The Citrus County Tourist Development Council announces that it will continue to receive grant applications for Tourism Grants through Friday, March 24. The application period for the first funding round of 2017 opened in January.
January 1, 2017- Applicant Submittal Period Opens
March 24, 2017 - Applicant Submittal Period Ends
April 12, 2017- Applicant Presentation to the Tourist Development Council, Grant Selection, and Budget Allocation
There are three different grant categories available: Capital Improvement Projects, Special Project/Events and Collateral Materials for Marketing.
Capital Improvement Projects Funding Program
Capital projects must be located within Citrus County and serve to establish new or refurbish existing facilities or infrastructures that are publicly owned and operated or owned and operated by not-for-profit organizations and open to the public for recreational activities, cultural events and performances that host events in Citrus County whose primary goal and purpose is to bring substantial numbers of tourists/visitors to the County, thereby promoting overnight hotel stays within the County.
Tourist Development Capital Projects Funding will be allocated from the Tourist Development Tax Budget. This will ensure that funding is available for contribution for financial assistance for special events and other programs that generate increased tourism activity within Citrus County. The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) of Citrus County, a political subdivision of the State of Florida, (County) may allocate an annual allotment of Tourism Development Tax Revenue to the Reserve Fund to facilitate Capital Projects.
The goals of the program 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
• Enhance the quality of existing infrastructure and encourage new economic development
• Educate visitors to the different areas in the County.
Special Project/Events Grant
The Citrus County Tourist Development Council (TDC) offers a Special Event Grant program to organizations designated to promote Special Project/Events Grant program to organizations to promote special events/projects to attract overnight visitors to Citrus County thereby impacting the lodging industry. A Special Event is defined as any activity, service, venue or event, intended to attract overnight visitors to Citrus County.
This Special Project/Events Grant is to provide funding to advertise and promote events to out of county markets to attract overnight visitors. The Grant funds are intended to supplement the organization’s budget and are restricted in their use 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 the program 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
Enhance the quality of existing material and encourage new collateral development
Educate visitors to the different areas in the County.
The application submittal dates for Collateral Materials are the same as for Special Project/Events.
For more detail 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.