Special Event Partnership Funding

Grants to Washoe County, Nevada Vendors for
Events that Promote and Benefit Local Tourism

GrantWatch ID#: 174820
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA)

11/03/16 2:00 PM PST

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Grants to Washoe County, Nevada vendors to aid in funding events that will benefit the local community and boost local tourism. Events should seek to attract overnight visitors to the area, provide the community with positive exposure, and be interesting to the general public. Historically these special events have included but are not limited to, festivals, fairs, community events, and certain sporting events.

Priority will go to programs that take place within Washoe County. Programs that take place outside of the county will only be considered if the event is in close proximity to Washoe County and occurs in a location without significant commercial lodging. In addition, Washoe County lodging facilities must be promoted as the primary bed base for the event and receive significant room nights as a result.

Events should occur in the 2017 calendar year.

Qualified vendors may apply for funding.

Applicants should address the following guidelines:

- The event currently promotes, or desires to promote to potential out-of-market, overnight visitors (spectators and/or participants), and is not primarily an activity for local residents.
- The event can generate overnight visitors for Washoe County lodging entities.
- The event is fundamentally not a conference, meeting, trade show, workshop or expo.
- The RSCVA will not be the sole/primary revenue source for the event. The event is not contingent upon receipt of RSCVA Partnership Funding to occur.
- The event's Partnership Funding request does not exceed 25% of the overall event budget; awarded funds will be used to enhance advertising, marketing, and event promotion.
- The event is/will occur annually in the destination. The event does not intend to take place one-time only. The event does not have a term limit regarding the number of years that it can/or will be held in the destination.
- The event is open to the general public (spectators), promotes attendance to spectators, and does not require the general public (spectators) to purchase a membership, conference registration or annual dues to spectate. Spectator ticket charges are acceptable for gated events.
- The event capacity is not limited to a small number. It is able to accommodate hundreds (or thousands) of spectators.
- The event will secure partnerships with at least TWO Washoe County lodging properties as the event must benefit more than a single lodging entity.

Only the principal producing entity of a specific special event can apply for funding consideration. Likewise, only one organization will be considered for funding on behalf of any single event.

Partnership Funding is not intended to supplement event production expenses or to augment net income.

Venues do not qualify for funding consideration regardless if their intent is to provide supplemental marketing support for one or more events taking place at their facility. However, if a venue is the principal producing entity of a specific special event, they may submit an application for funding consideration.

Applications for the 2017 calendar year events will be accepted starting September 1, 2016.

Partnerships can be in the form of cash/in-kind sponsorship, room block, special room rate, venue location or marketing/promotional assistance.

There is an option to submit an application early by 5:00 PM (PST), Monday, October 3, 2016. The optional early application opportunity could be helpful for events that have never previously submitted a Partnership Funding application and would like feedback regarding a “trial” submission.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Nina Brown, RSCVA Special Events and Marketing Manager
4001 S. Virginia Street, Suite G
Reno, NV 89502-6019

PO Box 837
Reno, NV 89504

Phone: 775-827-7721

Washoe County

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