Leon County Tourism Grant Program

NEW COVID-19 UPDATES FOR FY2021 GRANT CYCLE

In its ongoing efforts to promote safe visitation to the area, the Leon County Division of Tourism grant program will financially assist events that support the local economy and implement CDC guidelines in accordance with Leon County’s Response and Reopening Plan.

Per the annual nature of this grant cycle, applications are in anticipation of better future conditions that would allow these events to occur. New to the grants program this year, the event must comply with allowable crowd size and public gathering regulations as outlined by state and local government and implement social distancing and hygiene practices consistent with CDC guidance. The applicant must also provide information on how the event will address safety and public health for all event staff, vendors and attendees.

REVIEW NEW Guidelines > 2021 APPLICATION PROCESS IS NOW CLOSED >

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GRANT APPLICATION REVIEW MEETING – SEPT. 10, 2020

Thank you to everyone who submitted a 2020/2021 Grant Application with the Leon County Division of Tourism/Visit Tallahassee. The Grant Application Review meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, September 10 at 11am. Zoom meeting details are detailed below. We strongly encourage all grant applicants to attend this review meeting in case the review committee members have any questions that you may be able to address.

Grant Applications will be reviewed and scored by a grant review committee comprised of Leon County Tourist Development Council members to determine funding recommendations for each event. Funding recommendations will then be presented at the September 17th Tourist Development Council meeting for approval.

If you have any questions please contact Terri Messler at 850-606-2331 or Terri.Messler@VisitTallahassee.com.

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The Tourist Development Council Grant Review Committee will meet via video conference to conduct the FY21 grant application review and scoring process on September 10 at 11:00 a.m.  The meeting is being held utilizing communications media technology pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-69, Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Local Government Public Meetings.

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NEW GRANT APPLICATION GUIDELINES

The Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee) annually funds groups and organizations that coordinate events with a history of (or significant potential for) attracting visitors to the area who stay overnight in commercial lodging.

The Leon County Tourism Grant Program is administered by the Leon County Tourist Development Council and designated advisory groups including the TDC Grant Review Committee and the Tallahassee Sports Council.

In its ongoing efforts to promote safe visitation to the area, the Leon County Division of Tourism grant application cycle for 2020-2021 Signature/Emerging Signature, Special and Sports Events Grants is now CLOSED. Grants will financially assist events that support the local economy and implement CDC guidelines in accordance with Leon County’s Response and Reopening Plan.

Per the annual nature of this grant cycle, applications are opening now in anticipation of better conditions that would allow these events to occur. New to the grants program this year, the event must comply with allowable crowd size and public gathering regulations as outlined by state and local government and implement social distancing and hygiene practices consistent with CDC guidance. The applicant must also provide information on how the event will address safety and public health for all event staff, vendors and attendees.

The Leon County Tourist Development Council (TDC) Grant Review Committee reviews and evaluates applications and submits recommendations to the full TDC for approval.

For more information on grant funding please contact Terri Messler at (850) 606-2331 or Terri.Messler@VisitTallahassee.com.

 

DOWNLOAD GUIDELINES

Sports Event Grant Guidelines  (PDF)

Special Events Grant Guidelines (PDF)

Signature Events Grant Guidelines (PDF)

 

 

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FORMS & RESOURCES

Please use these helpful resources in order to make your grant application process go smoothly.

Please download and review the current Leon County COVID-19 Response & Re-Opening Plan   Updated 6/24/20

All applicants are encouraged to review the CDC’s recommended considerations for Events and Gathering regarding COVID-19. READ MORE

For additional assistance or questions regarding grants, contact Terri Messler or (850) 606-2331.

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

In order to be considered for funding, all applicants are required to attend one Grant Application Workshop, which will be held virtually via ZOOM. These workshops are critical to learn more about Visit Tallahassee grant funding and the application process.

The workshop includes:

  • An overview of the new fully digital grant management platform
  • 2020-2021 funding available and event funding levels
  • New and expanded application components
  • Review process and scoring criteria

Download the 2021 Grant Application Presentation

Watch a Recording of the Workshop Here:

SCHEDULE SCHEDULE

MONDAY, JULY 27

Grants Open

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25

Grants Close

WORKSHOPS

Thursday, July 30 at 3:00 pm
Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 3:00 pm
Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 10:00 am

CONTACT CONTACT

TERRI MESSLER

Visitor Services Director & Grants Coordinator
(850) 606-2331
Terri.Messler@VisitTallahassee.com

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