SunFest 365 serves the community year-round. The mission is to reach out to the community with projects that promote or enhance culture and the arts, youth education, assistance for other nonprofit organizations and the environment. Whether restoring housing for low-income families or providing college scholarship money to a musically gifted teen, SunFest is ready to give back.
As a nonprofit organization itself, SunFest’s financial goal is to break even each year. If any proceeds are realized, the money goes toward improvements for the following year’s festival, replenishment of any depleted rain funds and community outreach programs. Many of these programs are made possible through grants from the Florida Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture.
Each year, SunFest contributes complimentary tickets to area charities for distribution to individuals who otherwise would not be able to attend the festival. Since the inception of the Helping Neighbors program, SunFest has given away thousands of tickets to underserved populations. For questions email info at sunfest.com. Deadline to apply February 11, 2022 Apply for Tickets
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SunFest appreciates the opportunity to give back to our communities. When SunFest was canceled in 2020 and 2021, we had committed donation tickets to many well-deserving organizations. For the 2022 event, we will be honoring those carryover commitments. Both years’ commitments have exceeded our usual allotment for donations, so, unfortunately, we cannot fulfill new requests for the 2022 event at this time.
Over the past ten years, SunFest has helped local nonprofit organizations raise more than $800,000 for their causes. These groups recruit their own volunteers to operate beverage tents during the festival. We are currently not accepting applications for new groups at this time, but please check this page for updates.
Over the past ten years, SunFest has awarded $40,000 in college scholarships to high school seniors in the areas of visual arts, instrumental music and choral music. Through The Palm Beach Post’s Pathfinders Awards Program, the student receives $1,000 a year for four years.
For the SunFest Music Scholarship, the applicant must plan to major or minor in music, have an overall grade point average of 2.5, be nominated by their high school, submit a completed application package to The Palm Beach Post and participate in the Pathfinder interview process.
For more information, please contact:
Pathfinders of Palm Beach/Martin County Scholarship Fund
The Palm Beach Post
Community Relations Office
PO Box 24700
West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4700
As a community partner, SunFest has a tradition of opening the festival early on Friday to welcome over 200 children, all with special needs of varying degrees. Activities, gifts, music, food, and loving attention are offered to each child as they enjoy SunFest in their very own way. This program has continued to grow and has embraced thousands of special needs children since its inception.