County Tourist Development Council offers marketing grant applications

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Tourist Development Council announced the opening of the 2020-21 Event Marketing Grant Application period.

The Event Marketing Grants are available for non-profit organizations planning to host events in Clay County between Oct, 1 and Sept. 30, 2021. The reimbursable grants can only be used for marketing outside of Clay County to encourage day and overnight visitors to come to our area. Applications will be accepted until July 15.

During the 2019-20 fiscal year, Event Marketing Grants ranging from $2,000 to $45,000 were awarded to more than 20 Clay County non-profit organizations. Visitors coming to Clay County usually spend money at local restaurants, hotels and attractions, purchase items at local retailers and buy fuel. The purchases help support local businesses and the sales and fuel taxes paid are then invested into infrastructure and public safety improvements, which benefits Clay County residents long after the visitors return home.

Tourist Development Council Chairman and Commissioner Mike Cella said, “Events are a major asset to our community’s quality of life and the TDC aims to help event planners get the funding they need to market their events to visitors.” Cella added, “We know events may look different in the future, which is why the County is working diligently to provide the event planners with the most updated information on industry standards and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC Guidelines for Events to ensure the safety of event staff and attendees.

This year the annual TDC Event Marketing Grant Workshop was made available online due to the COVID-19 crisis. The TDC Event Marketing Grant Workshop for fiscal year 2020-21 can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuOUjv4xRIA&feature=youtu.be. To review the new fiscal year 2020-21 TDC Event Marketing Grant Guidelines, visit https://www.claycountygov.com/home/showdocument?id=6836. To submit your application, visit https://www.claycountygov.com/departments/tourism/tourist-development-council/event-marketing-grant/event-marketing-grant-20-21. If applicants would like copies of the presentation, examples of application materials, reimbursement best practices or would like to schedule a meeting about applying for a grant, please email Katherine Savage at Katherine.savage@claycountygov.com. The TDC is here to assist event planners in any way possible to help them host successful events in Clay County as soon as it is safe to do so again.

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