Citrus County Submittal Period for Tourism Grant Funding is Now Open
The Citrus County Visitors and Convention Bureau announces that the Tourist Development Council is open to receive grant applications for tourism-related grants now through Friday, May 18. This is the first round of grant funding for the year 2018.
March 2018 – Applicant Submittal Period Opens
May 18, 2018 – Applicant Submittal Period Ends
June 13, 2018 – Applicant Presentation to the Tourist Development Council; Grant Selection & Budget Allocation
There are two grant categories available this period: Special Project/Events and Collateral Materials.
Special Projects/Events Grant
The Citrus County Tourist Development Council (TDC) offers a Special Event Grant program to organizations designated to promote special events/projects which attract overnight visitors to Citrus County, thereby impacting the lodging industry. A “special event” is defined as any activity, service, venue, or event which is intended to attract overnight visitors to Citrus County.
This Special Project/Events Grant is used to provide funding for advertising and promotion of local events to out-of-county markets, with the goal of attracting overnight visitors. The grant funds are intended to supplement the organization’s budget and are restricted in their use, allowing them to be used only for marketing, advertisement, and promotional materials.
Collateral Materials Grant
The purpose of the Citrus County Tourist Development Collateral Materials Grant is to assist organizations in Citrus County by providing funding awards for program dollars to make our area more appealing to visitors who are spending the night in Citrus County. This grant leverages TDC resources and extends the marketing for Citrus County.
The goals of these grant programs are:
- Increase overnight stays in Citrus County
- Promote a positive image and increased visibility of the area’s attractions
- Increase expenditures by visitors to Citrus County
- Educate visitors to the different areas in the County
For more details on each type of grant, maximum awards, eligible projects, reporting requirements, etc., visit the Tourist Development Council website at: http://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/tdc/tdc.htm.
Applicants must conform to the TDC’s policies and procedures as specified. Applications failing to meet the deadlines will not be considered until the next funding cycle.