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, August 18. This is the second round of grant funding for the year 2017.
June 2017 - Applicant Submittal Period Opens
August 18, 2017 - Applicant Submittal Period Ends
September 13, 2017 - 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 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 about the different areas in the County
Grant funding was awarded to applicants in both categories during the last two grant cycles. In the second grant period of 2016, a Collateral Materials grant supported an informational brochure on the Withlacoochee State Trail; a Special Projects/Events grant was given to benefit the Homosassa Seafood Festival during this same period. During the last grant period in early 2017, a Collateral Materials grant was awarded to the author and designer of the Finding the Treasures of the Trail: Citrus County trail guide and a Special Projects/Events grant was given to help advertise the City of Crystal River’s Pirate Fest. These items and events were found to be beneficial to overnight tourism in Citrus County.
To apply and 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.