In-Kind Services

In-Kind Services are only available to registered 501(c)(3) non-profits. 

In-Kind Services include, but are not limited to, contributions of staff, equipment or other services that are considered for special events, community projects or programs. The granting of city in-kind support is evaluated according to the effectiveness and impact that the particular special event, community project, or program has on the community-at-large. Special attention is paid to events that promote the attractiveness of the City of Gastonia as a place to visit and/or live, celebrate the heritage of the City and its surroundings, and/or enrich the character and quality of life of its citizens.

Please fill out the event application after contacting the event planner to ensure the date you are requesting is available. As a part of the application, all organizations requesting in-kind services must upload a Certificate of Insurance, proof of 501(c)(3), Articles of Incorporation, budget, and board member roster. The application needs to be received at least 90 days in advance of the event date in order to be considered for in-kind services. After the event application is received, the event planner will send you the $30 event application invoice. Once paid, the event planner will send your application to various department heads within the City to approve the event. Pending approval, the applicant will come to an In-Kind Services meeting to answer any questions that the departments may have regarding the event. Then, the applicant will need to attend the Center City Revitalization and Housing and Community Engagement Committee meeting, as well as the City Council meeting. After approval from each of these steps, then the event is officially confirmed. Any applicable invoices will be sent after Council approval.

On January 2, 2024, Gastonia City Council voted to change the in-kind service policy, effective January 1, 2025. The new policy will have applicants pay for their event permit application ($30) as is done now. However, applicants will have to pay for all staffing that departments deem necessary in the approval process. The in-kind service that applicants will receive will be any applicable facility fees. Those fees will be waived instead of staffing moving forward starting in 2025. The IKS application process will also be condensed. Applicants will fill out the application and pay the applicable permit fee. The event planner will send the application out to various departments for approval and they will provide a final staffing cost for each department that would be required to assist with your event. After those approvals, a virtual IKS meeting will be scheduled. After the staffing cost is confirmed and paid for, there will be no further steps in the approval process. 

Contact Information:
Christine Ingle
Event Planner/Resource Manager
109 West Second Avenue
Gastonia, NC 28052
Phone: 704-869-7892 


Gastonia, N.C., just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 13 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government and vibrant business environment.


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