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Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund (NTDF)

Grants to Missouri Nonprofits in Kansas City for Cultural
and Recreational Events that Encourage Tourism

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City of Kansas City, Missouri

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10/15/17 5:00 PM CST


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Grants to Kansas City, Missouri nonprofit neighborhood organizations to hold social, recreational, cultural, educational, historic, and ethnic events, in conjunction with promoting the City's tourism, convention, and economic potential. Organizations interested in applying are strongly encouraged to attend informational workshops. Eligible activities can be one-time events, event series, and annual events.

The proposed activity/project must also meet the following requirements:

-Must take place within city limits and should have appeal to local residents as well as to tourists;

-Should be open to the general public and marketed broadly to attract persons who would not otherwise plan to be in Kansas City, as well as interest those who are visiting for other purposes;

-Capital projects may be considered if such projects are consistent with all other guidelines herein, and if funding for the planning, maintenance, and staffing of the capital projects from sources other than the NTDF are outlined in the applications;

-Proposals that include advertising are encouraged. Such advertising may take the form of brochures, advertisements in travel literature, electronic presentations, social media, etc. All publicity and advertising must include reference to the city and credit the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund as a funding source;

-Those proposals, designed to generate funds, that might alleviate the need for future city subsidy are preferred; and

-In order to maximize tourist participation, projects that have been coordinated with the convention and tourism industry are encouraged.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180157

Term of Contract:

For events that occur between February 1, 2018 through April 30, 2018

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Prior to applying to the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund (NTDF), organizations must meet the following requirements:

State and City Requirements:

In accordance with state and city requirements, funds shall be available to not-for-profit neighborhood organizations which are incorporated in the state and located within city limits. Organizations must also meet the following criteria in order to be considered eligible for funding:

1) Organizations must demonstrate that they encourage broad based citizen input and participation. This fund is intended to assist groups and activities/projects as defined below, as well as umbrella organizations and development corporations which meet these same state and local requirements.

2) Organizations must conform to all the provisions of the City Manager’s administrative regulations setting forth the procedures, consistent with federal and state law, the City Charter, and the Code of Ordinances, for entering into contracts with non-municipal agencies.

3) Organizations must be located by physical address in the city limits of Kansas City, MO.

Ineligible activities/projects:
-Programming that does not clearly appeal or marketed broadly to local, residents, tourists and visitors;
-Projects that reflect or enhance political parties, candidates or political office holders;
-Proposals that request funds to supplant operating costs that are currently publicly supported;
-Routine, ongoing activities of neighborhood organizations and home associations;
-Proposals that provide for the maintenance of capital projects, including tourist attractions;
-Activities/projects that already receive NTDF funding within the same fiscal year;
-Previously completed activities/projects; and
-Programs and/or services of organizations that benefit other cities or regions.

Pre-proposal Conference:

NTDF Workshops

Organizations interested in applying for funding from the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund (NTDF) for activities occurring between May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018, are strongly encouraged to attend informational workshops.

Workshops cover the following topics:
-Purpose of the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fun
-New on-line application system and cycle changes
-Eligibility and funding requirements
-Documentation required for consideration
-Tips on preparing successful applications
-Contract compliance
-Insurance requirements
-Ticket policy
-KC Event Hub, a resource for events that require permits
-Promotional opportunities for NTDF-supported events
Applications are accepted annually and on a quarterly basis. Please see the application page for details and deadlines. Before attending a workshop, it is recommended that you view the presentation document.

An informational workshop will be held on the following date:

Saturday, September 9
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Kansas City, Missouri South Patrol
9701 Marion Park Drive
Kansas City, MO 64137

2017 application workshop details coming soon. Check this link for information updates:

Pre-Application Information:

Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund (NTDF) program applications are accepted on an annual and quarterly basis.

Upcoming Cycles:

2nd Quarter Application Cycle
-Application Deadline: April 15, 2017
-For events that occur between August 1, 2017 thru April 30, 2018

3rd Quarter Application Cycle
-Application Deadline: August 15, 2017
-For events that occur between November 1, 2017 thru April 30, 2018

4th Quarter Application Cycle
-Application Deadline: October 15, 2017
-For events that occur between February 1, 2018 thru April 30, 2018

Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM (CST) on the date the application is due. If a deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or on a holiday, the application will be due on the following business day at 5:00 PM (CST).

Please note: All applicants, regardless if first-time or reapplying, must register with the new online application system by creating an organizational profile. You must confirm the registration by email before starting a new application.

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Contact Information:

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

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For questions about the application process, questions about the final report, staff contact change notifications, changes to dates for funded events, and general inquiries or assistance:

Denise Dillard, NTDF Program Manager
P: 816-513-3451
F: 816-513-3471

For questions about contract signing, document requirements, insurance questions, and vendor registration:

Carla Hardin, Procurement Officer
P: 816-513-0796
F: 816-513-1156

For questions about outdoor event permitting:

David Steffano, Evenergy, Coordinator

For questions about event promotion (social media, Channel 2, streetcar kiosk posts, any exciting news about your organization), and requesting NTDF logos for promo materials:

Consuelo Cruz, Arts Marketing
P: 816-513-3475
F: 513-3471

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Missouri: Kansas City