The Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Announces the Sixth Year of Locally Funded Marketing Grants
The Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the sixth year of availability for funding for the City Department’s CVB Marketing Grant. This grant, intended for marketing purposes, is available to attractions, venues, or those who hold events or promote activities in Ford County that will attract overnight guests to the community. Funding will be awarded before the completion of the project. Once completed, proof of project completion and results report will be required. The grant can cover 80% of the marketing cost, up to $2,000.00 per project. There is up to $10,000 available to be awarded this round. Applicants are encouraged to fill in and submit an application online through our recently redesigned website, www.visitdodgecity.org. The grant deadline is October 31, 2019.
The Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau previously awarded Marketing Grants totaling over $101,000.00 in the past five and a half years. Those who have been aided by this funding estimate that the economic impact to the community is over 66 Million Dollars, using industry-standard calculations.
Some of the past Grant recipients are:
Ford County Fair; Dodge City Community College; Winter Expo; Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce; Boot Hill Casino and Resort; Central Station Concert Series; Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame; Dodge City Roundup; Horse Thief the Festival; the Ford County Historical Society; and many other organizers planning events in Dodge City.
The goal of funding these projects has been to attract visitors to Dodge City. The grant monies have assisted with raising awareness of activities within the community, and have aided with increased attendance to events and attractions.
This marketing grant was formed in February 2014, to work in tandem with the other locally offered grants through Festivals, Mariah Funds, and Why Not Dodge.
The mission of the Convention and Visitors Bureau is to promote Dodge City and the area’s resources and assets to bring prospective tourists and convention and travel business to Dodge City. As part of our mission, The Convention and Visitors Bureau aids our attractions and event coordinators in their efforts of getting the word out to prospective visitors to our community and supports the efforts of bringing overnight travel to Dodge City.
All applicants are required to use the “Get the Heck into Dodge” logo, or otherwise recognize the source of the funding in the marketing project.
A five-person committee, comprised of local community citizens approve the funds during a special “Grant Awards Selection” meeting.
A copy of the grant application can be accessed, filled in and submitted online at www.visitdodgecity.org under the “Media & More” tab, or can be picked up at the Visitors Center at 400 West Wyatt Earp Boulevard.
For more information concerning the grant and the October 31, 2019 deadline, please contact Colleen Hastings, Assistant Director of the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau at 620-225-8191.
Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau
400 West Wyatt Earp
Dodge City Kansas 67801