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CVB Event Grant

Grants to Brookings, South Dakota Organizations
for Events, Conventions, and Tournaments

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Brookings Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)

Deadline Date:

10/01/18 - for CVB Event Grant applications; Applications for Opportunity Events may be submitted outside of the deadlines.


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Grants to Brookings, South Dakota organizations to support public events, conventions, and tournaments that benefit the local community. This program is intended to provide assistance to first-time events, as well as to promote new event growth within the city. This program is intended as a resource for meeting planners and community members alike.

The Brookings Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) serves as the marketing and event recruitment arm for the City of Brookings; working to provide an increasing number of events and visitors which contribute to the economic and cultural growth of Brookings. This work is accomplished through a variety of vehicles including the CVB Grant Program which exists to award funding to organizations hosting events that meet and exceed the criteria outlined below.

In awarding CVB funds, greatest consideration will be given to events, tournaments, and conventions based on the following criteria:
-Economic impact on the community
-Ability to draw a majority of participants from out-of-town
-Multiple day events which encourage overnight stays in the community
-First-time events with the potential to become annual events
-Dates of the event – priority will be given to events held during the off-peak or shoulder seasons, bringing tourists to the community during times they normally do not visit
-Demonstrate the need for funding

Organizations that receive funding from the CVB are expected to meet the following requirements and guidelines:
-Each event must clearly benefit the community
-The event organizer must provide CVB staff with free access to the event
-All events must take place within city limits
-It should be the intention of the organization for projects/programs to eventually be self-sustaining
-Events must be open to the public

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180504

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to organizations in Brookings, South Dakota.

The following projects do not meet the CVB grant program criteria and thus are not eligible for funding:
-Events that apply for funds after the event has taken place
-Events that have a negative impact on the image of Brookings
-Organizations that discriminate because of race, color, creed, gender or national origin
-Candidates for political office, and organizations whose primary purpose is to in influence legislation
-Fraternal organizations, churches or church-related groups whose purpose is to promote religion or an individual doctrine

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis. Applications may be submitted on or before the deadline for each of the following quarterly review periods: January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1.

Applications must be received at least 45 days prior to the start of the event. Applications received after these dates will be held until the next review cycle.

Opportunity Events, defined as new conferences, conventions or events derived from special circumstances with time-sensitive response required, may submit applications for consideration outside of the standard grant application deadlines. Opportunity event grant applications will be reviewed at the discretion of the CVB Executive Director and the CVB Grant Committee.

To apply, fill out your contact information in the online form, download the grant application and return the completed application to the Brookings Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Contact Information:

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

Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce & Convention Bureau
Attn: CVB Grant Committee
414 Main Avenue
Brookings SD 57006


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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Dakota: City of Brookings