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COMMUNITY EVENT FUNDING

Dollars for 2018 have already been awarded. Events taking place in 2019 can apply beginning in August, 2018.

The Greater Burlington CVB will accept applications from community tourism events to award grant dollars to assist the events in attracting visitors to Greater Burlington. These dollars have been set aside as a portion of the CVB budget acquired through the collections of Hotel/Motel tax dollars.

Program Requirements:

  • Must be a community event that attracts tourists from outside a 50-mile radius.
  • The event must take place and the funds must be spent during January 1 – December 31, 2019.
  • The Greater Burlington CVB will serve as the grantee. All awarded events must designate a date for when funds need to be received.
  • All awarded events will be required to complete a post-event performance report for the CVB.

Fundable Expenses:

The Community Event Funds are intended to assist the events with marketing and promotions. Examples of eligible expenses include:

  • Event Marketing – ad placement, ad design, printing costs, mailing expenses, etc.
  • Venue rental
  • Speaker/performer fees

 

CVB INCENTIVE FUND

The Greater Burlington CVB will accept applications from community tourism events to award grant dollars to assist the events in attracting visitors to Greater Burlington. These dollars have been set aside as a portion of the CVB budget acquired through the collections of Hotel/Motel tax dollars.

Program Requirements:

  • Must be a community event that attracts spectators/participants from outside a 50-mile radius of Des Moines County.
  • The event must be brand new to the area.
  • The event must take place and the funds must be spent during January 1 – December 31, 2018.
  • The Greater Burlington CVB will serve as the grantee. All awarded events must designate a date for when funds need to be received.
  • All awarded events will be required to complete a post-event performance report for the CVB.
  • Please allow 1 week for the CVB Steering Committee to make a decision on funding.

Fundable Expenses:

The Incentive Funds are intended to assist the events with marketing and promotions. Examples of eligible expenses include:

  • Event Marketing – ad placement, ad design, printing costs, mailing expenses, etc.
  • Venue rental
  • Speaker/performer fees

Fill out the Incentive Fund Application here.

 

GREATER BURLINGTON SPORTS GRANT

Dollars for FY18 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) have already been awarded. FY19 applications will be available in May, 2018.

The Greater Burlington Sports Commission will partner with local organizations, which coordinate sporting events, to submit an application for an Iowa Economic Development Authority grant. If awarded, the grant would provide $50,000 of state funds to the sporting events included on the application, while an additional $25,000 would be matched through a contribution from each selected grant partner.

Program Requirements:

  • Must be a sporting event that attracts tourists from outside an 80-mile radius.
  • Sporting events must be non-professional events, such as youth sports, high school athletic activities, the Special Olympics, etc.
  • Funds must be spent during July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.
  • Each selected partner will be required to contribute to a portion of the $25,000 cash match. The amount of each partner’s contribution is 50% of the amount awarded.
  • All event expenses must have receipts and documentation in order to be reimbursed.

Fundable Expenses:

Only expenses falling under the following categories may be eligible to receive reimbursement funding from the Regional Sports Authority District grant. Examples of eligible expenses include:

  • Event Marketing
  • Direct Mail Campaign Expenses
  • Printed Materials
  • Bid fees, rights fees, or guarantee money for events or tournaments
  • Equipment or venue rental
  • Fees and cost for officials

Contact the Greater Burlington Convention & Visitors Bureau to learn more about these programs and how we can assist in making your event a success:

Chelsea Lerud
Executive Director
Convention & Visitors Bureau
RiverPark Place
610 N 4th Street, Suite 200
Burlington, IA 52601
319-208-0045
​clerud@greaterburlington.com

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