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Tourism Development Grant - Capital Improvement Project Grant

Grants to Ouachita Parish, Louisiana
Nonprofits to Promote Tourism Opportunities

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)

Deadline Date:

07/10/19 - Applications must be submitted during regular office hours

Description:

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Grants to Ouachita Parish, Louisiana nonprofit organizations to promote tourism opportunities in the local area. Funding is intended for capital improvements, surveys and planning costs, and special projects related to tourist-oriented attractions. Emphasis is placed on projects that increase the number of visitors, especially those that result in overnight stays in local lodging facilities.

The mission of the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau of Ouachita Parish is to attract conventions and tourist to the area. The CVB’s Board of Directors is authorized by state law to expend funds for advertisements; promotion; publications of information; marketing of fairs and festivals; construction of museums; equestrian/livestock centers and sports facilities; additions to civic and convention centers and for other economic development purposes in Ouachita Parish.

The mission of the Tourism Development Program of the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau is intended to provide for the development, growth, and enhancement of tourism and conventions in Ouachita Parish, including but not limited to sports, festivals, and other special events including the arts and humanities.

General Guidelines:

This program provides funds for qualified applicants submitted by eligible organizations. All applications recommended for funding by the Tourism Development Committee are subject to final approval by the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. All funding decisions are made with consideration of the best interest of developing the Tourism Industry in Ouachita Parish.

Purpose of Funding:

A Tourism Development Proposal must provide for the growth of the Tourism Industry in Ouachita Parish. Emphasis will be given to proposal requests that directly and indirectly maximize the number of visitors who come to our area, especially if overnight accommodations are needed. Proposals showing the fastest and highest return on the investment will be given the highest priority. Also proposals must improve the overall quality of life for the citizens of Ouachita Parish.

Use of Funds:

Requests of Tourism Development funding can be for any of the following areas:
- Survey and planning expenditures for developing and revitalizing an existing tourist-oriented attraction.
- Capital improvements of new or existing tourist-oriented attractions.
- Special projects deemed to be of a community-wide tourism interest.

Funding to local organizations will be based on:
- Contribution to creating overnight stays in Ouachita Parish
- Matching Funds - Organizations with matching funds will be given priority consideration.
- The ability to meet the goals described in the marketing plan
- Potential for growth of the Tourism Industry

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182787

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no dollar amount restriction for the amount of funds made to one organization.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Tourism Development grants are available to existing 501 (c) organizations in compliance with the procedures in this Tourism Development Program.

All organizations can only receive one grant in a calendar year for funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations with matching funds will be given priority consideration.

Organizations that are applying for funding should submit their applications by January 10 or July 10 of each calendar year. If the 10th falls on a Sunday, the application is due in the Convention & Visitors Bureau office on the following business day.

If an organization receives funds from the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau for a certain program in one year, that does not in any way guarantee that a request from the same program will be funded in future years.

Recipients will be notified within 45 days after application deadlines.

Contact Information:

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

Alana Cooper, President/CEO
acooper@monroe-westmonroe.org

Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau
601 Constitution Drive - West Monroe, LA - 71292
P.O. Box 1436 - West Monroe, LA - 71294

Phone: (318) 387-5691
Toll Free: (800) 843-1872
Fax: (318) 324-1752

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana: Ouachita Parish