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Tourist Development Tax (TDT) Capital Challenge Grant Program (CCGP)

Grants to Broward County, Florida Nonprofits
and Agencies to Improve Tourism Infrastructure

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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Broward County Cultural Division

Deadline Date:

02/15/18 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants to Broward County, Florida nonprofit organizations and public agencies for the development of tourism-related facilities. Funding may be used for the construction, extension, enlargement, acquisition, repair, improvement, remodeling, maintenance, operation, or proposal or facilities as authorized by the Local Option Tourist Development Act (as authorized in Section 125.0104, Florida Statutes)

Eligible facilities include convention centers, sports stadiums, sports arenas, coliseums, auditoriums, aquariums, or museums that are publicly owned and operated, or owned and operated by nonprofit organizations (NPOs) and open to members of the public, within the boundaries of Broward County. Leased facilities must also be located within the boundaries of Broward County.

Applicants must demonstrate how the project(s) will enhance Broward County as a tourist destination and a project must have as one of its main purposes a tourist-related component evidenced by the promotion of the activity, service, venue, or event thereby generating hotel and motel (lodging) "bed nights" as required by the Local Option Tourist Development Act (as outlined in Section 125.0104 Florida Statutes).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176200

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests may be made in any amount up to Five Hundred Thousand ($500,000).

Term of Contract:

The funding period is October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019.

Multiple year awards may be considered.

Project timelines may not exceed three (3) years from execution of grant funding award agreement with the County.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible applicant is a public entity or a nonprofit organization that has been operational in a tourism-related discipline(s) or administered tourist-related facilities or activities for a minimum of five (5) uninterrupted years immediately preceding the date of application, which public entity or nonprofit organization meets the following qualifications:

1.) Nonprofit organization:

(A) Incorporated in and qualified to do business in the state of Florida.

(B) Has tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) subsections (3), (4), (5), (6) or (7) of the Internal Revenue Code. A copy of the most recent IRS determination letter must accompany the application, to confirm tax-exempt status.

(C) Has a governing board which meets regularly and operates under a set of bylaws, and has fifty percent (50%) of governing board members residing in Broward County.

(D) Which must have a bank checking account confirmed at the time of application.

(E) Whose principal office address, as recorded in the Secretary of State's Office, is in Broward County with a minimum of one (1) full-time staff position in that office.

(F) Has three (3) consecutive years of certified and audited financial statements for its fiscal years of operation immediately prior to the grant application deadline date. The statements shall be submitted with the grant application.

(G) Has total funds available in its capital project budget to complete capital project with the additional requested grant funds. The budgeted funds shall be committed exclusively for the project for at least three (3) years after the project start date provided in the grant agreement.

(H) Has a business plan that outlines the feasibility of the capital project. The business plan shall identify the source(s) and composition of the minimum funds required to demonstrate a minimum cash match of the project’s total cost provided, as provided in subsection (3)(a)(1), which requires that the applicant commit and have available Two Dollars ($2) for every One Dollar ($1), requested in the grant application. The business plan shall also include a project construction timeline. The business plan shall include an outline of the allocation of the committed funds and the requested grant funds for the proposed project’s expenditures. The applicant shall demonstrate in its business plan that it can complete the capital project within the proposed timeline and within the dollar limitations of the total available committed funds and the requested grant funds. The business plan shall be submitted with the grant application.

2.) A public entity located primarily in Broward County, which is a municipality, state government agency, or political subdivision of state government, or sovereign Native American Nation; however, evidence of impact on countywide tourism and economic development must be demonstrable.

(A) Has total funds available in its capital project budget to complete capital project with the additional requested grant funds. The budgeted funds shall be committed exclusively for the project for at least three (3) years after the project start date provided in the grant agreement.

(B) Has a business plan that outlines the feasibility of the capital project. The business plan shall identify the source(s) and composition of the minimum funds required to demonstrate a minimum cash match of the project’s total cost provided, as provided in subsection (3)(a)(1), which requires that the applicant commit and have available Two Dollars ($2) for every One Dollar ($1), requested in the grant application. The business plan shall also include a project construction timeline. The business plan shall include an outline of the allocation of the committed funds and the requested grant funds for the proposed project’s expenditures. The applicant shall demonstrate in its business plan that it can complete the capital project within the proposed timeline and within the dollar limitations of the total available committed funds and the requested grant funds. The business plan shall be submitted with the grant application.

All Applicants:

1. Applicants may not have received TDT Capital Challenge Grant funding from Broward County in the previous five (5) years.

2. A consortium or alliance or organizations may apply for a challenge incentive; however, all members of the consortium or alliance must meet all eligibility requirements. One (1) organization must be the lead applicant.

3. An applicant can receive only one (1) TDT Capital Challenge Grant award during any five-year period and never again for the same project.

Funds may not be used for:
(a) Expenses incurred or obligated prior to or after the award period.
(b) Capital Construction or real property.
(c) Interest or reductions or deficits or loans, fines, penalties or cost of litigation. Prize money, scholarships, awards, plaques, certificates, or contributions. Benefits and projects planned primarily for fund raising purposes.
(d) Entertainment and promotions including related expenses such as receptions, food, beverages, flowers, t-shirts.
(e) Projects or organizations whose primary purpose is not secular and programs where the primary effect of funding would be to support a religion.
(f) Travel.
(g) Any expenditure not authorized by Section 1-90 Broward County Code of Ordinances.
(h) Matching funds from another Council funding program. Admissions to cultural programs, exhibits or performances.
(i) Projects that are restricted to private participation, including those programs which would restrict public access on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression (including, but not limited to, Broward County Code, Chapter 161⁄2).
(j) Telemarketing.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must provide matching funds via cash contributions in a minimum ratio of two dollars matching funds to one dollar grant funds (2:1).

Applicants may schedule a meeting with a member of the Grants staff. Submit a draft of your application in advance of the application deadline for staff review.

All applications must be submitted electronically online on, or before, February 15, 2018, at 11:59 PM.

Any application filed electronically online must be filed by midnight of the deadline listed as described. If such deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline shall automatically become midnight of the following Monday. If the deadline falls on a Broward County, State of Florida, or national (federal) holiday, the grant deadline will become midnight of the following business day.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_391/?SA=SNA&FID=35106

Adriane Clarke, Grants Management Specialist
954-357-7530
aclarke@broward.org

James Shermer, Grants Administrator
954-357-7502
jshermer@broward.org

Broward Cultural Division
100 South Andrews Avenue, 6th Floor
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-1829

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