For moving events such as runs or walks, at least a portion of the event must occur on Port tidelands.

For the current fiscal year, the Port of San Diego is providing $430,200 in funding and $1,093,887 in the form of waived fees in support of 64 special events. The total amount of sponsorships and award amounts for FY21 will be determined during the upcoming TAP evaluation and budget approval process. 

All applications received by the January 8, 2020 deadline will be evaluated in early 2020 by Port of San Diego staff. Following that process, the applications will be evaluated by the TAP Advisory Committee, whose members include regional community leaders. In the spring of 2020, the Board of Port Commissioners will review the recommended sponsorship amounts for approval. TAP-sponsored events for FY21 will begin on July 1, 2020.

For more information on the Tidelands Activation Program and the FY21 application, please visit

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.

About Port of San Diego Experiences

Port of San Diego Experiences welcomes businesses, residents and visitors from across the globe to enjoy and prosper from our dynamic waterfront.

As a treasured destination, the Port provides unique opportunities to captivate visitors and ensure everyone is welcomed, connected and inspired by our beautiful waterfront.